Report: U.S. setting up drone bases in Africa, Indian Ocean
A U.S. Predator drone is shown in Afghanistan last year.
September 21st, 2011
08:15 AM ET

Report: U.S. setting up drone bases in Africa, Indian Ocean

The United States is assembling a network of secret drone bases in Africa and around the Indian Ocean to fight terror groups in the region, the Washington Post reports.

The bases are in Ethiopia, the Seychelles islands, Djibouti on the Horn of Africa and in an unnamed location on the Arabian Peninsula, the Post reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials.

The base network is being set up to fight al Qaeda-affiliated terror groups in Somalia and Yemen, according to the report, and the locations “are based on potential target sets,” the Post quotes a senior U.S. military official as saying.

“If you look at it geographically, it makes sense — you get out a ruler and draw the distances (drones) can fly and where they take off from,” the official told the Post.

The report says the U.S. has used drones in attacks in six countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. sdjim

    Grand Forks Air Base has started a Predator program to patrol the northern border, recently. The northern border is much more porous than Mexico. Releasing information about these new bases does make sense. In a way, it's telling the terror network in that part of the world, you're next. The successes in Pakistan/Afghanistan aren't hidden from the press and the intent is to make known the US Predator. A Predator strike is much more precise than some terrorists who thinks that 72 virgins are waiting. The damage done to the innocent person is limited, with the goal to kill as few as possible, compared to walking into a mosque or rally with a suicide bomb, where the intent is to just kill as many as possible. Either one is a victory? Depends which side you're on!

    September 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • rightospeak

      What have you been smoking , sdjim ?

      September 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Roger Lafontaine

    More 'extrajudicial' killings? Now we can kill random people in Africa too? How about South America- is that next? Then perhaps Europe, and if we can keep it quiet, why not here in the US? Surely only 'bad guys' will die. We can rest assured of that. The authorities never lie. 'The damage done to the innocent person is limited'. That line alone should prove of great comfort to those innocents- though we can't admit that there could be some. That would tarnish our image.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sjdsh

    Kennedy and Eisenhower were right.....this is disgusting.
    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” Eisenhower

    September 22, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tell it ow it is

      Meh. You know what? How about you and your very unimportant life shut up and color. Do things that directly have an effect on you and don't worry about the people of authority are doing. Remember, no one will know when you die or even care for more than a year. Just live your ungrateful life.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable1

      @sjdsh Dude, I hear you. It may make sense to live peacefully with the people who care about our present or our future. However, when you want to defend yourself against vicious Islamist who want to turn back time and live in the 7th century and they want to take us with them, we need drones. And we need a drone base. We do not want any thing from these vicious people, we just want them to leave us alone. And to accomplish that we need drones and a drone base.

      September 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rightospeak

    While we are broke , we are going to provide " DRONE HUMANITARIAN AID TO AFRICA " -what barbarism, what stupidity.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. rightospeak

    More warmongering by Obama, while we are starving.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Who is starving, Mr. Free? The epidemic of obese people here? Everyone that goes to the food pantry twice a week, and gets food stamps? All those people? The people that dont want to search online at monster to get one of the thousand jobs available? Those people, as opposed to the people facing humanitarian crises, that we, as a member of the free and civilized world and NATO, have pledged to protect? Hm.

      September 23, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. yannaes

    Go get em' Mr Nobel Peace Prize winner! Are we surprised? This is a joke, no, you are a joke!

    September 23, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stephanie Palmer

    And where is this money coming from? Taxpayers, of course. Our congress cuts out social services and puts drones in places where our country shouldn't be. What the heck is this? Which of our congressmen made money for doing this? Which of our former congressmen and former generals made money lobbying for it?

    September 23, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin Stuart

    How is it secret if you are telling the whole world where the bases are? And to those saying bad things about the drones, I disagree with you, just for the fact that, these drones have saved the lives of many people, by being able to tell military personal where the enimy is faster then a norman person could. Me being in the military, I love the fact that we have drones, and don't forget, the military pays taxes just like civilans. So I think the drones are a good thing. As for putting the countries these bases are going to be in, lets do a better job of keeping it secret and not tell everyone where they are going to be.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adventt7

      I agree completely. Why is it becoming popular to practice free speech by sharing with everyone hints on what is keeping our soldiers ahead of the enemy? Its like we have two year olds reading and writing this stuff.

      September 30, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Adventt7

    Is it really a secret if we are making a news article on it? Is this information we really need to know and broadcast? Isn't saying we have secrets defeating the point of having secrets?

    September 30, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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