African Lion

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African Lion

1:01 PM5/5/2014
African Lion is a joint, multi-national exercise in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal linked to U.S. European Command’s DEFENDER series exercise to counter malign activity in North Africa and Southern Europe and increase interoperability with international partners.
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Press Release

Military Leaders Adjust Scope of Exercise African Lion to Protect Against COVID-19

12:00 AM3/10/2020
Military leaders from the United States, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal will modify the size and scope of African Lion to minimize exposure of U.S. and partner nation service members to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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U.S. Africa Command’s Exercise African Lion cancelled

12:00 AM3/16/2020
After careful consideration and coordination with exercise participants and African host nation partners, U.S. Africa Command’s Exercise African Lion 2020 has been cancelled.
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US, Moroccan Generals launch planning for African Lion 21

8:55 AM11/16/2020
Plans for African Lion 21 build on African Lion 20, which was curtailed last spring during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise

8:39 AM2/4/2021
Capt. Jonathan Paul, 173rd Brigade, explains his unit's training requirements to Moroccan military planners during a site survey in Morocco Jan. 22, 2021. Plans for this year's iteration will involve more than 5,000 troops from the U.S., Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and elsewhere.
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Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise

8:39 AM2/4/2021
A Royal Morocco Armed Forces officer explains the capabilities of a firing range during a site survey for exercise African Lion 21. Plans for this year's iteration will involve more than 5,000 troops from the U.S., Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and elsewhere.
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Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise

8:39 AM2/4/2021
Planners for exercise African Lion 21 survey a small arms weapons range during a visit to Morocco Jan. 20, 2021. Plans for this year's iteration will involve more than 5,000 troops from the U.S., Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and elsewhere.
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Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise

8:40 AM2/4/2021
Moroccan officer Maj. Mamoud, right, explains range capabilities to Georgia Army National Guard Capt. Jeremiah Stafford during a site survey for exercise African Lion Jan 21, 2021. Scheduled for June, African Lion, U.S. Africa Command's largest exercise, has increased interoperability among U.S. partners and allies since 2003.
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Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise

8:39 AM2/4/2021
African Lions 21 is scheduled to kick off in June 2021. This year's iteration will involve ~5,000 troops from the U.S., Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and elsewhere.
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Press Release

Morocco praises continued security cooperation with AFRICOM

1:54 PM4/12/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command spoke with the Inspector General of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, Gen. Abdelfatah Louarak on April 6.
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Devil Raiders enable Exercise African Lion 21 with critical airfield surveys

1:49 PM5/18/2021
Air Mobility Command deployed two airfield survey teams from the 621st Contingency Response Wing to the Kingdom of Morocco April 17-27 to conduct airfield surveys in preparation for Exercise African Lion 21.
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Devil Raiders enable Exercise African Lion 21 with critical airfield surveys

2:16 PM5/18/2021
Col. Mohammed Tourabi, Royal Moroccan Air Force, left, observes as Capt. Jack Robinson, 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron airfield assessment team chief and civil engineer, right, seals the pavement test point at the Inezgane Airport, Morocco, April 24, 2021. After drilling into the pavement and performing the Dynamic Cone Penetrometer structural test the airfield survey team seals the pavement with silicone to minimize the impact of the test on the lifecycle of the pavement. (courtesy photo)
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Military equipment 'under way' for African Lion 21

4:12 PM5/25/2021
More than 7,000 troops from nine countries will participate in the exercise – U.S. Africa Command’s largest annual exercise. The exercise demonstrates the winning combat capabilities of the U.S. and African partners and regional allies while enhancing strategic readiness to respond to contingencies around the globe.
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Press Release

African Lion 21 exercise begins with 7,800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

3:33 PM6/7/2021
African Lion 21 is a multi-domain, multi-component, and multi-national exercise, which will employ a full array of mission capabilities with the goal to strengthen interoperability among partner nations and enhance the ability to operate in the African theater of operations.
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News release 06.07.21_Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise_Arabic.pdf

8:35 AM6/8/2021
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News release 06.07.21_Plans underway for African Lion, Africa's biggest military exercise_French .pdf

8:36 AM6/8/2021
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Executing African Lion 21 with 7,800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

8:40 AM6/14/2021
U.S. Army Georgia Army National Guardsmen train with Royal Moroccan Armed Forces members at the Tan Tan Training Area, Morocco, June 11, 2021. More than 7,000 participants from nine nations and NATO train together with a focus on enhancing readiness for U.S. and partner nation forces. strengthen interoperability among participants.
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Executing African Lion 21 with 7,800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

8:46 AM6/14/2021
U.S. and Moroccan service members provide medical care to Moroccan citizens at the Military Medical Surgical Field Hospital in Tafraoute, Morocco, during the humanitarian civic assistance portion of African Lion 21.
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Executing African Lion 21 with 7,800 troops in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

