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Israel fesses up: We killed Arafat deputy in 1988

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  • A February 10, 1986 file photo of Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, the Palestine Liberation Organization's military chief seen in Amman, Jordan. Lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel is admitting that it killed the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 raid in Tunis.

      A February 10, 1986 file photo of Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, the Palestine Liberation Organization's military chief seen in Amman, Jordan. Lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel is admitting that it killed the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 raid in Tunis.
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JERUSALEM -- Lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel is admitting that it killed the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 raid in Tunis.

Israel has long been suspected of assassinating Khalil al-Wazir, who was better known by his nom de guerre Abu Jihad. But only Thursday did the country's military censor clear the Yediot Ahronot daily to publish the information, including an interview with the commando who killed him.

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Dozens of brazen operations have been attributed to Israel over the decades. But Israel rarely takes responsibility. The acknowledgment gives a rare glimpse into the country's covert operations.

Abu Jihad founded the Palestine Liberation Organization with Arafat and was blamed for a series of attacks against Israelis.

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