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Niger junta cuts all military ties with US forces with immediate effect 

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Amadou Abdramane

Niger’s junta has with immediate effect revoked all military agreements that facilitated the stationing of U.S. Department of Defense’s military and civilian staff on its territory. 

This was shared in a statement by Colonel Amadou Abdramane, the spokesperson for the junta in a broadcast on Saturday.  

This decision comes after a recent visit from U.S. officials, headed by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee and General Michael Langley, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, earlier this week. 

Abdramane, addressing the nation on television, criticized the U.S. delegation for not adhering to diplomatic protocol, noting that Niger was kept in the dark about the delegation’s makeup, arrival date, and intended agenda. 

In December, the US Army had approximately 650 members stationed in Niger, with a significant contingent at a drone base near Agadez, constructed for over $100 million, aimed at combating terrorists and bandits in the desert. 

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