Country Report on Terrorism 2009 - Chapter 2 - Burkina Faso

Despite its lack of resources, Burkina Faso was serious about countering terrorism. The government cooperated with the United States in its counterterrorism efforts where possible, and participated in training, seminars, and exercises, such as the regional Flintlock exercise held in Spain and Mali, and familiarization events offered by U.S. Africa Command and Special Operations Command Europe. In December 2008, Burkina Faso was accepted as a member of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership and is now eligible for various programs aimed at improving the nation's capacity to combat terrorism. Outside of U.S. cooperation, the government participated in regional efforts at combating terrorism, including with the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union, and other international organizations. There is no formal method for tracking movement into and out of the country at border checkpoints, or at either of the country's two commercial airports.