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press conference Exercise FLINTLOCK 2013

A press conference was held today the 18Ffevrier2013 at the National Army Staff, co-chaired by Colonel Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Jiddou, the National Coordinator of the Exercise FLINTLOCK2013 and the Colonel Bristol, Chief of Staff of the Special Operations of AFRICOM. The purpose of this conference was to inform the national opinion on the conduct of the exercise FLINTLOCK2013. The Colonel Coordinator of the exercise   delivered a speech before answering questions from journalists.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you all for taking the time to respond to our invitation to this press conference.
As you probably know, our country is the host country of the 2013 Flintlock exercise, that will walk on two Hodhs and Assaba wilayas for a period of three weeks.
Flintlock is a multinational military exercise initiated by the United States of America in the early 2000s, whose main objective is to strengthen the operational capacities of participating forces in the fight against unconventional threats. It is held annually on a rotating basis in the countries of the Sahel-Saharan strip.
Engaged for some years in the fight against terrorist groups and transnational networks of trafficking of all kinds, the National Army was naturally quite regularly and took part in this exercise.
It is following the same constant to make more efficient our defense in November 2011 our country has decided to organize the 2013 edition of this exercise.
Upon consideration of this case, national authorities have mobilized in real time all the human and material resources necessary for the formalization of the general architecture of the performance and security network it induces.
In three planning conferences held in Nouakchott between the months of May and December 2012, the model of the exercise, and the various stages of its implementation have been developed. Similarly, all the arrangements were made in advance to ensure a pleasant stay for participating troops and provide ideal conditions to maneuver.
This is the place to greet the constant availability of our partners throughout the preparatory process. I refer in particular to my colleague and friend here at my side, the Colonel Bristol, commanding the Special Operations Staff of AFRICOM.
The 2013 edition of this exercise is by far the most important from the point of view of participation and better developed at the tactical level.
Indeed, for the first time the different phases of the design and conduct of an operation will be performed. Maneuver units and instructors from a dozen countries in Africa and West participate. In addition, airborne operations will be combined with ground maneuvers.
Benefits for our armed forces will be important in terms of feedback, training and operational capacity of our forces in a multinational environment and respond to mutant and diffuse threats.
After successfully overcoming the challenge of the organization, our goal today is to achieve assigned objectives. It is the credibility of our army and therefore you easily measure the importance that the National Staff gives this maneuver whose success depends on the involvement of all.
I am, and the Colonel Bristol, to you for any questions on this exercise.