Djibouti's strategic position draws world's armies

US Marines arrive at the Golfe of Tadjoura beach in Djibouti during a military dril on March 23, 2016On the sun-blasted rocky shores of the tiny Horn of Africa nation, some 500 French troops march alongside 50 US Marines near the town of Arta, wearing full kit in the baking heat. The training, designed to help the two allies work better together, also reflects growing international interest in the former French colony — bordering Somalia, and just opposite Yemen. Home to only around 800,000 people, Djibouti is now crowded with the military bases of several world powers.

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