Counterterrorism: Operation Hydrofoiled

Operation Hydrofoiled

Near dawn on Jan. 30, explosions rocked the Rodriguez Shipyards at Messina, Sicily. When the smoke cleared, two Palestinian-owned hydrofoil ferries were at the bottom of the harbor. Because the operator of the hydrofoils is known to be a supporter of Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, police at first theorized that the sabotage was the work of an anti-Arafat group. No such luck. Israeli undercover agents made it known last week that they were responsible for the blasts.

Israel, it seems, was convinced that the hydrofoils, each with a capacity of 150 passengers, had been sent to Messina...

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