How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Military Base

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United Arab Emirate is increasingly focused on projecting military power west of Suez by establishing its first and major decades-spanning military base in the Eritrean port of Assab. The development of Assab naval and air force base might mark the beginning of a more purposeful, considered phase of Emirati military expansion.

By Alex Mello and Michael Knights,

Britain militarily withdrew from areas “east of Suez” in 1971, triggering the Trucial States to form today’s United Arab Emirates. Now, 45 years later, this Arab country is increasingly focused on projecting military power “west of Suez.”

Events such as the Arab Spring in 2011, Iran’s growing confidence and escape from nuclear sanctions, plus the rise of the Islamic State have convinced Emirati leaders to become more activist in managing the risks facing their federation. Most recently this has resulted in this tiny Gulf nation establishing its first power projection base outside of the Arabian Peninsula in the Eritrean port of Assab.

Over the last year, this port was built up from empty desert into a modern airbase, deep-water port, and military training facility.

Next the Emirates turned towards the Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean. This process was driven by their strident intervention in Yemen, which began when Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi was ousted from Aden by Houthi rebels and subsequently requested military intervention citing Article 51 (self-defense) of the Charter of the United Nations and also the Charter of the Arab League.

On March 26, Saudi Arabia announced the beginning of Operation Decisive Storm, the pan-Arab military operation to halt the advance of Yemen’s Houthi militia.

Saudi Arabia and the Emirates initially sought to use Djibouti, just across the Gulf of Aden, to support the liberation of Aden, but a twist of fate intervened. In late April 2015, an altercation between the chief of the Djibouti Air Force and Emirati diplomats derailed relations between the two countries. There were actually fisticuffs after an Emirati aircraft taking part in the Gulf Coalition operations over Yemen landed without authorization at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. Emirati Vice Consul Ali al-Shihi even took a punch, setting off a diplomatic spat.

The dispute escalated quickly due to pre-existing tensions concerning a long-running legal dispute over the contract for the Doraleh Container Terminal, the largest container port in Africa, operated by Dubai Ports World, the Dubai-based Emirati port operator and one of the biggest U.A.E. soft-power assets.

On May 4, 2015 the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti formally broke off diplomatic relations. Djibouti evicted Saudi and Emirati troops from a facility at Haramous adjacent to Camp Lemonnier. This former French Foreign Legion outpost (used by U.S. Africa Command and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa) also had been leased to the Gulf coalition in early April to support its operations in Yemen.

But Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had an on-hand replacement: neighboring Eritrea, Djibouti’s regional rival, which boasts rudimentary ports on the Red Sea just 150 kilometers further north.

On April 29, the very day that Djibouti evicted Gulf troops, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdel Aziz and concluded a security and military partnership agreement with the Gulf states offering basing rights in Eritrea. High-level delegations from the Gulf Cooperation Council had already met Eritrean officials that year to discuss using Eritrea as potential base for operations.

This insurance policy paid dividends: potentially crippling strategic risk in the anti-Houthi campaign – the loss of Djibouti – was overcome with ease and within days.

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Landing craft at the Port of Assab. (Photo: Google Earth image)

Build-up at Assab

As part of the partnership agreement, the United Arab Emirates concluded a 30-year lease agreement for military use of the mothballed deep-water port at Assab and the nearby hard-surface Assab airfield, with a 3,500-meter runway capable of landing large transport aircraft including the huge C-17 Globemaster transports flown by the Emirati air force. The Gulf states agreed to provide a financial aid package and undertook to modernize Asmara International Airport, build new infrastructure, and increase fuel supplies to Eritrea.

The early operations at Assab were hasty but effective. On April 13, a CH-47 Chinook carried an eight-man team of Emirati Presidential Guard special operators and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) into the Little Aden peninsula, the site of Aden’s refinery and oil storage tanks. These forces called in airstrikes and naval gunfire missions, enabling forces loyal to President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and local Aden popular resistance committees to hang onto two defensive pockets with their backs to the sea. Emirati landing ships dropped Saudi and Emirati security forces and U.A.E.-trained local militias mounted into the defensive pockets in May.

The naval lifeline sustained by Assab port and airbase allowed the pro-Hadi forces to retake Aden in August 2015’s Operation Golden Arrow. Emirati landing ships and chartered commercial vessels made repeated runs between the new Emirati naval base at Fujairah on the Gulf of Oman and the bare-bones Assab port. U.A.E. Air Force C-17s and C-130s were also seen at Asmara International Airport in the Eritrean capital.

