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Who’s fighting over the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands (also known as Islas Malvinas), located near the southern tip of South America, have long been a source of conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina. Though the islands have been occupied by the British since 1833, Argentina has claimed the islands as its own since the eighteenth century. In 1982, Argentina invaded the islands, but the British regained possession within a matter of weeks. Argentina still claims the Islas Malvinas and is pursing its acquisition through diplomatic channels.



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