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04DJIBOUTI1500 2004-11-23 03:58:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Djibouti
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2004 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT - DJIBOUTI

Tags:   PTER ASEC KCRM EFIN KHLS KPAO DJ 
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					  UNCLAS DJIBOUTI 001500 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR S/CT (JOHN KINCANNON AND KIERSTEN MCCUTCHAN)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PTER ASEC KCRM EFIN KHLS KPAO DJ
SUBJECT: 2004 ANNUAL TERRORISM REPORT - DJIBOUTI

REF: SECSTATE 245841



1. (U) Embassy point of contact for Annual Terrorism Report
is Pol/Econ Officer Erinn Reed (reedec@state.gov). Below is
post changes to 2003 Country Section for Djibouti.



2. (U) Djibouti, a staunch supporter in the global war on
terrorism and a member of the Arab League, has taken a strong
stand against international terrorist organizations and
individuals. Djibouti hosts the only U.S. military base in
Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to U.S. forces, it hosts
Coalition forces from several countries on a rotating basis
including France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Britain. There
were no confirmed acts of domestic or transnational terrorism
in Djibouti in 2004, but the Government took extraordinary
measures from its limited resources to try and ensure the
safety and security of Westerners posted in Djibouti. The
Government received several million dollars during 2004 in
training and assistance through the East African
Counter-Terrorism Initiative to aid in its efforts to train
security forces, secure borders and increase its capacity for
maritime interdiction. Djibouti also joined the ranks of
countries participating in the Safe Skies for Africa program
in late 2004. Through this program, Djibouti is scheduled to
receive funding to improve its airport security and
infrastructure. The Government has also closed down terrorist
linked financial institutions and shared security information
on possible terrorist activity in the region. The
counterterrorism committee under President Guelleh moved to
enhance coordination and action on information concerning
terrorist organizations.



3. (U) In October 2002, the United States established the
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). Based
in Djibouti, CJTF-HOA coordinates Coalition anti-terrorism
operations in six East African countries and Yemen.



4. (U) Djibouti is party to three of the 12 international
conventions and protocols relating to terrorism and signed
the Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of
Terrorism on 15 November 2001.
RAGSDALE