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West Africa on the brink of war as Niger coup deadline looms, ECOWAS threatens to use force

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West African leaders are gearing up for a possible military intervention in Niger, as the junta that seized power last week shows no sign of backing down. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given the coup leaders until Friday, August 6, to restore the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum, who is being held hostage by the military. If the deadline is not met, ECOWAS has threatened to use “all measures necessary” to restore constitutional order, including force.

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