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French, Germans, Italians and U.S. forces in Djibouti, East Africa.

European Security News.- European military in Djibouti

European Security News.- European military in Djibouti

European nations and Washington have been building up large military presence in Djibouti and training regional armies to fight al-Shabab and piracy in Somalia.

The French still maintain a major base here with over 2,000 servicemen and women, their Mirage fighter jets thundering down the runway shared with the civilian international airport.

The Germans, Italians and Japanese are also here, conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and beyond.

Once a French Colony and base of the Foreign Legion, Djibouti opened its borders to U.S. and european armed forces , some of them like the U.S. with own military base.

From Djibouti , western forces  can take long-range missions, some covert, some more conventional.

However, the Horn of Africa region is hardly a success story when it comes to security. Al-Shabab in Somalia have become proficient in laying roadside bombs and have launched attacks beyond their borders in Kenya and Uganda, while al-Qaeda in Yemen has three times succeeded in getting explosive devices on board international flights.