Explainer-What is at stake for the United States in Niger?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Soldiers in Niger declared a military coup on Wednesday, overthrowing President Mohamed Bazoum. The landlocked nation, a key U.S. ally in the region, has received millions in assistance from Washington.

Here are answers to questions about U.S.-Niger ties:

WHY IS NIGER IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED STATES?The country, located in the semi-arid Sahel region, plays an outsized role in the United States’ Africa strategy. Most importantly, it is a key partner for Washington’s fight against Islamist insurgents who have killed thousands of people and displaced millions more. U.S. military personnel have been training local forces to fight militant groups.The […]

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