Operation NABERIUS is a military training mission in Niger. Under this mission, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is training the Forces armées nigériennes (FAN).
Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP) funds this training.
Through this mission, the CAF is helping Canada’s ongoing work to build the Nigerien military and security forces’ capacity. Doing so helps Niger to counter terrorist organizations in the Sahel region.
How many people are deployed?
The CAF sends a training team of up to 27 members to Niger twice per year from the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command and the Canadian Army.
What are they doing?
The CAF training consists of two- or three-month serials. Here are some examples of what a serial could cover:
- individual soldier skills
- combat first aid
- checkpoint procedures
Each serial also includes leadership training. Themes include:
- laws of armed conflict
- operational planning
- human rights law
- gender equality and perspectives
- protection of vulnerable populations
The CAF is teaching these serials to the FAN twice per year until March 31, 2020.
Operation NABERIUS is not part of any peace support operation.
History and context of the operation
The CAF has been training the FAN since 2013. At that time, the CAF sent Canadian Special Operations Forces members to Niger. There, they supported GAC’s Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP). In 2016, the Canadian Joint Operations Command took over the mission from the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. In 2019, the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command was reassigned command of Operation NABERIUS.
The program was created in 2005. Its mandate is to enable countries to prevent and respond to terrorist activity through:
- technical and legal assistance
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: