The US State department on Friday confirmed it was operating unarmed reconnaissance missions out of Ethiopia to support the African nation’s counterterrorism efforts.
State department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington that the US had partnered with the Ethiopian government to supply advanced drone aircrafts that can provide intelligence surveillance reconnaissance.
“We also have an intense partnership with the Ethiopian military which includes the training of their peacekeeping troops, counterterrorism assistance and professional development courses. And we are working together on a broad, sustained and integrated campaign to counter terrorism. And in doing so, we are harnessing all tools of American power,” said Nuland.
The unarmed and unmanned drones are monitoring threats to the Horn of Africa, particularly Somalia’s chronic instability and Somali militant group Al-Shabaab, Nuland indicated.