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  • Then and Now (North on Benghazi)

    10/25/2012 5:37:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 26, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — For better than a month, the Obama administration has been dodging and weaving over what actually transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11-12. Questions have been posed about why Ambassador Christopher Stevens was there and not at his embassy post in Tripoli. Congressional investigators have asked why he had no security detail, why the State Department decided not to send in U.S. Marine embassy security guards when they were offered months before, why contingency plans were not in place on the anniversary of 9/11 and why the O-Team insisted for so long that the attack...
  • Daughters of Hijacking Victim 'Delighted' About Capture

    04/16/2003 8:40:55 AM PDT · by 30-06 Springfield · 16 replies · 189+ views
    Fox | 16 Apr 03
    Wednesday, April 16, 2003 The daughters of an elderly man who was killed by a violent Palestinian group during the hijacking of a cruise ship in 1985 hailed the arrest of the faction's leader and said it will send a message to other terrorists. "We are delighted that the murderous terrorist Abul Abbas is in U.S. custody," Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon Klinghoffer, said in a statement provided by family friend and spokeswoman Letty Simon on Tuesday night. Abbas, who led a faction of the Palestine Liberation Front, was taken by American special operations forces during a...
  • The Bizarre Death - and Life - of Publicist/CIA Operative Michael Sands (Exclusive)

    04/15/2012 3:45:36 PM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    The Wrap ^ | Published: April 13, 2012 @ 12:31 pm | Frank Swertlow
    Michael Sands, an effusive Hollywood publicist, has died after a bizarre accident in the deli section of an upscale supermarket in Century City, where he choked to death on a sample of meat. Best known as the brains behind Mr. Blackwell’s annual Worst Dressed List, Sands also was an inveterate self-promoter who claimed to be an undercover CIA operative who may have helped in the capture of Abu Abbas, the terrorist behind the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985. He was 66. “He was eating a beef sample, and since he has narrow airways due to Chronic...
  • Achille Lauro Terror Ringleader to be Expelled to Syria

    06/28/2009 12:12:56 PM PDT · by Avi Kane · 13 replies · 653+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 28, 2009 | Avraham Zuroff
    The ringleader of the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro ship will be expelled from Italy to Syria, the Associated Press reports. Youssef Magied al-Molqui has served only 23 years of his 30-year jail sentence for his role in the hijacking and murder of wheelchair-bound Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Italy’s Attorney General Gianfranco Pagano said that Molqui was to be flown on Saturday from his holding cell in Sicily to Rome and then onto Damascus. Molqui's claim that he should not be expelled due to his marriage to an Italian citizen was rejected by an Italian court. Nor did his...
  • Man involved in Achille Lauro hijacking dies

    06/22/2009 1:51:54 PM PDT · by Borges · 23 replies · 914+ views
    ROME — A Palestinian man who helped plan the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship during which an American passenger was killed has died in an Italian jail. Lawyer Sandro Clementi said Khaled Hussein died of a heart attack early Monday in a jail in Benevento, near Naples. He was 73.
  • Italy releases Palestinian hijacker (of 'Achille Lauro)

    04/30/2009 1:37:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 1,647+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/30/09 | ap
    One of the Palestinians who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killed an American Jewish passenger in 1985 has been released after more than 23 years in jail, officials said Thursday. Youssef Magied al-Molqui left prison in Palermo, Sicily, on Wednesday and was transferred to a holding center for immigrants in nearby Trapani while officials work to expel him, police in the Sicilian capital said.
  • Arms Dealer With Ties To Achille Lauro Convicted

    11/25/2008 4:17:24 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 2 replies · 290+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 11/25/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    International Arms Dealer who was involved in the Achille Lauro terrorist incident is convicted http://www.thebulletin.us/site/news.cfm?newsid=20206164&BRD=2737&PAG=461&dept_id=623508&rfi=6
  • U.S. convicts (Syrian Arab) "Prince of Marbella" of arms deal

    11/22/2008 11:06:07 AM PST · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 646+ views
    reuters ^ | 11,21,08
    U.S. convicts "Prince of Marbella" of arms deal Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:17pm EST By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. federal jury convicted a Syrian arms dealer and a co-defendant on Thursday of conspiring to sell $1 million in weapons...Monzer al-Kassar, 62, a longtime resident of Spain known as the "Prince of Marbella" for his lifestyle in the glitzy seaside town... Kassar has been selling weapons since the 1970s to the Palestinian Liberation Front and clients in Nicaragua, Bosnia, Croatia, Iran, Iraq and Somalia. In 1995, Kassar was tried and acquitted of supplying arms that were used...
  • Italy's ex-president admits terror deal

    08/19/2008 2:44:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 21 replies · 412+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/19/2008 | Staff
    A former Italian president says his country had allowed Palestinian terror groups to roam free in exchange for not attacking Italian targets. Francesco Cossiga's admission confirmed claims of such a deal revealed last week in an interview in the Corriere della Sera newspaper with Bassam Abu Sharif, the former chief of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In a letter published Aug. 15 in Corriere della Sera, Cossiga described a "secret 'non-belligerence pact' between the Italian state and Palestinian resistance organizations, including terrorist groups" such as the PFLP. The deal, he said, had been devised by Prime Minister...
  • A collection of 9/11 tributes

    09/11/2006 4:12:54 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 2 replies · 973+ views
    A collection of 9/11 tributes I’ll add to the list below, and if you have any you’d like to add to this (or any other sort of tribute/remembrance), please do so here. Either leave a comment with the link, or link to this post and send a trackback. 9/11: The 5th Year Anniversary Tribute Blood of Heroes September 11th, Uncensored From Brain Terminal: Crystal Morning: September 11th, 2001 From William Teach: 9/11 Plus 5 From Crusader: WTC Tribute More from YouTube: 911 tribute September 11th - Five Years Later: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 September 11th - Flash...
  • Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace

    08/31/2006 2:51:01 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 53 replies · 2,704+ views
    Chron Watch ^ | Thursday, August 31, 2006
    Top 10 Reasons Islam Might Not Be a Religion of Peace Written by Don Feder Thursday, August 31, 2006 A passenger revolt occurred on a Malaga-Manchester flight.  Vacationing Brits refused to fly with two Arabic-speaking men.  This came in the wake of arrests of 21 British-born Muslims who were plotting to blow up as many as 11 trans-Atlantic flights. A spokesman for Britain’s opposition Tory party said the passengers panicked into “behaving irrationally.”  Fancy that, not wanting to fly with members of a faith whose adherents keep trying to blow things up.  Oh, how irrational! Within days of this incident, a Lebanese student...
  • More on ISLAMOFASCISM, the term

    08/31/2006 2:22:30 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 1,438+ views
    Islamofascism the term (article by WSJ)Islamofascism's 1936What Is 'Islamofascism'?Yes, the problem is 'Islamic fascism'Islamic Fascism the Enemy, Not Terror, Says Santorum -- 07/21/2006Oriana Fallaci and the War Against IslamofascismThe Meaning of 'Islamofascism'Michael Ledeen on Fascism & War on TerrorIslamic Fascism The only proper response to Islamofascism is total warThe Devilfish of Islamofascism Neo-Nazi becomes fanatical Muslim (24/5/2006)Lebanon, Islamofascism and democracyRogmios on IslamofascismIslamo-Nazis, The Historical Collaboration of Nazis with Muslims/Arabs
  • I Love President Bush, but He Has Failed His Main Test

