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April 26, 1987 | Associated Press
A left-wing Greek terrorist group Saturday claimed responsibility for a military bus bombing on Friday that injured 16 Americans and two Greeks, and it threatened to strike again. The November 17 organization, blamed for 11 political killings since 1975, issued a rambling, four-page proclamation that was published in the left-wing Athens daily Eleftherotypia. "We hit the Americans because their bases constitute an occupation force in our country. . . .
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December 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Greek court handed down multiple life sentences to the mastermind and the chief hit man of the November 17 guerrilla group, who were found guilty last week of hundreds of crimes including murder, bombings and bank robbery. Mastermind Alexandros Giotopoulos, 59, was given 21 life sentences, the longest term in Greek legal history. The jobless mathematics professor, a student radical in Paris in the 1960s, had maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal.
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July 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
GREECE * Greek authorities charged two alleged members of the November 17 terrorist organization in the assassination of American and British servicemen, and a newspaper reported that the group planned to attack NATO peacekeepers. Iraklis Kostaris was charged in four killings, including those of U.S. Air Force Sgt. Ronald Stewart in 1991 and British defense attache Brig. Stephen Saunders in 2000. A friend was charged with armed robbery and theft of munitions.
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November 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Protesters in Athens demanding freedom for members of the November 17 guerrilla group burned storefronts and pelted police with rocks during an annual march marking a 1973 student revolt that led to the birth of the terrorist organization. Police detained 10 people after using tear gas to disperse protesters, who held banners reading, "No to War in Iraq" and "Americans: Killers of Nations." About 10,000 people marched to the U.S. Embassy. The U.S.
WORLD
July 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
GREECE * Greek police detained a 60-year-old man who they suspect may be a leader and possibly even a founder of the country's most-wanted urban guerrilla group, November 17, a police source said. The source said the man had been seized on the island of Lipsi, 160 miles east of Athens. Police also said ballistic tests had linked a gun used by November 17 to the slayings of seven people, including a British military attache and a Greek politician.
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July 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two more suspected members of the Greek urban guerrilla group November 17 were arrested, the day after the group's alleged leader was charged with a series of high-profile murders. The latest arrests were made just outside central Athens. Police said they were close to arresting more. A handful of suspects are in custody besides the alleged leader.
WORLD
July 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Greece said it has found the main hide-out of the elusive November 17 leftist guerrillas and was holding a suspected member. "We have found the den of the terrorist group November 17," Fotis Nasiakos, the chief of Greek police, said after police raided an apartment in central Athens. It had been rented by a suspected member of the group who was injured in a botched bomb attack at the port of Piraeus on Saturday.
NEWS
July 1, 1988
The United States offered a reward of up to $500,000 for information leading to the apprehension and punishment of the killers of Navy Capt. William Nordeen, the American defense attache in Athens. State Department spokeswoman Phyllis Oakley said it is the largest sum offered since a 1984 law authorized rewards to catch terrorists. The leftist Greek extremist group November 17 claimed responsibility for the car-bomb slaying of the 51-year-old resident of Centuria, Wis.
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August 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Anti-terrorist police found a small quantity of explosives buried near a 19th century marble stadium that is scheduled to be used in the 2004 Olympic Games. The horseshoe-shaped stadium--a major tourist attraction--was the site of the first modern Olympics, in 1896. The discovery came as part of an effort to topple the once-elusive November 17 terrorist group, which has suffered its first blows after outwitting authorities for 27 years.
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December 21, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a boastful and defiant communique that has drawn the attention of law enforcement officials, diplomats and Olympic insiders, the Greek terrorist group called 17 November proclaims that it is a Robin Hood-style organization struggling to rid the world of American-led imperialism and capitalism. The statement was discovered last week, as organizers of the Athens 2004 Summer Games were in Switzerland for a long-scheduled meeting with the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board.
WORLD
August 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Anti-terrorist police found a small quantity of explosives buried near a 19th century marble stadium that is scheduled to be used in the 2004 Olympic Games. The horseshoe-shaped stadium--a major tourist attraction--was the site of the first modern Olympics, in 1896. The discovery came as part of an effort to topple the once-elusive November 17 terrorist group, which has suffered its first blows after outwitting authorities for 27 years.
WORLD
July 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
GREECE * Police arrested the suspected second-in-command of Greece's most-wanted terrorist group. Police sources said the capture of 46-year-old Pavlos Serifis also could give them a way to link November 17's founders and a hit squad that carried out most of the group's 22 assassinations. Serifis was arrested at a children's hospital, where he worked as a phone operator. He was being questioned by Athens police.
WORLD
July 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
GREECE * Greek authorities charged two alleged members of the November 17 terrorist organization in the assassination of American and British servicemen, and a newspaper reported that the group planned to attack NATO peacekeepers. Iraklis Kostaris was charged in four killings, including those of U.S. Air Force Sgt. Ronald Stewart in 1991 and British defense attache Brig. Stephen Saunders in 2000. A friend was charged with armed robbery and theft of munitions.
WORLD
July 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two more suspected members of the Greek urban guerrilla group November 17 were arrested, the day after the group's alleged leader was charged with a series of high-profile murders. The latest arrests were made just outside central Athens. Police said they were close to arresting more. A handful of suspects are in custody besides the alleged leader.
WORLD
July 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
GREECE * Greek police detained a 60-year-old man who they suspect may be a leader and possibly even a founder of the country's most-wanted urban guerrilla group, November 17, a police source said. The source said the man had been seized on the island of Lipsi, 160 miles east of Athens. Police also said ballistic tests had linked a gun used by November 17 to the slayings of seven people, including a British military attache and a Greek politician.
WORLD
July 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Greece said it has found the main hide-out of the elusive November 17 leftist guerrillas and was holding a suspected member. "We have found the den of the terrorist group November 17," Fotis Nasiakos, the chief of Greek police, said after police raided an apartment in central Athens. It had been rented by a suspected member of the group who was injured in a botched bomb attack at the port of Piraeus on Saturday.
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July 5, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gunmen from the notorious November 17 terrorist gang killed Turkey's second-ranking diplomat in Athens as he drove to work. