Aug 18

West African bloc says ‘we are going into Niger’ if all else fails

The West African bloc ECOWAS stands ready to intervene militarily in Niger. This will only occur should diplomatic efforts to reverse a coup there fail. Reuters reports that Niger military officers deposed President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26 and have defied calls from the United Nations, ECOWAS and Western powers to reinstate him, prompting West African heads of state to order the standby force to be assembled.