A Letter From the Publisher: Jul. 1, 1985

For TIME reporters covering the TWA hijacking, the crisis of the past two weeks has aroused many memories and a considerable feeling of deja vu. As soon as Cairo-based Correspondent John Borrell heard the news, he headed for Algiers, where he was able to interview many of the hostages who had been released. But when Flight 847 suddenly took off for Beirut again, Borrell found himself returning to that dangerous and frustrating city, which he had left only two months ago after an 18-month assignment. To get to Beirut, Borrell flew first to Larnaca, Cyprus, then boarded a ferry to Junieh,...

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