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US Special Forces to Take Part in Multinational Exercises in Africa

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US Special Operations Forces will participate in the Flintlock training exercise in Africa later this month, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a statement.

NEW YORK (Sputnik) — US Special Operations Forces will participate in the Flintlock training exercise in Africa later this month, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a statement.

"Scheduled to take place in Senegal with outstations in Mauritania Feb. 8-29, Flintlock is African planned, coordinated and executed Special Operations Forces exercise that focuses on multi-national cooperation and capacity building," the statement said on Wednesday.

Approximately 1,700 Special Operation Forces from more than 30 nations are expected to participate in the exercise, which has been conducted annually since 2005.

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The exercise is meant to enhance "security, counter-terrorism and military humanitarian support" in the region.

In January, US media reported that President Barack Obama was making plans to open a third front against the Islamic State in the north of Africa, particularly in Libya, following US military operations in Syria and Iraq.

The Daesh is a designated terrorist group outlawed in the United States and Russia, among many other countries. The terror group has been carrying out attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure.

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  • Murder rape and pedophile exercises no doubt.
  • cast235
    Why Russia not leading in this? Russia's fault. Russia should be INSIDE S. Africa and other areas.
    Not as enemy of west.. But also contributing and creating good relations. Africa suffers from Daesh affiliates. Helping them train IS in accordance with a deterrence plan. CSTO should cover all BRICS countries. Many others would just join.
    In Afghanistan, Taliban would just scale back. Without firing a shot. Russia MUST prevent this.
    And also , demand equal value of all industrial and financial deals. IF they have nothing to offer, what Russia the fools to give up all Russia's cash opportunities?
    Begin strapping financial boots. And strengthening military around the world. U.S is in Afghanistan, Soon PAC 3 missiles will arrive. To BLOCK Armenian Russia air deal. ALL CSTO MUST be in the same page. How many NATO countries train with Russia?
  • sophm0e38
    Colonialism using manufactured "terrorism" as an excuse. Poor Africa.
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