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Thursday, April 18, 2024

More than 1,000 U.S. troops are effectively being held "hostage" in Niger with medical supplies running low " stuck between the military junta-controlled government's demands for them to leave and the Biden administration's refusal to let them go home after the end of their deployments. In addition, the report accuses Biden administration officials of trying to cover up the situation to lawmakers, as well as to troops deployed there and their families anxiously awaiting their return.


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"Our troops are currently sitting on a powder keg caused by political indecision at the top of the Department of State and Department of Defense. With a military junta in charge " who detests our presence and considers us unserious and predatory " the situation seems to be setting the groundwork for catastrophic diplomatic collapse like we saw during the 2012 Benghazi attack. Additionally, these troops are already running short on necessary, life-saving supplies, such as blood and medications," the report by Gaetz's office said.

"They are, in effect, hostages of an indecisive Commander-in-Chief," the report said.


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"Gaetz accused government officials of delaying the inevitable departure of U.S. forces from Niger to spare the Biden administration the embarrassment of having to close facilities that cost the United States hundreds of millions of dollars to build only recently " a charge officials denied."


"There's a very narrow path here to finding an accommodation that addresses their interests and concerns and our interests and concerns," said a senior State Department official, who like some others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts.

"It may not work, but the fat lady hasn't sung yet."

Yes, but what do Gaetz's female victims have to say about this obviously non-partisan, concerned citizen report?

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-18 04:39 PM | Reply

"They knew the risks when they signed up."

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-04-18 04:46 PM | Reply

It's a shame that Gaetz is the Congressional face of this complaint, because it makes it more temptinng to discredit what could be a legitmate concern. Stars and Stripes has reprinted the article for its audience:

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2024-04-18 05:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

My post is from WAPO, so it's not like I'm posting wildly partisan propaganda.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-04-18 05:59 PM | Reply

The Bezos Gazette, I know a few people who consider that compromised, just like the Wall Street Journal which really could use a clever name like the Murdoch Mercury but that sounds like a car from the 30s.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-04-18 06:11 PM | Reply

What an unfortunate name for a country.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2024-04-18 06:12 PM | Reply

"Hundreds of people protested in Niger's capital city of Niamey over the weekend, demanding that U.S. troops leave the country in demonstrations whipped up by Niger's junta.

Russian anti-aircraft defense systems and 100 instructors arrived just two days before the protests, following a defense pact signed with Russia in December. The Russian troops are part of Africa Corps"Moscow's state-recognized replacement for the paramilitary Wagner Group."


"Last month, Niger ended its military agreement with the United States. Niger's military spokesperson, Col. Amadou Abdramane, cited reasons including the "condescending attitude" of U.S. officials in attempting to lecture Niamey over ties with Russia and Iran.

The decision followed a visit by Molly Phee, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs, and Gen. Michael Langley, the chief of the U.S. Africa Command.

More than 1,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed at a U.S. military air base in Agadez, a desert city nearly 600 miles northeast of Niamey, where the United States operates drones in order to monitor jihadi activities."

Niger's junta had been hostile toward most Western nations"except the United States, which it considered a key partner until this month.

Washington had invested millions of dollars on its air base and in the training of Niger's troops, including Nigerien coup leader Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani, who was trained by the U.S. military.

Niger's junta now perceives the U.S. military bases as being more beneficial for the United States than they are for Niger, which has been fighting jihadis for over a decade.

Since 2017, the U.S. military has stopped joint operations in the country after four U.S. soldiers were killed while hunting for an Islamic State leader."


This is certainly a tin ear turned towards the Junta, but whistleblowing a month in to someone like Gaetz seems more like US politics than foreign affairs.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2024-04-18 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The problem is that if they leave, it's almost impossible to get back in.

And we need the base to carry out anti-terrorism operations in that area of Africa.

Gaetz doesn't care however because he sides with terrorists.

#8 | Posted by Sycophant at 2024-04-18 06:16 PM | Reply


"You mispronounce that one and you find yourself in a world of trouble. Trust me. You do not wanna be that guy."

-George W. Bush

#9 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2024-04-18 06:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

What an unfortunate name for a country.


Yeah, well, the thing is, the origin of the word Niger as in the River is from way before (like hundreds of years) the derogatory "N" word was invented so, yeah, the problem is not with the black people naming something but white people's racism destroying a respectable thing.

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2024-04-18 07:33 PM | Reply

Come on folks.

That was clearly a joke.

Live a little.

#11 | Posted by ClownShack at 2024-04-18 07:41 PM | Reply

Does Niger have Sovereignty or Not?

This looks like the US just doesn't want to leave because they think they have some kind of "right" to be there.

Like in Iraq. They just won't leave.

The Hegemony collapses slowly, then suddenly.

Pretty soon it's like the British Empire.


#12 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-04-18 09:36 PM | Reply

Does your mom?

#13 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2024-04-18 09:43 PM | Reply

Seems like Gaetz is playing politics with a sensitive situation.

You can be damn sure that if the army withdrew, he'd be first on teevee blasting Biden for being weak and retreating.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2024-04-19 02:56 PM | Reply

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