April 15, 2003


GREAT NEWS: Abu Abbas is now in U.S. custody. As Michael Ledeen wrote on March 20,

I know all too much about the PLF and its evil leader, Abu Abbas. This was the group that organized the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro back in the mid-1980s. They segregated the American passengers from the rest, and then courageously pushed an American Jewish paraplegic in his wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer, into the Mediterranean. We tried to have Abu Abbas arrested in Italy, but he escaped through Yugoslavia to Yemen.

The PLF has long been one of the most lethal Palestinian terrorist groups, and achieved notoriety for its high-tech killings. Recently, Abu Abbas had come to live in the Palestinian Authority, but when Israel moved against the terrorists there he ran away to Baghdad. The PLF has been one of the main conduits for Iraqi money to Palestinian suicide bombers.

Like I said, great news.

Posted by John Tabin at April 15, 2003 07:08 PM