Monday, October 3, 2011

Secret Drone Bases Established in Middle East and Africa

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. has established secret drone bases where UAVs such as armed predators can operate from in the war against terror.
"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."
Read the rest of the article here in "U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Penisula, officials say", The Washington Post, September 20, 2011.

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