    07/28/2006 3:28:37 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 321+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 7/28/06 | Purple Mountains
    I disagree with the president on immigration, education and McCain-Finegold, but I remain one of his biggest supporters. Having said that, I must say that I worry most of all about the safety and security of my children and my grandchildren if a Democrat succeeds to the presidency in 2008. I have this worry because, although President Bush has been immense in protecting us from Islamic terrorists and in standing up to the vituperation heaped on him for so doing, he has NOT succeeded in convincing enough of the country that a global terrorist war is ongoing against us, and...
  • Enemy Territory

    01/09/2006 12:10:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 418+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 9, 2006 | Erik Rush
    On October 7, 1985, Americans were treated to one of the first more "intimate" instances of nascent terrorist activity when four members of a Palestinian Liberation Organization faction hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, ostensibly to forcibly bring about the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. During the incident, the terrorists shot an elderly, wheelchair-bound Jewish passenger from the United States named Leon Klinghoffer to death and dumped his body overboard. It was one of the most hideous acts American news viewers had seen up to that point, though still occurring far from our shores. There followed a...
  • This Day In History ACHILLE LAURO HIJACKING ENDS: October 10, 1985

    10/10/2005 7:57:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 556+ views
    historychannel.com ^ | October 10, 2005 | historychannel.com
    The hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody. On October 7, four heavily armed Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. Some 320 crewmembers and 80 passengers, including 11 Americans, were taken hostage. Hundreds of other passengers had disembarked the cruise...
  • Achille Lauro , 20 years later

    10/09/2005 7:24:14 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies · 152+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/10/05 | Perdogg
    I cannot believe it has been twenty years.
  • Where we are now

    10/09/2005 7:59:11 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 15 replies · 514+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/9/5 | Oliver North
    Twenty years ago this month, four Islamic terrorists hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound, American passenger. As U.S. Special Operations teams pursued them through the Mediterranean, the killers sought to make good their escape. Abetted by the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the terrorists were finally apprehended when U.S. Navy jets forced their Egyptian-provided aircraft to land in Sicily. Though Italian officials helped spirit the terrorist ring-leader, Abu Abbas, out of the country before he could face charges, the other three were prosecuted and convicted. In Washington, Reagan administration officials involved in the...
  • Triumph over terror

    10/07/2005 5:59:45 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 3 replies · 360+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10/7/5 | Oliver North
    Twenty years ago this week, four Islamic terrorists hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro and murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound, American passenger. As U.S. Special Operations teams pursued them through the Mediterranean, the killers sought to make good their escape. Abetted by the government of Hosni Mubarak, the terrorists were finally apprehended when U.S. Navy jets forced their Egyptian-provided aircraft to land in Sicily. Though Italian officials helped spirit the terrorist ring-leader, Abu Abbas, out of the country before he could face charges, the other three were prosecuted and convicted. In Washington, Reagan administration officials involved in the daring operation...
  • Not a result of Iraqi War

    07/26/2005 2:10:04 PM PDT · by vavavah · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Jewish Virtual Library ^ | 07/26/05 | Self
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/achille.html
  • WSJ: Oil for Terrorism -- The U.N. scandal details get worse by the day.

    11/23/2004 5:57:52 AM PST · by OESY · 18 replies · 2,016+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 23, 2004 | Editorial
    Last week certainly was instructive about the epic... United Nations Oil for Food program. First came Monday's hearings in Norm Coleman's Senate Subcommittee on Investigations where we learned that Saddam Hussein gamed the program for twice as much unmonitored revenue as previously thought -- $21.3 billion, up from $10 billion. Also fascinating was chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer's testimony that he believes, based on what high-level Iraqi sources have told him, that U.N. Oil for Food director Benon Sevan did in fact profit from Iraqi oil vouchers. Mr. Sevan continues to deny the allegation. Then on Wednesday Henry Hyde's House...
  • Palestinians honor Achille Lauro hijacker

