Broke away from the PFLP-GC in mid-1970s. Later
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 it in 1991.
The Abu Abbas-led faction is known for hang glider
attacks against Israel. Abbas's group also was
responsible for the attack in 1985 on the cruise
ship Achille Lauro and the murder of US citizen
Leon Klinghoffer. A warrant for Abu Abbas's arrest
is outstanding in Italy.
Location/Area of Operation
PLO faction based in Tunisia until Achille Lauro
attack. Now based in Iraq.
Receives support mainly from Iraq. Has received
support from Libya in the past.