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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Arab Organization of 15 May
Arab Organization of 15 May #CR0001834
(Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or
15 May Organization
May 15 Organization
Source: CIA, EuroTer, Interpol, MI-6
Type: Political terror organization
Highly active terrorist organization carrying out actions at all levels on a broad scope
Probably received logistical and political support from Iraq until 1984. Known links to the
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine [CR#0001639], as well as close ties to
Al Fatah [CR#0002091]. [Interpol]
50 to 60 operatives [CIA]
Military-style hierarchy action squads consisting of between 2 and 5 members each.
Muhammad Al-Umari (AKA Abu Ibrahim)[#LL5284912], who is also know throughout
Middle Eastern terrorism circles as the "bomb man."
Small-arms, explosives, excellent black market and intelligence connections. Minor
funding through freelance operations, formerly funded in part by Iraq. [EuroTer]
Suspected Criminal Activity:
Killed a 22 year old Arab student and wounded a German National in a bombing of the
Mount Royal Hotel in London, January 1980. Detonated an explosive device outside the
Rome office of El Al Airlines in May 1981 and a second device outside the El Al office at
the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in August 1981. Detonated an explosive device near the
Embassy of Israel in Athens, August 1981.
Killed one child and wounded 46 persons in the bombing of a Jewish restaurant in West
Berlin, January 1982. Killed one person and injured fourteen with a time delayed
explosive that detonated on a Pan Am aircraft shortly before landing in Hawaii.
Attempted to blow up three airliners in flight, December 1983, two Israel bound, and one
headed for New York. All three were discovered prior to detonation. Attempted to blow
up an El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Athens in January 1984, a malfunction caused the
Two members arrested by Italian police and devices seized for use in attacks on
American Express and the American Embassy in Rome, October 1985. Claimed
responsibility for several bombings in the early to mid-1980's, including Hotel bombings
in London (1980), El Al's Rome and Istanbul offices (1981), and the Israeli embassies in
Athens and Vienna (1981). Anti-US attacks including a bombing on board a Pan
American flight from Tokyo to Honolulu (August 1982), and an attempted bombing of a
Pan American flight in Rio De Janiero (August 1981). The accused bomber in an August
1982 Pan American incident, Muhammad Rashid [#LL5739756] is currently imprisoned
in Greece on different charges.
Recent bombings on Pan American flights have occurred with the attackers claiming to
be members of 15 May Organization.
Formed in 1979 from remnants of Wadi Haddad's [#LL2286576] Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine-Special Operations Group (PFLP-SOG) [#CR0001639] . Led
by Muhammad al-Umari [#LL5284912], who is known throughout Palestinian circles as
Abu Ibrahim or the bomb man. The organization takes it's name from the date of the
founding of Israel, and seek to destroy Israel, as well as intimidate moderates who
favor a negotiated settlement of the Palestinian issue. The group is traditionally known
for distinctive and highly sophisticated explosive devices. They frequently target
undefended public areas, in particular airlines and airports, due to their international
visibility. No operations have definitively been attributed to May 15 since the mid-1980's
although the group was never part of the PLO [#CR0000318].
Reportedly disbanded in the mid-1980s when several key members joined Colonel
Hawari's [#LL3298876] Special Operations Group of Al Fatah [#CR0002091], although
several recent bombings raise the possibility that May 15 are active or have been
absorbed into other terrorist organizations.
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