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Niger Ends its Military Contract with the US, Call for US Troops to Leave their Country

Niger’s anti-colonial government terminated a military agreement with the US, calling for US troops to leave their country shortly after the US sent a delegation to Niger and insisted to “return to a democratic path.”

According to Colonel Amadou Abdramane, the 2012 military agreement between the two countries was  “illegal and violates all constitutional rules” and that it was “profoundly unfair” to Niger’s people. 

The announcement followed shortly after a US delegation including assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Molly Phee, and head of the US-Africa Command, General Michael Langley, visited Nigeria for talks with government leaders. 

The US has currently deployed more than 1,000 soldiers and civilian employees in Niger and further established two drone bases which they claim is used to “monitor affiliates of the Islamist groups Islamic State and al-Qae.da,” that the US believes are active in the Sahel, south of Sahara. 

Abdramane labeled the US officials as “condescending” towards the Nigerien government and its people. 

“Niger regrets the intention of the American delegation to deny the sovereign Nigerien people the right to choose their partners and types of partnerships capable of truly helping them fight against terrorism,” Abdramane said.

“Also, the government of Niger forcefully denounces the condescending attitude, accompanied by the threat of retaliation, from the head of the American delegation towards the Nigerien government and people,” he added.

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