US Reapers flying from Ethiopia

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The Washington Post reports that the US is now flying unmanned Reaper strike aircraft, or drones, from Ethiopia to hit Shabaab in Somalia:

The Air Force has invested millions of dollars to upgrade an airfield in Arba Minch, Ethi

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • ArneFufkin says:

    It sometimes seems that the White House has ceded management of the GWOT to David Petraeus and his crew at Langley.

  • Nic says:

    What are the possibilities of having the UAVs going after the pirates in Somalia? A rough estimate puts the base at 1,600 km from the Indian Ocean. At a leisurely 300 km/h, an MQ-9 could be over the Indian Ocean within six hours which gives the UAV 18 hours of over ocean time.

  • Devin Leonard says:

    Quite frankly, with 100 Green Berets “In Country” providing help against the LRA, I don’t think the LRA is long for this world:)


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