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World War III
In November 1989, Cuban forces surprised the Allies by launching surprise attacks and invasions of several Caribbean islands and nations such as Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Navassa Island. The island nation was not spared; the nearby British overseas territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands was attacked and subsequently occupied. The Bahamas was not spared from these attacks was promptly invaded. The newly formed Bahamas Defense Force were quickly routed as they had no experience to combat. The BDF alongside local police forces did what resistance they could pose, but the Cubans overwhelmed majority of the islands and captured the capital of Nassau. Remaining BDF and police officers were scattered as isolated pockets of resistance. Some Bahamians escaped to nearby Florida where they would settle in temporary refugee camps throughout the remainder of the war. The invasion of the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas provoked a response from the United Kingdom to declare war on Cuba. The UK then sent its troops to its Caribbean dependencies. Meanwhile, due to the proximity of the United States to the Bahamas, Florida Air National Guard units would conduct air attacks on Cuban positions. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy also engaged with the Cuban forces; the Navy launched precision strikes on enemy positions on the islands. Covertly, CIA paramilitary teams were deployed behind enemy lines to Bahamas and the other islands in the Caribbean that were occupied by Cuban forces.
The Bahamas was later liberated a month later by a joint-effort of the United States and the United Kingdom.