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Sling Yer Hook

The skipper of the fishing boat throws out the anchor in the shallow Iwik lagoon on Mauritania’s Atlantic coast. Iwik Village is situated in a vast bird sanctuary, and the local people are permitted to fish by traditional methods - no motors on the boats.

Mauritania on the west coast of Africa.
November 2018. David Hill




Ready for Flintlock 20

Soldiers with the Armed Forces of Senegal arrive at their training location for Flintlock 20 near Kaedi, Mauritania, Feb. 12, 2020. The Flintlock exercise, undertaken by approximately 1,600 service members from more than 30 African and partner nations, creates conditions that promote unity of effort by integrating multinational and cross-border capabilities to combat terrorist groups. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wheeler Brunschmid.)




Ready for Flintlock 20

Mauritanian Soldiers unload supplies during the opening days of Flintlock 20 in Kaedi, Mauritania, Feb. 12, 2020. The Flintlock exercise, undertaken by approximately 1,600 service members from more than 30 African and partner nations, creates conditions that promote unity of effort by integrating multinational and cross-border capabilities to combat terrorist groups. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wheeler Brunschmid)




U.S. Africa Command, partners ready for Flintlock 20

U.S Air Force Brig. Gen. Dagvin R.M. Anderson meets with a Mauritanian Lieutenant Colonel during the opening days of Flintlock 20 near Atar, Mauritania, Feb. 17, 2020. Flintlock is an annual integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout North and West Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command's premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Clara Soria-Hernandez)




Flintlock 2020 logo

Flintlock 2020 is U.S. Africa Command's premier special operations forces exercise. The exercise strengthens security institutions, promotes multilateral sharing of information, and develops interoperability among the partner nations of the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership. Approximately 2,000 personnel from more than 30 African and western nations are set to participate in this year's exercise.




Ready for Flintlock 20

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lakeesha Porter, bioenvironmental Engineer with 1st Special Operations Medical Readiness Squadron, installs a neutralizing water filter at facilities housing the Mauritanian 72nd Motorized Infantry Battalion during the opening days of Flintlock 20 in Kaedi, Mauritania, February 12, 2020. The Flintlock exercise, undertaken by approximately 1,600 service members from more than 30 African and partner nations, creates conditions that promote unity of effort by integrating multinational and cross-border capabilities to combat terrorist groups. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wheeler Brunschmid.)




Flintlock 2020

An A-29B Super Tucano flies over Mauritanian Army soldiers as they pose for a picture in Atar, Mauritania, Feb. 17, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Clara Soria-Hernandez)




Clear is Clean

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. La Keesha Porter, a bio Environmental Engineering Technician, compares samples of local city water with the same water after treatment on a military base during Flintlock 20 near Kaedi, Mauritania, February 18, 2020. Porter’s work has enabled more than 200 multinational soldiers to have access to clean, neutral water safe for most daily uses that otherwise wouldn’t be available in austere conditions. Flintlock is an annual, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout North and West Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau)




Flintlock 2020

A Portugese Special Forces member ensures a Soldier with the Cabo Verdean Armed Forces properly provides self-aid after receiving a notional wound in simulated training events during Flintlock 20 in Mauritania Feb. 18, 2020. Flintlock is an annual, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout North and West Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise. (US Army photo by Sgt. Conner Douglas)




Senegalese Soldiers refine marksmanship at Flintlock 20

A Senegalese Soldier refines marksmanship skills with Spanish Special Forces during Flintlock 20 in Mauritania, Feb. 18, 2020. Flintlock is an annual, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout North and West Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise. (US Army photo by Sgt. Conner Douglas)




FLINTLOCK 20 Opening Ceremony

A soldier in the Mauritanian Army plays a bugle for the FLINTLOCK 20 opening ceremony in Atar, Senegal, February 17, 2020. Flintlock is an annual, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout North and West Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise. (U.S.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brycen Guerrero)




Moroccans provide training for neighboring militaries in Africa during Flintlock 20

A Moroccan Special Forces soldier advises and assists members of the Armed Forces of Mauritania while conducting marksmanship training during Flintlock 20 near Nouakchott, Mauritania, 19 Feb., 2020. Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise, is designed to increase partner nations’ capabilities and strengthen country-to-country relationships. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Sidney Sale)




Flintlock 2020

An A-29B Super Tucano flies over the Mauritanian Army in Atar, Mauritania, Feb. 17, 2020. Flintlock is an annual integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout north and west Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command's premier and largest annual special operations forces exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Clara Soria-Hernandez)




Spanish Civil Guard teaches urban tactics to Mauritanian Group d’Action Rapide at Flintlock 20

Spanish Civil Guard Pvt. Pedro Javier Jimenez Lara, Grupo de Accion Rapida (GAR, or Fast Action Group), demonstrates assaulting as an element while maneuvering around a tactical shield with the Mauritanian Group d’Action Rapide - Surveillance et Intelligence (GAR-SI), while conducting close quarter battle procedures and door breaching as part of Flintlock 20 near Nouakchott, Mauritania, Feb. 20, 2020. Flintlock is an annual, integrated military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner-nation forces throughout North and West Africa since 2005. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces