The CJTF-HOA is a US-headed international task force which operates primarily in Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Seychelles and Kenya. It also has operations in Mauritius, Comoros, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.
The CJTF-HOA falls under AFRICOM, the USA’s Africa regional command. Its role is to counteract extremist organisations in East Africa, to ‘dissuade conflict’ and to ‘protect US and coalition interests’.
CJTF-HOA currently consists of about 2,000 servicemen and women from the US military and allied countries. As well as military operations, crisis response and personnel recovery, the CJTF-HOA provides training of various kinds to partner countries. This includes counter-IED training.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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