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Djibouti-Based Anti-Terrorist Task Force Steps Up Training

The U.S.-led anti-terror task force based in Djibouti has stepped up training of American and regional military forces to counter the terrorism threat in the Horn of Africa. A giant CH-53 Super Stallion military helicopter hovers three meters off the ground, as it unloads its cargo of troops at a remote beach in northern Djibouti. Gripping a rope hanging through an opening on the belly of the helicopter, armed soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division slide down to the rocky terrain below. With guns raised, some of the soldiers fan out to secure the area while others move quickly toward a group of buildings near the shoreline. Sergeant Jim Lewis explains the buildings have been chosen to practice urban warfare, a skill the soldiers need to hone if they are to hunt down terrorists who may be hiding in cities around the region. “We are focused on battle drills, something we need to constantly train on so that it becomes an instinctive and familiar thinking for the soldiers,” he said. “That is what we are mainly focused on, to stay ready and wait for the call.” Full Story

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