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Is the United States about to lose control of its secretive Diego Garcia military base?
 

By Jenni Marsh, CNN

Updated 0620 GMT (1420 HKT) March 10, 2019

(CNN)The secretive Diego Garcia military base may be 1,000 miles from the nearest continent, but it has all the trappings of a modern American town.

The troops here can dine on burgers at Jake's Place, enjoy a nine-hole golf course, go bowling or sink a cold beer at one of several bars. The local command has nicknamed the base the "Footprint of Freedom."

But while cars here drive on the right side of the road, this is not American soil: It is, in fact, a remote remnant of the British Empire.

That is because in 1965, in the middle of the Cold War, the United States signed a controversial, secret agreement with the British government to lease one of the 60 or so Indian Ocean atolls that make up the Chagos Islands to construct a military base.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/09/asia/chagos-islands-feature-intl/index.html
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