The Security Force Assistance Brigade, a specialized U.S. Army unit trained to conduct a Security Force Assistance (SFA) mission, is in the country to train members of the Ghana Armed Forces (GFA) in the amid threats of terrorism in the subregion.
In a post on the official social media account of the US Embassy in Ghana, GAF members have been trained to spot and dispose of dangerous explosives.
He added that the United States and Ghana were working closely together to maintain the peace and security that the country currently enjoys.
“Members of the Security Force Assistance Brigade are in Ghana to train and share best practices with their Ghana Armed Forces colleagues. US soldiers recently shared tactics and procedures for countering improvised explosive devices, including spotting and eliminating the threat of dangerous explosives.
“The United States and Ghana are working together to ensure peace and security in Ghana and build threat response capabilities in the region, as we are #StrongerTogether #USinGhana,” the message read.
The West Africa Center for Countering Extremism (WACCE) recently in a statement titled “The Threat of Violent Extremism to Coastal States, Ghana’s Exposure to Violent Extremism” noted that Ghana is now prone to terrorist attacks.
He cited Ghana’s proximity to some countries struggling with terrorist insurgencies like Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire as contributing to the country’s risk.
WACCE again highlighted the unresolved Bawku chiefdom conflict, ethnic tensions in northern Ghana and the unresolved separatist challenge in Western Togo as all internal risk amplifiers.
“Even though the death toll is currently down from more than 7,200 in the region in 2014, the threat has increased in complexity and geographic spread.
“Today, 53% of ECOWAS is now surrounded by threat. These are dangerous developments for Ghana. Ghana’s proximity to these countries (Burkina Faso to the North, Benin and Togo to the East and Côte d’ Ivoire in the West) exposes the country to extremist recruitment or attacks or both,” the statement read.
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