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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

This Day in Terror - From Munich to Karachi

At 4:30 am on September 5, 1972, five Arab terrorists climbed the 6 1/2 foot fence that surrounded Munich, Germany's Olympic Village. They were seen, but no one thought anything of it; atheletes had been routinely climbing over the fence on the way back to their lodging. Three other terrorists had also gained entrance, presumably by using credentials, and met the five inside. Using stolen keys, they headed for two Israeli apartments.

Just before 5:00 am, Israeli coach Moshe Weinberg heard a knock on his door. Opening it, he immediately realized that something was terribly wrong. He shouted a warning, and he and weightlifter Joseph Romano attempted to block the door in order to allow their teammembers to escape. Romano and Weinberg's actions allowed Gad Tsobari to flee.

Weinberg knocked one of the intruders unconscious and stabbed another with a fruit knife before he was killed. Romano wounded one before being killed.

Israeli wrestling referee Yossef Gutfreund heard a faint scratching noise at the door, and then saw it opening. Seeing armed masked men, he called in Hebrew for his teammates to flee. He then threw himself against the door to try and block the attackers.

His bravery allowed coach Tuvia Sokolovsky and race-walker Dr. Shaul Ladany to escape.
Four others, plus two team doctors and Shmuel Lalkin, the head of the Israeli delegation, were able to hide. The terrorists rounded up nine Israelis, including Gutfreund, holding them hostage.

At 9:30 am, came the announcement from the terrorists that they were Palestinians, who were demanding the release of more than 230 Arab prisoners in Israeli jails. They also demanded that Germany release two German terrorists in a Frankfurt prison. Further, they wanted safe passage out of Germany.

Hours of negotiations led to a deal being made with German authorities. The terrorists' passage would be provided via a bus and two-helicopter trip to NATO's Firstenfeldbruck air base, where they would board a plane for Cairo. German sharpshooters were waiting, with orders to kill all of the terrorists, without harming the hostages.

The plan failed. There was a firefight, ending when the terrorists set off a grenade in one helicopter. All aboard that aircraft were killed. In the remaining helicopter, the remaining bound, blindfolded Israeli hostages were shot dead. Germany killed five of the terrorists. Three were captured and imprisoned. A German policeman was also killed.

Killed at the airport were:
Israeli wrestling referee Yossef Gutfreund, 40
American-born weightlifter David Berger, 28
Wrestler Mark Slavin, 18
Weightlifting judge Yacov Springer, 51
Weightlifter Ze'ev Friedman, 28
Track coach Amitzur Shapira, 40
Wrestler Eliezer Halfin, 24
Shooting coach Kehat Shorr, 53
Fencing coach Andre Spitzer, 27

At 3:00 am on September 6th, Jim McKay, covering the events for ABC, announced, "They're all gone." But the Olympics continued, despite the tragic events.

The attack had been ordered by Yasser Arafat. Fatah, calling themselves "Black September" in order to avoid negative press, had carried it out. Black September also avoided press releases, and kept its leaders' identity secret to avoid political implications for the PLO and Fatah.

Abu Daoud, the mastermind of the attack, explained it this way:

"There is no such organization called Black September. Fatah announces its own operations under this name so that Fatah will not appear as the direct executor of the operation."

The capture of three of the attackers was by no means the end of the issue.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir ordered that the terrorists be hunted down, and that those behind the attack be killed. On September 12, 1972, she addressed the Knesset, saying that: "We have no choice but to strike at the terrorist organizations wherever we can reach them. That is our obligation to ourselves and to peace. We shall fullfil that obligation undauntedly."

Israel called its operation the "Wrath of God," and it was to be one of the most ambitious covert counterterrorist campaigns ever intiated. Over the next several years, five of the Munich terrorists were killed by Moussad agents; three more were killed in joint operations with the IDF. Four other terrorists, wanted for different crimes, were also eliminated. But Abu Daoud eluded them, and Amin as-Hindi, one of the suspected planners, who headed the PLO's General Intelligence Service. Yet another of the Munich suspects, Mustafa Liftawi (Abu Firas) was nominated by Arafat to be the police chief in Ramallah. Of the eleven on Israel's list, eight were killed in Israeli operations, one died of natural causes, and two were assassinated by unknown persons.

On October 29th of 1972, Palestinians hijacked a Lufthansa jet, demanding that the three Munich murderers be released. Germany complied.

In January 24, 2000, Arafat urged all Arab nations to boycott the Australian Summer Olympic Games, because one of the planned events was a moment of silence in memory of the eleven Israeli athletes murdered by Arafat's PLO in Munich.

