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It may be an 'island' in spanish, but technically, its a "rock" or an "eylet", with only .o17 sqmi of area. Without sent provisions, it couldnt sustain human life. Its too small to have territorial waters. Someone should recognize that the article only describing alboran as ab "island" is misleading. The folk story on the name of alboran is interesting, but it was called albusan (or erroris) as far back as roman and greek times. The pirate story is clearly ridiculous. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 22:39, 10 May 2011 (UTC)
soviet union in alboran?
I looked around and could not find a source for that story, so I'm going to remove it. I found one source stating that the Soviets anchored there from time to time, but that's it. (See p.515 in MccGwire, M. (1972) The Mediterranean and Soviet naval interests, International Journal, 27(4), 511–527, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25733971) Lexif (talk) 12:04, 14 August 2013 (UTC)
https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0002775031.pdf Page 10 Shows that Alboran Island was a major Soviet naval anchorage as of December 1968 Also reported in NYT 1975 http://www.nytimes.com/1975/02/01/archives/soviet-site-in-portugal-would-peril-sea-links.html?mcubz=0