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US special operators train with partner nations in West Africa amid terror threats | Stars & Stripes
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US special operators train with partner nations in West Africa amid terror threats | Stars & Stripes

U.S. Green Berets are working on small unit tactics with soldiers from partner nations during military drills in Niger, where more than 1,500 troops are gathered this week for combat training.

Flintlock 2018, Special Operations Command Africa’s largest military exercise, is focused on the fight against a wide range of terrorist groups operating in the region.

Al-Qaida and Islamic State group affiliates as well as Boko Haram are some of the enemy groups operating in countries like Mali, Niger and Nigeria.

Al-Qaida is the more serious long-term threat, the U.S. military’s special operations commander in Africa said in an interview with The Associated Press.

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