A group of African soldiers has been chosen to take part in an annual counterterrorism exercise led by the US military.
In Ghana and Ivory Coast, two weeks of training are being held for the Flintlock 2023 drills.
The Spanish navy ship Audaz carried the troops to Accra on Thursday, March 9. Major US DeMarco discussed the advantages of such training.
“This particular training not only prepares our African partner nations for maritime security operations but also fosters the interoperability and collective security that we are trying to aim for with exercise Flintlock,” according to Ghana and its neighboring nations.
Thursday’s preparation saw troops figuring out how to lead hostile to robbery activities. “Events in the region have direct impact […] on Europe,” the Spanish ambassador to Ghana stated, describing the strategic nature of the partnership with West African nations.
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“We have been working together for a long time, and countries like Ghana help us tackle common problems like piracy and terrorists while also building local capacities. We’re working with Ghana and other partners because we think these are activities that will benefit both parties.
Countries in the region, such as Mali and Burkina Faso, have been destabilized by terrorist insurgencies.
Flintlock 2023 will include over 1,000 individuals from 29 nations participating in the training, which will last until March 15.
Since 2005, Flintlock, the largest annual special operations exercise conducted by U.S. Africa Command, has been held annually.