Ethiopia Kicks Out U.S. Killer Drone Base*

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Ethiopia Kicks Out U.S. Killer Drone Base*

At the request of the Ethiopian government, the United States has stopped flying drones from southern Ethiopia in its campaign against militants in Somalia and Yemen, officials said.

On Tuesday, U.S. officials confirmed that drone activities had ceased at an airfield in the town of Arba Minch, which had been used to launch Reaper drones that can carry Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs.

“This was done upon request by the Ethiopian government,” government spokesman Getachew Reda said, according to Reuters.

“In the first place, this was a project with a limited timespan and both governments had long prepared themselves for this eventuality,” he added without giving further details.

The closure is likely to mean U.S. drone activity will return to the base in Djibouti. Flights there had been halted due to safety concerns, but the facility has since been upgraded.

Ethiopia is one of Washington’s key allies and is considered a bulwark against militant Islam in the region, Reuters reported…

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