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The US completes a Navy communications facility on the island of Diego Garcia. (Sunday Times (London) 9/21/1975)

US B-52 bombers use the military base at the island of Diego Garcia to launch attacks against the Taliban in Afghanistan. (BBC 10/31/2002)

The US sends a formal request to Britain for permission to launch “offensive actions” from Diego Garcia against Iraq. Although the US already has a military base on the island, it can only be used for defense and training, unless Britain grants the US special permission. America wants its B-2 stealth bombers to run sorties from the island. (Ahmed 11/24/2002)


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