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French elite forces train African partners in Ivory Coast

14th April 2021 - 18:17 GMT | by Jean-Marc Tanguy in Jacqueville


SOF from Ivory Coast mount a mock assault on the ‘hotel’ at the AILCT. (Photo: JM Tanguy)

A growing facility near Abidjan offers counter-terrorism and special forces training for African militaries.

Western African countries are threatened by jihadist terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and Islamic State — both of which operate in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso — as well as Boko Haram in Chad, Niger, Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

As an ex-colonial power with interests in the region, France has decided to help African countries against the jihadist threat by establishing a training centre in Jacqueville near Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The second phase of the Academy Internationale de Lutte Contre le Terrorisme (AILCT) is due to open in 2022 as the largest facility of its kind in Africa for

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Jean-Marc Tanguy


Jean-Marc Tanguy

Jean-Marc Tanguy started its career in journalism on 1991 and focussed quickly on defence matters …

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