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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Joint Military Exercises in Mali

Algeria, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia are among 13 African and European countries along with the United States, which will carry out a joint military exercise in Mali in late August or early September, AFP and Algerian media reported Thursday (August 16th).

The drill has been dubbed "Flintlock 2007" and will also see the participation of Mali, Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso, France, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. "The key objective of this exercise is to assist partner countries to plan and execute command, control and communication systems in support of humanitarian operations, peacekeeping and disaster management," Ech Chourouk and El Watan quoted a report from the US embassy in Bamako as saying.

According to AFP, "Flintlock 2007" is the last in a series of exercises carried out jointly by the American military and African partner nations, as part of the Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Partnership initiative.

The Rest @Magharebia

China's State Run Newspaper suggests that Flintlock is really about controling Natural Resources in Africa. I can understrand why China may not like the exercise, since China herself appears to be making a run on African Oil.

-Shimron

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