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Exploring The Rationale Behind The US Withdrawal From Chad

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U.S. special forces have been stationed in the African nation of Chad for some time, but that appears to be coming to an end.

No other choice

The sentiment across much of the African continent is shifting against the U.S., specifically regarding America’s longstanding security operations in Western and Central Africa where tensions have remained high for years.

According to insiders, the U.S. Defense Department’s hand was forced in both Chad and Niger when the governments of those nations demanded a renegotiation of existing agreements with the American military. As a result, 75 service members are expected to be pulled out of Chad in addition to the withdrawal of more than 1,000 military personnel from Niger over the next few months.

There’s apparently still some hope for talks with leaders in Chad for a renewed agreement, but the rift between the U.S. and Niger seems to be beyond repair … at least in the short term.

Other nations in the region, most notably Mali and Burkina Faso, have adopted similarly contrarian stances on the issue of U.S. security operations recently as they express a willingness to cozy up to Russia.

What it all means

American officials say U.S. troops have helped maintain peace across the region and they see any increased Russian influence as a detriment to that goal. Pentagon spokesperson Maj. Pete Nguyen described the Chad pullout as a “temporary step” and suggested security operations “will resume after the May 6 presidential election.”

For his part, head of Africa Command Gen. Michael E. Langley asserted that the force “remains dedicated to building enduring partnerships with Chad and other African nations in the Sahel to address mutual security concerns and to help promote a peaceful and prosperous future in the region.”

Chris Agee
Chris Agee April 26th, 2024
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