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U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say

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posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 07:50 AM
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U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say


www.washingtonpost.com

The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said.

One of the installations is being established in Ethi­o­pia
Another base is in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where a small fleet of “hunter-killer” drones resumed operations this month after an experimenta
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 07:50 AM
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Guys this is a fairly important thread
Please participate in a discussion

If you read the entire article it's quite interesting

But more and more wars, secret drone bases, weaponized drones expanding the war into Africa.... where does it end?

Well it ends when the money ends right?
And when we get to that point shtf with everyone's passiveness

How can they think they can sustain this global war?
It's insane

www.washingtonpost.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:03 AM
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Is it a SECRET if there is a newspaper article about it?

The war against al-Qaida is now 10 year old. The support base of al-Qaida is mostly in North Africa. So it is very logical.

Sechelles is a bit strange though. It is under Indian security umbrella.

Every empire is built on hope that money never runs out. If it does, well goodbye.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:11 AM
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Looks like they're doing testing grounds in controlling vast territory with drones communicating with each other. No surprise, that was planned from beginning of this technology, and never made any secret.
No loss of own soldier=one less argument for war opposers, and a major one that is. Compassion for people from other side of the world is long time gone in american public opinion.
There's thread about drones going on parallel with this one: Automatic drones, capable of killing without any human intervention based also on Washington Post's article



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:13 AM
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The war against al-Qaida is now 10 year old. The support base of al-Qaida is mostly in North Africa. So it is very logical.

Yeah and then it'll be in middle-africa, then south africa, then south america, then central america, then asia...

I mean come on. You can't kill every bad guy on the earth. And even if you tried, you would go bankrupt a million time over before doing so.

Just nuking the whole area and letting God sort them out would be the fiscally responsible way to do it.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:19 AM
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How can they think they can sustain this global war?
It's insane


Why you think they can't? There will be always people happy to lend money to government for a promise of certain priviligese in the conquered/liberated land after dust settles down. Those lended money will come back largely to them anyway, because gov will pay for war-infrastructure to the companies owned by them.

War is self-sustainable, as long there's a men who can hold a rifle and another one who will give him reason to use it.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:31 AM
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Al Qaeda was originally a CIA assisted organisation many years ago, when they and former elements of the Taliban were used covertly to defeat a Russian invasion into Afghanistan.... Everything that has happened since then with regard to these "Islamic extremest" groups, the 9/11 attacks, the "War on Terror", the growth of these elements and especially spreading and growing numbers of "Al Qaeda affiliates" is all entirely the responsibly the U.S. Government, its covert agencies and military.

In short, they created this enemy, and now have to find more ways to kill it, when all they have done is make it worse all along... And ultimately they have given the true enemies of the USA an exploitable asset to use against us.

The USA does not have enough drones to confront the ultimate threat they have created.

In my opinion.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:33 AM
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All of these types of posts really kill me. Oh no! TPTB are waging wars around the world! The elite bankers are financing it all! We are losing our freedoms! Yet no one has stepped up to the plate and said enough is enough! We are through taking orders and we are through with your dogma. We demand change or we will change it!

Sensationalism is all it is. No one has the balls to actually stand up and say we have had enough! As long as we have entertainment, and as long as we have our Mickey D's and pizza, Monday night football we are going to be armchair politicians no better than those running the show. Face it, we are as much to blame as the government is. Tired of it all? Then get off your lazy ass and do something about it! Until then, your just a ball of hot air.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 08:51 AM
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New world order.

One country at a time, they saved Libya and now they are saving Somalia and Yemen.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 09:09 AM
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In fact US has been using drones out of the Seychelles since Sep 09 - voice of America reported:

The United States is planning to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles in the Seychelles islands in the coming weeks to combat piracy. The use of land-based drones is a new approach to deter ship hijackings in the region.

www.voanews.com...

p00hbear



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 09:18 AM
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The Taliban didn't even exist when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and Al Qaida was not formed until after the Soviets began their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

We supported Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, lead by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, during the Soviet invasion not Al Qaida. Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin was no friend of the Taliban and fought them when the Taliban invaded Afghanistan. Only after the US invasion of Afghanistan did the "HIG" ally themselves with the Taliban and Al Qaida. It should be noted though that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was a blood thirsty warlord and druglord. He was so bad in fact, the Pakistanis abandoned him in favor of the Taliban.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 09:27 AM
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Anyone any ideas what island in the Seychelles the US is using for drone flights?

p00hbear



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 10:03 AM
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Why the hell do you need a base for a drone? A van works just fine. Hey lets build a restaurant instead of taking a sack lunch.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 10:16 AM
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Close enough... "former elements"

Most of which were known as "mujahideen" regardless of affiliations and alliances. The US covert assistance, infiltration, funding and supplies of sophisticated weaponry were key in defeating the Soviets.

Names, and labels are somewhat irrelevant, in that regard.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 10:23 AM
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Your link is not working.

Bump. S&F&



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 10:31 AM
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Working fine here.



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 12:27 PM
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Thanks - tried again, now it works for me. (Must be my security.)

...Noticed that the info is based on classified cables published by Wiki-Leaks. GO Wikileaks!



posted on Sep, 21 2011 @ 03:05 PM
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Originally posted by earthdude
Why the hell do you need a base for a drone? A van works just fine. Hey lets build a restaurant instead of taking a sack lunch.


UAV's are actually fairly large, well the ones I'm thinking of.

As for the bases, well the US and most likely most of Europe have had hands in Africa for many years. A massive amount of Africa's resources is already going over seas rather than to the people.



posted on Sep, 22 2011 @ 04:48 AM
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Owen

Thanks for your thoughts, the reports specifically stated these drones would be based in the Seychelles, having looked at the islands and the airfields in particular, there seems to be very limited places, if any where there are facilities to cope with the servicing of the uav's though it would be a dream deployment, great beaches etc etc.

Anyone any idea how long a runway you need to land a uav?

pb

airfield info for Seychelles

ICAO code name lat long altitude longest
runway
FSAL Alphonse S 7 0 E 52 44 9 3196
FSAS Assumption Island S 9 44 E 46 30 9 3963
FSDA Darros Island S 5 25 E 53 18 10 3100
FSDR Desroches S 5 42 E 53 39 9 4531
FSFA Farquhar S 10 6 E 51 10 9 3196
FSIA Seychelles Intl S 4 40 E 55 31 10 9800
FSMA Marie Louise S 6 10 E 53 9 9 1772
FSPL Platte S 5 52 E 55 23 9 3002
FSPP Praslin S 4 19 E 55 42 10 3993
FSSA Astove
FSSB Bird Island S 3 43 E 55 13 6 2995
FSSC Coetivy S 7 10 E 56 15 9 3281
FSSD Denis Island S 3 48 E 55 40 10 3000
FSSF Fregate Island S 4 35 E 55 57 610 1600
FSSR Remire S 5 7 E 53 19 9 1568
edit on 22-9-2011 by p00hbear because: additional info



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