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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Palestine Liberation Front
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Palestine Liberation Front #CR0000922 (Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or cells). PLF Front for the Liberation of Palestine FLP Source: CIA, EuroTer, Interpol, MI-6 Type: Political terrorist organization Scope: Active terrorist organization carrying out actions on virtually all levels throughout Israel and the Middle East. Affiliations: Known links to the Worldwide Islamic Jihad [#CR0001716], Palestine Liberation Organization [#CR0000318], Hizbullah [#CR0001132], Hamas [#CR0002211] and Al Fatah [#CR0002091]. [Interpol] Links suspected with the Jihad Group [#CR0001804] and the group it originally split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command [#CR0001639] [EuroTer]. Possible links with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine [#CR0001814]. [MI-6] Personnel: At least 50. Operating Since: 1975 Structure: Military style hierarchy. Militia units of ten to twenty operatives, divided into three companies, all falling under a single command. Leaders: Abu Abbas [#LL4078261], leader of the Pro-PLO [#CR0000318] faction. Abd Al Fatah Ghanem [#LL4881894] , leader of a faction with ties to Libya. Legitimate Connections: None Known Resources: Smallarms, explosives, and military weapons. Receives logistic and military support mainly from PLO, but also Libya and Iraq. Excellent intelligence resources. [CIA] Suspected Criminal Activity: July, 1978 the PLF kidnapped UNIFIL soldiers in Tyre, they were forced by Al Fatah to release them several hours later. September, 1978, three PLF terrorists were captured in Northern Israel. They had intended a hostage taking operation with the goal of seeking the release of PLF prisoners held in Israel. April, 1979, four operatives landed from the sea near Nahariyah, intending to seize Israeli hostages to be used in exchange for terrorists being held by the Israelis. The terrorists killed a man and his daughter in their apartment, as well as an Israeli policeman. two terrorists were killed during the fighting and two were captured. Various unsuccessful operations during 1980 and early 1981. A squad was captured in 1984 believed to be on a hostage taking operation. Abbas's group was also responsible for October 1985 attack on the cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of US citizen Leon Klinghoffer. Abu Abbas-led faction carried out abortive seaborne attack staged from Libya against Israel on 30 May 1990. A warrant for Abu Abbas's arrest is outstanding in Italy. Others involved in the hijacking are wanted elsewhere. In May of 1992 they claimed responsibility for an attempted raid on the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat. They killed one before the Israeli military killed one terrorist and wounded another. Openly supported Iraq during Gulf war. Additional Commentary: Terrorist group that broke away from the PFLP-GC [#CR0001639] in mid-1970s. The group seeks to dismantle the current state of Israel, terrorize Israel by direct attacks on it's soil and establish an independent Palestinian state in Place of Israel. The PLF was established with Iraqi support, and it's existence as an independent group was recognized when it obtained seats on the Palestine National Council in 1981 with it's headquarters in Damascus. Later near the end of 1983 it split again into pro-PLO pro-Syrian, and pro-Libyan factions. Pro-PLO faction led by Muhammad Abbas (Abu Abbas), who became member of PLO Executive Committee in 1984 but left the Executive Committee in 1991. The parts remaining in Damascus split again in 1984 when Abd Al Fatah Ghanem attempted a take over of the PLF offices and held Tal'at Yaqub [#LL4271894] Secretary General of the PLF, hostage. Through Syrian intervention, Yaqub was released and Ghanem formed his own faction with ties to Libya. Yaqub's faction joined the Palestine National Salvation Front [#CR0001859], and is generally aligned to Syria.