Split from the PFLP in 1968, claiming it wanted
to focus more on fighting and less on politics.
Violently opposed to Arafat's PLO. Led by Ahmad
Jabril, a former captain in the Syrian Army. Closely
tied to both Syria and Iran.
Carried out dozens of attacks in Europe and the
Middle East during 1970-80. Known for cross-border
terrorist attacks into Israel using unusual means,
such as hot-air balloons and motorized hang gliders.
Primary focus now on guerrilla operations in southern
Lebanon, small-scale attacks in Israel, West Bank,
and Gaza Strip.
Location/Area of Operation
Headquartered in Damascus with bases in Lebanon.
Receives logistic and military support from Syria
and financial support from Iran.