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US targets Sahara ‘terrorist haven’

The US military has just concluded a major training operation in the Sahel region south of the Sahara desert, which it describes as its biggest exercise in Africa since World War Two. Washington believes the Sahara desert is a vast ungoverned wasteland and, hence, a haven for terrorists. But critics say the US is exaggerating the threat and fomenting trouble. Up to 1,000 US personnel and the armed forces of seven countries in the region took part in Flintlock 2005, a counter-terrorism training operation. The exercise’s fictional scenario involved a terrorist group being chased across national borders from Mauritania in the west, through to Mali, Niger and finally Chad. Full Story

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