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UAE ‘Downsizing’ Eritrea Military Base

UAE Assab military base
The United Arab Emirates is withdrawing at least some of its forces from a base it established in 2015 at Assab airport in Eritrea to support operations in Yemen and the Red Sea, satellite imagery published by the Associated Press on 18 February indicates.

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS

The United Arab Emirates is dismantling parts of a military base it runs in the East African nation of Eritrea after it pulled back from the grinding war in nearby Yemen, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. Continue reading UAE ‘Downsizing’ Eritrea Military Base

Ethiopia’s Navy to be Based in Djibouti

Sources from Ethiopia confirmed that Ethiopia’s under formation navy will be hosted in Djibouti. (Photo: April, 2019, courtesy of @USNavyEurope. First staff-to-staff talks between Adm. Foggo, commander of Naval Forces Africa met with Brig. Gen. Kindu Gezu, Ethiopian Head of Navy about the exciting task of building the Ethiopian Navy)

BY CAPITAL ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia’s new Navy will be based in Djibouti and the naval command head office will be in Bahir Dar. When Abiy Ahmed became Prime Minister, he announced that the country would rebuild its navy, redeeming its dissolution which occurred during the regime change in 1991 when the nation lost its water outlets. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Navy to be Based in Djibouti

The Great Game in the Horn of Africa

Horn of Africa appears to be gearing towards a new order set off by a global competition of strategic interest by great powers in Africa.

BY MEHARI TADDELE MARU | TRT WORLD

The Horn of Africa appears to be gearing towards a new order set off by a global competition of strategic interest by great powers in Africa. In addition to internal political upheavals, the competition is precipitated by a struggle for influence in the region by the US and China. Continue reading The Great Game in the Horn of Africa

Why Djibouti Is the Loser of Ethiopia-Eritrea New Peace Deal

What will peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia mean for Djibouti and its fragile port monopoly?ly

Djibouti President perceives normalization with Eritrea as a zero-sum game. However, Ethiopia’s unexpected warming of relations with Eritrea challenges his country’s strategic advantage. What is he going to do about it?

BY KELSEY LILLEY | ATLANTIC COUNCIL

Ethiopians and Eritreans alike are celebrating the breakneck speed of a rapprochement between Addis Ababa and Asmara, two longtime enemies. Closer ties between the two, while not necessarily a done deal, could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Horn of Africa, resuming a thriving trade relationship and granting landlocked Ethiopia access to a new port. Continue reading Why Djibouti Is the Loser of Ethiopia-Eritrea New Peace Deal

UAE and the Horn of Africa: A Tale of Two Ports

Dwarf Djibouti is about to lose everything it gained in the last decade after it foolishly forced the UAE out to look for a port and military base elsewhere. An angry and capable UAE decided to build a direct competitor to Djibouti’s Doraleh port in Somaliland and military bases along the littoral on both sides of the Red Sea. Landlocked and Djibouti’s lone customer Ethiopia has been offered a chance both to shift its unacceptable reliance on Djibouti and fracture Somalia.

BY TAIMUR KHAN | THE ARAG GULF INSTITUTE

On February 22, Djibouti seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from its joint owner and operator, the Dubai-based DP World. The seizure was not wholly unexpected and was the culmination of Djibouti’s deteriorating bilateral ties with the United Arab Emirates and a lost legal battle with DP World to renegotiate the terms of the port concession that gave it a 33 percent equity stake in 2006. Continue reading UAE and the Horn of Africa: A Tale of Two Ports

Houthis Killed ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh assassinated

BY AGENCIES

The former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has been killed in clashes with rival Houthi fighters, the country’s Houthi-controlled interior ministry confirmed.

Houthi-controlled al-Masirah TV cited Houthi officials as announcing the “end of the crisis of the treason militia and the killing of its leader”. Continue reading Houthis Killed ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh