Monday, January 04, 2016

US shuts drone base in Ethiopia

(Jan 04, 2016, (BBC))--The United States is shutting down its drone operation in southern Ethiopia.The US military has been using a base in Arba Minch, some 400km (250 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa, to launch the remotely-piloted aircraft since 2011.

At the time the US told the BBC that the drones were being used only for surveillance and not for air strikes. They were part of US counter-terrorism efforts in East Africa aimed at groups with links to al-Qaeda. Security experts in the region say the drones from Ethiopia were used to launch attacks on the al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants al-Shabab.

US drone strikes have targeted a number of al-Shabab leaders including its leader Ahmed Abdi Godane in September 2014. But the US may have used its military base in Djibouti, which is still operational, to launch these missions. Read more from BBC »

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