Guam, a U.S. territory in the western Pacific Ocean, is tiny - but its strategic location is of great importance, especially to the U.S. military.

Here’s a rundown on the island and its significance.

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    Tourists near Hilton Hotel on the island of Guam, August 11, 2017.

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    Tourists snorkel on the waters off Tumon beach, August 11, 2017.

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    The entrance of U.S. military Andersen Air Force base, August 11, 2017.

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    Tourists stroll outside a government complex, August 10, 2017.

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    Tourists frolic on the waters, August 10, 2017.

    REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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    U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers prepare to take off, August 8, 2017.

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    An aerial view of U.S. Naval Base Guam September 20, 2006.

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    Navy vessels are moored in port March 5, 2016.

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    Cityscape view of Tumon Bay April 13, 2001.

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    Replica canons used by the Spanish from the Spanish occupation on Guam Aug. 11, 2017

    AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa
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    Tourists walk the beach in Tumon, Aug. 10, 2017.

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