Units from Burkina Faso’s military have arrived in Niger as part of a partnership between the two nations aimed at training and enhancing their counter-terrorism capabilities. This deployment comes with a specific focus on the ongoing fight against terrorist threats, underlining the regional cooperation to combat extremism.
This move has been clarified by the military leadership in Niger, stating that the presence of Burkina Faso’s military units is not directed against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This cooperation aligns with regional efforts to address security challenges and bolster the fight against terrorism.
In August, following the military coup in Niger, the authorities granted permission for the armed forces of Burkina Faso and Mali, neighboring countries facing recurring jihadist violence, to intervene in Niger in the event of aggression. This decision signifies a united front among the three nations in the face of security threats and reflects their solidarity during times of crisis.
Furthermore, in light of the recent threat from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regarding potential military intervention in Niger to restore constitutional order, both Burkina Faso and Mali have issued warnings, emphasizing that any foreign military intervention in their neighbor’s territory would be considered an act of war.