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More than 2m people are involved in small-scale gold mining in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In total they dig up 40-95 tonnes of gold a year, worth some $1.9bn-4.5bn. This has sucked in Jihadists who feed off the gold rush.

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External affairs minister S Jaishankar inaugurates a $56-million convention centre dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Niger

Niger: External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar visited Niamey, on 20&21 January. During the visit, EAM called on President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou on 21 January and both the leaders jointly inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC).

But the deaths of the three Americans — one Army soldier and two Pentagon contractors — marked the largest number of United States military-related fatalities in Africa since four soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger in October 2017.

India opens its first Mahatma Gandhi convention centre in Niger

Visit of External Affairs Minister to Republic of Niger (January 20-21, 2020) @MEAIndia  #Africa  #Niger  #India  #ForeignPolicy 

India opens first Mahatma Gandhi convention centre in Niger

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The number of extremist attacks in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, has grown from 180 incidents in 2017 to approximately 800 in the first 10 months of 2019. Read the @CSISAfrica  analysis of the security crisis in the Sahel:

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Houston. Mumbai. Niger. All within the past week.

Verified @gofundme  campaign to pay for college for the children of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, KIA in Niger.

If the NFL thing was about the flag & anthem, you’d be outraged when Trump doesn’t hold a hand over his heart & botches the words. If it was about troops, you’d be as pissed about Niger as about Benghazi. It’s not principle. It’s about control of brown bodies. Stop the bullshit.

Heartbreaking scene as the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, killed in action in Niger, are returned to Miami.

President Trump has not yet commented publicly on the four #GreenBerets  killed in an ambush in Niger Oct 4.

Senator McCain says Trump administration not being up front about Niger attack

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