In late 1970, a faction of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) emerged named the Black September Organization (BSO). Over the next several years, the BSO would go on to commit some of the more notorious acts of terrorism in Europe, including their famous attack during the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics.

While the PLO operated in a traditional hierarchical organizational structure, the BSO were highly compartmented teams of 3-5 members. Communications relied on intermediaries and operators were never aware of any identities outside their immediate team.

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