Tag Archives: Niger

With New Niger Drone Base, Trump’s CIA Poised for Expanded African Footprint: NYT


The CIA under President Donald Trump has expanded its drone program in Africa with a recently built-up airbase in northeastern Niger the likely launchpad for surveillance and bombings across the region, the New York Times reported Sunday.

The expansion reflects the agency’s reclaimed authority to conduct covert lethal drone strikes—a capacity President Barack Obama curtailed but which Trump returned to the CIA soon after taking office.

The new base, the Times reported, is in the desert town of Dirkou. That makes it much closer to the militant hotbed of southwestern Libya than the Pentagon’s base 800 miles southwest in the capital of Niamey, and also closer than the Pentagon’s new massive and pricey drone base in the Saharan city of Agadez in central Niger.

Read More


Niger president: Keeping Libya stable will end African migration to Europe


Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou attends Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, Nigeira June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

If Europe wants to halt migrant boat arrivals on its shores from Africa it must end the state of chaos in Libya, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou told Reuters on Thursday, warning that the stability of neighbouring countries was at stake.

Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou attends a Reuters interview in Berlin, Germany, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Niger is a country of transit for migrants seeking to reach Europe by boat from Libya and Issoufou is an ally of the West in its fight against Islamist…

Read More


Hundreds of African migrants ‘abandoned’ in desert: Niger official


Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were “abandoned” in the desert before being rescued, an official in Niger said on Sunday

“Three days ago a first wave of 180 from Niger arrived in (the northern Nigerien city of) Agadez followed by another wave of at least 400 foreigners,” a local official told AFP.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the migrants, including children and many women, had been “abandoned” in “the usual atrocious conditions near the border with Niger.”

“According to the migrants, they were taken close to the border and dumped,” he said.

“Left with a minimum of food and water” they then “walked a good 50 km (30 miles) before being rescued.

Some of the migrants were now sick, he said, adding that all were being…

Read More


Hundreds of African migrants abandoned in desert, Niger official says – Punch Newspapers


Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were “abandoned” in the desert before being rescued, an official in Niger said on Sunday

“Three days ago a first wave of 180 from Niger arrived in (the northern Nigerien city of) Agadez followed by another wave of at least 400 foreigners,” a local official told AFP.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the migrants, including children and many women, had been “abandoned” in “the usual atrocious conditions near the border with Niger.

“According to the migrants, they were taken close to the border and dumped,” he said.

“Left with a minimum of food and water” they then “walked a good 50 kilometres (30 miles) before being rescued”.

Some of the migrants were now sick, he said, adding that all were being looked…

Read More


Niger will continue to welcome African migrants: president


Niger will continue to be a transit country for migrants, including those entering from neighbouring Libya, President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.

“We are a people open to hospitality, we are a generous people. We will welcome people who are in difficulty, who are in disarray. It is the tradition of our country,” President Issoufou said after meeting a UN delegation led by Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohamed.

“The main thing is that people do not stay long in Niger. It is necessary that the transit in Niger happens very quickly… that is the only condition that we pose,” Issoufou told journalists.

Libya has become a prime destination for African migrants trying to reach Europe, but it is also dangerous, with many migrants and refugees enduring enslavement, kidnapping, extortion and…

Read More

*** This news item is 3rd party content and is included strictly for non-commercial informational purposes.

Niger ratifies agreement on African continental free trade area – Xinhua


ADDIS ABABA, June 9 (Xinhua) — Niger has deposited document with the African Union (AU) for the country’s ratification of the agreement that establishes the African continental free trade area (AfCFTA).

Receiving the document on Friday, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, urged the member states that have not yet done so to take the necessary measures to ratify the AfCFTA, according to an AU statement on Saturday.

Mahamat has also urged the member states to sign and ratify the protocol on the free movement of persons, the right of residence and the right of establishment and to join the single African air transport market (SAATM), which he said are vital for integration of the African continent.

In March, 44 AU member states signed the AfCFTA during the AU…

Read More

*** This news item is 3rd party content and is included strictly for non-commercial informational purposes.