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‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism

September 18, 2018 5:15 AM
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Once-sleepy capital hosts project to halt the migrant trail from West Africa toward the Mediterranean and combat the expansion of regional terrorism activity; some worry nation could become a target

NIAMEY, Niger—Diplomats, spies and hostage negotiators gather nightly on the moonlit terraces of colonial-era hotels in this remote desert capital to trade intelligence on security threats.

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