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U.S. Particular Operations Command Africa will conduct Flintlock 2023 in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire from March 1-15, 2023, with roughly 1,300 service members from 30 collaborating nations.
Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual particular operations train combining army and regulation enforcement to strengthen African and worldwide particular operations forces capabilities. The train, which first premiered in 2005, operates on the premise of mutual respect and collaboration to advance the shared pursuits of regional stability.
“Flintlock will characterize the expertise of all these nations collectively working to unravel the safety challenges that pose threats throughout the area,” acknowledged SOCAF Deputy Commander, Col. Robert Zyla, throughout a January 13 mixed press convention in Accra. “Violent extremism threatens the soundness of not solely Africa, however our companions across the globe. A safer and safer Africa will lead to a extra affluent international society and safety surroundings.”
Flintlock intends to strengthen the power of key associate nations within the area to counter violent extremist organizations, collaborate throughout borders, and supply safety for his or her individuals, whereas respecting human rights and constructing belief with civilian populations. The sturdy participation of African and worldwide companions displays a mutual dedication to countering malign exercise and violent extremism all through the Sahel and West Africa area. Whereas regional safety is the main focus of the train, classes discovered at Flintlock will create lasting results past North and West Africa.
U.S. forces have traditionally partnered with Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire by means of a number of army and civil affairs exchanges. Final 12 months, Côte d’Ivoire hosted Flintlock 2022, with greater than 400 contributors from ten nations. This 12 months’s iteration goals to proceed reinforcing the collective capability of allied and associate nations to deal with key safety challenges.