US troops in standoff in African nations as Chilly Struggle-like tensions take maintain on continent

US troops in standoff in African nations as Chilly Struggle-like tensions take maintain on continent

FIRST ON FOX – U.S. troops within the West African nation of Chad are ‘accounted for’ after a number of studies of gunfire and 5 alleged deaths, Fox Information Digital has realized.  Numerous movies have been posted on social media which present rifles and even what seems to be truck-mounted heavy weapons being fired indiscriminately at civilians, after outcomes of the nation’s Presidential elections earlier this week have been introduced. 

A Division of Protection supply in Africa informed Fox Information Digital “all U.S. personnel are accounted for” within the nation, including “I don’t assume any of the violence is close to the place they’re at.”

A lot of the weapons seem to have been fired in celebration, however main native media supply Chad One reported that 5 folks had been killed, reportedly by the native military, within the capital, N’Djamena. Within the election, the incumbent interim President Mahamat Deby is claimed to have gained 61% of the votes polled.

Up till final month, the U.S. had roughly 100 army personnel working in Chad. Most, Fox Information Digital understands, have been Particular Forces troops, preventing the specter of Islamist terror within the Sahel area.


An armored car of Chad’s military forces is deployed in N’Djamena on Might 10, 2024, a day after the announcement of the outcomes of Chad’s presidential election. Chad’s junta chief Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno gained this week’s presidential election within the first spherical, in line with provisional official outcomes launched on Might 9, 2024.  (Photograph by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

However final month, Chad’s army junta, leaning towards Russia, informed the troops to pack up and go, inflicting one thing of a stand-off. After high-level negotiations between Washington and N’Djamena, some – however not all – U.S. troops have been pulled out ‘briefly’ for the nation’s elections, however hope to come back again.

“We nonetheless have U.S. forces on the bottom in Chad. Just one group was informed by the Chadian authorities to depart and in their very own phrases, “non permanent,” and as soon as the election is over, they are going to be invited again,” the DOD supply informed Fox Information Digital.

There’s an even bigger standoff in close by Niger. This nation’s army junta, once more favoring Russia, successfully informed 1,000 US army personnel and contractors to depart city in March – however to date they’re staying put. 

The U.S. has been working manned and unmanned flight operations in opposition to Jihadist forces within the area from two bases within the nation. 

Publicly a minimum of, the U.S. forces are leaving, the DOD supply informed Fox Information Digital this week: “The U.S. troop standing in Niger is a full pull out of all U.S. forces. Our negotiations proper now are centered on the how and when.” 

Protesters collect as a person holds up an indication demanding that troopers from the USA Military go away Niger with out negotiation throughout an illustration in Niamey, on April 13, 2024. 1000’s of individuals demonstrated on April 13, 2024, in Niger’s capital, Niamey, to demand the speedy departure of American troopers primarily based in northern Niger, after the army regime stated it was withdrawing from a 2012 cooperation cope with Washington.  (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

“America has initiated discussions on an orderly and accountable withdrawal of U.S. forces from Niger,” a State Division spokesperson informed Fox Information Digital, including. “The Deputy Secretary, together with senior leaders on the Division of State, Division of Protection, U.S. Africa Command, the U.S. Embassy in Niger, and others, are engaged in ongoing frank discussions with the authorities in Niger.  We don’t need to speculate and get forward of the discussions.”

To accusations circulating that U.S. personnel in Niger aren’t being resupplied or getting transport assist when wanted, the Division of Protection official acknowledged that U.S. troops in Niger are getting help, however not a lot by way of official army channels. “Flights have been restricted, however personnel have been in a position to switch by way of industrial airways. To my information, only a few if any army flights have come out and in in the previous couple of months,” he informed Fox Information Digital.

Then there’s the Russians. Reportedly, Wagner mercenaries, the Kremlin’s non-public military, have been allowed by Niger to take over a hangar and conduct operations on the identical Airbase 101, within the capital, Niamey, which homes U.S. forces. 



A U.S. and Niger flag are raised facet by facet on the base camp for air forces and different personnel supporting the development of Niger Air Base 201 in Agadez, Niger, April 16, 2018. America is making an attempt to create a brand new army settlement with Niger that may enable it to stay within the nation, weeks after the junta stated its presence was not justified, two Western officers informed the Related Press on Friday, April 19, 2024.  (AP Photograph/Carley Petesch)

Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin downplayed the significance of, maybe uniquely, having Russia and the U.S. share the identical airbase. “Proper now, I do not see a major subject right here when it comes to our drive safety,” Austin informed reporters in Hawaii final week.

The DOD supply informed Fox Information Digital Thursday, “Russian forces are at a totally completely different part of the airport compound and do not need entry, or are in shut proximity, to the U.S. facet. We will’t go into particulars about the place every drive is on the bottom, from a drive safety viewpoint.”


Russian Flag demonstration

Supporters of Niger’s Nationwide Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP) reveal in Niamey on August 6, 2023. (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

“Russian army personnel and U.S. forces are in shut proximity in Niger, as shut as two miles or so far as 500 miles, relying on the particular space,” Strategic Army Intelligence Analyst and International Affairs Guide for Fox Information Digital Rebekah Koffler stated, including, “It’s unlikely that Russian forces current a bodily menace to U.S. forces. There are deconfliction procedures between the Pentagon and Russia’s Normal Workers. This course of is meant to keep away from direct conformation and escalation. However dust-ups can happen unintentionally, particularly now that there’s great hostility between Moscow and Washington.”


However Koffler warned, “There’s a giant counter-intelligence threat. The Russians are at all times amassing intelligence on the U.S. army, whether or not it’s weapons, techniques, command and management, procedures, coaching manuals, and many others.”

The Pentagon’s predominant man for Africa, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael E. Langley, has stated that it is important to have U.S. troops on the bottom in Africa, telling the Home Armed Companies Committee in March, “Terrorism, poverty, meals insecurity, local weather change and mass migration shatter African lives.” Gen. Langley, U.S. Africa Command commander, continued, “These elements sow the seeds of violent extremism and Russian exploitation throughout whole areas of the continent.”

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Bourbiza Mohamed is a freelance journalist and political science analyst holding a Master's degree in Political Science. Armed with a sharp pen and a discerning eye, Bourbiza Mohamed contributes to various renowned sites, delivering incisive insights on current political and social issues. His experience translates into thought-provoking articles that spur dialogue and reflection.

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