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Old 04-15-2003, 09:47 PM   #1
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Abu Abbas nabbed. Long sought terrorist, hiding in Baghdad..

Alot of the younger FYMers may not not remember this fellow.
Im glad he was caught..

Read the story-


Palestine fugitive found in Baghdad


Abu Abbas was convicted in absentia
A wanted Palestinian fugitive, Abu Abbas, has been detained by US forces in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

He led the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF), which hijacked a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, in 1985.

During the hijack, an elderly American passenger was killed.

A BBC correspondent in Washington says the US will regard his capture as an important victory in the war on terrorism, as well as something of a vindication of the charge that the regime of Saddam Hussein was connected to terrorist groups.

Abu Abbas, also known as Mohammed Abbas, had been mentioned by President George W Bush as an example of the kind of figure given refuge by the former regime of Saddam Hussein.

A number of Abbas's associates were also detained during raids at several sites in Baghdad, US officials said.

Convicted in absentia

The PLF carried out the attack on the Italian liner to demand the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel.

The Achille Lauro was seized while sailing between the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Port Said.

The gunmen shot dead a disabled American tourist, 69 year-old Leon Klinghoffer, whose body was thrown overboard in his wheelchair.

After three days, Egypt gave free passage to the hijackers in exchange for the rest of the hostages - many of them Americans.

But the plane carrying the hijackers to Tunisia was intercepted by US Navy jets and forced to land in Italy.

Four men were sentenced to long prison terms, but Abu Abbas was freed by the Italian authorities, who said they insufficient evidence to detain.

However, he was later convicted in absentia of masterminding the hijackings and received five life sentences.

He has reportedly spent much of the past 17 years in Iraq

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Old 04-15-2003, 10:09 PM   #2
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Re: Abu Abbas nabbed. Long sought terrorist, hiding in Baghdad..

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But the plane carrying the hijackers to Tunisia was intercepted by US Navy jets and forced to land in Italy.



He has reportedly spent much of the past 17 years in Iraq

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Oliver North masterminded the team that incercepted Abu's men who were trying to flee, back in the Reagan Administration.

GW Bush promised that Abu Abbas would be caught one day...

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I will say I was shocked by this news. I remember the incident itself and all the sudden -- woah! seems the CIA knew he was there for awhile.

On a side note, the American that was killed was Jewish and obviously, I'm sure his religion played a role in his death as well as the fact that he was disabled.

It now makes me wonder who else they have in Iraq.
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Old 04-15-2003, 11:27 PM   #4
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[IMG]"....and the spies came out of the water"...[/IMG]
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Old 04-16-2003, 03:52 AM   #5
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what i find predictably interesting is the lack of responses in this thread from Resident FYMers.

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I'll reply, diamond

Terrorism is bad. It's good when terrorists are caught.

Oliver North, however, is also bad.

The end.
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:55 AM   #7
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to demand the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel.
Can someone enlighten me on this piece of history? Why were there 50 Palestinians in Israel and were they really and deservedly 'prisoners'? What's the Palestinian side of the story?


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It's interesting to note that Abbas long renounced violence--to the point that Israel permitted him to go to the Gaza Strip as recent as 1999. We nabbed a former terrorist, pretty much.

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I find it interesting that it only took 10 hours and 9 minutes after this thread was posted for someone to question why Israel had Palestinian prisoners and if they were 'deservedly' prisoners.

Instead of focusing on the fact that the US captured a TERRORIST that has been on the lam for the past 18 years who planned an attack in which a ship was hijacked and a disabled man in a wheelchair was shot dead and pushed into the sea.



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perhaps people are a bit put off by certain responses.

regardless, yes, its great to hear.
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A hitch...

"Palestinian Cabinet member Saeb Erakat said Wednesday that the United States violated the Oslo peace accords when it apprehended Abbas.

Erakat pointed to the Oslo accords, signed by Israel and the PLO and witnessed by the United States, Russia, Jordan, Egypt, Norway and the European Union, of which Italy is a member.

That agreement specified that no member of the Palestine Liberation Organization will be arrested or brought to court for any action that happened before September 13, 1993, the day the first Oslo accord was signed, Erakat said."

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i still remember tom brokaw having just a horrific time pronouncing the name Achille Lauro... Tom just ain't good with those L's

this is great news... iraq was harboring terrorists, who woulda thunk it...
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i still remember tom brokaw having just a horrific time pronouncing the name Achille Lauro... Tom just ain't good with those L's

this is great news... iraq was harboring terrorists, who woulda thunk it...
Harboring terrorists ? I do remember a TV interview whit this person where he stated he rescued 600 + on that ship. I mean, when someone can interview him, he is was not very "hidden".
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Interesting sidenote:
israeli Newspaper"Haaretz" said that USA stoped to look for Abbas Years ago. The Israelische Court stoped law enforcement in 1999.

Abbas said in 1998, that the "Achille Lauro"was a gib mistake.

Last year in a "New York Times" Interview he condemned Al-Kaida-Leader, Osama Bin Laden (remember that was the main goal of the Afghanistan invasion) and the Terror of 11. September.

So in the 80ies it would have bin a big deal to catch him, now that he found out that terror was the wrong way it's no big success story anymore.

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It's interesting to note that Abbas long renounced violence--to the point that Israel permitted him to go to the Gaza Strip as recent as 1999. We nabbed a former terrorist, pretty much.
I don't know about that. Should Charles Manson go free because he's a "former murderer"?
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