By late July 2015, the buildup at Assab airfield was complete, with the base serving as a logistics support area and staging hub for the brigade-sized Emirati armored battlegroup that would spearhead the Aden breakout. This was composed of two squadrons of Leclerc main battle tanks, a battalion of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, and two batteries of G6 howitzers. The Emirates also shipped a 1,500-man strike force of U.A.E.-trained Yemeni troops mounted in U.A.E.-provided armored vehicles after they were trained and equipped at Assab.

In mid-July 2015, the Emirati battlegroup began landing at the Little Aden oil terminal. Emirati Al-Futaisi-class landing ships and other landing craft including the Swift, a former U.S. Navy vessel, made repeated runs between Assab port and Aden.

In October and November 2015, Assab served as the logistics hub for the deployment of three 450-man Sudanese mechanized battalions to Aden. The two Sudanese battalions undertook a lengthy route movement from Kassala on the Sudan-Eritrea border to Assab port and were shuttled across to Aden by U.A.E. vessels.

Assab port also served as the base for the Gulf naval blockade of the Red Sea ports of Mokha and Hodeida, with several Emirati navy vessels including new Baynunah-class corvettes and Rmah-class logistics vessels docking at the port through late 2015 and 2016. Since the offensive against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Hadhramout in April 2016, Assab has also served as a transshipment hub for Emirati vessels delivering humanitarian aid and reconstruction materials, including generators and fuel to Mukalla.


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Leclerc tanks and other vehicles staging at Assab. (Photo: Google Earth image)

A Major Aerial Hub and Training Base

Significant expansion of Assab airfield has turned the site from an austere forward operating location into a powerful expeditionary base, the first Emirati power projection site outside the federation’s homeland. Emirati forces doubled the airfield’s available tarmac space and built an air traffic control tower and new hangars.

By early 2016, the airfield was hosting several Apache attack helicopters of the Emirati Joint Aviation Command as well as Presidential Guards’ Special Operations Command Chinook, Black Hawk, and Bell 407MRH helicopters conducting operations over southwest Yemen. In November 2015, AT-802 ground attack turboprops of the UAE Special Operations Command’s Aviation Group 18 also began flying strike sorties across the Bab al-Mandeb Strait from Assab.

New Yemeni air corps pilots trained on U.A.E.- donated aircraft at Assab prior to their transfer to Al-Anad Air Base to the north of Aden in October 2015.

A huge containerized housing and tent city were also built as the base was developed for Yemeni counterterrorism forces being trained and equipped by the United Arab Emirates to liberate southern Yemeni cities such as Mukalla held by AQAP. Units of the Aden counterterrorism force and Hadhramout Tribal Confederation mobile infantry were flown into Assab to be trained and equipped by the UAE.

The scale and speed of the training effort is impressive: new units trained using UAE-provided tactical vehicles before being transported back into Aden for the anti-AQAP offensive that kicked off in May. A mixed battalion-sized U.A.E. battlegroup remained based at Assab throughout the spring and summer of 2016, allowing U.A.E. troops from the similarly-sized battlegroup engaged in operations against AQAP in Yemen to rotate to a nearby rest and recuperation site.

In late 2015, the United Arab Emirates also began constructing new deep-water port facilities on the coast directly adjacent to Assab airfield, removing the need for U.A.E. military convoys to transit through Assab city as they travelled from the airbase to the port 10 kilometers to the south. The U.A.E. National Marine Dredging Company’s dredging vessels began work in late 2015.

By May 2016, a 60,000 square meter square of coastline had been excavated and dredged, and a 700-meter pier built. Emirati forces also extended a security perimeter around the airfield and port facilities and re-routed the P-6 coastal highway between Assab and Massawa around the outer perimeter of the base.

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French-style hangars at Assab. (Photo: Google Earth image)

The Growing Horn of Africa Footprint of the United Arab Emirates

Though Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have cooperated in major security ventures such as the Manama intervention in 2011 and the Yemen war since 2015, the two leading Gulf Cooperation Council military powers are also competitors. In terms of population, oil production, and defense spending, Saudi Arabia is by a considerable margin the larger of the two, but the Emirates are determined to punch well above their weight. In Yemen, the objectives of the two Gulf States are slowly diverging, with the Saudis backing Islamist militias against the Houthis in the north, whilst the United Arab Emirates is focused on countering AQAP in the south of the country.

In the Horn of Africa region there are signs of competition as well. Saudi Arabia patched things up with Djibouti by October 2015, with Saudi access restored to the airfield at Camp Lemonier and with Djibouti receiving Saudi-donated patrol boats, helicopters, weapons, and ambulances. In March 2016, discussions were underway between Riyadh and Djibouti for the signing of comprehensive bilateral security agreement including the return of a long-term Saudi military base to Djibouti.

