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US Troops Withdraw From Another Military Base Under Biden

U.S. troops formally withdrew from an air base in Niger on Monday, the first of two bases to be evacuated by American forces after Nigerian officials ordered them to leave.

American forces left Air Base 101, near the capital of Niamey, after a ceremony formalizing the departure of the troops, according to U.S. Africa Command (Africom).

The last aircraft to leave, an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transportation plane, departed Monday.

The U.S. will leave Air Base 201 in the city of Agadez in September.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kenneth Ekman, Africom’s director of strategy, engagement and programs, said he was grateful for the orderly and safe withdrawal of American troops.

“Today we reflect positively on the past 15 years of security cooperation and shared sacrifice by U.S. forces and Nigerien forces,” Ekman said in a statement.

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