    03/25/2004 10:47:13 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 184+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, March 26, 2004
    TROUBLE IN THE HOLY LANDPalestinians honor Achille Lauro hijackerTerrorist responsible for killing Jewish American 'great national fighter' Posted: March 26, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com Known globally for ordering an attack in which a wheelchair-bound Jewish American tourist was shot and thrown overboard from a cruiseliner, Muhammad Abbas nevertheless was eulogized by Palestinians this week as a "great national fighter." Abu Abbas The leader of the Palestine Liberation Front terrorist group, who died in a U.S. prison in Baghdad, was buried Tuesday in Syria. He was responsible for the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro in Italy in which Leon Klinghoffer...
  • Abu Abbas Dies in an Iraqi Prison

    03/09/2004 8:13:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies · 202+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 05:46 Mar 10, '04 | staff
    (IsraelNN.com) Muhmad Abbas, known as “Abu Abbas”, who masterminded the Achilles Laura terror attack in 1985, died a natural death in an Iraqi jail yesterday, while in American custody. The arch terrorist stood at the helm of the Palestine Liberation Front.
  • Palestinians say US will hand over body of Abbas

    03/13/2004 7:42:39 AM PST · by knighthawk · 23 replies · 451+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | March 13 2004 | Reuters
    The Palestinian Authority said it had received US agreement to hand over the body of Mohammed Abbas, the mastermind of the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking, for burial in Palestinian territory. However Palestinian Minister of Telecommunications and Technology Azzam al-Ahmad said Israel had yet to approve such a burial for Abbas, 56, who died in US custody in Iraq on Tuesday. Abbas was captured by American forces in Iraq nearly a year ago. "The American side in Baghdad agreed to give us the body of Mohammed Abbas to be buried in the Palestinian territories," Mr al-Ahmad said. "The Red...
  • Achille Lauro Hijacker Abbas Dies in Iraq

    03/10/2004 7:33:40 AM PST · by tdadams · 7 replies · 103+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2004 | Matt Moore
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Abul Abbas, the Palestinian who planned the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro passenger ship in which a wheelchair-bound American tourist was killed and thrown overboard, has died in U.S. custody of natural causes, coalition officials confirmed Wednesday. He was 56. U.S. officials said Abbas died Monday in Baghdad, where he was captured by U.S. forces in April, nearly two decades after being convicted in absentia by an Italian court and sentenced to life in prison for the hijacking. He died of natural causes, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority said Wednesday in a statement. There was...
  • Hijacker of Achille Lauro Dies in Iraq

    03/09/2004 2:12:19 PM PST · by GeneD · 25 replies · 191+ views
    Filed at 4:25 p.m. ET RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Mohammed Abul Abbas, head of a Palestinian splinter group and mastermind of the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro passenger ship in which an American tourist was killed, has died in U.S. custody in Iraq, Palestinian and U.S. officials said Tuesday. The ship was commandeered by Abbas' small Palestine Liberation Front. Palestinian militants threw an elderly wheelchair-bound Jewish American tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, overboard. Abbas was captured in Iraq in April by U.S. forces. Late Tuesday, officials in Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Abbas...
  • Abu Abbas Dead

    03/09/2004 12:09:54 PM PST · by Fali_G · 165 replies · 840+ views
    Abu Abbas, mastermind of 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking, dies of natural causes in U.S. custody in Iraq, says source
  • Once Wanted, Mastermind of Ship Attack Is Unwanted

    11/02/2003 6:34:50 PM PST · by Pan_Yans Wife · 8 replies · 192+ views
    The NY Times ^ | October 29, 2003 | RAYMOND BONNER
    For years, Abu Abbas was one of the world's most wanted terrorists, the mastermind of the hijacking of an Italian cruise ship in which an American in a wheelchair was shoved overboard. Now, no one seems to want Mr. Abbas, leader of a faction of the Palestine Liberation Front, who was captured by American Special Forces here in April and is in American custody. The Americans would like the Italian government, which convicted him in absentia and sentenced him to life in prison in 1986, to take him and put him in jail. But the Italians have made no move...
  • Abbas'capture lacks one thing: significance (Left wing media BARF ALERT)