The Emirates appear to be adopting a broader-based approach to the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and Indian Ocean region. Abu Dhabi has long been a generous benefactor and investor in the Indian Ocean island-states such as the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, and the Comoros. In these areas the large Emirati investment banks and foundations have supported tourism, ports, and humanitarian projects.

The United Arab Emirates is interested in East Africa also, with natural gas, ports, and food security in mind. To support the development of a broader Indian Ocean and East Africa policy the United Arab Emirates is getting drawn into security cooperation relationships with a range of Horn of Africa states, aiming to reduce instability and the growth of Islamist militias in the region.

Somalia is a case in point. In early May 2015, the United Arab Emirates expanded its long-running train and equip partnership with Somalia’s counterterrorism unit and National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), opening a new U.A.E.-funded training center in Mogadishu where Emirati special forces operators have trained several units of Somali commandos.

In late May 2015, the Emirates supplied the Interim Jubba Administration at Kismayo with a batch of RG-31 Mk. V MRAPs and Toyota Land Cruisers. These were followed in June by a shipment of Reva Mk. III armored personnel carriers, water tanker trucks, and police motorcycles for the Somali federal government’s Ministry of Internal Security and Police. In October 2015, the United Arab Emirates pledged to pay the salaries of the Somali federal government security forces over a four-year period.

The United Arab Emirates has also wooed Somalia’s regional rival, the autonomous Somaliland region. In May 2016, Dubai Ports World won a 30-year contract to manage the port of Berbera and expand it into a regional logistics hub, breaking up Djibouti’s virtual monopoly on Ethiopian freight via the Doraleh Container Terminal through the joint development by Somaliland and Ethiopia of the Berbera Corridor as an alternative logistics route.

The United Arab Emirates is also said to be seeking access to the Berbera port and airstrip to support its operations in Yemen, and may provide Somaliland with a financial aid package and an Emirati-built military training center.

In Puntland, an autonomous region in northeastern Somalia, the United Arab Emirates also paid for the Puntland Maritime Police Force to be established in 2010, with anti-piracy training provided by a succession of private security companies, a cause for some controversy. The PMPF operates bases in Bosaso, Puntland’s primary port on the Gulf of Aden coast, and Eyl on the Indian Ocean coast. The PMPF air wing operates three UAE-donated Ayers S2R Thrush aircraft and an Alouette III helicopter. The UAE also finances and trains the Puntland Intelligence Agency. When the Gulf Coalition naval blockade sought to interdict Iranian weapons smuggling to the Houthis, the Emirati investment in Puntland and Somaliland seems to have paid off, shutting off known Iranian transshipment points like Bosaso and Berbera.

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(Photo: Assab airport. Google Earth image)

 

The UAE’s “West of Suez” Moment?

In combination with the development of a closer military relationship with Egypt and Sudan, the construction of a major decades-spanning power projection base in Eritrea will give the United Arab Emirates a leading role in the protection of the Suez and Bab el-Mandab sea-lanes. The United Arab Emirates could begin to emerge as a powerful actor in the Horn of Africa, East Africa, and western Indian Ocean. Like prior trading empires from the Portuguese to the Omanis, the United Arab Emirates is aiming to become an important player up and down Africa’s eastern seaboard, mixing hard military power with soft-power approaches.

The development of large and well-armed Yemeni forces at the Assab base also points to a second way that the United Arab Emirates could become a major influence on the local balance of power. Within just a few months the United Arab Emirates trained and equipped a few thousand mobile infantry mounted in MRAPs and armed with advanced anti-tank weaponry. In many regional conflicts, battles are regularly won by such compact and cohesive forces backed by external airpower and special forces. This could have implications for the struggle against local extremist groups like Al-Shabab, which the United Arab Emirates may turn its sights on in the future. Other regional conflicts and civil wars could be influenced by Emirati security cooperation, particularly the Emirates’ ability to gift significant numbers of modern vehicles and weapons to proxy forces. The United Arab Emirates could begin to play a kingmaker role across the region.

A final implication could be the strengthening of the Emirati deterrent posture against Iran. The Yemen intervention was indirectly aimed at Iran, an effort by the Gulf states to prevent what they view as an Iranian-backed Houthi movement from taking over Yemen.

The Emirati naval and air base at Assab was critical in blockading the Houthi-held ports on the Red Sea and preventing Iran from resupplying the rebels. Over the last couple of years there has been a growing clamor regarding the potential for Iran to develop “blue water” naval capabilities that might allow Tehran to project military power into the western Indian Ocean and Red Sea. In fact, it is the UAE that has achieved this first, creating the base infrastructure to sustain operations by muscular surface combat platforms like the Baynunah-class corvettes.

