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U.S. Building Drone Bases in Africa

The United States is building a new network of drone bases in Africa, according to The Washington Post, so that it might better strike at terrorist groups in Somalia and Yemen. Sites include locations in Ethiopia, the Seychelles, and Djibouti. The CIA is also building a secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula. News of these sites comes, in part, from WikiLeaks: while the U.S. has claimed its drones in the Seychelles are to track pirates, cables from WikiLeaks show they have conducted counterterrorism missions over Somalia. The cables also show the U.S. considering arming the drones, despite assurances to the Seychelles that it would not.