Monday, May 09, 2005

Abu Abbas Captured in Baghdad - But Wait a Minute

According to the Washington Post:
Monday, May 9, 2005; 8:03 AM

Amar Adnan Muhammad Hamzah Zubaydi, detained Thursday in an early morning raid on his home, was described as an associate of Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab Zarqawi, according to separate statements issued by the Iraqi government and U.S. military officials.
And The Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) points out that he was also known by the name Abu Abbas:
Monday 9 May 2005

BAGHDAD: A top aide of Al Qaeda frontman Abu Musab Al Zarqawi who planned an attack on Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison and organised a string of suicide car bombs has been arrested, Iraqi and US military forces said yesterday.

Ammar Adnan Mohammad Hamza Zubaidi, known as Abu Abbas, was arrested in a raid in a Baghdad district.
In fact, the capture of "Abu Abbas" is being widely reported. But wait a minute, Abu Abbas, one of the architects of the infamous Achille Lauro terrorist incident was arrested in 2003, as CNN reported:
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 Posted: 5:10 AM EDT (0910 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Abu Abbas, a convicted Palestinian terrorist who masterminded the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro on which a wheelchair-bound American was killed, was captured by U.S. Special Forces in the outskirts of Baghdad, U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.
And, according to the Wikipedia, Abu Abbas died of natural causes on March 8, 2004, while in US custody.

Can someone help me out here? Is there more than one terrorist known as "Abu Abbas"?