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Ethiopia: A U.S – China Battleground in Africa?

Ethiopia as a battleground for U.S - China domination of Africa
While the story of China’s economic and political penetration of Africa has been told and retold countless times by many analysts, very few express the issue in terms of move and counter-move between the US and China.

By Eric Draitser,

Earlier this month, the Washington Post confirmed that the US military had closed its drone base in Arba Minch, in Southern Ethiopia. While there was at least some mention of the closure in the corporate media, none of the coverage provided the much needed geopolitical and strategic context necessary to understand the true significance of the shuttering of the US base. Instead, most of the coverage focused on the redeployment of US assets to other parts of Africa, or indeed beyond the African continent.  Continue reading Ethiopia: A U.S – China Battleground in Africa?

U.S. Abandons Ethiopia Drone Base

“U.S. Air Force drone base in Abra Minch Ethiopia is no longer necessary” – Embassy Official

By The Reporter,

The United States Air Force (USAF) has shut down its drone base in Arba Minch town of the Southern Regional State that it has been using to fight the Islamist militant group based in Somalia, Al-Shabaab, for the past four years.

In 2009-2010 the US Air Force invested tens of millions of dollars to upgrade the Arba Minch Airport runway and built a small annex to house a fleet of drones called Reaper that can be equipped with Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs. The air force deployed the drones in early 2011 and has been flying them on counter-terrorism missions as part of a US-led proxy war against the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab in war-torn Somalia. Continue reading U.S. Abandons Ethiopia Drone Base