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AFRICA-SECURITY/FLINTLOCK
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February 20, 2022 
The Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, speaks during the opening... 
JACQUEVILLE, Cote D'Ivoire 
The opening ceremony of the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises at the site of the new French-backed international... 
The Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, speaks during the opening ceremony of the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises at the site of the new French-backed international counter-terrorism academy in Jacqueville, Ivory Coast February 20, 2022. REUTERS/Luc Gnago 
AFRICA-SECURITY/FLINTLOCK
RTS5NLHX 
February 20, 2022 
The Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, speaks during the opening... 
JACQUEVILLE, Cote D'Ivoire 
The opening ceremony of the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises at the site of the new French-backed international... 
The Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, speaks during the opening ceremony of the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises at the site of the new French-backed international counter-terrorism academy in Jacqueville, Ivory Coast February 20, 2022. REUTERS/Luc Gnago 
AFRICA-SECURITY/FLINTLOCK
RTS5NLHZ 
February 20, 2022 
The Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, speaks during the opening... 
JACQUEVILLE, Cote D'Ivoire 
The opening ceremony of the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises at the site of the new French-backed international... 
The Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa, speaks during the opening ceremony of the U.S. sponsored Flintlock exercises at the site of the new French-backed international counter-terrorism academy in Jacqueville, Ivory Coast February 20, 2022. REUTERS/Luc Gnago 
GLOBAL-GUNS/
RTS1P18P 
March 23, 2018 
18th century flintlock-operated rocket launchers, believed to be Spanish in origin, are displayed at... 
Valletta, Malta 
18th century flintlock-operated rocket launchers, believed to be Spanish in origin, are displayed at... 
18th century flintlock-operated rocket launchers, believed to be Spanish in origin, are displayed at the Palace Armoury in Valletta, Malta, March 23, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi 
AFRICA-SECURITY/USA
RTX28CAC 
February 24, 2016 
Senegalese officers gather near an exploded vehicle at a military range during the U.S.-led "Flintlock"... 
Thies, Senegal 
Senegalese officers gather near an exploded vehicle at a military range during the U.S.-led "Flintlock"... 
Senegalese officers gather near an exploded vehicle at a military range during the U.S.-led "Flintlock" training exercises for African militaries, in Thies, Senegal February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Emma Farge 
CHAD-USA/
RTR4QX7A 
February 24, 2015 
Members of the Mauritanian special forces dance after a training session during Flintlock 2015, a U.S.-led... 
Mao, Chad 
Members of the Mauritanian special forces dance after a training session during Flintlock 2015, a U.S.-led... 
Members of the Mauritanian special forces dance after a training session during Flintlock 2015, a U.S.-led military exercise, in Mao, Chad, February 21, 2015. Picture taken February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun (CHAD - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
CHAD-MILITARY/
RTR4QUFI 
February 23, 2015 
A British soldier trains Nigerian special forces in marksmanship during Flintlock 2015, an American-led... 
Mao, Chad 
A British soldier trains Nigerian special forces in marksmanship during Flintlock 2015, an American-led... 
A British soldier trains Nigerian special forces in marksmanship during Flintlock 2015, an American-led military exercise, in Mao, February 22, 2015. Picture taken February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun (CHAD - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) 
Military
Military 
U.S. Trains African Troops - 14 Mar 2014 
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AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXOT 
March 13, 2014 
A Nigerien soldier takes a position during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A Nigerien soldier takes a position during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
A Nigerien soldier takes a position during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 6, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 6, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXOA 
March 13, 2014 
A U.S. special forces soldier demonstrates how to detain a suspect during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A U.S. special forces soldier demonstrates how to detain a suspect during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
A U.S. special forces soldier demonstrates how to detain a suspect during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 4, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 4, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXNN 
March 13, 2014 
Nigerien soldiers do push-ups during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerien soldiers do push-ups during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Nigerien soldiers do push-ups during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 5, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 5, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
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March 13, 2014 
Nigerian soldiers walk in a line during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerian soldiers walk in a line during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Nigerian soldiers walk in a line during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 3, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 3, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXMA 
March 13, 2014 
Chadian soldiers run during a mock ambush during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Chadian soldiers run during a mock ambush during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Chadian soldiers run during a mock ambush during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 6, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 6, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXM2 
March 13, 2014 
Chadian soldiers place pieces of cloth on the ground during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Chadian soldiers place pieces of cloth on the ground during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Chadian soldiers place pieces of cloth on the ground during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 3, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 3, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXLN 
March 13, 2014 
Nigerian soldiers sleep after a training session during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerian soldiers sleep after a training session during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Nigerian soldiers sleep after a training session during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 4, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 4, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXKS 
March 13, 2014 
Nigerian soldiers receive military theory training from British soldiers (not pictured) during Flintlock... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerian soldiers receive military theory training from British soldiers during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa... 
