French troops have been fighting insurgents in Mali for nearly 10 yearsImage: Etat-major des armées / France
Niger to accept foreign troops fighting in Sahel
February 18, 2022
President Mohamed Bazoum says Niger will welcome foreign special forces to secure the region. He said threats from the militant groups would likely rise as France pulls its troops out of Mali.
Niger will host French and European special forces after their withdrawal from neighboring Mali, President Mohamed Bazoum confirmed on Friday.
"They will especially welcome in Takuba because it has great advantages for us. They are special forces with capabilities responding to the threat posed by terrorist organizations," Bazoum wrote on Twitter.
The Niger president said the forces would secure the border area of the West African state.