Tuesday, November 11, 2008

U.S. INVADES AFRICA, TOO

Danger Room - Flintlock 2008, a joint military exercise that kicked off last week in Bamako, Mali, marked the first deployment for the CV-22 Ospreys of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. It is also the first military exercise overseen by U.S. Africa Command, which was formally activated last month.

Max Blumenfeld, a spokesman for Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara and the exercise public affairs officer, told Danger Room the exercise would test the ability of participants to respond to "transnational" threats like human trafficking, drug smuggling, or terrorism. Flintlock is supposed to encourage militaries in the region to share information with each other, he said: "The whole goal of this exercise is to get people talking to each other. We do take these things for granted... there's a lot communication between the various European countries in military to military engagement. Here [in west Africa], this is a new thing.". . .

Flintlock will also feature a sort of "hearts and minds" campaign, with exercise participants setting up rural medical clinics in Senegal and Mali. . .

1 Comments:

At November 11, 2008 5:55 PM, Anonymous bullshit uber alles said...

Afrika Corps...youth nat'l service... Sound familiar?

 

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