More than 2,000 service members from more than 30 African and Western partner countries, including Morocco, will participate in Flintlock 2019 at various locations in Burkina Faso and Mauritania from February 18 to March 1, 2019, according to a news release press relayed by the US State Department.
In 2019, Flintlock will be hosted by Burkina Faso with a key antenna in Mauritania. The exercise aims to strengthen the capacity of the region’s main partner countries to combat violent extremist organizations, protect their borders and ensure the security of their populations. In addition, the exercise strengthens partnerships between African and Western special operations forces and law enforcement agencies, enhancing their ability to work together during ongoing multinational operations and in response to crises.
Flintlock is indeed the first and largest annual exercise of the US Special Operations Forces.
The list of African countries participating in Flintlock includes in addition to Morocco, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Chad, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.
Western countries include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.