Tuesday, 15 April 2014

US Marines head to Chad in war on poachers

Posted by: Kevin Heath / 4 days ago
The United States is set to boost its fight against the poachers by deploying a unit of marines to Chad. The team of solders and sailors will be training Chad wildlife rangers in combat techniques for when they are in the field and come into contact with intruders.

The team of US Marines will be deployed from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa who are currently at the Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. The marines come form the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. They will be deployed to the Zakouma National Park in Chad later this month.

Once there the marines will work with and train 100 wildlife rangers in techniques such as:
small unit tactics and patrolling,
known-distance range shooting,
land navigation, and
site exploitation

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