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UAE Deploys Fast Jets to Assab Air Base

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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

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?