    04/20/2003 4:32:50 AM PDT · by putupon · 13 replies · 208+ views
    <p>Was the capture of Abul Abbas really some turning point in the war on terrorism?</p> <p>The administration spins it that way. The State Department called it "a major victory in the global war against terrorism." President Bush said: "Terrorists and tyrants have now been put on notice, they can no longer feel safe hiding behind innocent lives."</p>
  • U.S. believes it can indict Abul Abbas

    04/18/2003 10:24:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 275+ views
    Ha'aretz Daily ^ | 4/19/03 | Nathan Guttman and Arnon Regular
    The United States believes it can indict captured Palestinian leader Mohammed Abbas (better known as Abul Abbas) for murder, and that his immunity under the Oslo Accords applies only in Israel and the PA, not in the U.S. Although no legal steps have been started to charge Abul Abbas, U.S. administration sources say this is expected to be done as he is responsible for a terrorist act - the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship - during which an American citizen, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered. The Americans are also debating how to treat a request to extradite Abul Abbas...
  • Palestinians say Clinton signed amnesty for Abbas

    04/18/2003 6:40:37 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 69 replies · 274+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 3/18/03
    The Palestinian Authority has launched a campaign for the release of a Palestinian terrorist captured in Iraq. PA Local Authorities Minister Saeb Erekat said the arrest of Abul Abbas, head of the Palestine Liberation Front, violates the 1995 accord with Israel that granted amnesty for all Palestinian insurgents. Erekat said the agreement was also signed by then-President Bill Clinton. "The Palestinian-Israeli interim agreement signed on September 28, 1995 stated that members of the Palestine Liberation Organization must not be detained or tried for matters they committed before the Oslo peace accord of September 13, 1993," Erekat said. "This interim agreement...
  • ACHILLE LAURO HIJACKING 1985

    04/16/2003 4:37:09 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 2 replies · 526+ views
    Achille Lauro What happened during the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985? AP Photo Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, 1985 On October 7, 1985 four heavily armed terrorists representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, with some 100 mostly elderly passengers on board, in Egyptian waters. The hijackers demanded that Israel free 50 Palestinian prisoners, and to prove their determination, they shot and killed a disabled American tourist, 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard with his wheelchair. After a two-day drama, the Egyptian government, unaware that Klinghoffer...
  • PLO Demands Release of Abu Abbas, Achille Lauro Hijacker

    04/16/2003 6:55:23 AM PDT · by Piranha · 161 replies · 433+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 16, 2003
    The man known as Abu Abbas, whose name actually is Mohammed Abbas, was arrested by US commandos during a raid Monday night on the southern outskirts of Baghdad. He had been convicted in absentia in an Italian court for the Achille Lauro hijacking and sentenced to life in prison in 1986, but never served any time. During the hijacking, American Leon Klinghoffer, 69, was shot in his wheelchair and tossed overboard. The hijacking ended with the militants surrendering to Egyptian authorities. "Justice will be served," said Marine Maj. Brad Bartelt, a spokesman for US Central Command in Qatar. However, the...
  • Abul Abbas: 18 year of freedom after the Achille Lauro hijacking

    04/15/2003 4:55:47 PM PDT · by hotpotato · 22 replies · 235+ views
    AP ^ | April 15, 203 | Larry Mcshane
    <p>Sitting in his Gaza Strip office 13 years after the slaying of American tourist Leon Klinghoffer, former PLO guerrilla chieftain Abul Abbas offered a short laugh and a hard look.</p> <p>''You never forget, all of you, do you?'' he asked a journalist.</p>
  • Abu Abbas - Achille Lauro Hijacker - Now in US Custody in Baghdad

    04/15/2003 2:42:48 PM PDT · by July 4th · 224 replies · 339+ views
    FOX News | 15 Apr 2003 | FOX News
    Wow...a great catch. More to come soon.
  • Palestinian Liberation Front Leader Abu Abbas Arrested

    04/15/2003 3:18:59 PM PDT · by NFOShekky · 48 replies · 250+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON — Palestinian Liberation Front leader Abu Abbas was captured by American forces and is in U.S. custody on the outskirts of Baghdad, Fox News has confirmed.</p> <p>Abbas masterminded the hijacking of the cruise chip Achille Lauro in 1985 and is responsible for the murder of U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer.</p>
  • Achille Lauro mastermind seized in Iraq(Halllelujah, Good Golly Miss Molly We Got Him!!!)

    04/15/2003 4:34:38 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 45 replies · 423+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 15, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    U.S. troops near Baghdad have captured Abu Abbas, the mastermind of the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking in 1985. Abu Abbas The Palestinian Liberation Front leader is wanted for the murder of U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer, whose body was thrown overboard. Defense sources told NBC News that Abbas was taken into U.S. custody last night. His home on the outskirts of Baghdad, on the Tigris River, was raided by U.S. special operations forces, but he was not there. Later, he was apprehended at another location. Abbas tried to flee to Syria, according to sources, but had difficulty making it past...
  • Sources: Abu Abbas flees from Baghdad, Syria refuses to allow him to enter

    04/13/2003 8:43:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 41 replies · 481+ views
    Al Bawaba, the Middle East Gateway ^ | April 13 2003 | Quds Press
    Palestinian leader, Muhammad ‘Abbas (aka Abu Abbas) has fled from his home in Baghdad towards the Syrian border, Palestinian sources Sunday told Quds Press. According to these sources, the Syrian authorities refused to allow him to enter the Syrian territory. Abbas, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, heads the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF). The Abu Abbas-led faction has conducted several attacks against Israel. Abbas's group also was responsible for the attack in 1985 on the cruise ship Achille Lauro and the killing of a US citizen. A warrant for Abu Abbas's arrest is outstanding in Italy. Since the Achille...
  • OPERATION: IRAQI FREEDOMU.S. strike killed terror-group member(Keep it up)

    03/21/2003 11:41:49 AM PST · by Jacob Kell · 15 replies · 232+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 21, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    A Palestinian terrorist group announced that one of its officers was killed in the initial U.S. missile attacks on Iraq. The Palestinian Liberation Front, headquartered in Baghdad, said in a statement from Lebanon that 1st Lt. Ahmed Walid Raguib al-Baz "fell as a martyr facing the American air raids on Iraq." "His martyrdom illustrates the links between" Palestinians and Iraqis, the group said, according to Agence France-Presse. Known for its seizing of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and murder of a Jewish American passenger, the PLF is one of several terrorist organizations that maintain offices in Baghdad, according to...
  • Group confirms Abu Abbas visited Cairo, Egypt denies

    01/11/2003 9:35:24 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 315+ views
    Egypt has told the United States that Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Abbas is not in the country, contrary to some media reports, U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said on Thursday. Boucher said: "This is a dangerous man. I don't know the exact legal status, but certainly he's not a person that we believe should be allowed safe harbor or easy passage." Abu Abbas, also known as Mohammed Abbas, is the leader of the Palestine Liberation Front, which hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro in the eastern Mediterranean in 1985. A disabled elderly American, Leon Klinghoffer, was killed during the...
  • Achille Lauro hijack mastermind in Cairo for ceasefire talks

    01/07/2003 6:07:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies · 319+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jan. 7, 2003 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Mohammed Abbas, the mastermind of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, has arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on proposals to stop terrorist attacks against civilians in Israel. Abbas was invited to Cairo by Gen. Omar Sulieman, the head of Egyptian intelligence, to convince various Palestinian groups to work out a joint strategy regarding the future of the uprising. Sulieman has met over the past few weeks with representatives of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Peoples [Communist] Party, in addition...