What terrorist ties? Oh… Those:
A wanted Palestinian fugitive, Abu Abbas, has been detained by US forces in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
He led the Palestinian Liberation Front, which hijacked a US cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, in 1985.
During the hijack, an elderly American passenger was killed.
Abu Abbas had been mentioned by US President George W Bush as an example of the kind of figure given refuge by the former regime of Saddam Hussein.