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Breaking: Russian Troops Enter US Base In Niger

According to Reuters and other sources, "Russian military personnel have entered an air base in Niger that is hosting US troops, a senior US defense official told Reuters, a move that follows a decision by Niger's junta to expel US forces from the country."


The Russian Wagner Forces have now entered the American base, which currently holds 1000 US soldiers. Niger has ordered the removal of all US troops and has given Russia control over the base.


A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Russian forces were not mingling with U.S. troops but were using a separate hanger at Airbase 101, which is next to Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey, Niger's capital.

The move by Russia's military puts U.S. and Russian troops in close proximity at a time when the nations' military and diplomatic rivalry is increasingly acrimonious over the conflict in Ukraine.


It also raises questions about the fate of U.S. installations in the country following a withdrawal. "(The situation) is not great but in the short-term manageable," the official said. The Nigerian and Russian embassies in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


The U.S. and its allies have been forced to move troops out of a number of African countries following coups that brought to power groups eager to distance themselves from Western governments. In addition to the impending departure from Niger, U.S. troops have also left Chad in recent days, while French forces have been kicked out of Mali and Burkina Faso.


This is a developing story and we will provide updates when we get them.


God bless,

George

"The Fact Hunter"

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