In addition to contesting Iranian naval expansion, bases like Assab could contribute to the United Arab Emirates’ strategic depth in an eventual clash with Iran, threatened or actual. Whereas the entire Emirati homeland’s littoral is within the range of Iranian missiles, Assab provides depth that might allow a reserve force of Emirati surface combatants, aircraft, and even submarines to remain active and able to interdict Iran’s coastline and shipping during an extended war.

The Emirates’ track record of involvement in expeditionary operations has been rather formless in the past, pointing towards the federation’s keenness to simply “get involved” in different types of operations in many parts of the Islamic world without necessarily serving any broader strategic roadmap. Although evolved out of military necessity to support the Yemen war, the development of Assab might mark the beginning of a more purposeful, considered phase of Emirati military expansion.


Alex Mello is lead security analyst at Horizon Client Access, an advisory service working with the world’s leading energy companies.

Michael Knights is the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has worked in the Gulf States and Yemen as an advisor to local security forces and as an analyst of regional conflicts including Yemen’s wars against the Houthis, southern secessionists and AQAP.

  • Haters and the green eyed ደቂ ማለሊት, please read the above development at our Assab port at your own risk.

    • B.Adal

      LOL …
      B.Adal will provide Heart Burn Medicine for anyone blessed with 7 Hearts.

      • ERITREANFORLIFE

        I’ll provide medical marijuana for severe pain and depression.

        • Can Do People

          [comment removed by admin. please try to maintain the topic of discussion ]

          • ERITREANFORLIFE

            Your right. I believe they should legalize it period. Just hemp alone would be extremely beneficial for the society as a whole. There are over 30,000 products that can be made from marijuana plant. From paper, clothing, heavy duty ropes, etc. The plant grows like weed. Tourism would go through the roof, economic development through the roof, less money and resources could be allocated to the health sector, people who consume it would be more happy/conscious/healthy/stressless/etc. you’ll find snoop dog at on of our island with a fat blunt straight chilling…lol.. marijuana would benefit Eritrea in a major way. It will also help with the immigration issue, cuz people would be more aware of who they are and what’s important, such as love, family, etc.

          • Young EriBlood

            I agree 100%. Its actually now has over 50,000 uses.

            Can you imagine 300-500K tourist coming from all over Africa just to chill on newly built resorts on red sea sea and 300 islands. It will be for them what Cancun for college students. Snoop and Nipsey Hussle will make frequent stops for sure. Aside from recretional use, medical and industrial hemp will lift agriculture to new levels. It should be done.

            It isn’t a taboo anymore. Even U.S.A gov. owns the medical patent and States are beginning to legalize it. It will be just a matter of years until it’s universally accepted. It will place Eritrea ahead of cannabis world in Africa. We drink, we brew our own beer and consume hard liquor with negative side effects.

            I also do agree it create conciseness, less stress and alternative to less addictive than alcohol. From what I see in our society, it can not hurt. Crimes will not spike. Not a single person will die.

    • Kaleab B

      Indeed, this is a great news for Ertra. I suggest our next move should be to sign a defense pact with Egypt and Pakistan, have permanent military presence in Assab.

    • Nitricc

      What a disappointing piece of news? where is the holes supposed provide the drinking water for the Eritrean camels? lol; the degree of the secrecy is amazing. In Ethiopia you will hear the leaders bragging about useless high rising building while in Eritrea such thing no one even know about. one thing is for sure; the Asab and the obsession of some Ethiopians==== RIP!

  • MUST LISTEN:

    Young EPLF Paltalk room with Wedi Taba on the issue of our current and future relation with the people of Tigray.

    https://youtu.be/HrivalMVHVo

    • ዳኒቦ

      Dear TN i haven’t heard wedi taba for a long period of time. Do you have an info?

  • Who wants Ethiopia’s destruction? TPLF or EPLF?
    ማነው:የኢትዮጽያን:መፈራረስ:የሚፈልገው..ወያኔ..ወይስ…ሻእቢያ ????

    https://www.facebook.com/100005588595003/videos/542963199233295/

    • B.Adal

      TN, Thank very much for this wonderful educational interview. Most Eritreans already know it, but is a good listen to others, especially Ethiopians.

