The United States has been secretly flying armed Reaper drones on bombing missions from a remote civilian airport in southern Ethiopia as part of a rapidly expanding proxy war against in East Africa. The new base is one of a number of new drone bases the Obama administration has built throughout the region in order to wage war from the skies without having to go to Congress or the American people to ask them to commit to another ground war. The Reapers, equipped with Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs, have been targeting the militant group al Shabaab in Somalia, and may have used the base for the mission that assassinated US-citizen Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen.
New US Drone Base in Ethiopia is Operational
by John Glaser, Antiwar.com, October 27, 2011