‘African Lion 2019’ exercise kicks off March 16

The Morocco-US sponsored exercise “African Lion 2019” takes place from March 16 to April 7, 2019, in the region of Agadir, Tifnit, Tan-Tan, Tata and Ben Guerir, with the participation of thousands of military personnel.

The annual exercise involves various types of training including command, maneuvering, peace-keeping and aerial refueling, said a statement from the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces.

The drills also include training on counter-terrorism operations, land and air exercises as well as a tactical simulation.

In addition to Morocco and the USA, military units and observers from Canada, Spain, Great Britain, Senegal, and Tunisia, are taking part in the 16th edition of this exercise.

On the sidelines of the exercise, medical services will be provided to local populations in the region of Tata by medical teams made up of doctors and nurses of the Royal Armed Forces and the US Army.

The annual African Lion exercise intends to enhance U.S., African partner nations’, western partner nations’, and regional organizations’ capabilities and interoperability to contain regional instability, conduct peace operations, counter violent extremist organizations (VEOs), maintain cross-border security, and counter transnational threats.

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