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Sunday, August 25, 2002
More news coming in on Abu Nidal's mysterious death. Al-Jazeera led me to London's Sunday Telegraph (lengthy registration required, I'm afraid), which suggests that Abu Nidal was shot at Saddam's orders after refusing to train Al-Qa'ida forces. The suggestion that Abu Nidal was killed at Saddam's behest sounds very likely, and was already circulating last week in the Arabic press, but would the argument really be over his refusal to train Al-Qa'ida? It seems a little suspicious. It's as though somebody is jumping on the Abu Nidal story to link Baghdad with Al-Qa'ida, just when the Americans are having problems raising their anti-Baghdad coalition. And the source of this revelation? "Western diplomats" and a "US official".

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