November 29, 1989 |
Abu Nidal, among the most feared Palestinian terrorist leaders, is hospitalized in the Libyan capital of Tripoli with what Algerian sources described yesterday as "terminal cancer. " An Algerian medical source who recently returned from Libya denied a published report that Abu Nidal had been placed under house arrest by Libyan police in response to pressure from Egypt and the Palestine Liberation Organization. "In reality, Abu Nidal is in a military hospital in Libya suffering from a cancerous metastasis which is probably terminal," the Algerian physician told the Associated Press.
September 5, 1989 |
The radical Palestinian group headed by terrorist Abu Nidal said yesterday that it had executed 15 Arabs, including a woman, as spies for the United States and other governments. Younis Amran, spokesman for the Fatah-Revolutionary Council group, said the 15 were convicted of "spying and collaboration" in separate trials since November 1987. He said the group, comprising 11 Palestinians, two Egyptians, an Iraqi and a Lebanese, were executed at midnight Sunday "inside and outside Palestine.
January 5, 1986 |
Wherever he is, Abu Nidal is happy and feeling fulfilled. This is the assessment of Israeli intelligence and terrorism experts about the mood of the man who has become the most notorious symbol of international terrorism. Most recently, U.S. and Israeli officials have accused Abu Nidal of masterminding the terrorist attacks at the Rome and Vienna airports Dec. 27 that left 19 dead. For Abu Nidal and his supporters - the men and women who follow him and the nations that condone his terrorist attacks - the events of the last 10 days have fulfilled the goals of the airport attacks, according to Israeli officials.
January 3, 1986 |
Palestinian radical Abu Nidal checked out of a hotel here last week and may have left the country, ending the latest in a series of week-long visits, Western diplomats and Libyan sources said yesterday. His departure from the seafront hotel, presumably with a security retinue, could reduce chances of an Israeli or U.S. reprisal attack on the several well-known commando training bases outside the capital. Israel has charged that Abu Nidal's guerrillas, with Libyan backing, carried out the Dec. 27 airport attacks in Rome and Vienna, and has vowed to avenge them.
January 4, 1986 |
Several Rome newspapers reported yesterday that Italian authorities would seek an international arrest warrant for Palestinian guerrilla Abu Nidal in connection with the Dec. 27 airport attack. In an interview with the Associated Press, however, Magistrate Dominic Sica, who is heading the Italian investigation of the Rome attack, refused to confirm or deny the newspaper reports. Abu Nidal, who heads a small, violent band of guerrillas, has been linked to the Rome attack - and to an almost simultaneous and apparently coordinated attack in the Vienna airport - by the United States and Israeli governments, as well as by the only guerrilla to survive the Rome assault.
April 29, 1986 |
A message ostensibly from the Abu Nidal terrorist group yesterday claimed responsibility for the slaying of a British tourist in Jerusalem on Sunday, and said the killing was to avenge Britain's support for the U.S. air raids on Libya. And a man who claimed to be a spokesman for Nidal appeared on a U.S. television program last night and said the group would launch attacks on Americans, including a retired general and two government advisers, to retaliate for the air raids. Speaking on CBS News from Lebanon, Atef Abu Bakr said: "As a result of the bombing of Libya, America's military and intelligence institutions are our direct enemies.
November 9, 1987 |
The Abu Nidal group said yesterday that a seaborne unit of its guerrillas had seized a French-registered yacht off the Israeli-occupied Gaza strip and taken hostage eight Israelis, including two children. There was no independent confirmation of the incident or the assertion that the hostages were Israelis. Walid Khaled, described as a leader of the Palestinian group, said during a news conference that the captives were being detained at one of Abu Nidal's bases. He did not specify its location or give the date of the seizure.
January 13, 1986
Georgie Ann Geyer's Jan. 2 Op-ed article, "Take away terrorists' cause," states that Abu Nidal and other Palestinian terrorists act as they do because of humiliation, a humiliation born out of the absence of a Palestinian homeland in Israel. She adds that if we eliminate that humiliation, by extension we eliminate its product - terrorism. Ms. Geyer concludes that this will happen when a West Bank Palestinian entity is negotiated. Negotiations with Palestinians are vital to Mideast peace.
January 25, 1991 |
The Abu Nidal terrorist group, which is aligned with Iraq in the gulf war, maintains a support network in the United States, a senior FBI official said yesterday. William M. Baker, head of the FBI's criminal investigations branch, told the U.S. Conference of Mayors during a briefing on terrorism measures that the Abu Nidal group has an "infrastructure" in this country. It was the first time the FBI has publicly identified any particular terrorist group in connection with the agency's war-related counter-terrorism efforts.
August 22, 2002
JUST WHEN you thought that Saddam Hussein and his minions had no redeeming qualities comes word of the "suicide" of Abu Nidal as Iraqi forces were closing in to interrogate him. The quintessential terrorist, Abu Nidal was responsible for snuffing out hundreds of lives. Iraqi spokesmen insist that Abu Nidal killed himself rather than be taken into custody. They do not explain how he managed to self-inflict "multiple gunshot wounds. " No matter. It's a better world without him.