U.S.-led anti-jihadist military exercises began in Côte d’Ivoire on Sunday, supporting the West’s commitment to fighting terrorism in West Africa after France announced its withdrawal from Mali.
Flintlock includes the armies of the United States, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon and Niger and is supported by France, Britain, Canada, Austria and the Netherlands. It will end on February 28.
Jihadist attacks have affected northern Côte d’Ivoire and neighboring Gulf states of Benin and Ghana as fighting has erupted from the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali – which have long fought rebels.
“The fact that we can be here today is a true testament to our ability to overcome adversity to achieve our common goals,” he said. Jamie Sandscommanding U.S. Army operations in Africa.
Sands officially began training at the International Anti-Terrorist Academy in Jacquille, near the economic center of Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan.
“The Army of Côte d’Ivoire is ready to fight terrorism,” said the Commander-in-Chief of the Army of Côte d’Ivoire, General. Elk Doumbia.
Drills come after France announced the withdrawal of its troops from a nearly decade-long anti-jihadist mission in Mali, Barkhan, and from the Takuba European Task Force.
Forces need to be deployed to other countries in the region, particularly neighboring Mali Niger.
Abidjan receives 900 French soldiers who offer logistical support to Barkhan as one of their main responsibilities.
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