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  • February 10, 1972

    Protocol on cooperation and joint action between the Soviet KGB and border guards and border troops of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic regarding the inhibition of terroristic and hostile actions in international aviation

    The parties agree to exchange information regarding the assurance of safety in civil aviation and the prevention of terrorist and other hostile acts. Plans are laid to coordinate steps for ensuring safety in airports in the Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic that are open for international flights and for flights between the two countries. All parties agree to exchange information on international, scientific and technical themes which interest the parties and raise the safety level of civil aviation transport.

  • October 05, 1973

    Info No. 996 KGB on Possible Hijacking of East European Airplanes by Arab terrorists

  • November 15, 1973

    Information No. 1138 KGB on Intentions of Arab Terrorists in Turkey

  • September 27, 1974

    Domestic Security Service (BVD), Aurora Report

    Intelligence briefing including mention of the Japanese Red Army attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.

  • October 02, 1974

    Domestic Security Service (BVD), Aurora Report

    Intelligence briefing including mention of the Japanese Red Army attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.

  • November 25, 1974

    Domestic Security Service (BVD), Panorama Report, '1 April 1974 - 1 October 1974’

    A report in which the BVD testified in broad terms to the Department of Home Affairs about its activities in the past 6 months

  • October 16, 1976

    Cable, US Embassy Copenhagen to the Secretary of State, 'Continued Press Attention to North Korean "Hash" Diplomats"'

    This cable discusses Danish press coverage of the North Korean diplomats who were expelled from the four Scandinavian countries for trafficking in cigarettes, liquor and drugs. It also reports on press coverage of the diplomats sent to Denmark to replace those who were expelled.

  • October 20, 1976

    Cable, US Embassy Copenhagen to the Secretary of State, '"Diplomatic Gang" Seen Active in All of Scandinavia'

    This cable summarizes Danish media coverage of illegal North Korean smuggling in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. It focuses especially on press theories about the way in which the North Korean Embassies used illicitly gained funds.

  • April 10, 1980

    No. 00561833/10.04.1980, 'Memo regarding Terrorist Threats to Our Country'

    Report about possible terrorist threats made against Romania concerning its relationship with Palestine and the PLO.

  • August 19, 1983

    Information on Counterintelligence Work Against International Terrorism

  • July 20, 1985

    NSDD-179: Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

    Reagan appoints Vice President Bush to the head of a task force designed to assess the US policy on terrorism. This task force will use government resources from all departments to evaluate and give recommendations for actions to prevent and respond to terrorist acts.

  • July 29, 1985

    Problem of the American Hostages in Lebanon (Prime Minister Nakasone’s Instructions to Vice-Minister Yanagiya)

    A report detailing Prime Minister Nakasone’s instructions to Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yanagiya regarding Japan assisting in the release of the American hostages in Lebanon.

  • August 02, 1985

    Letter, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Prime Minister of Japan, to Hojatoleslam Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran

    A letter from the Prime Minister of Japan to Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Rafsanjani describing the relationship between Iran and Japan and preparing for the upcoming visit of Japanese Special Envoy Nakayama.

  • August 29, 1985

    Letter, Yoshihiro Nakayama to Hafez al-Assad, President of the Syrian Arab Republic

    In a letter to President Assad of Syria, Special Envoy Nakayama writes about the relationship between Japan and Syria and reflects on each country’s mutual concerns, including international terrorism.

  • October 15, 1985

    Brussels: Notes for talks with Secretary Shultz

    Strongly worded notes regarding the Italian actions during the Crisis of Sigonella. The brief document reiterates Italy's version of the facts related to the hijacking of Achille Lauro and the events that followed, denying any wrongdoing, and blaming the US for unlawful actions.

  • October 24, 1985

    Memorandum by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Legal status of the Sigonella base'

    This short memo discusses the legal framework around the use of Sigonella airbase during the Achille Lauro incident concluding that the landing had not been granted the required authorization by Italians.

  • February, 1986

    Public Report of the Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism

    This report details the plan of the Vice Presidential task force on combatting terrorism. It aims to assess American priorities and policies, to determine how the program can be coordinated to achieve the most effective results, and ends by giving recommendations based on analysis of the program itself.

  • April 01, 1986

    NSPG Meeting re: Acting Against Libyan Support for International Terrorism

    Memorandum outlines three options for American and allied intervention in Libya in response to terrorist attacks in Rome and Vienna. Options range frome economic and political sanctions to military intervention with allied support.

  • May 31, 1986

    Memorandum by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Libya'

    Brief note about the current position of Italy vis-a-vis Libya. Although state-supported terrorism in Libya should be fought, it is important to avoid escalating the antagonistic sentiments and pushing Libya to align with the USSR.

  • August 05, 1986

    Memorandum by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 'Consequences of US-Libya conflict'

    A comprehensive analysis of the possible consequences of U.S. airstrikes in Libya in the short- , medium-, and long-term. Key themes include the impact on inter-allied relations, reaction from Arab countries, terrorism, and superpower relations.