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French Afrique

France, the United States, the United Kingdom and eight African nations participated in Exercise French Afrique 98 in the Guidimakha area of Senegal during February and March, 1998.

Major African participants in the exercise included Senegal, Mali, and Mauritania which together with France were co-exercise directors. Other participating nations included Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde.

The goal of the exercise was to show the ability of West African states to participate in their own security with the logistical assistance of supporting nations.

Various elements from the U.S. European Command took part in the exercise. The team consisted of a broad range of specialists including a small number of observers/advisors from Special Operations Command Europe, a U.S. Marine infantry platoon from the Marine Corps Security Force Company, Naples, Italy, and one Hercules C-130 from U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

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