US, Kenya, Uganda Militaries Join in African Partnership Flight Exercise

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Kenyan, Ugandan and US air forces are conducting personnel recovery and combat rescue operations in Kenya as part of a first of its kind joint training exercise African Partnership Flight, the US Air Force said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik News) — Kenya bears the burden of conflicts in the neighboring countries of Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Consequently, the country is home to more than half-a-million refugees, including from spillover from clan and rebel fighting in Somalia.

The training operation concludes with exercise Linda-Rhino, a Kenya Defense Forces-led personnel recovery exercise, according to the US Air Force.

"[The] aim… is to help these partner nations fight their own transnational threats and strengthen their own armed forces to the point where they are self-sustaining," US Air Force commander in charge Maj. Todd Tyler stated on Wednesday.

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