Niger

Country Niger
Capital Niamey
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Hausa, Fulfulde, Gourmanchéma, Kanuri, Zarma & Tamasheq

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Introduction

Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution and dissolved the Cabinet, and promised that elections would be held following a transitional period of unspecified duration. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. A predominately Tuareg ethnic group emerged in February 2007, the Nigerien Movement for Justice (MNJ), and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 limited the rebels' operational capabilities.

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Niger - Wikipedia
Niger - CIA World Fact Book
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Democratic senator presses Pompeo on US forces in Niger - CNN

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Democratic senator presses Pompeo on US forces in Niger
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Washington (CNN) Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wants answers from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the presence of US troops in Niger after four American service members were killed during an ...

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Niger: Europe's Migration Laboratory - News Deeply

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Niger: Europe's Migration Laboratory
News Deeply
A powerfully built man who speaks in emphatic bursts of English and Hausa, Ousmane worked in the informal gold mines of Djado in northern Niger until they were closed by the military. Then he borrowed money to buy a pickup truck and run the route from ...



Two feared killed in violence at Niger Delta University - Premium Times

Premium Times

Two feared killed in violence at Niger Delta University
Premium Times
At least two persons were on Tuesday feared killed while others were injured following a clash between the police and protesters at the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amasoma, in Bayelsa State. NDU, which was shut in March following incessant protests ...
'Two To Five Killed, Many Injured' As Police, Mob Clash At Niger Delta UniversitySaharaReporters.com
Reforms spark protest in Bayelsa varsity townVanguard
Tension in Niger Delta University host community, 4 dead, many injuredFinancial Watch Newspaper (press release) (blog)
The Nation Newspaper -THISDAY Newspapers
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Dangote Lifts 25000 Women in Niger with N10bn Micro Grant - THISDAY Newspapers

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Dangote Lifts 25000 Women in Niger with N10bn Micro Grant
THISDAY Newspapers
The Aliko Dangote Foundation has flagged off its one-off and unconditional Micro-grants programme in Niger State with 25,000 disadvantaged women as beneficiaries, bringing the total number of women beneficiaries to 256,500 across seven states of the ...



Video shows US forces desperately trying to escape Niger ambush - The Guardian

The Guardian

Video shows US forces desperately trying to escape Niger ambush
The Guardian
Newly released drone footage of a militant ambush in Niger that killed four American and five Nigerien service personnel shows the soldiers desperately trying to escape and then fighting for their lives when friendly forces arrived but mistook them for ...
We've Posted The Pentagon's Entire Moment-By-Moment Niger Ambush Video BriefingThe Drive
Pentagon releases video depicting recovery of US soldiers' remains in NigerWashington Post
New Niger video shows harrowing escape of US forcesYahoo Finance
U.S. News & World Report -CBS News
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Nigerian govt wasted $40bn in Niger Delta Minister - Daily Post Nigeria

Daily Post Nigeria

Nigerian govt wasted $40bn in Niger Delta Minister
Daily Post Nigeria
The minister, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Charles Achodo, at the Seventh Sustainability in the Extractive (SITEI) conference in Abuja, also disclosed that N1.7 trillion would be invested in the region between now ...
What Buhari is doing to address Niger Delta crisis-KachikwuDaily Trust
Afrika N: Niger Delta oil spills - who are responsible?Afrika
Niger Delta Amnesty not sustainable MinisterDaily Sun
BusinessDay (satire) (press release) (blog) -Guardian (blog) -Economic Confidential (press release)
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Pentagon video reveals new details of deadly Niger ambush - CNN

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Pentagon video reveals new details of deadly Niger ambush
CNN
The video, not previously released to the public, shows the body of Sgt. La David Johnson being recovered from under a thorn tree in Niger, 48 hours after he was killed in the ISIS ambush. Footage from a drone overhead showing Johnson's recovery comes ...



FG, others plan N1.7tn investment in Niger Delta - The Punch

The Punch

FG, others plan N1.7tn investment in Niger Delta
The Punch
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja. The Federal Government on Monday announced that about N1.7tn would be invested by various stakeholders in the Niger Delta between this year and 2021. It said the fund would be spent on the development of the region, ...



Attack kills at least 17 in Niger village bordering Mali - Xinhua

Attack kills at least 17 in Niger village bordering Mali
Xinhua
NIAMEY, May 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 civilians of the Peuhle community were killed Friday night in the Niger locality of Aguey near the Malian border by armed bandits, sources said Saturday. According to local officials and media, the attack was ...



New Niger Ambush Video: US Survivors Left Messages for Loved Ones - Military.com

Military.com

New Niger Ambush Video: US Survivors Left Messages for Loved Ones
Military.com
Roger Cloutier, who led the Article 15-6 fact-finding investigation on the joint patrol known as Team Ouallam, for their base in Niger. Cloutier's investigation was more than 3,000 pages long, but the Pentagon released only an eight-page unclassified ...
New drone video released of deadly Niger ambushWSAV-TV
The Niger Ambush After Action Review: What Really Happened?SOFREP (press release)
WATCH: Pentagon Reveals Dramatic Last Moments of Cornered US Forces in NigerSputnik International
Council on Foreign Relations (blog)
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