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U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say
Posted By admin On September 21, 2011 @ 3:21 am In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled
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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 Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-building-secret-drone-bases-in-africa-arabian-peninsula-officials-say/2011/09/20/gIQAJ8rOjK_print.html
 drones over Somalia : http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/national-security/us-drones-target-two-leaders-of-somali-group-allied-with-al-qaeda/2011/06/29/AGJFxZrH_story.html
 secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula : http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-shifts-focus-to-killing-targets/2011/08/30/gIQA7MZGvJ_story.html
 has been weakened : http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/al-qaeda-could-lose-operational-capabilities-within-2-years-us-official-says/2011/09/13/gIQAzwXgQK_story.html
 ‘US drones fly from secret Kenya bases’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-drones-fly-from-secret-kenya-bases.html
 Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Grand Mufti: http://www.prisonplanet.com/destroy-all-churches-in-the-arabian-peninsula-%e2%80%93-saudi-grand-mufti.html
 US wades deeper into counterterrorism fight in Yemen and East Africa: http://www.prisonplanet.com/118644.html
 Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Amir Supports Iran Attack: http://www.prisonplanet.com/al-qaeda-in-the-arabian-peninsula-amir-supports-iran-attack.html
 U.S. increases Yemen drone strikes: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-increases-yemen-drone-strikes.html
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