U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say

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Craig Whitlock and Greg Miller,
Washington Post
Sept 21, 2011

The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said.

One of the installations is being established in Ethi­o­pia, a U.S. ally in the fight against al-Shabab, the Somali militant group that controls much of that country. Another base is in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where a small fleet of “hunter-killer” drones resumed operations this month after an experimental mission demonstrated that the unmanned aircraft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.

The U.S. military also has flown drones over Somalia and Yemen from bases in Djibouti, a tiny African nation at the junction of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In addition, the CIA is building a secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula so it can deploy armed drones over Yemen.

The rapid expansion of the undeclared drone wars is a reflection of the growing alarm with which U.S. officials view the activities of al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, even as al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Pakistan has been weakened by U.S. counterterrorism operations.

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One Response to “U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say”

  1. Drone attacks are the most cowardice way to wage war.
    You people building these machines, you ordering the attacks and you the operators are out and out disgusting, despicable cowards!!
    Your mothers should hang their heads in shame that they ever bore you.
    I can only hope you abominable creatures have dreams of clearing up the mess you have made: small screaming children and babies with severed limbs and heads, guts and blood everywhere, looking to you for help.
    You people need to pick up that gun and do the honourable thing…..remove yourselves from our planet.
    And no, you won’t be missed.

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