The army in Burkina Faso said that seventeen soldiers and 36 volunteer fighters have been killed in heavy clashes with militants in the northern part of the country. Reports have termed the clashes the worst attack in months in the West African country that for years has been overrun by hardline militants. Burkina Faso has been battling armed groups in its desert north since 2015. According to reports, some of the groups have links to al Qaeda and Islamic State. The latest fighting in Burkina Faso took place on Monday in Yatenga province.
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Mali said it and Burkina Faso, both neighbours of Niger run by military juntas, were sending delegations to Niger to show support. Both countries have said they would consider any intervention in Niger as a declaration of war against them.
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The Niger junta has finally revoked military ties with the French govt. It has cancelled five military cooperation agreements with France amid a wave of anti-French sentiment. France has between 1,000 and 1,500 troops in Niger, helping to fight Islamist insurgent groups. A decision about the revocation of the military deals with France, dating between 1977 and 2020, was read out on national television late on Thursday by junta representative Amadou Abdramane. Abdramane added that a diplomatic notice would be sent to France to that effect. There was no immediate response from France. Niger also suspended broadcasts of French state-funded international news outlets France 24 and RFI - drawing condemnation from the French foreign ministry. The move is similar to post-coup crackdowns on French media by the juntas in Mali and Burkina Faso, who have also kicked out French troops, many of whom are stationed in Niger. The coup against Bazoum was the seventh in the west and central Africa region since 2020.
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