List of United States drone bases

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This is a List of United States drone bases, containing military bases from which the United States operates unmanned aerial vehicles.

Abroad[edit]

Country Base, location Operation

dates

Operations Notes
Afghanistan Kandahar International Airport
Afghanistan Forward Operating Base Chapman, Khost[1] CIA facility[1]
Afghanistan Jalalabad Airport[1] CIA-operated drones[1]
Afghanistan Bagram Airfield[1] CIA-operated drones[1]
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou Airport[2] since 2007[2] surveillance of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb over Mali, Mauritania and the Sahara[2]
Cameroon Garoua[3] fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria[3]
Chad N’Djamena[4] since 2014[5] fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria[5]
Djibouti Chabelley Airport[6] since 2013[6]
Djibouti Camp Lemonnier[7] 2010[7]-2013[6] bombing Al-Shabaab in Somalia, and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIL in Yemen[7] operations moved to Chabelley over public safety concerns[6]
Ethiopia Arba Minch Airport[8] 2011-2016 bombing Al Qaeda in East Africa[8]
Italy Naval Air Station Sigonella[9] since 2016[9] bombing ISIL in Libya and other countries in North Africa in defense of special forces fighting ISIL[9]
Kuwait Ali Al Salem Air Base[10] from at least 2014 bombing ISIL in Iraq[10]
Mauritania Nouakchott[2] until 2008[2] operations ended after the 2008 Mauritanian coup d'état[2]
Niger Nigerien Air Base 201, Agadez Under construction (2018)
Niger Mano Dayak International Airport, Agadez[11] since 2014[11]
Niger Diori Hamani International Airport, Niamey since 2013[11]
Pakistan Shamsi Airfield, Balochistan province[12] until 2011[12] bombing Taliban and other Islamist militants in the tribal areas of Pakistan[12] CIA ordered to leave after killing of Pakistani soldiers[12]
Philippines since 2012[13] bombing Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah in Southern Philippines[13]
Qatar Al Udeid Air Base[10] bombing ISIL in Iraq[10]
Saudi Arabia Umm Al Melh Border Guards Airport[14] since 2011[14] bombing Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIL in Yemen[15][16] secret CIA base[15]
Seychelles United States drone base in Seychelles,

Seychelles International Airport

since 2009 surveillance of Al-Shabaab over Somalia
Somalia Kismayo Airport[17] surveillance of Al-Shabaab over Somalia[17] operated by the Joint Special Operations Command[17]
Tunisia unknown since June 2016[18] surveillance missions over Libya[18]
Turkey Incirlik Air Base, Adana[19] bombing ISIL and other groups in Syria[20]
United Arab Emirates Al Dhafra Air Base[10] bombing ISIL in Iraq[10]
Uzbekistan Karshi-Khanabad Air Base until 2005[21] CIA facility evicted by the Uzbek government[21]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f Whitlock, Craig (2012-06-13). "U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Can the US' new drone base in Cameroon help fight Boko Haram?". Public Radio International. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  4. ^ The Editorial Board (2014-05-30). "Dealing With Boko Haram". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  5. ^ a b Londoño, Ernesto (2014-05-21). "U.S. deploys 80 troops to Chad to help find kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  6. ^ a b c d Whitlock, Craig; Miller, Greg (2013-09-24). "U.S. moves drone fleet from Camp Lemonnier to ease Djibouti's safety concerns". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  7. ^ a b c Whitlock, Craig (2012-10-25). "Remote U.S. base at core of secret operations". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  8. ^ a b Whitlock, Craig (2011-10-27). "U.S. drone base in Ethiopia is operational". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  9. ^ a b c Kirchgaessner, Stephanie (2016-02-22). "Italy to allow US drones to fly out of Sicily air base for attacks on Isis". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Whitlock, Craig (2014-08-25). "U.S. relies on Persian Gulf bases for airstrikes in Iraq". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  11. ^ a b c Whitlock, Craig (2014-08-31). "Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  12. ^ a b c d Masood, Salman (2011-12-11). "C.I.A. Leaves Pakistan Base Used for Drone Strikes". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  13. ^ a b "Deadly Drone Strike on Muslims in the Southern Philippines". The Brookings Institution. 2012-03-05. Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  14. ^ a b "Is This the Secret U.S. Drone Base in Saudi Arabia?". WIRED. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  15. ^ a b "CIA operating drone base in Saudi Arabia, US media reveal - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  16. ^ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/10/16/dozens-of-isis-fighters-killed-in-yemen-strikes-pentagon-says/
  17. ^ a b c "Exclusive: U.S. Operates Drones From Secret Bases in Somalia". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  18. ^ a b "U.S. has secretly expanded its global network of drone bases to North Africa". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-30. 
  19. ^ "US Drone Crashes in Turkey". Defense News. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  20. ^ "U.S. begins armed drone flights out of Incirlik Air Base in Turkey". CBS News. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 
  21. ^ a b "US seeks new bases for drones targeting al-Qaida in Pakistan". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2016-04-11.