US embassy cable - 86AMMAN594

PLO OFFICIALS SAY ABU NIDAL'S GROUP IS THE BEST SUPPLIED IN SYRIA

Identifier: 86AMMAN594
Wikileaks: View 86AMMAN594 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Amman
Created: 1986-01-16 15:21:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL PTER KPAL JO SY XF
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
P 161521Z JAN 86
FM AMEMBASSY AMMAN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1441
INFO AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
AMEMBASSY CAIRO
AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS
AMEMBASSY LONDON
AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
AMEMBASSY PARIS
AMEMBASSY RIYADH
AMEMBASSY ROME
AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
AMEMBASSY TUNIS
AMEMBASSY VIENNA
AMCONSUL JERUSALEM
USCINCCENT MACDILL AFB FL
C O N F I D E N T I A L AMMAN 00594 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL:  OADR 
TAGS:  PREL, PTER, KPAL, JO, SY, XF 
SUBJECT:   PLO OFFICIALS SAY ABU NIDAL'S GROUP IS THE 
           BEST SUPPLIED IN SYRIA 
 
1.  (C - ENTIRE TEXT) 
 
2.  AN EMBASSY PALESTINIAN CONTACT HAS REPORTED 
TWO SEPARATE CONVERSATIONS WITH PLO OFFICIALS 
HERE ABOUT THE ABU NIDAL PRESENCE IN DAMASCUS. 
BOTH OFFICIALS--OMAR SHAKA'A, THE HEAD OF THE 
PLO POLITICAL DEPARTMENT OFFICE IN AMMAN AND 
A PROTOGEE OF FAROUK QADDUMI AND HAMADNEH FARANEH, 
A DFLP MEMBER WHO WAS RECENTLY ARRESTED BY GOJ 
OFFICIALS--THOUGHT IT CURIOUS THAT THE USG WAS 
REACTING SO FORCEFULLY TO SUSPECTED LIBYAN INVOLVEMENT 
IN THE ROME AND VIENNA TERRORIST INCIDENTS AND 
IGNORING SYRIA WHEN SYRIA, THEY SAID, WAS JUST 
AS INVOLVED AS LIBYA.  ACCORDING TO BOTH MEN, 
ABU NIDAL'S OPERATIONS IN DAMASCUS ARE SUPPORTED 
MORE LAVISHLY BY THE SYRIANS THAN THOSE OF 
ANY OTHER PALESTINIAN GROUP--THEY GET MORE MONEY, 
BETTER FACILITIES, BETTER TRAINING, AND BETTER 
EQUIPMENT THAN ANYBODY ELSE. 
 
COMMENT:  WE CANNOT COMMENT ON THE ACCURACY OF 
THESE OBSERVATIONS, BUT PASS THEM ALONG AS INDICATING 
THE PERCEPTIONS OF PALESTINIANS IN JORDAN. 
 
GNEHM 

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