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Crazy Old Man
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"An innocuous-seeming U.S. Air Force press release. A serendipitous satellite image in Google Earth. Snapshots from a photographer on assignment at a Spanish air base. The crash of an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle fighter-bomber in the United Arab Emirates. These are some of the fragments of information that Italian aviation blogger David Cenciotti has assembled to reveal the best picture yet of the Pentagon’s secretive war in the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa.

In a series of blog posts over the past two weeks, Cenciotti has described in unprecedented detail the powerful aerial force helping wage Washington’s hush-hush campaign of air strikes, naval bombardments and commando raids along the western edge of the Indian Ocean, including terror hot spots Yemen and Somalia."

http://theaviationist.com/2012/05/11/strike-eagle-djibouti/


Pictured: 6x F-15Es, 3x P3C Orion (possibly Spanish due to their record of using them in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden), C-130 Hurcules series.

This comes just a few months after the loss of an U28A spy plane lost in Djibouti February 18th.

http://defensetech.org/2012/02/21/air-force-special-ops-u-28-crashes-in-africa/



The U-28A is a modified, single-engine Pilatus PC-12. They were first modified for use in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom after being modified with communications gear, aircraft survivability equipment, electro-optical sensors, and advanced navigation systems. The advanced radio-communications suite is capable of establishing DoD/NATO data-links, full-motion video, data, and voice communications. The U-28A has a history of outstanding reliability and performance, and is certified to operate from short and semi-prepared airfields.
 

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Silent Defender
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One of my employees, who is in the National Guard, told me when he gets deployed next year he is going to Djibouti.
 

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Crazy Old Man
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My question is, why are the news utterly ignoring it?

Here is an update.


MSI on 11 January 2012 acquired from Geo Eye show the main operations apron at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti located at the Ambouli International Airport near 11.543823 N 43.148492E

"On the surface, east Africa's Camp Lemonnier is the forward expeditionary base for AFRICOM. The main mission: pursue capacity building through military-military operations, civil-military operations and key leader engagements on the continent. Behind the scenes however, it has become the center of gravity pushing clandestine operations in Somalia and neighboring Yemen through intelligence sharing and an enhanced targeting mission."

http://osgeoint.blogspot.com/2012/02/djibouti-rqmq-1-predator-deployment.html
 
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