European Army Plans Face Battlefield Reality in Africa

BRUSSELS—In a troubled part of West Africa, Europe is fielding a armed forces drive intended to show

BRUSSELS—In a troubled part of West Africa, Europe is fielding a armed forces drive intended to show it can handle its individual safety and reduce its reliance on the U.S.

The coalition of European nations around the world, led by France, is assembling based mostly on a calculation that supporting each individual other overseas will cement safety and defense back again in Europe.

But the…