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Analysis of the UAE Military Base in Assab – Eritrea

The United Arab Emirates Joins an Exclusive Club

The United Arab Emirates cement its naval and airbase position in Eritrea, for a longer-term strategy.

By Stratfor,

Over the past 15 months, the United Arab Emirates has been building up its military infrastructure in Eritrea. As a member of the Saudi-led coalition engaged in the Yemeni conflict, the United Arab Emirates has conducted operations from the Eritrean port of Assab. Continue reading Analysis of the UAE Military Base in Assab – Eritrea

UAE Deploys Fast Jets to Assab Air Base

The UAE has deployed Mirage 2000-9 jets to Assab in Eritrea. (Photo: Nellis Airforce base, USA, March 2013)

By Jeremy Binnie | for IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly,

The United Arab Emirates has deployed a combat air group to Eritrea’s Assab airport to support its military operation in southern Yemen, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows.

There were nine Dassault Mirage 2000 multirole jet fighters at the airport on 20 October, as well as two Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, two Bell 407 helicopters, one Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, and two Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop airliners. Continue reading UAE Deploys Fast Jets to Assab Air Base

How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Military Base

United Arab Emirate is increasingly focused on projecting military power west of Suez by establishing its first and major decades-spanning military base in the Eritrean port of Assab. The development of Assab naval and air force base might mark the beginning of a more purposeful, considered phase of Emirati military expansion.

By Alex Mello and Michael Knights,

Britain militarily withdrew from areas “east of Suez” in 1971, triggering the Trucial States to form today’s United Arab Emirates. Now, 45 years later, this Arab country is increasingly focused on projecting military power “west of Suez.”

Events such as the Arab Spring in 2011, Iran’s growing confidence and escape from nuclear sanctions, plus the rise of the Islamic State have convinced Emirati leaders to become more activist in managing the risks facing their federation. Most recently this has resulted in this tiny Gulf nation establishing its first power projection base outside of the Arabian Peninsula in the Eritrean port of Assab. Continue reading How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Military Base

Is France at War in Yemen?

For France, the United States and the GCC states, Yemen is now a focal point for regional instability and a problem requiring further attention as satellite imagery continues to attest. (Photo: Assab airport. Google Earth image)

By Chris Biggers,

Satellite imagery suggests that French war materiel, if not French personnel, is supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen. If confirmed, it represents a previously unreported escalation of French support.

The satellite imagery, some of which Google Earth published recently, shows two unique hangars deployed on an expanded parking apron at the Eritrean airport of Assab. The hangars match those of other known French deployments. Continue reading Is France at War in Yemen?