Saturday, 23 September 2006

US troop withdrawal leaves Iceland without a military

Iceland is about to become one of the few nations on earth without any armed forces to defend its territory. For the past 50 years, the United States has been responsible for defending Iceland and the North Atlantic. During the Cold War, the US Naval Air Station in Keflavik, on the western tip of Iceland, served as a strategically located NATO base.

With several thousand American personnel, the base also became the backbone of the local economy and employed hundreds of Icelanders. But in March 2006, the US government surprised Iceland by announcing it would close the Keflavik base within six months. The move has left Icelanders in the region fighting for a job and a future.

US troops withdraw from Keflavik by Aventures


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