Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Initiative

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Trans-Saharan Counter-Terrorism Initiative . . .

June 2005

"The 'Trans-Saharan Counter-terrorism Initiative' will be officially kicked off in June [2005] in Senegal with manoeuvres called 'Exercise Flintlock 2005.' It builds on the PanSahel initiative, which began in 2003, to prevent terrorists from setting up safe havens in Africa.

"The new program would be better funded, an annual US$ 100 million over 5 years, and have a wider scope, adding Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal and Nigeria to the original four countries included in the Pan Sahel Initiative, ... "

A number of U.S. agencies would be involved in the effort:

Source: Arabic News, May 28, 2005.

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