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    Default Niger Rebels Say They Kidnapped U.N. Envoy

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    I have merged two threads: Tuareg Insurgency in Northern Niger (2007-2009) and Niger Rebels Say They Kidnapped UN Envoy.

    Some of the posts on NIger are found in a parallel thread on Mali:

    Virtually everyone who has worked foreign affairs in defence issues in Ottawa knows Bob—he was/is an outstanding diplomat (including Canadian ambassador to the UNSC) and senior official at National Defence. I hope he's OK, and released quickly.

    As Allan Thompson reports in his excellent profile, "The only consolation, one friend said last night, is that if anyone could talk himself out of a tight spot, it would be Fowler."

    Niger Rebels Say They Kidnapped U.N. Envoy

    Published: December 16, 2008

    DAKAR, Senegal — A splinter faction of an insurgent group of nomadic tribesmen fighting in northern Niger claimed on Tuesday that it had abducted a Canadian diplomat serving as the United Nations envoy to the country.

    The diplomat, Robert Fowler, was first reported missing on Monday, according to the United Nations, when the vehicle in which he was traveling was found abandoned on the outskirts of Niger’s capital, Niamey. Mr. Fowler was with his aide, Louis Guay, and their driver, the United Nations said. The car’s engine was still running, and there were no signs of a struggle, officials said.
    Also: Confusion over missing envoy, Tororonto Star, 16 December 2008.

    Robert Fowler no stranger to conflict zones, Toronto Star, 16 December 2008.

    Unrest in the Sahara, al-Jazeera English (useful background).
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