America Pulls Out of Niger

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The American Embassy has pulled out its non-essential staff from Niger as tensions escalate, Reuters reports.

Following the military coup, the West and Niger have not reestablished diplomatic relations. America has maintained basic embassy services, and is not in imminent danger from coup forces.

The tension between ECOWAS (West African Organization) and the military juntas is on the verge of exploding into war. The more populous coastal states, especially Nigeria, have been coordinating plans against Niger. Other juntas and allied states, such as Algeria, have promised troops to defeat them.


The current dispute between various governments of West Africa has opened up more territory to radical Islamic infiltration and separatists. Should ECOWAS elect to use force, it could result in a huge military conflict in Africa, the scale of which has not been seen in decades.


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