Mali, Burkina Faso deploy warplanes to Niger after ECOWAS military threat
Burkina Faso and Mali have deployed warplanes to Niger in solidarity with the West African country against possible military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Placing their fighter jets in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali "are implementing their obligations stated in the joint solidarity communique" with Niger, the country’s RTN TV channel reported.
The report added that the deployment is aimed at "offering rebuff to any type of aggression against Niger."
ECOWAS commissioner for political affairs, peace and security Abdel-Fatau Musah, said on August 18 that the exact date of the onset of military intervention in Niger by the West African bloc’s forces had been determined though it would not be made public so far.
ECOWAS may send a mission to Niger for talks with rebels on August 19, he added.
On July 31, the governments of Burkina Faso and Mali expressed solidarity with Niger, warning that both countries would consider any military intervention in the neighboring nationr as a declaration of war against them.
On July 26, Niger experienced a military takeover that toppled the government of pro-West President Mohamed Bazoum.