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US Navy SEALs, Cyprus special forces hold anti-terror drill

Operators from the elite US Navy SEAL special forces unit joined Cypriot submarine demolition soldiers in a joint exercise to hone their skills in combating terrorist hijackings at sea

LIMASSOL, Cyprus – Members of the US Navy’s elite special forces SEAL unit joined Cypriot underwater demolition soldiers on Friday in a joint exercise to hone their skills in combating terrorist hijackings at sea.

The exercise involved US and Cypriot special forces teams retaking a vessel controlled by terrorists.

Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides said after the exercise that Cyprus and the United States were on the same “strategic path” to ensure security and stability in a turbulent region.

He said the close cooperation between the special forces of the two countries over the past two years has been aimed at achieving optimal readiness to deal with “asymmetric threats and emerging crises”.

US Ambassador to Cyprus Judith Garber said more joint exercises will follow in the near future.

The United States first decided last year to provide funding for military education and training in Cyprus following congressional approval as part of Washington’s efforts to strengthen ties with the countries of region to enhance security.

The law also partially lifts the 1987 US arms embargo imposed on Cyprus to prevent an arms race that could hamper efforts to reunite the ethnically divided island nation.


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