A UK Foreign Office spokesperson said that the governme

  nt would look at the judgment “carefully.” “The defens

e facilities on the British Indian Ocean Territory help to protect people here in Britain and arou

nd the world from terrorist threats, organized crime and piracy,” the spokesperson added.

  rom Singapore to Djibouti and Bahrain to Brazil, today the US operates about 80

0 military bases and logistical facilities outside its sovereign territory — more than any other nation.

  ”If you take all the other foreign bases owned by countries together there are only ab

out 30,” says Daniel Immerwahr, a professor of history at Northwestern University.

  Most of America’s bases were acquired during the era of decolonization, after World War II, when trad

itional colonial powers such as Britain and France were shedding colonies around the world, especially in Asia.

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