U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis is greeted by Djibouti's Minister of Defense Ali Hasan Bahdon as he arrives at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in Ambouli, Djibouti, April 23, 2017.
VOA: Defense Secretary Mattis Arrives at Only US Base in Africa
DJIBOUTI — US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is in Djibouti, the tiny east African nation that’s home to the United States’ only military base on the continent.
Mattis arrived Sunday at Camp Lemonnier before visiting the Djiboutian president and minister of defense.
Officials say Camp Lemonnier is one of the most strategically important areas for the United States military due to its geographic location.
The base is critical for U.S. exercises and operations on the continent, and U.S. special forces use the facility to conduct counter-terror operations against al-Shabab in neighboring Somalia, according to officials.
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