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The External Security of Cyprus: Challenges and Potential Threats

The External Security of Cyprus: Challenges and Potential Threats

By Ioannis-Sotirios Ioannou

Whereas Operation Entebbe in Uganda on July 4th 1976 can be considered as an example of daring commando attempts to save victims of terrorism, the events that transpired in February 1978 during the intervention of Egyptian commandos in Larnaca can only be seen as a continuous historical reminder that Cyprus, being a central geographical node in itself, is also the easternmost part of Europe and the last “post” before the turbulent subsystem of the Middle East. The 1978 event proved that Cyprus could, suddenly, become the terrain of a crisis incident including the acts of Islamic terrorism.

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