Last updated on: 5/19/2008 11:51:00 AM PST

What Is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -- General Command (PFLP-GC)?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
The Palestinian Authority official website contained the following description of the PFLP-GC as of 2003:

"Formed in late 1968 after breaking away from the PFLP, is led by Ahmed Jibril, a former officer in the Syrian Army. It is a militant anti-Arafat faction within the PLO, committed to an extreme guerrilla strategy, and considered to be connected to Syrian Military Intelligence. Was part of the Rejection Front. It rejects any compromise with Israel and has been involved in numerous attacks. Lacks broad popular presence. Based in Damascus, it has no significant branch in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Currently not represented in the PLO Executive Committee."

2003 - Palestinian Authority (PA) 

The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, posted on its website under the heading of "Profiles of Terrorist Organization active in the Arab-Israeli Conflict," as of 2003 contained the following description of the PFLP-GC:

"The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC), under the leadership of Ahmad Jibril, is one of the Palestinian organizations known for their unequivocal rejection of any kind of political settlement with Israel, and their reliance on international terrorism to thwart any political process. The PFLP-GC's dependence on radical state sponsors increases the likelihood that it will react violently to any successful political process associated with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The organization is active since October 1968, when it split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The split was a result of Ahmad Jibril's differences of opinion and personal competition with PFLP's leader George Habash. Jibril remains the uncontested leader of the organization and his original pro-Syrian stand did not change. The organization's headquarters are still in Damascus and its main terrorist activity against Israel is carried out from its camps in Lebanon, through the frontier with South Lebanon."

2003 - International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)