Kerry visits Djibouti, US military base as Yemen conflict drags on

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Djibouti Wednesday for talks with the government and to visit a key US military base from where pilots fly missions over Yemen and Somalia.

The tiny Horn of Africa nation overlooking the Gulf of Aden has become an important center for Washington’s interventions in Africa and against Al-Qaeda safe havens in Yemen. Off its shores is a vital sea lane for ships heading to the Gulf.

The United States has beefed up its small consular operations in Djibouti to help process Yemeni-American families fleeing the conflict in Yemen.



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