U.S. Department of Defense shares rare clip of Battlefield training with 8 African nations

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The United States Department of Defense has shared a rare clip of one of the training American instructors conducted in Africa in 2018.

Weeks ago, the U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton, unveiled the new U.S. policy for Africa, saying that it would focus on trade ties and the fight against terrorism.

America, Bolton added, would stop wasting U.S. dollars on unproductive missions by the United Nations and focus on what works.

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The training shared by the U.S. Department of Defense was conducted with eight African countries.

It shows African troops simulating ground operations, likely in North Africa.

It was not clear where the training took place, when did it start in April or how long did it last.

But in a rare tweet, the Department of Defense said “2018 has been a busy year for #US #ServiceMembers, and now we look back at all the training we did with our allies and partners around the world. In April, we joined 8 other nations in #Africa for exercise #Flintlock18. #YearInReview #KnowYourMil”

Weeks ago, The Intercept reported that America has been lying about the number of U.S. military bases or duty posts on the continent.

The facts were obtained via the freedom of information act. They show that the U.S. has at least 34 miliatry bases in Africa from Djibouti to Niger.

The U.S. Department of Defense often does not work with African newspapers like TODAY NEWS AFRICA, but this newspaper has consistently reported on military operations and arms sales to the continent.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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