U.S. special forces were in Nigeria on a seven-week tour training local soldiers in advanced infantry tactics that will most like be used to fight Islamist terror.
A group of Green Berets and other infantrymen trained 200 Nigerian soldiers stationed at an army school.
“They face a significant threat from both Boko Haram and ISIS,” said Capt. Stephen Gouthro, the group’s officer-in-charge, speaking to Army Times.
“It really puts a spin of realism on what we’re doing,” he added. “It’s very possible that this training event will be some of the last training they get before they go into combat for their country.”
The training started with tactics in patrolling and countering IEDs then progressed to conducting ambushes and raids with an entire platoon.
“We were very impressed at the level of motivation and desire to learn that the Nigerian soldiers brought to the training,” Gouthro said.
The Americans shared their skills, saying they were careful not to dictate to the Nigerians how to manage their army.
“We do give guidance on that, but at the same time, it’s their army — so we’re not changing the way they do business,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Campbell. “We’re just building on what they already have.”