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The PFLP, led by George Habash, is a Marxist group. Founded in December 1967, Habash was backed by Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser. Habash viewed the "liberation" of Palestine as an integral part of the world Communist revolution.
The PFLP hijacked Israeli aircraft in 1968. It abducted and threatened four American journalists in Beirut in 1981 (two from the New York Times, one from the Washington Post and one from Newsweek). PFLP members have continued to perpetrate terrorist acts through the years.