From the article:
Placing the IRA within a global network of terrorism , a report by the House International Relations Committee concluded that Irish, Iranian, Cuban and possibly Spanish groups had probably "been sharing techniques, honing their terrorism skills, using illicit drug proceeds in payment".
(Judging from the rest of the article, Spanish groups refers to the Basque terrorists.)
In addition, I have seen several articles lately that many Palestinian explosives appear to be very similar to those of IRA manufacture. Debka.com has been reporting on possible IRA involvement and suggested that the shooters last week who dressed up as IDF soldiers before shooting up some innocent villagers were not actually Palestinians but some other ethnic group (apparently a light-skinned one). Of course, Debka must always be taken with a grain of salt.
Articles I've read in the past indicated that the Japanese Red Army and the PLO cooperated (at least in the 1970s).
What is the payoff for all of these terrorist groups with different agendas to work together? I guess they can accomplish more together than separately.
Does this all mean the IRA has not really renounced terrorism (this announcement seemed fairly suspect when made in September 2001 after the WTC/Pentagon attacks)? Will this knowledge curb Irish-American support for the overly romanticized IRA terrorists?
Will it become clearer to countries that call themselves civilized that supporting terrorists like Arafat is really just a step to their own destruction?