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US Navy strengthening bonds with Ghana’s navy

Ghana is an important partner for the United States and this partnership is critical to maintaining maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, according to Admiral James Foggo III.

Foggo, Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, made the comments at the opening of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEC) in Accra on 23 July. Read more

Justified Accord 2019 commences in Ethiopia


Exercise Justified Accord 2019 (JA19) kicked off July 15, with an opening ceremony held at the Peace Support Training Center and attended by over 100 exercise participants, as well as by members of the international media.

More than 1,000 military and government personnel from Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Djibouti, Ethiopia, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Somalia, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in the exercise this year. Read more

Marine Raider who earned Silver Star for heroism during Mali hotel attack now on Capitol Hill

By: Shawn Snow

Then-Gunnery Sgt. Jarad Stout was sleeping in the early morning hours of Nov. 20, 2015, when the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, was attacked by gunmen affiliated with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The armed militants were holding about 170 people hostage, including a dozen Americans.

But when the Marine Raider, who was serving as a liaison to the U.S. embassy at the time, received word of an “active shooter,” he and his team were “out the door in five minutes.” Stout had very little initial information regarding the attack, but he devised a plan and led his team, braving grenades and small arms fire, to help rescue hostages. Read more

Niger IED incident spotlights U.S. terror fight in African country

By Ben Wolfgang – The Washington Times

A U.S. vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Niger on Saturday, Pentagon officials said, in an incident that once again shines a spotlight on America’s military presence in the African country.

U.S. Africa Command said that the American mine-resistant, all-terrain vehicle hit an IED while entering a firing range near the town of Ouallam in southwestern Niger. No U.S. service members were killed or injured. Read more

US Army General Stephen Townsend confirmed as Africa Command commander

By Joanne Stocker

During his April 2 confirmation hearing, Townsend told a Senate panel that Russia is “after access and influence to our detriment” in Africa, calling Moscow’s aims on the continent “exploitative.”

As AFRICOM commander, Townsend is set to replace U.S. Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser and oversee relationships with 51 African partner nations to help build their defense capability and capacity of their security forces. Read more

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