MIDDLE EAST: Befuddled Fedayeen

For the past seven months, a major goal of the Palestinian guerrilla movement has been the release of Abu Daud, an Al-Fatah official, from a Jordanian prison. Last February he was arrested on charges of plotting against King Hussein's regime. A month later, a band of terrorists killed three Western diplomats in Khartoum in a gruesome attempt to force Daud's release. Early this month, another group of guerrillas threatened to throw hostages out of a plane over Saudi Arabia if Daud was not set free. Both times Hussein stood firm. But last week, with nobody holding a gun at...

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