Nicosia said the Republic of Cyprus accepted a request from Washington regarding the arrival of an American Rapid Deployment Forces unit in case of an emergency, amid rising tension in the region following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last week.
An official statement said the Cypriot government gave its consent for the temporary stationing of a rapid response unit, which would be tasked with a mission to evacuate US diplomatic personnel and US citizens, should the need arise.Rapid Deployment Forces
The Cyprus News Agency later cited a source saying the US request did not have anything to do with using the island as a launching pad for "military operations."
A rapid deployment force is a military formation capable of quick deployment of its forces. Such forces typically consist of elite military units (special forces, paratroopers, marines, etc.) and are usually trained at a higher intensity than the rest of their country's military. They usually receive priority in equipment and training to prepare them for their mission
Rapid deployment forces in most militaries are used for deployment outside of their country's borders. The US Army's 82nd Airborne Division and 75th Ranger Regiment are examples of Rapid Deployment Forces. Both units have the mission of having combat troops "Wheels Up" (en route by aircraft) within 18 hours of executive notification. Both units have the capability of "Forced Entry" into a territory to seize and secure key terrain, e.g. Drop Zone (DZ), airfield or airport, to accommodate follow up forces.Seems to be a military deployment?