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U.S. Trained Forces Attempted Nine Coups in West Africa since 2008

May 29, 2023

In February of this year, U.S. military forces met with hundreds of troops from West African countries to conduct training exercises. These exercises, known as Operation Flintlock, take place annually.

The forces that have been through this “training” at Flintlock have attempted nine coups in the region, in Mauritania, Mali, the Gambia, Guinea and Burkina Faso, since 2008, with eight of them successful.

Besides this training, the U.S. is by far the biggest arms dealer in the world. The Intercept recently reported that more than half the world’s autocracies bought weapons from the U.S.

The U.S. and its politicians talk endlessly about being on the side of “Democracy.” Meanwhile, they arm and train forces such as these: autocrats and military dictators.

Democracy? No, they want forces around the world that keep their arms open to U.S. corporations and U.S. capital!