White House Denies Existence of US Military Base in Ethiopia

There are no U.S. military bases in Ethiopia: Jay Carney

By TesfaNews,

Among the numerous news reports that recently started to cover the story around the Obama administration’s latest move to build a constellation of secret drone bases in Ethiopia as part of his counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa, the Washington Post yesterday confirmed that the base which is located in Ethiopia’s Southern town of Arba Minch has already goes operational.

However, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today dismissed the report as untrue. ‘There are no U.S. military bases in Ethiopia’, said Carney.

Mr. Carney made the remark in a briefing he gave to journalists.

He added, ‘the United States has unarmed reconnaissance aircraft at a facility in Ethiopia as part of our partnership with the government of Ethiopia to promote stability in the Horn of Africa. The UAVs are not conducting any strike missions from Ethiopia’.

Here is what the secretary said answering the question from a certain journalist:

QUESTION:    Thanks, Jay.  The Washington Post reported the U.S. has a new drone base operational in Ethiopia.  Do you have a comment on that?

MR. CARNEY:  I think I do — I think I have something I can say about that report.  The United States has unarmed reconnaissance aircraft at a facility in Ethiopia as part of our partnership with the government of Ethiopia to promote stability in the Horn of Africa.  The UAVs are not conducting any strike missions from Ethiopia.

There are no U.S. military bases in Ethiopia.

We are engaged in a broad, sustained and integrated campaign to counter terrorism.  We are harnessing every tool of American power — military, civilian, and diplomatic.  The United States is strengthening its intelligence, military and security capabilities and drawing from a full range of law enforcement tools in coordination with partners around the globe.

That’s what I have to say on that.

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