View Full Version : More U.S. Marines head to Djibouti

10-29-02, 01:55 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2002 Posted: 12:47 PM EST (1747 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Elements of a U.S. Marine division is being sent to the East Africa nation of Djibouti to search for al Qaeda leaders, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

Members of the 2nd Marine Division will join other U.S. forces already in the Horn of Africa to search for members of the terrorist network behind the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the military said.

The troop movement had been rumored for some months, and it could begin moving within the next several days, sources told CNN.

The news follows reports in September that about 800 U.S. troops, including about 200 personnel from special operations units and the CIA, had assembled at a French base in Djibouti.

U.S. officials say al Qaeda leaders may be hiding in a variety of places throughout the Horn of Africa after the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan last year destroyed the terrorist network's base in Afghanistan.

The U.S. military asked last May to use Djibouti to train and acclimate American forces for missions in the region, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh told CNN in September.

Topping the list of suspected hideouts is Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden's family. Al Qaeda is also blamed for the October 2000 suicide attack on the destroyer USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed.

Other spots in the Horn of Africa, including Somalia, are also thought to be potential al Qaeda hideouts.



10-29-02, 02:52 PM


10-30-02, 05:58 PM
Marine planners may stay in Persian Gulf; East Coast Marines to Djibouti

By Otto Kreisher
October 29, 2002

WASHINGTON The commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region left open the possibility Tuesday that Marine planners from Camp Pendleton could remain in the Gulf after completion of an exercise there in December.

Gen. Tommy Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command, said the exercise dubbed Internal Look would last a week to 10 days in early December. But, he added, planners could be there for a month to six weeks.

The decision on whether the headquarters personnel remain in the Persian Gulf could be shaped by an upcoming U.N. vote on returning weapons inspectors to Iraq or a decision by President Bush to launch military action against Iraq.

Keeping the several hundred planners from the I Marine Expeditionary Force in the region after the exercise would improve the preparations for a war with Iraq. The expeditionary force is the combat command unit for the Marines from Camp Pendleton and from Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, who almost certainly would be involved in any conflict with Iraq.

Franks also confirmed that 700 to 800 Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., are being sent to Djibouti, a French protectorate at the juncture of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The general said the East Coast Marines were being sent to help root out terrorists in the volatile Horn of Africa, which includes Aden, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

But the Marines also would be only a few days sailing time from Iraq.

In one of his relatively rare briefings for Pentagon reporters, Franks would not discuss any preparation for a new conflict with Iraq.

In response to questions, he said the Internal Look exercise was intended to test a recently developed "deployable command and control capability," which includes shipping containers holding sophisticated communications equipment.

"It takes about 600 to a thousand people to operate" the portable headquarters, Franks said, and the exercise would test his ability to use it to control the air, ground and naval forces in his command.

The headquarters personnel would be located in "a number of countries over the region," he said. That is expected to include the established Navy headquarters in Bahrain, an Air Force command center in Saudi Arabia and a new command post in Qatar.



11-05-02, 09:34 AM
Doing "duty" in "Djibouti!":banana:

09-30-08, 07:08 PM
i was with the 22nd meusoc 2nd lar that first went into dijbouti. i cant believe how much it has developed. amazing