Flintlock

Exercise Flintlock is an annual regional exercise among African, Western, and U.S. counterterrorism forces, which has taken place since 2006. It is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Africa Command-sponsored, Joint-Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara -conducted Special Operations Forces exercise. Occurring in nations across the Sahel region of Africa, the exercises are planned by Special Operations Command-Africa to develop the capacity and collaboration among African security forces to protect civilian populations. Flintlock participation has included ground and air forces from over 16 countries across a broad spectrum of operations.

Exercise Flintlock is designed to foster regional cooperation to enable our African partners to stabilize regions of North and West Africa, reducing sanctuary and support for violent extremist organizations. Exercise Flintlock provides increased interoperability, counterterrorism, and combat skills training while creating a venue for regional engagement among all TSCTP nations.

Past participants include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Canada, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.


Media Releases for Flintlock

FLINTLOCK Builds Partnership and Capabilities of Partner African Nations 3/4/2014
Flintlock Builds Partnership and Capabilities of Partner African Nations Various countries soldiers take part in FLINTLOCK training exercise in Niger, Feb. 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Timothy Clegg) Go to Album
Flintlock 2013 Medical Seminar 3/15/2013
Flintlock 2013 Promoting regional cooperation and developing interoperability among partner nations of the Trans-Sahara was the focus of this year's Exercise Flintlock in Mauritania. Fourteen African, European and Go to Album
Program Brings Together Northwest Africa Leaders and Partners 4/20/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo - Representatives from African partner nations Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, and Senegal participated in the Special Operations Command Africa- coordinated 2012 Flintlock Full Story
NCO training program brings together African troops and communities 12/5/2011
U.S. AFRICOM Photo

In an increasingly collaborative security environment, U.S. troops are finding more opportunities to train and mentor partner militaries on programs and techniques that make the U.S. military Full Story

Senegalese Media Delegation Visits U.S. Africa Command Headquarters 8/31/2011
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Members of the Senegalese media were given an in-depth look at the mission of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) during a week-long visit to Stuttgart, Germany, August 22-26, 2011.

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Africom Now 18 4/21/2011
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Africom Now 18 4/21/2011
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POSTURE STATEMENT: U.S. Africa Command Before the House Armed Services Committee 4/7/2011
HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE - WRITTEN STATEMENT OUTLINE


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STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT
• Continent-wide Trends Full Story
Flintlock 11 and TSS Expand Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Cooperation Approach 3/5/2011
U.S. AFRICOM Photo U.S. Africa Command expanded its traditional approach to addressing irregular security challenges across the Trans-Sahara region of West and North Africa by incorporating engagements for the first Full Story
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