Former NATO Commander Warns of ‘Devastating’ Full-Blown Conflict in Africa

Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis warned on Sunday that the battle in Niger amid a looming deadline for coup leaders to cede energy might probably result in a “full-blown struggle in Africa.”

The Sunday deadline established by a coalition of West African nations for Niger to return to democratic rule is ready to run out. The demand has been shunned by fellow military-led international locations Burkina Faso and Mali, who’ve collectively warned that any intervention would quantity to a declaration of struggle.

Whereas battle is way from assured, the situations for a significant escalation are rapidly brewing on a continent that has performed host to a number of the deadliest wars of the previous century. Some consider that such a confrontation would have huge ramifications, not just for the individuals of the Sahel area, however far past, with the potential to attract within the likes of america, France and Russia amongst different invested powers.

Whereas talking on X, formally referred to as Twitter, Stavridis requested on Sunday, “Will this result in a full-blown struggle in Africa? It actually has the potential to take action, and could be a major and devastating occasion.”

On Friday, protection chiefs from the West African nations finalized an intervention plan and urged militaries to prepared assets after negotiations with Niger’s army junta stalled, the Related Press reported.

“All the weather that will go into any eventual intervention have been introduced out right here and been refined, together with the timing, the assets wanted and the how and the place and when we’re going to deploy such a drive,” mentioned Abdel-Fatau Musah, Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS) commissioner for political affairs, peace and safety, after a gathering between protection chiefs from ECOWAS international locations excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger.

Nevertheless, Musah didn’t say whether or not ECOWAS would deploy drive on the finish of the deadline given to the junta. Newsweek has reached out to a number of army consultants for remark by way of e-mail.

Whereas talking to The New York Occasions on Saturday by way of cellphone, Basic Christopher Gwabin Musa, the Nigerian chief of protection workers, advised the newspaper, “Democracy have to be restored, via diplomacy or drive.”

Protesters maintain a Niger flag throughout an illustration on independence day in Niamey on August 3. Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis warned on Sunday that the battle in Niger amid a looming deadline for coup leaders to cede energy might probably result in a “full-blown struggle in Africa.” (Picture by -/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

On Sunday, safety and intelligence professional Oluseyi Adetayo advised CNN that “preparation is already in high gear, there isn’t any doubt about that and the army are on standby. To my very own understanding, Nigeria shouldn’t be going to again down and can do no matter it takes to return Niger to civilian rule.”

In the meantime, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on X on Friday that the U.S. is pausing sure international help packages, “The availability of United States help to the federal government of Niger is dependent upon democratic governance and respect for constitutional order. We’re pausing sure international help packages, and can proceed to assessment our help because the scenario evolves.”