African Lion

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.

African Lion 21, conducted by U.S. Africa Command with allies and African partners in Morocco, Tunisia, and Senegal and the surrounding seas from June 7-18, was executed to strengthen U.S. and partner nations capability to promote regional stability and support interoperability.

In October 2021, planners came together to start coordinating for African Lion 22:



LISTEN: 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.


African Lion 20 was scheduled to be conducted from March 23 to April 3, 2020, in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, and Spain, but was canceled March 16, 2020, due to COVID-19. More info here.

African Lion is led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa as a joint, all-domain, multi-national exercise in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, and Ghana linked to the U.S. European Command’s DEFENDER series exercise to counter malign activity in North Africa and Southern Europe and increase interoperability between U.S., African, and international partners to defend the theater from adversary military aggression.

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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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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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