US deploys Special Forces to train military units in North and West Africa

By Eric London, 28 May 2014

US Special Forces are training and arming military units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali as part of an expanded intervention in Africa.

Twin bomb attacks in Niger signal wider conflict in West Africa

By Niles Williamson, 27 May 2013

Two car bombs exploded simultaneously in Niger on Thursday May 23, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than two dozen others.

US troops to Niger: A new stage in the scramble for Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2013

With the deployment of US troops and drones to Niger, a new stage in the imperialist recolonization of Africa is now in progress.

US deploys troops, drones to Niger

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2013

The action announced by Obama marks a major escalation of the drive by the United States and the other imperialist powers to recolonize Africa and gain direct control of its strategic natural resources.

US secures drone base in Northwest Africa

By Bill Van Auken, 30 January 2013

Washington has secured an agreement with the government of Niger to establish a US military base in the Northwest African country, which borders Mali.

France sends troops to secure Niger uranium mines

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2013

After invading Mali, France has dispatched special forces troops to secure uranium mines in neighboring Niger run by the French state-owned nuclear power company Areva.

Paris seizes on Niger kidnapping to sow “war on terror” panic

By Kumaran Ira, 28 September 2010

In recent weeks, French authorities have warned of a major risk of terrorist attack in France being prepared by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which recently claimed responsibility for kidnapping seven workers at French mining companies in Niger.

Worst famine and flooding in Niger’s history

By Trevor Johnson, 1 September 2010

Niger in Western Africa has been hit by double disaster. According to the United Nations, more than 110,000 people have been affected by the severe rains in the second week of August and the flooding that followed.

Military coup in Niger

By Barry Mason, 24 February 2010

The military have carried out a coup in the West African state of Niger, ousting incumbent President Mamadou Tandja in this former French colony.