The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a breakaway Palestinian faction that carried out headline-grabbing attacks against Israel in the 1970s and 1980s has named a veteran new leader after its longtime founder died, the group said Sunday.
The group said Talal Naji was elected during a meeting in Damascus. He will replace Ahmed Jibril, who died on July 7th after months of sickness.
Naji was born in Nazareth, British-ruled Palestine in 1946. He studied in Syrian schools and joined the ranks of the Palestinian Liberation Front faction in 1962 before later joining the PFLP-GC.
Naji, who had lost an arm and an eye in a grenade explosion reportedly while training, had been the deputy chief of the PFLP-GC since 1973. He obtained a doctorate in political science from Moscow in 1984.
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