Return of the Red Army Faction

West Germany's leftist urban guerrillas ambush a U.S. general

As the commander of the 200,000-strong U.S. Army forces in Europe, General Frederick J. Kroesen, 58, knew he had become a prime target in the anti-American campaign waged by West German terrorists. Barely a month ago, the mild-mannered general finally heeded pleas by West German police to exchange his American limousine for an armor-plated Mercedes.

That act of precaution saved Kroesen's life. As he was being driven to his headquarters in Heidelberg one morning last week, the green, unmarked limousine rolled up to a red traffic light...

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