Seven soldiers killed in a suspected jihadist attack in western Niger, with five more dying in a traffic accident during a response operation. Niger seeks new military partners amidst instability.

 Seven soldiers killed in a jihadist attack in western Niger.Five more soldiers died in a traffic accident during the response operation.

Seven individuals injured and evacuated to the hospital. Attackers' motorcycles and weapons destroyed in the Tijiane area.

Ruling generals came to power through a coup on July 26, overthrowing the elected president due to security concerns.

Niger faces jihadist violence from Boko Haram and Iswap in the southeast, as well as the "three borders" region in the west.

Deadliest attack since the coup occurred in mid-August, resulting in 17 soldiers killed and 20 wounded.

Increase in jihadist attack deaths since the coup, according to NGO Acled.

Niger's military regime calls for the departure of 1,500 French soldiers, leading to tensions with France.

 The United States is evaluating its troop presence in Niger. Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso form the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) for defense cooperation.

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