Terrorism: Police! Marvelous!

In a dramatic raid, Italian commandos free a kidnaped U.S. general

At precisely 11:28 a.m. last Thursday, an unmarked van carrying ten special agents of Italy's Central Operative Security Nucleus, a tough antiterrorist squad known colloquially as the "leatherheads" for the tight-fitting leather hoods worn during special operations, pulled up behind a modern eight-story apartment building in Padua. Police had quietly cordoned off the Via Pindemonte, the normally busy street out front, and shoppers in the supermarket on the ground floor were startled to find themselves locked inside for their own safety. Then...

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