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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A strategically important strait, 27.4 km (17 mi) wide, between the Arabian Peninsula and eastern Africa. It links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

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  • Geography - note: strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Somalia: strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and Suez Canal

    The 2001 CIA World Factbook

  • Geographic note: strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and

    The 1996 CIA Factbook

  • Geography - note: strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and Suez Canal

    The 2000 CIA World Factbook

  • Somalia strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and Suez Canal

    The 2004 CIA World Factbook

  • Homo sapiens, which started like that of all non-African people about 60,000 years ago when a band of adventurers crossed the straits of Bab el Mandeb, from modern Djibouti to modern Yemen, suggests they then continued along the south coast of Asia, never going far inland.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • If Bab el Mandeb were closed a far tougher feat than closing Suez Saudi oil could be diverted to a pipeline moving it east.

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