By PATRICK SEALE
Abu Nidal has been defined because the world's most threatening terrorist, a gun for rent and a guy with no scruples, liable for the murders of numerous blameless humans - but little is understood approximately him or his association. This booklet units out to inform his tale, from the learning camp within the Libyan desolate tract the place his recruits are damaged and brainwashed, to the adolescence of the master-terrorist and his position within the background of the PLO. money owed are supplied via former allies, neighbors and survivors of his camps approximately Nidal's sluggish transformation right into a guy who changed politics with violence and got here to mistrust all people. The booklet tells how he was once taken up through the Iraqis, the Syrians after which the Libyans, and the way he collected an unlimited fortune via extortion and palms buying and selling. the result's not only a biography, yet an account of the intricacies of Middle-East politics during the last zone of a century.
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Firing from the Russians' small-arms could already be heard, threateningly close. I ran down to the half-track to call the company commander. The line was dead! With nervous fumbling fingers I tried here and there but without any result. Without thinking of the risk of being seen against the Aame-coloured background, I ran over to the north side of the hill and jumped into a bush to try to get a general view of the situation. There were muzzle-Aashes from tanks only 200 metres away! I could make out the contours of the armoured giants against the lightening horizon.
Arms and legs felt heavy as lead, face and body ached. The mental tiredness made itself even more noticeable. It was impossible to complete a train of thought, to make a clear observation or a sober reflection. The exhaustion took the form of total apathy. The crews in the half-tracks sat slumped on their seats, thrown to and fto by sudden swervi ngs. Even though they were th rown agai nst the hard sides, they sank into a trance-like sleep. Everyone, chiefly the drivers and commanders of the veh icles, had to exert all thei r strength to take the long column to safery.
There were eight or ten T-34s. They were firing non-stop at the fully visible King Tiger. Their shells bounccd off, like peas, from its powerful armour. Completely unconcerned, the crew aimed their gun. The enthusiasm of our men over this supreme invulnerability had no limit. The muzzle-flashes shot in a constant stream out of the long barrel. Already the flames were licking th e hull of the nearest T-34 and in no time four of them were put out of action. Four T-34s in four minutes! The remaining tanks tried to quickly retreat, but were shot to pieces.
Abu Nidal A Gun For Hire by PATRICK SEALE