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Ecowas: why withdrawal of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signals fresh...

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On 27 January 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their plan to withdraw from membership of the Economic Community of West African States...

Niger and Russia are forming military ties: 3 ways this could...

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In July 2023, Niger’s military took over in a coup just two years after the country’s first transition to civilian power. The coup has...

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have a new defence alliance

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On 16 September 2023 in Bamako, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger established the Alliance of Sahel States, a mutual defence pact. The agreement was...

Banditry on the border needs joint Nigeria-Niger efforts

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Bandits have terrorised north-west Nigerians for about a decade, and attacks are rising. Rape and other sexual violence, abductions and killings are just some...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

Africa can end its rash of military coups

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Military coups were common in Africa during the Cold War, and now seem to be returning. Between January 2020 and August 2023, there were...

France’s decision to leave Niger was a bad move: three reasons...

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After about two months of wrangling between France and the new military regime in Niger, President Emmanuel Macron finally decided, on 24 September, to...

Niger coup: Ecowas must do these 3 things to break the...

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It’s been a month since military guards under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani ended 12 years of democratic governance in Niger. The situation...

Niger’s coup weakens regional fight against Boko Haram: four reasons why

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Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum was detained and deposed on 26 July by his military guard under the command of General Abdourahamane Tchiani. The unconstitutional change...

ECOWAS still working diplomatically for order in Niger

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will continue pursuing diplomatic initiatives toward restoration of constitutional order in Niger without compromising the option...

Niger: another symptom of Africa’s weak crisis-response capacity

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Last month’s coup in Niger once again revealed Africa’s crisis of multilateralism. Political and security developments in Niger and other African countries confirm the...

Niger is a key player in the Sahel region – four...

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The Niger coup – the fifth in the Sahel and sixth in the broader west Africa region in three years – has pushed the...

Civilian support for military coups is rising in parts of Africa:...

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On the night of 13 January 1963, Togo’s President Sylvanus Olympio was shot dead by rebels in the first military coup staged in Africa....

Niger: Ecowas military intervention could trigger three bad outcomes

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The threat of military force to end the coup in Niger has led to significant divisions in the region. It has heightened tensions in Niger...

Military coups in Africa: here’s what determines a return to civilian...

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Slightly more than two years after Niger’s first peaceful handover of power from one civilian president to another, the military seized power in July...

ECOWAS Standby Force activated after Niger coup

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In the wake of the coup d’état in Niger, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is “immediately activating its Standby Force with...

Niger coup: why an Ecowas-led military intervention is unlikely

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Hopes are fading for a quick resolution of Niger’s coup or the potential use of force by the Economic Community of West African States...

US military presence in Niger in question following coup

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The United States has 1 100 personnel in Niger and their presence there has come into question following last month’s coup. The US has a large...

What caused the coup in Niger? An expert outlines three driving...

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At an emergency meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, on 30 July, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded the “immediate release and reinstatement”...

Egypt donates vehicles, howitzers and other hardware to Niger

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Egypt has donated a large amount of military hardware to Niger’s military to help it combat jihadist terror groups operating in the region. The consignment...

ISS: Is Niger’s counter-terrorism approach an exception in the Sahel?

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On 10 February, Niger suffered one of its deadliest attacks when gunmen with suspected links to violent extremist groups ambushed a military convoy in...

Most travelled US Secretary of State Blinken heads to Ethiopia and...

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By 31 January, the United States’ top foreign affairs diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, had clocked well over 68 389 kilometres (42 495...

More Osprea Mambas for Africa

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Osprea Logistics is successfully delivering another 50 Mamba armoured vehicles to an African based customer, who will use them for peacekeeping missions. United States-based Osprea...

Niger gets another C-130 Hercules from the United States

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Niger has taken delivery of a third and final C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from the United States as it strengthens the aerial capabilities of...

US donates Vamtac armoured vehicles to Mali

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The United States has donated two Vamtac armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to Mali under the US Antiterrorism Assistance Programme (ATA), which provides US government...

France donates two Gazelle helicopters to Niger

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France’s ambassador to Niger has handed over two Gazelle helicopters to the Nigerien Air Force to support counter-terrorism operations, following on from an earlier...

Chad and Niger to receive Hurkus aircraft from Turkey

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Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has confirmed orders for its Hurkus turboprop from Chad and Niger, with deliveries set to begin at the end of...

