The Algerian Army will take part, in a few days, in a military mega-maneuver that will gather soldiers from 30 countries, including Morocco and Tunisia.
About 2000 soldiers, announced the command of Africom on its website, will participate, from February 18 to 1st March 2019, to the “Flintlock 2019” military maneuvers planned in Burkina Faso and Mauritania under the auspices of the United States Special Operations for Africa.
According to Africom, these maneuvers are part of the annual integrated military exercises since 2005, “aimed at strengthening coordination between forces in North and West Africa with Western forces”.
In addition to the Maghreb countries, in this case Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal will be represented in these exercises.
They will be alongside Western countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland , the United Kingdom and the United States.
“Flintlock” military maneuvers are the biggest maneuvers between Africa and the United States of America. They aim to build the capacity of the main countries in the region (Sahelian) to fight violent extremist organizations and terrorism.