Force 17

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Noun1.Force 17 - formed in 1972 as a personal security force for Arafat and other PLO leaders; became one of PLO's elite units; has built an extensive infrastructure of terrorist cells and weapon depots in Europe while attacking Israeli targets
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
Lebanese Republic, Lebanon - an Asian republic at east end of Mediterranean
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Lt Halim belonged to Force-17, an official security unit loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the PA's Fatah president.
They are: Fatah itself, Arafat's key power base within the PLO; Force-17, a PLO security service; and two Fatah offshoots--the Tanzim (Arabic word for "organization"), and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Israel has accused Force-17 of being behind attacks against Israelis.
The initial target of Israeli helicopter gunships was the headquarters of the Palestinian Force-17 security force, which Israel blames for masterminding bombings during the six-month Palestinian uprising.
In fact, his own presidential guard, known as Force-17, which he commands, carry out and direct many of the terrorist attacks that have already cost many Israeli lives.