Pen­tagon chief vis­its African na­tion home to key U.S. base

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DJI­BOUTI | De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis on Sun­day vis­ited Dji­bouti to bol­ster ties with the tiny and im­pov­er­ished African coun­try that is home to an im­por­tant base for U.S. coun­tert­er­ror­ism forces, in­clud­ing drones.

Mr. Mat­tis, the first Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial to visit Dji­bouti, planned to meet with Pres­i­dent Is­mail Omar Guelleh and greet U.S. and French troops. Mr. Mat­tis was ac­com­pa­nied by Marine Gen. Thomas Wald­hauser, head of U.S. Africa Com­mand. The U.S. op­er­ates drone air­craft from Dji­bouti for sur­veil­lance and com­bat mis­sions against al Qaedaaf­fil­i­ated ex­trem­ists in So­ma­lia and else­where in the re­gion.


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