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Spain OKs US Use of Bases              10/19 10:14

   MADRID (AP) -- Spain has agreed to allow the U.S. to use two military bases 
in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola 
outbreak in West Africa.

   A Defense Ministry statement says the deal permits U.S. armed forces to use 
the air base at Moron de la Frontera near Seville and the naval station at Rota 
on Spain's Atlantic coast to transport personnel and materials to and from 
Africa.

   Defense Minister Pedro Morenes sealed the deal with U.S. counterpart Chuck 
Hagel in Washington.

   The ministry statement, released late Saturday, says the agreement will be 
reviewed and updated on a case-by-case basis and would also permit U.S. forces 
to use the bases against IS militants.

   The U.S. has made use of the bases since the 1950s.


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