    • Nebelbal

      ~
      SUPER ” ዳንዲ! “

  • Erta

    The west is not don with Middle East or the gulf region. In order to secure Israel state the kings in Saudi and the emirates in United Arab Emirates must go. Iraq, Libya, Syria are not a threat to Israel any more for a long time to come. The Saudis and United Arab Emirates never contributed anything positive from oil wealth. Their mere existence has been a danger for the world since they have religion based optical system. Both, the Saudi, and UAE will face their political challenge from the West, it is just matter of time. UEA expanding is military to a very strategic locations and close to Israel will become ill-conceived plan on the UAE part; this kind of military plan might be just the recipe for the West to look into UAE and the Saudis’ objective in terms of security to Israel and to the West in general. Western countries are not fond of a regime that is not democratic to be acting as super power because the instability in their existence outweighs the stability they are trying to being in any part of the world. It is just a matter of time before the East Africa region and the United Arab Emirates including the Saudis political landscape changes. Their mere existence is fragile let alone to be an influential state in the region.

    • B.Adal

      Erta,
      You should worry on what matters and on things you are able to control, that is existence of Woyane in Ethiopia.
      P.S. How is Sentiko doing these days? He has been very silent … Is he on the run from Amhara and Oromo?

      • Erta

        you have been predicting the end of woyane for the last two years as new political, economic and natural disaster challenges ethiopia but nothing happend and don’t count on the current event as well becuse nothing is going to change in ethiopia soon but i worry more about your backward a lot.

        • B.Adal

          About 20 thousand (Use the link I provided below; forward to 10:27 to listen to today’s new of VOA Tigrigna) of your ugumesh brothers and sisters have already arrived in Sudan running away from Gondar. Are you still not convinced by the fate of Woyane? The people who run away from Gondar were complaining that their business, homes, cars were all getting destroyed. To be honest with you, even Tigray will not be safe anymore for Woyane supporters. I hope you realize now, why I had always called Woyane leaders to have IQ63 🙂

          http://www.eastafro.com/2016/09/02/voa-tigrigna-friday-september-2-2016/

        • Shaebia Warriors

          By nothing is going to change in Ethiopia, do you mean ethnic conflict & protests will continue forever? Do you mean TPLF will continue rigging elections & killing protesters unabated? Do you mean TPLF will continue forcefully occupying Eritrean territories forever unchallenged? Change is a part of life TPLF must come to recognize.

        • wedinakfa

          Erta the end of WOY-ANE is written on the wall but you are burying your head in MALELIT asshole!!1

    • Zurug!

      Since when is UAE a religion based political system? And guess where your beloved KSA is? JABOTY! do you think…do you think for a second that UAEs move to Assab is without USA blessing it? You see your problem is that you only try to analyse from a prospective of a dude bit graduate…pls expand your thoughts and start thinking working with Eritrea is the only solution you guys have left for your ever mounting problems……you predicted WAR and the Ethiopian army walking to Asmara but that came to nothing but a blood shade…..you keep advocating WAR as if it is the panacea for all your problems….I guess dumb people like you in the leadership finally got into thier thick head that war is not the solution.

      You predicted that Eritrea will not survive economically and implode..that was the plan but it didn’t work….Eritrea passed surviving. You just keep on getting it wrong..pls wake up you bunch of nuclear heads!

      • Zurug!

        Lol nuclear heads = nuckle heads!

        • Hope

          Selam Zurug and all Deki Halal Meriet::

          That certain chap, called Erta, who is a Notorious anti-Eritrea and Anti-Eritreans ‘Champion” at tigraionline, has NO Clue(albeit purposely) that Aseb Port probably will be/has been and is, the best and the most LUCRATIVE Port in the world all things considered-Politically,. Militarily, Strategically and Economically speaking!

          By its very natural and strategic location, it is ONE of the Most Strategic Ports in the world considering all things with great potential for everything positive(minus the “risks” of being the BEST), where one can monitor both the Suez Canal and the Bab el Mandeb,through which more than 45% of the World Shipping Lanes pass through.

          The dude et al have no clue(albeit knowingly) about the Dubai Ports.and the UAE was the lucky one to pick Aseb at the right time., irrespective of the risks and the unknown,etc.(who cares about that but about NOW)!…

          Yes,indeed, the USA has been involved directly and indirectly and it has been the Aseb Port that helped the Coalition to achieve swiftly what has been intended.

          Upgrading and expanding the Aseb Port and its Airport and that of Asmera Int’l Airport and the Coastal Aseb-Massawa Highway within a year is but a miracle from Eritrea’s National Security Interest point of view…in all aspects.

          Getting Full Scholarships for the Top 100 Eritrean Under-grads and Grads at/to
          the Middle East’s Top University- the Zayid University(Engineers,Pilots,etc), is indeed a blessing, an earned one.

          Getting a Lucrative Package/income starting with $500 Million per annum is,what now?A curse?…

          Let it be!

          Getting Free Gas and Oil for a nation with serious Energy Deficit means that Eritrea will save $200-300 Million per annum until we explore our own.

