US Djibouti exercise cancelled


The US military cancelled a training exercise off the coast of Djibouti and put air operations from the country on hold after two separate air mishaps this week, US officials said.

“US air operations in Djibouti are on hold and US Naval Forces Central Command cancelled the remainder of exercise Alligator Dagger in response to two separate aviation incidents in Djibouti,” the military said in a statement.

On Tuesday, a US Marine Corps jet crashed in Djibouti. The pilot was in stable condition. In a separate incident, a CH-53 helicopter suffered “structural damage” during a landing at Arta Beach, Djibouti.