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Diego Garcia: a shameful history that keeps repeating itself

On a remote coral atoll in the Indian Ocean, the secretive air base of Diego Garcia has been crucial to U.S. military strategy for the past 25 years. It was the main launch pad for bombing strikes on Iraq and Afghanistan – and it will be key to any future attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. The Pentagon calls it Camp Justice and the Footprint of Freedom. But its original inhabitants, brutally expelled by British authorities in the 1970s, are battling for their own justice and freedom as they seek the right to return home to Diego Garcia. It’s a campaign that could become a thorn in the Pentagon’s side as the U.S. lease comes up for renegotiation with Britain next year.

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