Target Somalia: The new scramble for Africa?

I know some rather annoying crows in the Somali port town of Berbera. Every morning, as I eat my breakfast by the beach, they swoop down and steal my bread, my jam, even my butter.

Then they fly back up to their perches on a tall metal fence. They look like sentries, their black feathers gleaming, beaks curved and sharp.

“The Russians brought those birds,” an elderly Somali tells me. He shows me the giant site of the old Soviet military base, the still-functioning runway they built during the Cold War to counter US influence in the Horn of Africa.

At more than 4km (2.5 miles) in length, it’s one of the longest on the continent.

Fast-forward nearly half a century and, once again, Berbera is full of chatter about military bases.

Read More: BBC

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