          I see an African Qatar or UAE or a better Singapore coming up soon…by by-passing all the hassles those tiny successful nations have gone through.

          This is NOT a wish or empty dream or bravado, but a fact(s) based on the facts on the ground as I mentioned things somewhere….here.

          Qatar and the UAE have depended only on Gas and Petroleum initially(and even now), but Eritrea is blessed with every Natural Resource one can dream/think about:

          Here is the Tip of the Iceberg—to your dismay-the enemies of Eritrea:

          -The best and Pristine Clean Beaches with very lucrative Tourism Potential worth of more than $250 Million income per annum and plenty of Job Opportunities.

          -The best Fishing Industry Potential(more than $500 Million per annum income potential)

          -The BEST salt-a pure one by nature,(99.9% NaCl) in the world–with more than $250 Million per annum income potential.

          -Some of the best and top quality Precious Metals (Gold,Silver,Copper,etc) in the world where 70% of the Eri Land is covered with,that might need more than 50 years (of Mine life) to exploit(more than $15-20 Billion projected income).

          -Do not undermine the essence of top quality Marble we have all over the nation.

          But hey ,here are the most unbelievable natural resources Eritrea is endowed with:

          -The Denkalia is full of Potash–not just Bada and Culluli per my friend from the Department of Mining(listen to what one of the Employees said through the YouTube about this)–apparently classified?

          This will extend the Mining(Mine) Life of the Potash to more than 300 years, worth of Trillions of $,not just billions of $….per simple math.

          -Per the Western Energy Intelligence Report, based on the location of Eritrea and its Geology, it was claimed /estimated that the Gas and Petroleum Potential of Eritrea is more than that of Saudi Arabia and Qatar combined..
          Etc…

          The unique Human Resources Potential of Eritrea and its role should be considered beyond doubt.

          The Red Sea Dam? a Dream or a potential reality?

          -I always go back and read the Scientific Article of Prof Hossana about our Red Sea Dam Potential, which is very cheap but very lucrative Clean Energy Source for all Africa and Middle East…

          Now,you can imagine as to why those sleepless enemies of Eritrea have been working hard to make sure that Eritrea and Eritreans fail….and /or want to remain Eritrea under the Greedy, the Chauvinist and Expansionist Ethiopia.

          That is exactly why the short-sighted and narrow-minded TPLF Leadership and its “naïve” Tigreyan Audience/Followers have been at the fore front to make us collapse overnight -so as to take over all these miraculous Natural Resources.
          HELL NO!

          Finally, do not blame me for being “angry”” at the PFDJ Gov,as there is the reason as to why I am “angry” at the GoE -for not utilizing at least the minimum of this very, very RICH but Free Natural Resources….at least the Fishing, Salt and Tourism Industry, while understanding the obstacles and sabotages Eritrea as a Nation and the PFDJ as a Government have gone through!
          Slowly but SURELY, will get to the Promised Land!
          “Kalsina newih eqqua entekhone-Awetna ghin nay GHIDDIN Eyu—against All ODDs.
          Yes,indeed, we have made it and history has repeated itself—in Eritrea’s FAVOR.
          “Arkib Bistay/Bitseyti Zehazka/I Hizka/i—yes,ArkibuBistsot Zehazkum hizkum..
          Patience has paid off!
          We have learned—Emotions,hectic judgements,wishes,Pride alone-do not work.
          “Bejakhum te’Aghesu—tihiwekhu alekhum…”
          Who said that, and to whom?
          The same ‘Dictator” most of us and most of the world are/is cursing. And to the same G15/11 and the Amateur Journalists.
          But also I regret to say that, the same “Dictator” should have listened to the concerned voices. On a timely basis,.as well,to be fair!
          I guess .habba habba?.
          We all have messed up but despite all the hiccups and mess we have gone through; and despite the Tsunami, the sabotage, the isolation, the containment, the sanctions, the threats, provocations, the BULLYING, the intimidations, and what NIOT, Eritrea and Eritreans HAVE STOOD TALLER and STRONGER (more)than ever irrespective of the Nay-Sayers and the DENIERS including ,the Opportunists,the mercenaries, etc…
          It is time to have a Genuine National Reconciliation and an Inclusive Constitution and move on–so that NO POWER under the sun shall and can, bite Eritrea let alone to bully on it and intimidate us..
          Enehe meda enhe feres…it is up to us now.
          Guess what?
          Yes indeed,history is repeating itself:
          As Yemane GhebreAb said it eloquently and prophetically:
          “Those, who (have) wished Eritrea and Eritreans “Death” have either already died or are dying…”–as we speak!
          Hallie Luyya!
          Praise the Lord and have Your mercy on them, Lord!
          As we have forgiven them so as to be forgiven, we forgive them and shall forgive them.
          But hey,we are human beings and we have learned a HARD Lesson in a hard way;and this time we might NOT forget…things!
          “Ne-Amiromu Ghibromu Le/wo-Korabitihomu”!
          We have known them—-and we shall do our best to know them more and better.
          Vigilance!
          SiwuAtna Yidebessu!
          Moghesin Kibrin Ni SiwuAtna for ever!!!!
          Long Live a UNITED and ONE,Democratic,Stronger.Develpoed and Prosperous Eritrea and Eritreans!!!
          A Genuine and True “Hade Libbi and hade Hizbi (One Heart and ONE people!!!
          Equal Social Justice for All!
          “kikhewin nay ghiddin kemey zeikewin!”
          We shall NEVER kneel down but when we are PRAYING to One and Almighty God and when SHOOTING at the Enemy!

