Wired magazine points to an italian blogger who is piecing together a military operation in the Indian Ocean that no one in the mainstream media is talking about:
They are reportedly serving in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, as an Expeditionary Squadron of the 380th Expeditionary Operations Group, based at Al Dhafra, in the United Arab Emirates, and responsible for the “war on terror” in the region, but what’s their actual mission remains a (sort-of) mystery.
Below is a screen dump from Google Earth showing part of the deployment of Strike Eagles.
Screen dump from Google Earth showing six F-15Es on the apron at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti International Airport, on Oct. 29, 2011. Courtesy http://theaviationist.com/2012/05/11/strike-eagle-djibouti/
The deployment is apparently related to US strikes in Yemen as part of a wider campaign that has seen 15 air strikes in 2012, combined with naval bombardments of key targets along the edge of the Indian Ocean.