Nigerian soldiers receive military theory training from British soldiers (not pictured) during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 3, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 3, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXJR 
March 13, 2014 
Chadian soldiers march during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries,... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Chadian soldiers march during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Chadian soldiers march during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 3, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 3, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXI7 
March 13, 2014 
A poster for Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, is seen... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A poster for Flintlock 2014 is seen on the door of a Nigerien military office in Diffa 
A poster for Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, is seen on the door of a Nigerien military office in Diffa, March 4, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 4, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
FRANCE-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXH7 
March 13, 2014 
Chadian soldiers take a break during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Chadian soldiers take a break during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Chadian soldiers take a break during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 4, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 4, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXGD 
March 13, 2014 
Nigerian soldiers watch a movie after a day's training session during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerian soldiers watch a movie after a day's training session during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Nigerian soldiers watch a movie after a day's training session during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 4, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 4, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXFA 
March 13, 2014 
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa commanding general Brigadier General James Linder (R) shakes hands... 
Niamey, Niger 
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa commanding general Brigadier General Linder shakes hands with... 
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa commanding general Brigadier General James Linder (R) shakes hands with a Nigerien military officer during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Niamey, March 9, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 9, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXEZ 
March 13, 2014 
A Nigerien soldier apprehends a U.S. special forces soldier during a mock checkpoint during Flintlock... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A Nigerien soldier apprehends a U.S. special forces soldier during a mock checkpoint during Flintlock... 
A Nigerien soldier apprehends a U.S. special forces soldier during a mock checkpoint during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 5, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 5, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXEF 
March 13, 2014 
A Nigerien soldier apprehends a U.S. special forces soldier during a mock checkpoint during Flintlock... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A Nigerien soldier apprehends a U.S. special forces soldier during a mock checkpoint during Flintlock... 
A Nigerien soldier apprehends a U.S. special forces soldier during a mock checkpoint during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 5, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 5, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXDM 
March 13, 2014 
Nigerien soldiers do push-ups in front of a smoke bomb during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerien soldiers do push-ups in front of a smoke bomb during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Nigerien soldiers do push-ups in front of a smoke bomb during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 5, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 5, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXCS 
March 13, 2014 
A Nigerien soldier smokes a cigarette during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A Nigerien soldier smokes a cigarette during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
A Nigerien soldier smokes a cigarette during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 6, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 6, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXC7 
March 13, 2014 
Nigerien soldiers practice apprehending a suspect during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training... 
DIFFA, Niger 
Nigerien soldiers practice apprehending a suspect during Flintlock 2014 in Diffa 
Nigerien soldiers practice apprehending a suspect during Flintlock 2014, a U.S.-led international training mission for African militaries, in Diffa, March 5, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 5, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXAR 
March 13, 2014 
A C-130 U.S. Air Force plane lands as Nigerien soldiers stand in formation during the Flintlock military... 
DIFFA, Niger 
A C-130 U.S. Air Force plane lands as Nigerien soldiers stand in formation during the Flintlock military... 
A C-130 U.S. Air Force plane lands as Nigerien soldiers stand in formation during the Flintlock military exercise in Diffa, March 8, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 8, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TRANSPORT) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GXAB 
March 13, 2014 
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa commanding general Brigadier General James Linder (front L) and... 
Niamey, Niger 
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa commanding general Brigadier General Linder and other military... 
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa commanding general Brigadier General James Linder (front L) and other military officials salute forces during the closing ceremony of Flintlock 2014, a U.S-led international training mission for African militaries in Niamey, March 9, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 9, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) 
AFRICA-USA/SECURITY
RTR3GX98 
March 13, 2014 
Niger's Defense Minister M. Karidio Mahamadou (centre R) answers questions during the closing ceremony... 
Niamey, Niger 
Niger's Defense Minister Mahamadou answers questions during the closing ceremony of Flintlock 2014 in... 
Niger's Defense Minister M. Karidio Mahamadou (centre R) answers questions during the closing ceremony of Flintlock 2014, an American-led international training mission for African militaries, in Niamey, March 9, 2014. On a dusty training ground in Niger, U.S. Special Forces teach local troops to deal with suspects who resist arrest. The drill in the border town of Diffa is part of Operation Flintlock, a counter-terrorism exercise for nations on the Sahara's southern flanks that the United States organises each year. Washington's aim is to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel region while keeping its military presence in Africa light. A growing number of European nations taking part shows their increasing concern about security in West Africa. Central to the international effort is a blossoming relationship between the United States and France, the former colonial power and traditional "policeman" of the turbulent region. Picture taken March 9, 2014. To match Analysis AFRICA-USA/SECURITY REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY) 
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