The real reason why American and French troops have been in Niger for years | The Gateway expert

Guest post by Leo Hohmann op Leo Hohmann Substack

Uranium mine in Niger

Just in case there was any confusion about what NATO really stands for, the military alliance's secretary general has cleared things up with a bold tweet.

The US military will withdraw all its troops and assets from Niger by mid-September, the Pentagon has announced, after days of talks with the country's military junta set a timeline.

The hill reports that a group of military leaders staged a coup in Niger last year, forming a military junta government geopolitically aligned with Russia. Talks on leaving Niger have lasted several weeks, with the timeline “finalized on Sunday after four days of intense negotiations,” according to The hillwhich adds:

“Approximately 1,000 U.S. troops are stationed in the country for counterterrorism operations against ISIS and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups.”

That's a big fat lie that's been put out there The hilla corporate media company based in Washington, DC. But to be fair, the medium did add this to its story:

“The Americans stayed on our territory and did nothing while the terrorists killed people and burned cities,” Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zeine said. The Washington Post last week. “It is not a sign of friendship to enter our territory, but let the terrorists attack us.”

But even this gives a distorted picture of the reality of why Americans and French are in Niger. The full story would be too hard for the American masses to digest, but I'm going to tell it to you because I know my audience can handle it.

The CIA, in collaboration with other Western intelligence agencies, created Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and the real reason it built a $100 billion base in Niger has nothing to do with eliminating Islamic terrorism. The real reason that base is there, and why the French have been there longer, is because Niger is rich in uranium and has vast untapped oil reserves, gold mining operations, coal mining and other resources that the West has exploited. decades. And when I say 'exploitative', I mean in the worst way.

Here's the dirty little secret I found hiding in plain sight on the website World Atlasincluding on the internet:

“Niger's mineral sector faces several challenges, such as the employment of children in mines and fluctuating mineral prices on the international market. A US government report estimated that more than 40% of children under the age of 14 worked in mines. About 5% of children were involved in dangerous activities. The government of Niger has made several attempts to eliminate child labor in the country's mines. The efforts were relatively unsuccessful, and in 2014 the US government reported that children were still working in Nigerian mines.”

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