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Mohamad Bdeir

Khalil al-Wazir: Paving the Way of Armed Struggle

[Abu Jihad coordinates with fedayeen (Palestinian guerrilla fighters) during the siege of Beirut in 1982. Image from Ahram Archive.]

It took Israeli intelligence over two decades and many assassination attempts before they managed to hunt down the PLO’s military mastermind Khalil al-Wazir. On the 24th anniversary of his death, Al-Akhbar recounts his story. When Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) began his endeavor in the early 1950s, Israeli intelligence had no idea he existed. At the time, he was the twentysomething leader of the Palestinian al-Haq Brigade in Gaza. His family had been displaced from ...

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