Base restriction lifted in Djibouti

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 10, 2014

A four-month order that restricted Djibouti-based troops to Camp Lemonnier was lifted on Friday, a spokesman said.

The decision to keep troops restricted to base was tied to a host of factors, such as the Westgate mall shooting rampage in Kenya in September, the military said.

“We’re constantly assessing our force protection posture, based on threats and intelligence,” said Lt. Col. Glen Roberts, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

“We always have to be vigilant.”

Liberty means troops will now be able to make some short trips off post. But servicemembers are still required to take precautions, such as traveling in small groups.

“We’ve got some trips back on. Liberty is open. That’s good news for the men and women here,” Roberts said.


U.S. troops wait for a transfer of authority ceremony to begin at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on Dec. 14, 2013.


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