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Iceland No Home for Permanent U.S. Military Presence

The Iceland Monitor reports that “There are no plans at this stage for an increased or permanent US military presence in Iceland, according to a senior US official.”  

“News broke on Tuesday of US Navy plans to upgrade an aircraft hangar in Keflavík, South-West Iceland, to serve as a base for air maritime patrol missions hunting Russian submarines.”  

The piece continues: “Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has confirmed that no talks have taken place between Iceland and the US on the subject of a permanent military posting in Iceland. ‘We are, however, constantly discussing defence issues and the new security situation in Europe calls for a greater presence.’”

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