And as late as December, 2005, Daoud, speaking of Steven Spielberg's film on the events, reiterated that he had no regrets about his involvement in the Munich attack. He was living in Syria at the time.

Related Links:
Munich 1972: Massacre at Munich (CBC Archives)
Munich Massacre (Infoplease)
Munich Massacre (Wikipedia)
Palestinian Facts - Munich Massacre
When the Terror Began
Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
The Munich Massacre
Arab boycott of Olympics
Munich Olympics Massacre Said to Be PLO Operation
Countering Terrorism: The Israeli Response to the 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre
Munich September 5, 1972
Operation Spring of Youth
On Munich, Abu Daoud and Jewish Justice
Mastermind of Munich Massacre to Receive the Palestine Prize
Incident Descriptions
"Munich" - official movie site


Also on this day, in 1986, Pan Am Flight 73 was hijacked by four Abu Nidal organization terrorists. The Boeing 747 with 379 aboard was preparing to depart Karachi International Airport in Pakistan for JFK International Airport in New York City, New York. At least 20 died during the hijacking, including American, Pakistani, Indian, and Mexican citizens. More than 120 were wounded.

Flight attendants alerted the cockpit, as the hijackers came aboard, which allowed the pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer to escape through a cockpit hatch. Their actions effectively grounded the aircraft.

For 16 hours, the Jordanian leader of the hijackers, Zayd Hassan Safarini, demanded the return of the flight crew, in order to fly to Cyprus, intenting to secure the release of Palestinians being held there. Safarini threatened to kill all passengers if his demands were not met.

Flight attendants were ordered to collect passengers' passports, but were able to hide some of the US passports, and intentionally did not collect others. Safarini moved through the cabin, inquiring as to the nationality of passengers. Rajesh Kumar, 29, had recently become an American citizen. Safarini ordered him to go to the front doorway of the plane, and had him kneel with his hands behind his head.

At about 10:00 am, Safarini, angry about the delay in the arrival of a new flight crew, said that he would shoot Kumar if his demands were not met in 15 minutes. A short time later, he shot Kumar in the head, and dumped his body onto the tarmac. Though Pakistani personnel reported that he was still breathing when they placed him in an ambulance, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a Karachi hospital.

By nightfall, a mechanical failure had the planes lights failing. Safarini had the passengers herded into the center of the aircraft, with gunmen on either side. They then recited a martyr's prayer, and opened fire as the lights went out, also throwing grenades.

At least 20 of the hostages were killed, and many were injured. Survivors escaped through doors forced open when the shooting started. Many jumped to the tarmac from the wing of the plane.

Among those killed were:
Rajesh Kumar, 29, USA
Surendra Manubhai Patel, 50, USA
Jose Alvarez Lamar Nunez, 57, Mexico
Ricardo Munoz Rosales, 28, Mexico
Syed Nesar Ahmad, 43, Pakistan
Imran Rizvi, 17, Pakistan
Meherjee Minocher Kharas, 28, Pakistan
Kuverben Patel, 81, India
Kala Singh, 36, India
Seetharamiah Krishnaswamy, 61, India
Trupti Dalal, 28, India
Krishna Kumari Gadde, 28, India
Neerja Bhanot, 23, India
Ganapathi Thanikaimoni, 48, India
Boby Thomachen Mulloor, 7, India
Thomachen Thomas Mulloor, 30, India
Aleyamma Scaria Nagatholy, 39, India
Ramakant Naik, 55, India
Rupal Desai, 26, India
Kodiyattu K. Kurian, 25, India

The FBI captured hijackers Zayd Hassan Abd Al-Latif Masud Al Safarini on September 28, 2001, in Bangkock after his release in Pakistan. He had been serving a sentence for the attack, and was on his way back home to Jordan. In 2004 he was sentenced to a 160 year prison term in the US. At the plea proceeding, he admitted taking part in the hijacking as a member of the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO).

PanAm Flight 73 - Wikipedia
U.S. Department of Justice Attorney's Office For the District of Columbia
U.S. Department of Justice May 13, 2004, press release
Crowell & Moring (civil suit against Libya, Qadhafi and the hijackers)
Office for Victims of Crime (Department of Justice)
Airliner hijackings
Aviation incidents in India
Terrorist incidents in the 1980s
Terrorism in Pakistan

A Soldier from the 61st Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and an Iraqi soldier work together to secure the streets of Baghdad. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Keith DeVinney.

WWII Hero Gabaldon Dies

Associated Press
September 05, 2006

MIAMI - Guy Gabaldon, who as an 18-year-old Marine Private single-handedly persuaded more than 1,000 Japanese soldiers to surrender in the World War II battle for Saipan, has died. He was 80.

