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Although a founding member of NATO, Iceland maintains no military forces. The country does maintain an internal security police force (the State Criminal Police) and a 250-member-strong coast guard. The latter falls under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Justice. The Icelandic Coast Guard (Landhelgisgaeslan) is responsible for fishery protection, search-and-rescue operations, salvage operations, hydrographic surveys, fishery research, customs inspection, mine disposal, and...

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