Ivorian and Netherlands Special Forces soldiers participate in Exercise Flintlock to improve military interoperability and capacity building in combating terrorism in Côte d’Ivoire.
On March 3, 2023, a member of the Ivorian Special Forces is seen firing his weapon during Exercise Flintlock close to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The exercise provides an opportunity for African nations to share their strategies and best practices to combat terrorism. Ivorian soldiers use the CTAR model of the Tavor and the Micro Tavor X-95 with Meprolight sights. Côte d’Ivoire is a West African country with a population of over 28 million people, bordered by Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. The exercise also involves a Netherlands Special Forces soldier who instructs Ivorian soldiers on weapon maneuvers. Flintlock aims to improve military interoperability and capacity building of participating militaries from Northern and Western Africa, Europe, and the United States.