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US troops around the world

The latest Pentagon numbers on troop strength around the world, as of Sept. 30, 2012, indicate that about there are 1.4 million U.S. troops on active duty worldwide, mostly based in the U.S. President Barack Obama also announced Friday the deployment of 100 troops in the African nation Niger, which borders war-torn Mali. There are 20 nations, including North Korea but mostly islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific, where the U.S. has no military presence.

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The latest Pentagon numbers on troop strength around the world, as of Sept. 30, 2012, indicate that about there are 1.4 million U.S. troops on active duty worldwide, mostly based in the U.S. President Barack Obama also announced Friday the deployment of 100 troops in the African nation Niger, which borders war-torn Mali. There are 20 nations, including North Korea but mostly islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific, where the U.S. has no military presence.

Largest contingents of U.S. troops around the world include:

Afghanistan - 66,000

Japan - 50,937

Germany - 47,761

South Korea - 27,500

Kuwait - 16,012

Italy - 10,922

United Kingdom - 9,317

Kyrgyzstan - 3,628

Bahrain - 2,713

Spain - 1,727

Turkey - 1,505

Belgium - 1,174

Cuba - 996

Source: Department of Defense.

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