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Friday, July 21, 2006

Frozen out


American pullout leaves Iceland defenceless
By David Rennie in Reykjavik
(Filed: 21/07/2006)

The people of Iceland are about to join one of the world's smallest clubs - those nations without armed forces on their territory to defend their borders.
The United States, which had assured Iceland's defence for decades, stunned the country in March when it announced that it would be closing its bases on the island, withdrawing its F-15 fighters and thousands of servicemen in the space of just six months.
The only time Iceland has been invaded in modern history was by British forces, in May 1940.
Daily Telegraph

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