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U.S. Completes First Phase of Military Withdrawal From Niger

The Ministry of National Defense of Niger and the U.S. Department of Defense announced the completion of the first phase of the withdrawal of U.S. forces and equipment from Nigerien territory on Monday.

This announcement was made during a signing ceremony for the transfer of American rights to the Nigerien army at Air Base 101 in Niamey, the capital of Niger. The ceremony was attended by American Ambassador Kathleen FitzGibbon and other civil and military dignitaries from both countries.

Colonel Mamane Sani Kiaou, Chief of Staff of the Niger Army, stated that the agreement stipulates the removal of all American military assets in Niger, including those in Niamey, Agadez, Ouallam, and Diffa by September 15.

Following the withdrawal from Air Base 101, the United States will concentrate on withdrawing from Air Base 201 in Agadez City. Nigerien and U.S. officials are committed to ensuring a safe, orderly, and responsible withdrawal process.

American troops are scheduled to complete their departure from Niger by September 15.

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