Gabaldon died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Old Town, his son, Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Hunter Gabaldon, said Monday.

Using an elementary knowledge of Japanese, bribes of cigarettes and candy, and trickery with tales of encampments surrounded by American troops, Gabaldon was able to persuade soldiers to abandon their posts and surrender. The scheme was so brazen - and so amazingly successful - it won the young Marine the Navy Cross, and fame when his story was told on television's "This Is Your Life" and the 1960 movie "Hell to Eternity."

"My plan, as impossible as it seemed, was to get near a Japanese emplacement, bunker, or cave, and tell them that I had a bunch of Marines with me and we were ready to kill them if they did not surrender," he wrote in his 1990 memoir "Saipan: Suicide Island."

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by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
September 5, 2006
An Iraqi soldier and Staff Sgt. Faamagalo Potasi, from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, search for weapons in a home improvement storage yard in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad. US Army Photo

Apaches Blast Terrorists’ Vehicles in Western Baghdad

By Sgt. 1st Class Reginald Rogers, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service

BAGHDAD, Sep. 4, 2006 – Two Longbow Apache helicopters provided air-to-ground support to American soldiers by blasting enemy vehicles during action in western Baghdad yesterday, U.S. officials reported.

The flight of choppers from Multinational Division Baghdad’s Combat Aviation Brigade teamed up to assist U.S. ground forces from the division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The combined effort resulted in one terrorist killed, four captured and two terrorist’s vehicles destroyed, officials said.

The Apache crews were conducting a combat air patrol mission when they received the call to assist. At about 4:45 p.m., the pilots noticed two abandoned vehicles near where the attack was reported.

“The vehicles were staged for the (terrorists), who tried to engage the infantry guys,” explained Army Maj. Byron Needum, one of the Apache pilots assigned to the CAB’s 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment. “When we got there, the infantry had already got the best of them and detained three.

“They were still looking for more (terrorists),” Needum continued. “That’s when we found the vehicles, and vehicles didn’t fit the situation.”

Apache teams rarely have to engage the enemy once they arrive on the scene, Needum said.

“Normally when we get there, people don’t want to ‘play’ anymore,” he explained. “Even if we don’t engage the enemy, our presence alone helps the ground guys out.”

Helicopter crews have a picture-window view of enemy activity on the ground, Needum said. That advantage, he said, is often used to support U.S. ground forces.

“We have a different vantage point, and we can see farther than you can on the ground,” said Needum, who is also the company commander for his battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company. “I don’t think they would have seen those (enemy) vehicles without us.”

According to Chief Warrant Officer Scott Quaife, who piloted the second of the two Apaches, his team spotted the two vehicles upon arrival to the location, but could not engage without receiving confirmation that they belonged to the terrorists.

“We spotted the two Bradleys, and they had already opened fire on the canal with their 25 mm guns,” Quaife explained. “They said there were two possible (terrorists) running in the canal, but we didn’t find anybody.”

Then, Needum’s helicopter crew noticed the two vehicles, Quaife recalled, “so we investigated the vehicles. We called the (ground unit) and told them we thought the vehicles were the enemy’s.”

Quaife said the ground unit sent personnel to investigate, and once confirmation was given, the helicopters attacked the enemy vehicles.

“The ground unit’s leadership approved the Apaches to destroy the vehicles to keep its soldiers safe,” Quaife said. The ground unit reported that the two vehicles contained loaded AK-47s, he said, and possible improvised explosive device-making materials.

The Apache team fired on the vehicles with at least 150 rounds from its 30 mm machine guns and shot four rockets, Quaife said. The barrage, he said, destroyed both vehicles.

“The lead vehicle blew up and caught on fire after being engaged by Needum’s helicopter,” Quaife said, noting his chopper crew “shot two rockets to help destroy the other vehicle.”

Officials said a post-engagement assessment showed that the ground unit had killed a terrorist, wounded another and detained three. The soldiers also found a weapons cache containing four rocket-propelled-grenades, two RPG launchers, an AK-47 rifle, three machine guns with 100 rounds, a pair of flares and numerous rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition.

(Army Sgt. 1st Class Rogers is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Office.)

