Morocco, the host country, and the United States launched the African Lion 2022 (AL2022) military exercise in Agadir on June 21. Jointly, Lieutenant General Belkhir El Farouk and US General Andrew M. Rohling, Deputy Commanding General for Africa, cross one of the alleys of the General Staff Command Base. of the South Zone, framed by the ten flags of the partner countries and organization of the 2022 edition (Brazil, Chad, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, United States, NATO, United Kingdom, Italy).
Faced with three large maps representing the Mediterranean basin, northern Africa, the Canary Islands and Europe, illustrating the scenarios for the 18th edition of the largest military exercise in Africa, General Belkhir El Farouk, Inspector General of Royal Armed Forces (FAR) since September 15, opens the ceremony: “The 18th edition of the African Lion exercise is launched while the world is experiencing a dangerous deterioration in the security and economic situation, the proportions and lessons of which cannot be delimited for the moment. »
“We are following the military operations in Ukraine to learn from them and adapt to the changes that could result from them on the military, economic and humanitarian levels”, explains an official Moroccan military source aside.
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After General Rohling’s speech, a Ghanaian major presents the scenario of “Task Forces Lion et Atlas” – not accessible to the press – in front of the generals of the various partner countries. Ghana, an observer country last year, is organizing simultaneous exercises on its territory for the first time, as Tunisia and Senegal usually do. The African Lion 2022 is therefore coordinating military exercises in four countries this year.
Chad, at the head of the presidency of the G5 Sahel and an observer country last year, is also a partner country. A Moroccan official military source dwrites to JA the 2022 scenario: “It is a fictional scenario that is inspired by different military operations that have taken place in history or more recently, as well as the geopolitical context. It is a large-scale multinational exercise involving offensive, defensive, security actions, humanitarian assistance with day and night fire, landing and airborne operations, maritime, air, special forces of destruction of explosive devices, as well as civil-military actions. »
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