A U.S. official says the government has shut down its drone operation base in southern Ethiopia.
U.S. Embassy Spokesman in Ethiopia David Kennedy said by email that a decision has been reached that the facilities in Arba Minch, 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Addis Ababa, are no longer necessary.
Ethiopian media reported that the base was set up in 2011 but the U.S. has never confirmed its existence to the public. A security expert in Addis Ababa said the base was used to attack Islamic extremists in Somalia.
Ethiopia is a staunch U.S. ally in East Africa and has sent hundreds of troops to Somalia to counter the Islamic extremist rebel group, al-Shabab, according to an agency. - Idrak