The U.S. spent years training Nigerien soldiers. Then they overthrew their government.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jonathan Braga meets with Maj. Gen. Moussa Barmou at Air Base 101, Niger on June 12, 2023. | Staff Sgt. Amy Younger/U.S. Air Force

By Lara Seligman and Nahal Toosi

08/15/2023 09:00 AM EDTBrig. Gen Moussa Barmou, the American-trained commander of the Nigerien special operations forces, beamed as he embraced a senior U.S. general visiting the country’s $100 million, Washington-funded drone base in June.Six weeks later, Barmou helped oust Niger’s democratically elected president .For U.S. military officers and diplomats, it’s become an all-too-familiar — and deeply frustrating — story.Niger is one of several West African countries […]

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