US preparing to officially designate military takeover in Niger as a coup d’etat after months of delay, officials say

Protesters hold a Niger flag during a demonstration on independence day in Niamey on August 3, 2023. CNN —

The US State Department is preparing to officially designate the military takeover in Niger as a coup d’etat as soon as next week, three US officials told CNN, a decision which could have dramatic implications on the ability of the US to work with a crucial counter-terrorism partner in the region.

The department is set to announce that the US will be suspending certain forms of assistance to Niger as a result of the coup designation, an official and another person familiar […]

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