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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Red Brigades
Red Brigades #CR0000659
(Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or
Communist Combatant Party
Union of Combatant Communists
Source: Interpol, EuroTer
Type: Political terrorist organization
Dormant terrorist organization, formerly operating in the Italy and throughout the E.C.
Possible connections with other Italian anarchist organizations, although no remaining
ties are suspected. [Interpol]
Probably fewer than 50, plus an unknown number of supporters.
Scattered cells of terrorists, each of five to ten operatives.
Currently unknown; original group apparently was self-sustaining but probably received
weapons from other Western European terrorist groups and from the PLO
Suspected Criminal Activity:
Original group concentrated on assassination and kidnapping of Italian Government
and private-sector targets; it murdered former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978.
Extreme leftist sympathizers have carried out several small-scale terrorist attacks to
protest the presence and foreign policies of both the United States and NATO, including
kidnapping US Army Brig. Gen. James Dozier in 1981, and claimed responsibility for
murdering Leamon Hunt, US chief of the Sinai Multinational Force and Observer Group,
in 1984. The group had been largely inactive since Italian and French authorities
arrested many of its members in 1989. With limited resources and followers to carry
out major terrorist acts, the group was considered mostly out of business.
Formed in 1969, the Marxist-Leninist BR seeks to create a revolutionary state through
armed struggle and to separate Italy from the Western Alliance. In 1984 split into two
factions: the Communist Combatant Party (BR-PCC) and the Union of Combatant
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