Along the Volta, African Commandos Train to Battle Terrorists by Land and Sea | NY Times
The U.S.-led Flintlock exercise in West Africa focused on building special forces in partner nations to combat rising terrorist threats in the region.
Flintlock, the largest annual special operations exercise in Africa, included a waterborne mission this year, reflecting rising concern about security in the Gulf of Guinea. The United States and its allies in the region say Flintlock and similar events will help build a bulwark against terrorist groups that have spread across the Sahel and now threaten the coastal states of West Africa. Most of the groups are affiliated with the Islamic State or Al Qaeda. The U.S. military mission in the western coastal part of the continent does not involve any “kinetic” actions like commando raids, airstrikes or artillery fire, but rather focuses on building special forces in partner nations. Teams of special forces soldiers teamed with civilian law enforcement officers may be the future of counterterrorism in this part of Africa.