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U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin signed the agreement to establish U.S. bases in April 2006 (epa) May 26, 2006 -- Bulgaria's parliament today ratified an agreement with the United States for the establishment of joint military bases in Bulgaria.

The 10-year deal gives the U.S. military the right to use two air bases, a training facility, and a military storage site.

Bulgaria will host up to 2,500 U.S. soldiers at a time, with numbers reaching up to 5,000 during troop rotations.