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Why Are We in Niger?

• http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org by Ron Paul

Before the coup made news headlines, most Americans - including many serving in Congress - had no idea the US government maintains more than 1,000 troops stationed on several US bases in Niger. But it's even worse than that. A recent report in The Intercept suggests the Pentagon repeatedly misled Congress about the extent and the cost of the US presence in Niger. 

According to The Intercept, "in testimony before the House and Senate Armed Services Committees in March, the chief of US Africa Command described Air Base 201 (in Niger) as 'minimal' and 'low cost.'" In fact the US government has spent a quarter of a billion dollars on the base since construction began in 2016.


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