Greece (17N)


Conflict Summary

The Marxist 17 November Revolutionary Organisation (N17) has mainly targeted people with military, diplomatic and civil service backgrounds, as well as the affluent. Since its first attack in 1975, with the assassination of CIA Athens station chief, Richard Welch, the N17 successfully eluded Greek and international intelligence efforts for more than two decades. However, the premature detonation of a bomb in Piraeus in July 2002 resulted in a major breakthrough. Subsequent investigations led to a series of arrests and the organisation is now thought to be highly weakened, if not completely dismantled.