Diego Garcia

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Diego Garcia,

coral island, 11 sq mi (28 sq km). Indian Ocean, largest island of the Chagos Archipelago, SW of Sri Lanka. Part of the British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean Territory,
archipelago, c.1,180 mi (1,900 km), NE of Mauritius, in the central Indian Ocean. The more than 50 islands, which form the Chagos Archipelago and are located on the southern end of a chain of sea mounts that also includes Lakshadweep and the
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, the island was leased (1970) to the United States and later developed as a joint U.S.-British naval base to guard the Persian Gulf oil routes and to counter increased Soviet military activities in S Asia and Africa. Some 3,000 islanders were removed to Mauritius and the Seychelles in the late 1960s prior to the construction of the naval base. The military base has had significant strategic value as a staging area in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


See study by D. Vine (2009).

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The Ministry of Defence is in talks with the Foreign Office - and they have discussed moving UK nationals to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean where there is a Marines base.
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It took four days to travel to the Chagos Islands, with a one-day visit to each of the main islands of Diego Garcia, Peros Banhos and Salomon where the vast majority of the Chagossians used to reside.
The C-140A airplane carrying a team from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Yokosuka touched down on the small atoll of Diego Garcia as part of a Naval Forces Japan staff visit May 16.
and Diego Garcia stunned Keonho Shin of Korea and Taiyo Tamanaka of Japan, 6-4, 6-3 to make the quarterfinals.
The deployment of bombers in Diego Garcia comes at a time of growing regional tensions in the Asia-Pacific.
Clooney was part of a team defending 2000 Chagos Islanders who were evicted from their homes in the 1960 to make way for a US Air Force base on the island of Diego Garcia ,The Daily Mail reported.
It went west and was flown to Diego Garcia, the British-owned island in the Indian Ocean that is let as a military base to America.
He is one of around 1,750 Chagos islanders, the descendants of African slaves and workers, who were forced into exile by the UK authorities at the height of the Cold War so that the US could build and use Diego Garcia as a military base.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Terror suspects held by the CIA were interrogated on the British owned island of Diego Garcia despite the repeated denials of London and Washington that any such incidents took place, a senior American official said.
The island of Diego Garcia was used by the CIA to carry out "nefarious activities", Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's exchief of staff, claimed.