A network of drone bases in east Africa, designed to carry out attacks on al-Qaida targets and for gathering intelligence, is being constructed by the US, according to American reports.
One base is being set up in Ethiopia, a key US ally in the Horn of Africa, the Washington Post said. Another installation has reopened in the Seychelles after a test “anti-piracy” programme proved unmanned “hunter-killer” craft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.
Drones flown from a US military site in Djibouti have already been used in counter-terrorism missions in Somalia and Yemen. A new base to enable more flights over Yemen is under construction in the Arabian peninsula.