U.S. special operations troops ended their largest training mission in West Africa on Friday, as part of a bid to better train local soldiers for the fight against terror groups.
“Flintlock represents a new level of cooperation … in a troubled region,” U.S. Special Operations Command chief Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks said at a ceremony in Niger’s capital city of Niamey. “We do this as brothers in arms.”
Hicks called this years’ Flintlock “the most successful” since the exercises began in 2005.
Hicks said he sees a growing threat from extremist groups in the region, who are applying pressure in countries such as Niger and Burkina Faso.