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Abbas promotes terrorist killer to the rank of major-general
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Abbas promotes terrorist killer
of three Americans to major-general


by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Terrorist Mahmoud Damra promoted to rank of major-general

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has promoted a man who commanded a Palestinian terror unit to the rank of major-general. Mahmoud Damra, commander of Yasser Arafat's personal guard and terror unit called Force 17, was responsible for the planning and logistic coordination of numerous terror attacks in which many people were killed. Among those killed in the terror attacks he commanded were US citizens Esh-Kodesh Gilmore and the couple Binyamin and Talia Kahane in the year 2000. He has been imprisoned by Israel since 2006.

The following is from the Palestinian daily Al-Quds:

"President Mahmoud Abbas decided to promote the prisoner Mahmoud Damra, [known as] Abu Awad, commander of the 'President's Security Force 17,' to the rank of major-general."
[Al-Quds, March 6, 2010]