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Countries Where The US Has The Biggest Military Presence

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15. Cuba
> Number of US troops: 731
> Number of US bases: 1 – #14 most

The Guantanamo Bay Naval Base is the oldest overseas United States Naval Base. The 45-square-mile compound has been leased since 1903 and has endured through the 1959 Cuban Revolution that brought Soviet-aligned communists to power in the Caribbean Sea’s largest island country.

Since 2002, the base has housed an offshore detention camp for hundreds of prisoners from the global war on terror, mostly Afghans, Saudis, and Yemenis. According to a May report by Human Rights Watch, 36 prisoners still remain at the facility, and only two of them have been convicted of a crime.

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14. Norway
> Number of US troops: 733
> Number of US bases: 7 – #12 most

As original members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the U.S. and Norway have close military ties. Norway’s neighbors Sweden and Finland have remained unaligned to NATO until recently, making Norway the northernmost member of the military alliance. It is also a strategic area for the U.S. and other allies to maintain a military presence in and near Europe’s Arctic region in close proximity to northern Russia.

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13. Australia
> Number of US troops: 1,085
> Number of US bases: 7 – #11 most

Australia was a fighting ally of the United States in every conflict of the past century, including World War I. The two countries cooperate in Eastern Hemisphere security operations and agreements. Since 2012, more than 8,000 U.S. Marines have trained alongside the Australian Defense Force, according to the U.S. State Department.

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12. Belgium
> Number of US troops: 1,147
> Number of US bases: 11 – #9 most

The U.S. maintains military operations in five European countries, including Belgium. Belgium hosts slightly more U.S. troops after Norway. U.S. bases in the fifth-smallest European Union country by population include U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, an abbreviation for Belgium and its neighbors Netherlands and Luxembourg. USAG Benelux is one of the most important in the area because it supports complementary bases located in France, Germany, and the U.K.

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11. Turkey
> Number of US troops: 1,685
> Number of US bases: 13 – #7 most

Relations between the U.S. and Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, have cooled considerably under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his authoritarian style leadership. But Turkey is also a strategic location for the U.S. military in a region wrought with instability. The future of Incirlik Air Base, one of the most important American outposts in the region, is murky as Turkey forges closer ties to Russia.

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