Embassy Official: US Shuts Down Drone Operation in Ethiopia (AP)

January 3rd, 2016 Print Print Email Email

A United States official says his government has shut down its drone operation base in southern Ethiopia.

U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Ethiopia David Kennedy told The Associated Press by email that a decision has been reached that the facilities in Arba Minch, 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Addis Ababa, are no longer necessary.

Ethiopian media reported about the base when it was set up in 2011 but the U.S. has never publicly confirmed the existence of the base. A security expert in Addis Ababa said the base was used to attack Islamic extremists in Somalia.

Ethiopia is a staunch U.S. ally in East Africa and has sent hundreds of troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group, al-Shabab.

  1. winqiit
    | #1

    It looks like the first step that the US thoughtfully has taken and also other decisive actions would soon be taken to show that the US is going to be serious about the ongoing brutal actions that the suppressive and oppressive dictatorial junta has been taken on millions of citizens across and all over Ethiopia but also imprisoned journalists, activists, and political leaders and supporters. To reinforce the actions would soon be taken by the US, Ethiopians must come out in mass and demand for a swift and unwavering actions be soon taken by the US government in support of the people of Ethiopia in their ongoing struggle against the fascist woyanai that has been committing all sorts of atrocities on Ethiopians since 1991. In addition, Ethiopians must intensify their struggle without giving time to the brutal regime to gather its exhausted energy and breath life onto itself.

  2. Abebayehu
    | #2

    In a country such as Ethiopia where a little piece of land is a valuable source of life for many, it is absurd for developed countries to possess lands for recreational purposes under the cover of drone base , livestock research and so on.

    Another huge land the international community need to let go is the http://WWW.ILRI.ORG compound located in the heart of Addis Ababa which is estimated to be 10 times the size of EAL Addis Ababa International Airport.

    ILRI has brought a lot of good not only to Ethiopia but to science and livestock knowledge for scientists everywhere. In Ethiopia, for example, partners at Debre Berhan Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York have worked since 2007 to strengthen Debre Berhan’s capacity to provide medical and psychosocial care for people living with HIV. Located 143 kilometers northwest of Addis Ababa, Debre Berhan cares for a large number of HIV-positive patients. As a result of the partnership, Debre Berhan created the position of nursing supervisors to oversee nursing education and introduced 8-hour shift schedules to improve care quality and efficiency.If you are saying does ILRI need to hold all that land in Addis Ababa? the answer is NO . Anyone that seen the inside of ILRI compound in Addis Ababa can testify there are huge empty fields within the compound. Maybe 1/5th of the total land is put to use. The rest is empty field the size can be between 2 or 3 times the size of the current international airport in Addis Ababa. So reducing the total size of ILRI should be an option but that don’t mean ILRI didn’t bring any good so far.





  3. Freedom
    | #3

    Lord Palmerston quote (1784-1865, “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.” Since its formation in the late 1700′s, US foreign policy is based on its interest. If there is a gain to US interest by supporting a dictator so be it. Most people in the world including Americans do not know that there is a Drone Base in Ethiopia. Since the current conflict is close to the Drone Base, its existence will be known by more people who will start questioning its existence/role etc. In other wards, it will get scrutinized a lot more. People will start asking why the US builds a military base in a country that is run by criminals murderous mafia and why Ethiopians are living in slave like condition w/o freedom/democracy.

  4. Jjiirraa
    | #4

    yes, the enemy is in a bad mood but not in disarray; of course, it is getting weaker and weaker by the day it has gone through on account of the shocking wave it has been receiving from multi-direction; it is reasonably intense enough to partially cripple the enemy and to weaken it on the head. Remember Ethiopians; the enemy is not dead yet or at least it is not on a wheelchair. Yes, it will soon be paralyzed below waist.

    First thing first; as the US shut down its drone operation in Arba Minch for the true and exact reason that would soon be revealed either by the US or other trusted sources, Ethiopians should also take actions of all kinds to cut off the life support that enabled the enemy to sustain life. When the drone is gone, obviously, the sources of cash flow to the enemy dries up; this means, the enemy would get dizziness on the head and a zapping shock on its stealing hands. With the ongoing struggle against the enemy comprising of all citizens, both inside Ethiopia and abroad and utilizing all available means to completely crush the enemy to its defeat and cleaning the debris from the collapse of the system that the enemy built from the ground up to enrich itself would be tedious and arduous. Right now, the enemy is busy in making venues and exit doors to escape from the inevitable death that it will encounter when it is completely engulfed with the volcanic fire that has been spreading both below and above the lands that the enemy set its feet in 1991 via invasion. We are now on the first phase of offensive actions against the enemy of all, and it will soon be transformed into the mid and final phase of mopping out the-soon-to-be-dead enemy into a land fill where the enemy would be rotten forever.

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