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AFRICA – Four African countries participate in the “African Lion 22” military operation in Morocco

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The eighteenth edition of the military exercises called African Lion 22 ” will be held in Morocco from 6 June to 1 July 2022 with the participation of Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia and Senegal and a dozen other countries. It is a large gathering of 7500 men organized by the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) and the American army. The operation began on 6 June with an academic cycle of training. The actual military exercises are scheduled from 20 June to 30 June.

While most of the troops are mobilized in Morocco, these military exercises also extend to Senegalese, Ghanaian and Tunisian territories. A large arsenal of more than 80 aircraft (planes, helicopters…) and two ships will also be used. The aim of African Lion 22 is to improve the capabilities, interoperability and readiness of the forces of the participating nations.

According to the US Army Southern Task Force, this is ‘a strategic demonstration of partners’ commitment to regional stability in North Africa and an excellent opportunity to conduct realistic, dynamic and collaborative training in an austere environment’. African Lion 22 will also include a joint task force command exercise, a maritime exercise, an air exercise, and a humanitarian and medical assistance program.

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The organization of these military exercises on the African continent is a great opportunity for our states that are facing increasingly violent terrorist attacks. These armed men operating in North Africa are spreading their tentacles in West Africa, notably in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria. Attempts at incursion have already taken place in Côte d’Ivoire, Benin and more recently in Togo. These military exercises will give participating armies the opportunity to acquire new tech

       

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