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The Bahamas is made up of more than 700 islands, many of which are uninhabited. The archipelagic nation has 96,525 sq mi (250,000 sq km) of territorial waters. The primary threat to its security stems from the drug trade and human-trafficking networks in and around Bahamian waters.

With the closest island only 45 mi (72 km) from the Florida coast, the U.S. considers the Bahamas to be a gateway for smugglers. For this reason, Washington maintains joint service military...

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