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Unless Nigeria heads in guns blazing, they have no fear from above, but all of these countries have plenty of manpads between them. Will be interesting to see how they fare against MANPADS, like helicopters faced in Ukraine. I'm also pretty sure neither the Hürkuş nor the Tucanos are in any way equipped with self defense suites.


African Americans are Americans first, African second, it just is. BLM is also not at all related to any African continent structure of power but a superficial identity based on skin color. Because most of black Americans have no history of where they are actually from, in Africa. Some of them might know the region they are from, but never the specific tribe. So they adopt everything from Swahili to Pharaohs.
Yes Africa is a very big continent,

just like Iranian ,Chinese,Indian,Japanese,Korean are all asian we cant see they are same.
 

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Niger’s prime minister says talks underway for French troops to rapidly leave​



Niger’s military government is in talks with France aimed at ensuring a rapid withdrawal of French troops from the West African country, the country’s prime minister said Monday as citizen protests against the troops' presence continued.

Thousands of protestors have rallied in recent days in Niger’s capital Niamey to protest against the presence of French troops in the West African country, where the military ousted an elected president more than a month ago.

Addressing a press conference in Niamey on wide-ranging issues, Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine maintained that French troops are in the country “illegally” after the military administration “cancelled the agreements that allowed them to be on our territory.”

“They are in a position of illegality, but I think that ongoing exchanges should allow these forces to withdraw from our country very quickly,” Zeine said.

Niger hosts around 1,500 French troops as part of a regional counter-insurgency force.

On Aug. 3, Niger’s military leaders announced the scrapping of military agreements with France, a decision that Paris rubbished, citing a lack of legitimacy.

Zeine also spoke about French Ambassador Sylvain Itte, who was expelled from the country last week but refused to leave, even when military authorities revoked his privileges and immunities.

The premier said that Itte, who French President Emmanuel Macron has hailed for his courage, “did not behave properly as a diplomat.”

“This is contempt that is not acceptable,” he said.

Zeine meanwhile said that his government is also holding discussions with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on the possibility of lifting “as soon as possible” the heavy sanctions imposed on Niger following the political crisis.

“We have been very open to dialogue, so we have not stopped the exchanges with ECOWAS. It's an ongoing process, and we hope that we will very quickly reach an agreement so that these sanctions imposed rather hastily on Niger are lifted,” he said.

On the possibility of military intervention by ECOWAS to restore constitutional order, Zeine said it would be “unfair if they decided to attack us, but all arrangements are being made so that we can defend ourselves.”

Niger was plunged into turmoil on July 26 when Gen. Abdourahamane Tchiani, a former commander of the presidential guard, led a military intervention that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

 

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Why would it need to be Niger? Mali is much more possible. They lost plenty of guys to Al Qaeda in the last two weeks. They are not winning.
 

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Mali, Niger could very well be the next Afghanistan. Especially If France loses access to air base in the Sahel.

People see this as individual countries with clear boundaries while AQ saw this as just one big arena. They're more unrestricted on where they could move their troops without the necessary bureaucracy of a state. If AQ wants to move troops from Niger to Mali in one night they would do so, national army on the other hand need those long list of papers, coordination bla bla bla. So I could already see who has the higher mobility and flexibility here.
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I've said it and I will say it again, if France flee Africa. These states along the Sahel will fall like Dominoes.
 

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They need better cooperation and even a centralized command to tackle AQ, along with more money and push from a benefactor to tackle civilian issues to curb jihadist rise.

France is no longer that benefactor and they weren't winning with France either, only keeping the threat at an arms level and it was never winnable. China probably won't be because they are only interested in trade. Turkey is also not that country at this moment and not sure if it can ever be. Drones are amazing but drones will never be boots on the ground. Sahel states need amazing changes and improvements in their daily lives to curb jihadism, as well as nation building in some state and bigger, better equipped military forces to tackle the militants.

These are not countries in the usual sense we think of of countries. They were not formed out of natural borders and peoples working against each other for a milennia like in Europe. They are each amalgamations of 10s, 100s of tribes working against each other, formed outside of their will by their colonial overlords. We were discussing this few months back with whom i can't remember. They need a lot more blood spilled to come to an organic point where they can live with each other. Jihadist threat is not separated from this.
 

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