Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine has claimed responsibility for the attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

The U.S. State Department has described the DFLP as a Marxist-Leninist organization.

It was founded in 1969 when it split from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). According to State Department papers, the DFLP believes Palestinian national goals can be achieved "only through revolution of the masses."

The U.S. State Department goes on: In early 1980's, (the DFLP) occupied political stance midway between Arafat and the rejectionists. Split into two factions in 1991, Nayif Hawama leads the majority and more hardline faction, which continues to dominate the group.

"Joined with other rejectionist groups to form the Alliance of Palestinian Forces (APF) to oppose the Declaration of Principals signed in 1993. Broke from the APF along with the PFLP over ideological differences."

The DFLP's strength was estimated in April 1999 at 500.

Its areas of operation have been Syria, Lebanon, and the Israeli-occupied territories.