US shuts down drone base in Ethiopia

US shuts down drone base in Ethiopia

The US government has shut down its drone base at a remote civilian airport in southern Ethiopia from where it has been flying armed drones on counter-terrorism missions particularly in Somalia.

The base in Ethiopia’s southern town of Arba Minch has recently been dismantled after Al-Qaeda affiliated militants are weaken and AMISOM forces re-took control to larger parts of the Somalia.

US embassy spokesperson David Kennedy on Sunday told reporters that it was shut down after bilateral consultations on current security situations in the volatile east African region.

“In our ongoing bilateral discussions on our defence cooperation, we reached a mutual decision that our presence in Arba Minch is not required at this time,” Kennedy said. Read more


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