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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