France commences 1,500 troop withdrawal from Niger this week

France is embarking on the withdrawal of its 1,500 troops from Niger, with the process set to begin this week.

President Emmanuel Macron’s decision, revealed last month, underscores his refusal to be “held captive” by the coup leaders and his resolve to terminate military cooperation with the West African nation.

Reuters reports that the decision to withdraw 1,500 troops from Niger has left a significant void in Western efforts to counter a ten-year-long Islamist insurgency.