Sponsoring Terrorism: Syria and the PFLP-GC
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) continues to occupy a special place in the pantheon of Syrian terror surrogates. Of all the major Palestinian and Lebanese paramilitary groups sponsored by Damascus, the PFLP-GC exercises the least strategic and operational autonomy. While the perks of this servitude are considerable (it is the only group to have received tanks from the Syrian government), so too are the limitations (its lack of independence has precluded the growth of a strong popular following).
Despite its relatively weak presence in the West Bank and Gaza, the PFLP-GC has played a vital role in perpetuating the second Palestinian intifada by smuggling arms and explosives from Syria and Lebanon to Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants in the territories.
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