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Hawari Group
Fatah Special Operations Group
Martyrs of Tal Al Za'atar
Amn Araissi


Part of Yasser Arafat's Fatah apparatus, the group is named after its leader commonly known as Colonel Hawari, who died in an automobile crash in May 1991 while traveling from Baghdad to Jordan. The group has ties historically to Iraq. Membership includes former members of the radical Palestinian 15 May organization.


Carried out several attacks in 1985 and 1986, mainly in Europe and usually against Syrian targets. Has also targeted Americans, most notably in the April 1986 bombing of TWA Flight 840 over Greece in which four Americans were killed. Future of group uncertain following Hawari's death. The organization has not recently engaged in terrorist activity.



Location/Area of Operation

Middle Eastern countries and Europe.

External Aid

PLO is main source of support.

Sources and Resources

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