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Special Security Force (al Amn al-Khass)

Formed in January 1995 with the ostensible mission of monitoring opposition groups in other countries, the Special Security Force (SSF) was established outside the primary command structure of the Palestinian security and intelligence forces - the General Security Service (GSS) - and instead remained under the direct supervision of Arafat.

The group, headed as of 1999 by Gen. Abu Yusuf al-Wahidi, is small -perhaps only a few dozen - but disproportionately powerful, due to its alleged roles gathering information on domestic opposition groups, and conducting internal investigations on the other Palestinian security and intelligence services.

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