Said al-Muragha

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Col. Sa'eed Musa al-Muragha ()(born 1927 in Silwan) is a Palestinian militant better known as Abu Musa.

Early years

A Palestinian refugee, Abu Musa joined the Jordanian Army in 1948 and rose to become commander of an artillery battalion in 1969. During this period he was sent to receive a military education at the prestigious British Sandhurst Military Academy. In October 1970, after the Black September fighting, Musa left the Jordanian army to join the PLO and relocated with most of the Palestinian Resistance to Lebanon. Here Musa rose to command an alliance between the PLO and Lebanese militias, which fought the Syrians when Syria intervened in the Lebanese Civil War in 1976.

Split with Arafat

Musa became deputy chief of operations for the PLO and led the PLO's defense of Beirut in 1982 from the Israelis.However Musa fell out with Yassir Arafat, head of Fatah and PLO, in May 1983. He was also known for hardline views on Israel, and outspoken in his opposition to what he saw as...
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