U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
Camp Lejeune, NC
Photo By: Max Blumenfeld
A French-speaking member of the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) debriefs a Malian Counter-Terrorism (CT) unit after having conducted rehearsals of a CT mission during Flintlock 10 in Theis, Senegal. The MARSOC are specialized Marines conducting special missions in unique areas, focused on capacity development under the auspices of the Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Partnership. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise focused on military interoperability and capacity-building and is part of an AFRICOM-sponsored annual exercise program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. Approximately 1,200 European, African Partner Nation and U.S. personnel from 14 nations are involved in military interoperability activities across the Trans-Saharan region during this event.
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