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Africom exercises with troops from the Sahel and some Europeans

Germany, Spain and the Netherlands will participate in a joint exercise in Senegal in February-March with the Americans from Africom and the Canadians as well as units from African countries in the Sahel and the west (Burkina Faso , Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Nigeria and Senegal). Named Flintlock 2011, this annual exercise aims, say its promoters, to ensure the training of the armed forces of these countries to strengthen their security and to limit the smuggling of weapons, goods and people. The exercise was carried out in Mali in 2008 and in Burkina Faso in 2010. (photo credit: Africom / Joint Special Operations Task Force – Trans-Sahara JSOTF-TS)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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  • Hello and thank you for this article

    As you say, joint training between Africom-EU-Sahelian Forces is nothing new. INHABITED by populations too often kept away from political, economic and security management. Security in the Sahel cannot be achieved without the HELP of the TOUAREGS, and we are the only ones in power (if there are means ) put an end to the actions of Algerian terrorists without complacency. We control the area more than the Mauritanian, Nigerian, Malian and Burkinabe armies. The EU must have the courage to go even further, to anticipate and join in this fight key players: The Tuaregs

    Thank you

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