African Lion 2024: Military observers from 7 countries attend operational training at Cape Draâ in Tan-Tan

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A group of 14 military observers representing 7 countries attended, Monday at Cape Draâ (north of Tan-Tan), military maneuvers scheduled as part of the combined Moroccan-American exercise “African Lion 2024”.

The “African Lion 2024” exercise, organized by the Royal Armed Forces and the American armed forces on the high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, aims to strengthen the operational, technical and procedural interoperability between the participating armies.

Considered the largest exercise conducted on the continent, “African Lion 2024” constitutes an unmissable meeting where military executives come together to exchange procedures and experiences, particularly in terms of training and combined joint training.

During these training sessions, which took place on Monday at the maneuvering field at the mouth of the Wadi Draâ, which represent a rehearsal for the closing of this exercise scheduled for next Friday in the same area, military maneuvers on the ground were carried out in which units of the Royal Armed Forces and the American armed forces participated.

These ground maneuvers, which included heavy artillery fire, tank fire and infantry maneuvers, took place in the presence of Major General Mohammed Benlouali, Chief of Staff of the South Zone. , Major General Ahmed Bousserbat, Commander of the Oued Draâ military sector, and military observers from Angola, Gabon, Zambia, Senegal, Cameroon, the United Arab Emirates and France.

In a statement to MAP, Commander Ayoub Outaleb, head of the armored unit of the “African Lion” exercise, indicated that operational training was carried out on Monday at the mouth of the Oued Draâ, during of which the participants demonstrated a high level of preparation and professionalism in the execution of the tasks assigned to them, emphasizing that this exercise once again confirms the strength of the partnership and cooperation between the Royal Armed Forces and the American army.

For his part, Drew Ryder, an American soldier, praised the “African Lion” exercise, adding that this experience “will remain one of the best” in his career.

“I am very proud to work and train with my Moroccan brothers in arms,” he said.

For his part, Lieutenant-Colonel Ousmane Dieme, military observer of the Senegalese forces, expressed his joy at participating in this joint exercise between the Royal Armed Forces and the American armed forces, “which constitutes a wonderful experience helping to strengthen ties and the relationships between the participants”.

“It is a great opportunity for us to see the units of the Royal Armed Forces and the American armed forces carry out large-scale military maneuvers,” he said, adding that these maneuvers constitute an opportunity to test interoperability between the different forces and to witness these maneuvers on the ground.

He stressed that the objective of the “African Lion” exercise is to strengthen security in the region, welcoming the coordination efforts between the Royal Armed Forces and the American armed forces for the conduct of these maneuvers in a coordinated and efficient manner. .

It should be remembered that around 7,000 elements of the armed forces coming from around twenty countries in addition to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), are taking part alongside the Royal Armed Forces and the American Armed Forces, in the the combined Moroccan-American exercise “African Lion 2024” (May 20 to 31).

This twentieth edition testifies to the sustainability which characterizes the cooperation between the FAR and the American Armed Forces, reflecting the historical and solid links which bind the two countries.

The “African Lion 2024” exercise, which takes place in Benguerir, Agadir, Tan-Tan, Akka and Tifnit, includes several activities including tactical, land, maritime and air exercises, combined, day and night, a exercise of special forces, airborne operations, as well as an operational planning exercise for the executives of the “Task Force” Staff.

This edition also includes training to combat weapons of mass destruction and a range of medico-surgical and social services provided for the benefit of the population of the Akka region by a military field hospital.

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