Formed in early 1970s as a personal security force for Arafat and other PLO leaders.
According to press sources, in 1985 expanded operations to include terrorist attacks against Israeli targets.
No confirmed terrorist activity outside Israel and the occupied territories since September 1985, when it claimed responsibility for killing three Israelis in Cyprus, an incident that was followed by Israeli air raids on PLO bases in Tunisia.
Location/Area of Operation
Based in Beirut before 1982. Since then, dispersed in several Arab countries. Now operating in Lebanon, other Middle Eastern countries, and Europe.
PLO is main source of support.