      • Hope

        ZurugL:
        He has NO Clue that Aseb prob will be the best and the most LUCRATIVE Port in the world all things considered…Militarily and economically…one of the Most Strategic Ports in the world considering all things, where one can monitor both the Suez Canal and the Bab el Mandeb…through which more than 45% of the World Shipping Lanes pass through.
        He has no clue about Dubai Ports…..and the UAE was lucky to pick Aseb at the right time……
        Yes,indeed, the USA has been involved directly and indirectly and it has been the Aseb Port that helped the Coalition to achieve swiftly what has been intended.
        Upgrading and expanding the Aseb Port and its Airport and that of Asmera Int’l Airport and the Coastal Aseb-Massawa Highway within a year is but a miracle from Eritrea’s National Security Interest point of view…in all aspects.
        Getting Full Scholarships for the Top 100 Eritrean Under-grads and Grads at/to
        the Middle East’s Top Universities-of the Zayid University(Engineers,Pilots,etc) is indeed a blessing.
        Getting a Lucrative Package/income starting with $500 Million per annum is,what now?A curse?…
        Getting Free Gas and oil for a nation with serious Energy Deficit mean that Eritrea will save $200-300 Million per annum until we explore our own.
        I see an African Qatar or UAE or a better Singapore coming up soon…by by-passing all the hassles those tiny successful nation have gone through.
        This is NOT a wish or empty dream but facts based on the facts on the ground as I mentioned things somewhere….here.
        Qatar and the UAE depend only on Gas and petroleum initially, but Eritrea is blessed with every Natural resource one can dream/think about:
        Here is the Tip of the Iceberg—to your dismay-the enemies of Eritrea:
        -The best and Pristine Clean Beaches with very lucrative Tourism Potential worth of more than $Million income and plenty of Job Opportunities
        -The best Fishing Industry Potential(more than $500 Million per annum income potential)
        -The Sodium Chloride(salt–99% NaCl) in the world–with more than $250 Million per annum income potential
        -Some of the best and top quality Precious metals (Gold,Silver,Copper,etc) in the world where 70% of the Eri Land is covered with!~–that might need more than 50 years (of Mine life) to exploit.
        -Do not undermine the essence of top quality Marble we have all over the nation
        But hey ,here are the most unbelievable natural resources Eritrea is endowed with:
        -The Denkalia is full of Potash–not just Bada and Culluli per my friend from the Department of mining(listen to what one of the Employees said n the YouTube about this)–apparently classified?
        This will extend the Mining life of the Potash to more than 300 years, worth of Trillions of $,not just billions of $….simple math.
        -Per the Energy Intelligence Report, based on the location of Eritrea and its Geology, it was claimed that the Gas and Petroleum Potential of Eritrea is more than that of Saudi Arabia and Qatar combined..
        Etc…
        The unique Human Resources Potential of Eritrea and its role should be considered beyond doubt.
        -I always go back and read the Scientific Article of Prof Hossana about our Red Sea Dam Potential, which is very cheap but very lucrative Clean Energy Source for all Africa and Middle East…
        Now,you can imagine as to why those sleep enemies of Eritrea have been working hard to make sure that Eritrea and Eritreans fail….and or want to remain under the Greedy, the Chauvinist and Expansionist Ethiopia.
        That is exactly why the TPLF and its Tigreyan Followers have been at the fore front to make us collapse overnight -so as to take over all these miraculous Natural Resources.
        Moreover, do not blame me for being “angry”” at the PFDJ..and that is the reason why I am angry for not utilizing at least the minimum of this Free Natural Resources….at least the Fishing, Salt and Tourism Industry, while understanding the obstacles and sabotages Eritrea as a Nation and the PFDJ as a Government

        • Berhane

          Selamat Hope

          “He who loughs the last, loughs longer”

          Got you, patient my friend. We said those words 20 years ago….but as they say ” Rome was not built overnight”

        • ‘Deye anes eze deleye ezeye’

          The elaboration above gives very wide view. The long time joke was Eritrea atesheteme ateleweteme waga kawetache lemene atesheteme ateleweteme? Eritrea le areb leteshetene newe so on and so forth were the propaganda long time ago. There was a lot of mocking, loughing and mimicking when it was said we will make Eritrea “Singapore”.

