What’s Going on in Niger?

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
What's Going on in Niger?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Few Americans know anything about the country. They're minimally knowledgeable geographically about nations only when Washington goes to war.

Niger is landlocked in central northwest Africa, nearly twice the size of France territorially. It's the world's fifth largest source of uranium, its fourth largest producer, reason enough for America's presence.

Its other valued resources include coal, iron ore, tin, phosphates, gold, molybdenum, gypsum, salt and oil – with at least 40 billion barrels of proved reserves, perhaps multiples this amount, it's believed, along with plentiful natural gas.

Niger became newsworthy with reports of militants killing four US special forces, the Pentagon saying little about what happened. 

It failed to explain why around 800 US troops are based in the country, congressional members not told earlier
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