Niger receives AB 412 helicopters from Italy

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Niger’s military has taken delivery of two AB 412 helicopters from Italy, and will receive another two helicopters next year. The two aircraft were handed...

ISS: Arms trafficking from Libya to Niger is back in business

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Arms and ammunition seizures by security forces in Niger’s Agadez and Tahoua regions between January 2021 and February 2022 helped dismantle trafficking networks in...

Islamic State attacks show ambition to control Mali-Niger border

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Islamic State attacks in the Sahel have shifted in recent months toward towns along the Mali-Niger border. Civilians continue to pay with their lives. “Armed men...

Nigerien Bayraktar TB2 deliveries begin

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Six Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were delivered to Niamey airport last month following a November 2021 order for the type from Turkey’s...

ISS: Organised banditry is destroying livelihoods in Niger’s borderlands

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Most international attention on Niger focuses on the Boko Haram conflict in the country’s east (Diffa region) and the Liptako-Gourma crisis in its west...

Niger orders APCs from Turkey’s Nurol Makina

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Niger has ordered armoured personnel carriers (APCs) from Turkey’s Nurol Makina, in addition to Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles and Hurkus turboprop trainer/light attack...

US donates construction vehicles to Niger

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Construction vehicles that would be too expensive to ship back to the United States have been donated to Niger after the US military completed...

Niger receives second ex-US C-130 Hercules

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Niger’s Air Force has officially taken delivery of the second of three C-130H Hercules transport aircraft from the United States. The US military formally transferred...

ISS: Getting Goudoumaria right: are Boko Haram defectors reintegrating safely?

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Lessons learnt from Niger's DDRRR programme must inform stabilisation efforts nationally and in the Lake Chad basin region. Since 2015, fighters, associates, and people trapped...

Twelve Niger soldiers killed in clashes with militants

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Gunmen have killed 12 soldiers and wounded eight in a clash in southwest Niger near the border with Burkina Faso, the government said on...

ISS: What makes women resist violent extremism in Mali and Niger?

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Investing in girls’ education from an early age is essential for building their resilience and financial independence. Research has shown why women join violent extremist groups in...

Niger acquiring Hurkus trainers, TB2 UAVs

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Turkey will supply Hurkus turboprop light attack/trainer aircraft and Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as well as armoured vehicles to Niger, according to...

France asks Burkina to help resolve issues with military convoy

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France has asked the president of Burkina Faso to intervene after a convoy of French troops was stopped en route to Niger on Friday...

Niger raid leaves 25 dead

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Unidentified gunmen killed at least 25 people in southwest Niger, officials said, the latest deadly raid along the country’s border with Mali. Attackers on motorcycles...

School children die in fire

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At least 25 schoolchildren died on Monday when a straw and wood classroom was engulfed in a fire in southern Niger, authorities said. The students,...

Gunmen kill 11 soldiers in southwest Niger

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Unidentified gunmen killed 11 soldiers defending a village in a remote part of southwest Niger where Islamist militants operate, the defence ministry said on...

69 killed in attack in southwest Niger, says government

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Gunmen killed 69 people including a mayor in an attack in a remote area of southwest Niger, the interior minister said on Thursday, part...

Armed men kill ten civilians in northern Burkina Faso

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Ten people were killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso on Monday morning, and four others were missing, a government source and a...

Gunmen kill 18 at mosque in northern Nigeria’s Niger state -residents

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Armed men on motorbikes killed at least 18 people at a mosque in Niger state in northern Nigeria, two residents told Reuters on Monday. The...

Nigerien forces receive river patrol training

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Nigerien forces recently received special training in river-based patrolling on the Niger River. The training by a mobile team from the US Naval Small Craft...

Boko Haram attack kills 16 soldiers in southern Niger

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Hundreds of Islamist Boko Haram militants attacked a military post in southern Niger overnight, killing 16 soldiers and wounding nine more, the defence ministry...

Aerostat to protect German base in Niger

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The German Bundeswehr has placed a €21 million order with Rheinmetall for an aerostat-based area reconnaissance system for protecting a forward operating base in...

Gunmen kill at least 16 in latest Niger village attack

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At least 16 people have been killed in an attack on a village in southwestern Niger where Islamist militants have repeatedly massacred civilians this...

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