U.S. assembling secret drone bases

Posted on September 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.


via U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say.


Is there anyone left out there that still thinks that any operations in and around Africa and the Middle East are anything BUT for counterterrorism? In my opinion, ‘the rapid expansion of th undeclared drone wars’ does not reflect the growing concern over terrorist activities, it is just a super power using the momentum of its so-called humanitarian efforts (the go in and kill countless innocent people, maybe plant a US flag, then hang around forever kind) to further impose its will upon those countries.

I was wondering just yesterday what it would take for the current situation to be dubbed a world war – US, UK, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan etc. Well, in actual fact, none of this is classes as ‘war’, even though I’m pretty sure the people who live there would see it as one. It is all part of the ‘war on terror’, for which a little piece of paper was signed so that it could be claimed the war was not against the country but a select few/group instead. Or, perhaps it is only considered a world war when the enemy is knocking on our doors – when OUR people cannot hide from the stark reality of danger on our home soil (that is not just fear mongering) –  not when its the west playing a game of Risk.

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