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According to a recent announcement from the Pentagon, the US military is shifting some of its assets and personnel within Niger.
Deputy Press Secretary for the Pentagon, Sabrina Singh, informed reporters that the movement involves relocating some assets and personnel from Air Base 101, located near Niamey, to Air Base 201 in Agadez. According to Singh, this “precautionary measure” has been initiated in response to the July coup that took place in the city, without any “perceived threat to… US troops and no threat of violence on the ground.”
Singh also clarified that the US force posture in Niger remains unchanged, with a small faction continuing to stay at Air Base 101. The Pentagon also mentioned that “some nonessential personnel and contractors” have exited the country without offering detailed numbers.
In light of the recent political instability arising from the coup led by junta leader Abdourahamane Tchiani, who overturned the regime of President Mohamed Bazoum, the Defense Department momentarily halted its military activities and training in Niger. During this period, Washington advocated for a peaceful resolution, emphasizing no planned exit from Niger. Singh reinforced this standpoint in August, mentioning, “The United States does not want to abandon Nigerians that we’ve partnered with.”
Regarding the crisis, the US abstained from labeling the events as a “coup,” hoping to see a peaceful resolution facilitated by Western diplomats. Despite this, other Western countries have labeled the situation in Niger as a coup.