U.S. Restarts Recon Missions in Niger Amid Tensions
Tuesday September 19, 2023
The big picture: The U.S. has resumed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) flight operations in Niger. This move underscores the U.S.’s commitment to the safety of its troops amidst regional instability, according to the Department of Defense Newsroom.
What’s next: While ISR operations are back in action, counterterrorism efforts and security force training, which were paused following the coup in July, remain on hold.
What we’re watching: The realignment of U.S. forces within Niger. Troops and equipment are moving from Air Base 101 in Niamey to Air Base 201 in Agadez.
Between the lines: The coup that overthrew Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum has brought about significant changes in the U.S.’s operational stance. While they’re not restarting counterterrorism operations, the U.S. is ensuring its forces’ protection.
The backstory: The U.S. has been heavily involved in Niger, aiding in counterterrorism operations and training Nigerien troops. This partnership was disrupted by the coup earlier this year.
Catch up quickly: Before the coup, over 1,000 U.S. troops collaborated with Nigerien forces on various security missions. Now, the focus has shifted to safeguarding U.S. personnel and assets in the region.
Zoom in: Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh emphasized that the U.S. “always reserves the right to conduct operations to protect our forces and personnel if required.”
Zoom out: The situation in Niger is reflective of broader security and geopolitical concerns in the Sahel region, with coups, terrorism, and military interventions becoming more frequent.
The bottom line: While the U.S. remains cautious in its involvement following the coup, it continues to prioritize the protection of its troops and assets in Niger.
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