US, South Africa Military Join Exercise Mandated By UN To Carry Out Offensive Response Against Rebel Groups

South African forces are hosting the U.S. military in an exercise modeled on a United Nations peacekeeping mandate — currently applied in eastern Congo — that allows for offensive military action against rebel groups. News24 reported.

According to the report, the South African military said on Thursday that joint field training begins Monday at the Lohatla military area in Northern Cape province which will end Aug. 4.

South African authorities say U.S. C-17 aircraft will participate and U.S. military vehicles will travel from Cape Town to the training.

South Africa says maneuvers will follow a robust U.N. mandate in which “belligerent forces are forced to disengage and to discontinue the armed conflict.”

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