PFLP was led by George Habash from 1968 until 2000. At the PFLP's Sixth National Conference he stepped down as general secretary. Abu Ali Mustafa was then elected general secretary.
Mustafa was killed August 27th, 2001 when an Israeli helicopter fired rockets at his office in the West Bank town of Ramallah. PFLP militants shot and killed Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi in November 17, 2001 in revenge.
Ahmed Sadat was subsequently elected general secretary on October 3rd, 2001. In January of 2002, he was arrested by the Palestinian Authority.