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US drone bases in Africa

Recently, the headline story, when it comes to the expansion of the empire of drone bases, has been Africa.

For the last decade, the U.S. military has been operating out of Camp Lemonier, a former French Foreign Legion base in the tiny African nation of Djibouti.

For some time, rumors have also been circulating about a secret American base in Ethiopia. Recently, a U.S. official revealed to the Washington Post that discussions about a drone base there had been underway for up to four years, “but that plan was delayed because ‘the Ethiopians were not all that jazzed.'” Now construction is evidently underway, if not complete.

Then, of course, there is that base on the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Classified diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks reveal that those drones have also secretly been used to carry out missions in Somalia.

The U.S. has also recently sent four smaller tactical drones to the African nations of Uganda and Burundi for use by those countries’ militaries.

Of the more than 1,000 U.S. military bases scattered across the globe, some facilities selected for a pre-drone world may not always prove optimal locations for America’s current and future undeclared wars and assassination campaigns. So further expansion in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia is a likelihood.

[TomDispatch]

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2 Responses to “US drone bases in Africa”

  1. […] Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is underway. On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was […]

  2. […] U.S. drones launched from the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean also provide intelligence, and the pilotless planes are capable of being armed. […]


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