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Ghana: Troopers practice in US counterterrorism workout routines ‘Flintlock’

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A gaggle of African troopers have been chosen to taking part in an annual U.S. military-led counterterrorism train.

The Flintlock 2023 drills, a two-week coaching, are being staged in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

On Thursday (Mar. 9) the troops had been in Accra, on board Spanish navy ship Audaz. US Main DeMarco defined the advantages of such coaching.

“The advantages to Ghana and its neighbouring nations from this particular coaching is it not solely prepares our African companion nations for maritime safety operations however it additionally fosters the interoperability and collective safety that we try to purpose for with train Flintlock.”

Thursday’s coaching noticed troops studying how you can conduct anti-piracy operations. Spain’s ambassador to Ghana deemed the partnership with West African nations strategic including that “occasions within the area have direct influence […] on Europe.”

“We’ve got been cooperating for a few years and with counties like Ghana, we’re contributing to going through frequent challenges like terrorists and piracy and on the similar time constructing native capacities. We consider that these are actions for mutual advantages of each events and we’re cooperating with our companions like Ghana.”

Terrorist insurgencies have destabilized nations within the area like Burkina Faso and Mali.

The coaching will run till March 15, 29 nations and over a thousand personnel will taking part in Flintlock 2023.

Flintlock – U.S. Africa Command’s largest annual particular operations train – has taken place yearly since 2005.