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The Republic of Senegal is a former French colony in northwestern Africa that has maintained amiable ties with the West. Senegal receives military support, training and equipment from France and the United States. Germany also provides support on a smaller scale.

Senegal is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, and has land borders with Gambia, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania. A border conflict with Mauritania, stemming from ethnic friction and...


Senegal has a multiparty civilian government. The president maintains direct control of the armed forces and makes most all administrative and operational defense decisions.


Service in the Senegalese armed forces is by conscription, with a 24-month service requirement.

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