  • Views and analysis

    There is no comment regarding the above issue. Having views and alasysis from polticians can give a better understaning to many of us who don’t have the capability of analyzing such kind of topics.

  • satin

    Who is Isayas Afewerki?And how do you describe him,mentally disturbed or a criminal who does not hesitate to plunge the region in to another bloody war?As far as i am concerned he is both.When i consider his work for the benefit of Eritrea he is a retarded and mentaly disturbed and and null, when it comes against Eritrea and Ethiopia he is very clever and good at.There is no reason to invite these foreign troops inside the country.The only reason why they are there is to have control over the region as the Writer eloquently described it.My appeal to fellow Eritreans and Ethiopians is lets please put aside our differences and regain what is ours.

    • mikejones

      Yhhh right hji do yhayish wuy wuy. We eritreans are coming to get our badime. Amharas what ever woyane stole and the oromos the same. But what are the Agames going to regain ? Answer that please my brother.

  • “Let the Eritrean Assab port be a watering pond for the camels”, once said a midget before he met his creator. That port is now fetching a cool 500 million dollars a year with out Eritrea investing a single coin on it. Karma is real!

  • Eritrawi Dankalawi

    Well we don’t want to be like Ethiopians doing things to anger others or to please them we are very happy ther are using Djibouti ports and any other ports they wish even if it is very expeisive finally to all Ethiopians don’t even dream of not your

    • curiousity

      what is nyur?

      • forto sawa

        Not your? Meaning what’s not your to begin with.

  • Binyam

    The title could be written as Eritrea and Djibouti fought to kiss Arab ass, but as always Eritrea won.
    congratulation our brothers.

    • Young EriBlood

      Dogs bark and we get paid. Have a nice day!

      • B.Adal

        Excellent !!!

    • B.Adal

      Binyam,
      Stop Woyane’s way of thinking …
      Woyane’s demise is due to Ass kissing to USA and other Food Stamp donors.

  • Riyadh training 5,000 militants in Eritrea for war in Yemen

    By Fars News Agency [Iran Propaganda Agency]

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Riyadh has transferred nearly 5,000 militants from a number of terrorist groups from Aden port to Eritrea’s Assab port to go under military trainings and then be sent to the Saudi provinces bordering Yemen, sources said.

    “The terrorists, some of whom are from the Al-Qaeda, will be dispatched to Najran, Jizzan and Asir provinces to fight against the Yemeni army and popular forces and prevent their further advances in Southern Saudi Arabia,” the sources stated on Sunday.

    They added that the Yemeni forces’ advances deep inside the Saudi territories have frightened the Saudi officials more than the ballistic missiles fired from Yemen.

    Also, Hossein al-Houthi, a commander of the Yemeni popular forces, told FNA that his forces have managed to retake control of several villages from the Saudi mercenaries and destroyed five of their tanks, their military outposts and a command room of the Saudi-led coalition in Ta’iz province.

    Reports said on Friday that Yemen’s long-range home-made missile dubbed as Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) hit deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to the kingdom’s massacre of civilians in the impoverished nation.

    Borkan-1 has a range of 800 kilometers and is a new generation of Yemen’s domestically-made missiles, Yemen’s Defense Ministry announced in a statement.

    The Yemeni defense ministry did not mention the exact location of the targets that Borkan-1 missile has hit.

    It, however, said that the warhead of Barkan-1 missile has been designed to destroy the Saudi military base structure with respect to the materials used in their construction.

    On Wednesday, the Yemeni army and popular forces hit the Saudi military positions in the kingdom’s Najran province with a Zalzal-3 ballistic missile in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes on residential areas across Yemen.

    The Yemeni missile attack inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi troops in Najran province.

    Early reports indicated large casualties on the Saudi forces in the missile attack. The Saudi army and its coalition members have lost, at least, over a hundred troops each time they have come under a ballistic missile attack by Yemen.

    The Saudi-led forces’ armored vehicles were destroyed during the Yemeni missile attack.

    http://theiranproject.com/blog/2016/09/04/riyadh-training-5000-militants-eritrea-war-yemen/