United States and France Lie to Say their Troops in Niger have Been ‘Fighting Terrorists’ There
Here are the original youtube news-report and a Web-archived copy of it (in case it becomes removed)
Nigerien Youth Coup Reaction
Published 14 aug 2023
The Military Coup in Niger, unlike Previous Ones in West Africa, has Elicited Strong Support from Young People in the Country. VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to Zakaraiou Kanda, A Nigerien Native, about Why the Military Takeover is Seen A Unifying and Inspiring Event for Young People across Niger.
Nigerien Youth Coup Reaction
Uploader VOA Africa
Original upload date Mon, 14 Aug 2023, 00:00:00 GMT
The military coup in Niger, unlike previous ones in West Africa, has elicited strong support from young people in the country. VOA’s Anthony LaBruto spoke to Zakaraiou Kanda, a Nigerien native, about why the military takeover is seen a unifying and inspiring event for young people across Niger.
The gist of this news-report is:
Nigeran tells Voice Of America that the foreign troops in Niger aren’t fighting jihadists, so Nigerans “don’t feel secure” and do support the coup.
By contrast against what that little-noticed news-report says, is, for example:
On August 17h, a front-page headline in the New York Times was “Niger Coup May Slow U.S. Fight Against Terror, Bolstering Russia”, and this supposed news-story (not an opinion or commentary one) opened by saying, “The military takeover in Niger has upended years of Western counterterrorism efforts in West Africa and now poses wrenching new challenges for the Biden administration’s fight against Islamist militants on the continent.” It continued:
Terrorist attacks against civilians there decreased by 49 percent this year, largely because of the 2,600 French and American troops training and assisting Nigerien forces and a multipronged counterinsurgency strategy by the deposed president, Mohamed Bazoum, analysts say. Niger has slowed, but not stopped, a wave of extremists pushing south to coastal states.
Now all that could be in jeopardy if a regional conflict breaks out or the junta orders the Western forces including 1,100 American troops, to leave and three U.S. drone bases — including one operated by the C.I.A. — to be shuttered.
Western-led military operations offer no silver bullet against Islamist militancy in the Sahel, now the epicenter of global militancy. The past decade of French-led operations in the region, involving thousands of troops, failed to stop thousands of attacks.
Even so, a security vacuum in Niger could embolden the militants to ramp up propaganda, increase recruitment of local and even foreign fighters, establish mini-states in remote areas, and plot attacks against Western countries. Removing the relatively small American presence would make it harder for military analysts to identify and quickly disrupt threats as they emerge, U.S. officials said.
It could also open the door to Russian influence in Niger in the form of the Kremlin-backed Wagner private military company, which already has a presence in neighboring Mali, U.S. officials say.
“The U.S. pulling out of Niger and closing its drone bases would be a devastating blow to Western counterterrorism efforts in the Sahel,” said Colin P. Clarke, a counterterrorism analyst at the Soufan Group, a security consulting firm based in New York. …
The NYT ‘news’-article cited only U.S. Government officials, and provided no evidence against anything that they said. Massive evidence against what they said does exist.
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