8:47 AM6/14/2021
U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard and Royal Moroccan Army Soldiers conduct a combined small arms range during African Lion 2021 in Tifnit, Morocco, June 8, 2021. African Lion 2021 is U.S. Africa Command's largest, premier, joint, annual exercise hosted by Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal, 7-18 June.
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U.S. Airmen begin African Lion humanitarian efforts

2:30 PM6/14/2021
Utah Air National Guard and active duty airmen have partnered with the Moroccan military to provide medical care at a surgical field hospital set up for humanitarian civic assistance during African Lion 2021.
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U.S. Airmen begin African Lion humanitarian efforts

2:50 PM6/14/2021
U.S. Air Force Capt. Kate Ovington, a physician assistant with the 113th Medical Group, performs an examination at the military field hospital on June 7, 2021 in Tafraoute, Morocco during African Lion 2021. African Lion 2021 is U.S. Africa Command’s largest, premier, joint, annual exercise hosted by Morocco, Tunisia, and Senegal, 7-18 June. More than 7,000 participants from nine nations and NATO train together with a focus on enhancing readiness for U.S. and partner nation forces. AL21 is multi-domain, null-component, and multinational exercise, which employs a full array of mission capabilities with the goal to strengthen interoperability among participants. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Annie Edwards).
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U.S. Naval Forces Africa ships participate in exercise African Lion

12:45 PM6/15/2021
U.S. Sixth Fleet ships, Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4), Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71), and expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF-5) are participating in U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) largest and premier annual exercise African Lion, June 13, 2021.
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African Lion 21

2:28 PM6/17/2021
A Royal Moroccan Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft taxis down the runway during Exercise African Lion 21 at the 3rd Royal Moroccan Air Force Base in Kenitra, Morocco, June 14, 2021.
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Moroccan, U.S. fighters and refuelers showcase combined capabilities

2:31 PM6/17/2021
Two U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, conducted an Agile Combat Employment (ACE) event in Guelmim, Morocco, June 16, 2021.
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Moroccan, U.S. fighters fighters and refuelers showcase combined capabilities

2:49 PM6/17/2021
A Royal Moroccan Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft approaches to conduct air refueling with a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Morocco during Exercise African Lion 2021, June 15, 2021.
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Moroccan, U.S. fighters fighters and refuelers showcase combined capabilities

2:51 PM6/17/2021
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 510th Fighter Squadron, lands at Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco, 15 June 2021, during Exercise African Lion 2021.
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AFRICOM’s Gen. Townsend meets African leaders at exercise African Lion

9:40 AM6/21/2021
Gen. Stephen Townsend visited Morocco to attend the closing ceremony of African Lion 21 and to meet with several African defense leaders June 17-19.
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AFRICOM’s Gen. Townsend meets African leaders at exercise African Lion

9:51 AM6/21/2021
The Commander of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, visited Morocco to attend the closing ceremony of Exercise African Lion 21 and to meet with several African defense leaders June 17-19. Townsend met with senior Moroccan military leaders for outstanding efforts by the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces in planning and executing African Lion 2021; Senegal’s Chief of Defense Staff to thank the nation’s efforts as a security leader in West Africa and for hosting and participating in multiple U.S. Africa Command exercises; and Libyan leaders to stress foreign forces need to withdraw from Libya and discuss opportunities for greater military cooperation with the United States.
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AFRICOM’s Gen. Townsend meets African leaders at exercise African Lion

9:51 AM6/21/2021
The Commander of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, visited Morocco to attend the closing ceremony of Exercise African Lion 21 and to meet with several African defense leaders June 17-19. Townsend met with senior Moroccan military leaders for outstanding efforts by the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces in planning and executing African Lion 2021; Senegal’s Chief of Defense Staff to thank the nation’s efforts as a security leader in West Africa and for hosting and participating in multiple U.S. Africa Command exercises; and Libyan leaders to stress foreign forces need to withdraw from Libya and discuss opportunities for greater military cooperation with the United States.
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African Lion 21 concludes after honing multinational operations on land, in air and over sea

10:58 AM6/23/2021
As part of African Lion's culminating training event, distinguished visitors observed a demonstration of a combined operation between U.S. and Moroccan Forces capturing a high value target June 17.
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African Lion 21 concludes after honing multinational operations on land, in air and over sea

11:32 AM6/23/2021
As part of African Lion's culminating training event, distinguished visitors observed a demonstration of a combined operation between U.S. and Moroccan Forces capturing a high value target June 17.
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African Lion 2021-Overall

9:47 AM7/6/2021
Brig. Gen. Aida Borras, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, on the relationships built and joint-training executed during African Lion 21.
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Training program with Defense Threat Reduction Agency readies Senegal for regional emergency response role

4:42 PM9/20/2021
Senegal Military members treat a simulated casualty from a chemical attack during a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense demonstration hosted by the Moroccan and Senegalese militaries in Agadir, Morocco, during African Lion 2021, June 15, 2021.The training event marked a culmination of a six-year program with the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to enhance the Senegalese National Fire Brigade as a trained and ready Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear response organization.
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