US, Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

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United States Special Operations Command Africa forces concluded Joint Combined Exercise Training with Côte d’Ivoire Forces Speciales Ivoirennes in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, on 9 July.

“Training alongside partners not only sharpens our military skills but also builds the relationships we all need in difficult times,” said US Navy Rear Adm. Jamie Sands, commander, US Special Operations Command Africa . “We are proud to work alongside our Ivoirian counterparts as they face violent extremist encroachment on their northern border.”

The JCET program’s primary purpose is to provide special operations units specific training to hone military skills. JCETs often enhance US relationships with partner nations by developing and maintaining critical military-to-military connections and improving joint and allied readiness and interoperability, US Africa Command said.

“Today, the level of professionalism required of those who wear a uniform is higher than ever before,” US Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire Richard Bell said at the closing ceremony. “Security is fundamental to creating an environment conducive to progress. Mutual trust between authorities and civilians is crucial – it is precisely this trust that the enemy is trying to break.”

These engagements are part of a series of US engagements with the Côte d’Ivoire military that provide opportunities for units to work together, learn from each other, build interoperability, and strengthen relationships, Africom said.



Côte d’Ivoire is scheduled to host one of the training locations for Flintlock 2022. Flintlock is the premier special operations exercise in Africa with 30 participating nations.