Cyprus Police are taking additional measures for the protection of the US embassy in Nicosia, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Thursday.
The measures are in place following the US military campaign in Iraq. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama called the Islamic State a “cancer” with a bankrupt ideology. He described Iraqis waging a fight against Islamic state, with US support. Not long after he spoke, the Pentagon said US aircraft conducted 14 air strikes in the vicinity of Iraq’s Mosul Dam, destroying or damaging militants’ Humvees, trucks and explosives.
On Tuesday Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said the IS was “a very real threat” and that all neighbouring countries were at risk, including Cyprus. He also said Nicosia would “not object to the use of the British Bases for any military operation against a terrorist organisation like this one which is the worst kind that we have ever seen.”#Britain is currently using the base at RAF Akrotiri to carry out humanitarian missions to Iraq.
CNA also said increased security measures were being taken at the Israeli embassy as well due to the situation in the Gaza strip.