(Vince Crawley/Stars and Stripes)

Thies, Senegal, Aug. 21, 1997: Senegalese soldiers at the Camp Thies training area. American Special Forces soldiers were in the middle of a two-month pilot program to teach African armies basic peacekeeping tactics under a U.S. sponsored project called The African Crisis Response Initiative. With a $15 million budget put up by the United States, the training program had camps at Thies, Senegal, and at Kalama Hill, in Kabamba, Uganda.

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