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  List of Foreign Terrorist Groups

The Associated Press
Friday, Oct. 8, 1999; 8:01 p.m. EDT

The State Department list of terrorist organizations issued Friday, with abbreviated versions of State's descriptions:

NEW TO LIST

Al-Qaida, believed headed by Osama bin Laden, who is based in Afghanistan.

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RETAINED ON LIST

Abu Nidal Organization, possibly based in Iraq, operating internationally.

Abu Sayyaf Group, Islamic separatist group in southern Philippines.

Armed Islamic Group, Islamic extremists aiming to overthrow Algerian government.

Aum Shinrikyo, Japanese cult.

Basque Fatherland and Liberty, aimed at establishing independent homeland in Spain's Basque region.

Gama'a al-Islamiyya, Egypt's largest militant group.

Hamas, concentrated in the Gaza Strip, responsible for attacks on Israel.

Harakat ul-Mujahedeen, Islamic militants based in Pakistan.

Hizballah, radical Shia group formed in Lebanon.

Japanese Red Army, aims to overthrow Japanese government and foment worldwide revolution.

Al-Jihad, Egyptian Islamic extremist group.

Kach, radical Isaeli group opposed to Israeli government.

Kahane Chai, offshoot of Kach.

Kurdistan Workers Party, Marxist-Leninst insurgent group in Turkey.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), most powerful Tamil group in Sri Lanka.

Mujahedeen Khalq, Iraq-based group opposed to Iranian regime.

National Liberation Army, pro-Cuban, anti-American guerrilla group based in Colombia.

Palestine Islamic Jihad-Shalqaqi Faction, militant Palestinian group.

Palestine Liberation Front-Abu Abbas Faction, militant Palestinian group.

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Marxist-Leninist group that has hit both Israeli and Arab targets.

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, opposes Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization.

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, largest insurgent organization in Colombia.

Revolutionary Organization 17 November, radical leftist group in Greece.

Revolutionary People's Liberation Party, Marxist, anti-American, anti-NATO Turkish group.

Revolutionary People's Struggle, strongly anti-American group in Greece.

Shining Path, largest Peruvian insurgency.

Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, Marxist-Leninist movement in Peru.

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REMOVED FROM LIST

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, no longer opposes Mideast peace.

Khmer Rouge of Cambodia, disbanded in December 1998.

Manuel Rodriguez Patriotic Front, a dissident group in Chile which has not committed any terrorist acts in the last two years.

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