• Short Summary

    United States forces are using Cyprus as a base for the first time.

    Naval marines were?

  • Description

    United States forces are using Cyprus as a base for the first time.

    Naval marines were landed by helicopter at Dhekelia military base off the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima on Friday (19 April), after Britain agreed to allow the United States to use its Cypriot bases during joint Anglo-U.S. operations to clear Egypt's Suez Canal.

    Another Cypriot British Base, Akrotiri, is to be used for assembling mine-detecting helicopters which will be transferred to the Iwo Jima after completion, and shipped to the Canal area to take part in the clearance operations. The Canal has been blocked since the Arab-Israeli war of June, 1967. The Egyptian Government has accepted British-American aid in clearing it of mines, sunken ships, and general war debris.

    Previously, United States forces have only made passing visits to Cypriot British bases which were retained after the former colony's independence in the face of Arab criticism to be continued British presence. The Cypriot Government was informed in advance of the British agreement to allow U.S. forces to use its bases.

    The Cypriot Government gave its approval to the arrangement.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAGT5OI8MXK2QTUWW0W324OU6Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAGT5OI8MXK2QTUWW0W324OU6Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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