U.S., African and allied partners train to battle terrorism

Soldiers clearing a room (U.S. Army/Sergeant 1st Class Mary S. Katzenberger)
Senegalese special forces soldiers training during the 2019 Flintlock training exercises (U.S. Army/Sergeant 1st Class Mary S. Katzenberger)

Two thousand troops from 34 countries are wrapping up the U.S. military’s annual Flintlock exercise in counterterrorism operations in Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

The exercise, which this year ran from February 18 through March 1, strengthens civil-military relationships and offers training on the law of armed conflict and human rights, said Major General Mark Hicks of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa. “We are there to provide security so that governance and development can occur,” he said.