Western troops in Niger: Controversial presence, usefulness still to be demonstrated

Because of its geostrategic situation, at the crossroads of several hotbeds of destabilization, Niger has witnessed, for a few years, the multiplication of western military bases, mostly managed by France and the United States. The country indeed has become the rear base of the French Opération Barkhane, as well as an observation post for the United States in a region undermined by several uprisings, most of them with jihadist characteristics. However, these deployments are not well regarded by the Nigerien population and army, accustomed not to abdicate their defence tools to foreigners and attached to the sovereignty of their country.

Crédit photo : Opération Barkhane (crédit : ECPAD)