Related Sites:
Multinational Corps Iraq

PREPARE TO ENTER — A landing craft utility and several rigid hull inflatable boats prepare to enter the well-deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan, Aug. 31, 2006. The Saipan is currently in the Mediterranean Sea in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven J. Weber

In Today's News - Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Quote of the Day
"If this century is to be dominated by non-state actors with no respect to the international community, we are in for even greater dangers. It should not be lost on us, for example, that Hezbollah fields greater and longer-range weapons than most regional armed forces. There is no doubt that these are dangerous times for the world. But there should also be no doubt that with concerted international action and the application of our own substantial power, these dangers can be overcome."
-- Gen. John Abizaid, commander, U.S. Central Command,
in Aug. 3, 2006 testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee

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Today in History
1774 - 1st Continental Congress assembles, in Philadelphia
1781 - Battle of Virginia Capes, French defeat British, trap Cornwallis
1795 - US-Algiers sign peace treaty
1836 - Sam Houston elected president of the Republic of Texas
1862 - Lee crosses the Potomac & enters Maryland
1877 - Southern blacks led by Pap Singleton settle in Kansas
1882 - 10,000 workers march in 1st Labor Day parade in NYC
1885 - 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft Wayne, Ind)
1900 - France proclaims a protectorate over Chad
1901 - National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues formed
1905 - Treaty of Portsmouth USA, ends Russo-Japanese War
1906 - 1st legal forward pass (Brandbury Robinson to Jack Schneider)
1914 - Battle of Marne (WW I) begins
1918 - Due to WW I, 15th World Series begins a month early
1923 - Flyweights Gene LaRue & Kid Pancho KO each other simultaneously
1944 - Allies liberate Brussels
1946 - Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game
1953 - 1st privately operated atomic reactor-Raleigh NC
1958 - "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak published in the US; 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte NC
1960 - Cassius Clay captures the olympic light heavyweight gold medal
1968 - 21 killed by hijackers aboard a Pan Am jet in Karachi, Pakistan
1972 - 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics; Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley, Belgium
1975 - Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme attempts to assassinate Ford in Sacramento
1977 - Cleveland Indians stage 1st "I hate the Yankee Hanky Night"; Voyager 1 (US) launched toward fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn
1978 - Sadat, Begin & Carter began peace conference at Camp David, Md
1979 - Earl of Mountbatten funeral held in Bruma
1980 - World's longest auto tunnel, St. Gotthard in Swiss Alps, opens
1982 - Eddie Hill sets propeller-driven boat water speed record of 229 mph
1983 - 8th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 3-lands at Edwards AFB; Elmer Trettr sets record for highest terminal velocity at 201.34 mph end of a 440 yard motorcycle run from a standing start
1984 - 12th Space Shuttle Mission (41-D) -Discovery 1- lands at Edwards AFB
1986 - NASA awards study contracts to 5 aerospace firms; NASA launches DOD-1
1988 - CFL's Earl Winfield (Ham) scores TDs on 101-yd punt return, 100-yd kickoff return & 58-yd pass reception
1989 - Deborah Norville becomes news anchor of the Today Show
1990 - Iraqi Pres Saddam Hussein urges Arabs to rise against the West
1991 - US trial of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega begins

1187 - Louis VIII [Coeur-de-Lion] king of France (1223-26)
1638 - Louis XIV the great, king of France (1643-1715)
1847 - Jesse James Missouri, outlaw
1921 - Jack Valenti, President of Motion Picture Association of America
1929 - Andrian G. Nikolayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Vostok III Soyuz 9); Bob Newhart, comedian (Bob Newhart Show, Newhart)
1952 - Graham Salmon, blind runner (fastest 100m by a blind man)

1981 - Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated

Reported Missing in Action
Intoratat, Phisit, Civilian, Air America (Thailand); Escaped January, 1967

De Bruin, Eugene H., Civilian, Air America (US); Escaped January, 1967, possibly killed in escape

Tik, Chui To, Civilian, Air America (Thailand);

La Grand, William J., US Army (OR); A1G crashed (passenger), Killed, Body not recovered

Marshall, Richard C., USAF (IL); A1G crashed (pilot), Killed, Body not recovered

Shaw, Edward B., USN (RI); A1H shot down at sea, KIA/BNR

Abbott, Wilfred K., USAF (WY); F8E shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1999

The following USAF personnel lost in the crash of two F4Cs:

Downing, Donald W. (WI); bombardier/navigator (w/Raymond)

Hanson, Thomas P. (FL); bombardier/navigator (w/Hanson)

Miller, Carl D. (MO); pilot (w/Hanson)

Raymond, Paul D. (NY); pilot (w/Downing)

Also reported MIA this day in 1967:
LaPorte, Michael L., USN (CA); corpsman, lost in helicopter drop of recon patrol

Prather, Martin William, USMC (KY); KIA/BNR

Posey, George R., USN (IN); washed overboard, Killed, Body not recovered

Hauer, Robert D., USAF (MA); O2A crashed

Sharman, Neil, Civilian (Australia); Captured Ban Pak Hin Boun, on boat en route to Thankhek, presumed dead