US closes Ethiopia drone base
The US has shut a drone base it ran in Ethiopia to target militant Islamist group al-Shabab in neighboring Somalia.
Washington said the base was never intended to be permanent, and was no longer needed.
Officially, the US has only one military base in Africa – the sprawling Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti – but it also runs numerous temporary bases around the continent.
In October 2015, the whistle blowing publication, The Intercept, published secret military documents which it said showed that the US was flying unmanned aircraft from at least 14 bases in Africa.
US air strikes have killed several al-Shabab commanders, including its leader Ahmed Godane in 2014.
Critics say the strikes are not always accurate and claim the lives of innocent people.
Ethiopian media say the drone missions began in 2011 from the south of the country.
Ethiopia has been a close US ally in the fight against al-Shabab, and has had troops in Somalia since 2006.