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US-Moroccan Military Officials Meet to Plan ‘African Lion’ 2020

“African Lion” is an annual joint training exercise.

Rabat – U.S. Army Africa Commanding General (AFRICOM) Major-General Roger Cloutier met with Morocco’s Major General, Inspector of Infantry, and Commander of the South Zone, Belkheir El Farouk as part of the preparations for the 2020 joint Moroccan-American military exercise, “African Lion.”

The two senior military figures met on the morning of Tuesday, November 19, in the Southern Military area Command in Agadir.

“African Lion,” the joint US-Morocco train exercise, is due to take place in March and April, reported Far-Maroc, a website that specializes in military news.

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The US major-general and his Moroccan colleague discussed the logistics of the upcoming 2020 “African Lion.” Far-Maroc reported that this year’s exercise is “expected to be the most important in the history of combined American-Moroccan military relations.”

The United States Command for Africa (AFRICOM) and the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR) jointly organize “African Lion” in order to consolidate military cooperation and training and exchange experience and expertise.

During the 2019 joint exercise, the two militaries used invisible laser-guided bombs, the GBU-24 Paveway III and GBU-12 Paveway II for the first time. Moroccan and US F-16 aircrafts also conducted surface attacks and large-scale operations.

As well as the US and Morocco, the 2019 ”African Lion” brought military units and observers from five countries: Canada, Spain, the UK, Senegal, and Tunisia.