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Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali sign treaty to counter ECOWAS

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In a new twist to counter the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), three West African Sahel countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, all under military juntas, have on Saturday signed a security pact promising to come to the aid of each other in case of any rebellion or external aggression.

The three countries are struggling to contain insurgents linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State and have also seen their relations with neighbours and international partners strained because of the coups.

The latest coup in Niger drove a further wedge between the three countries of the…

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