The strategic importance of the Bab el-Mandeb and the Horn of Africa lies in their geographic positions, the one connecting two international waterways—the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean—and the other across that strait from the Arabian peninsula.
Remnek, Richard B.
"The Strategic Importance of the Bab el-Mandeb and the Horn of Africa,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 43
, Article 3.
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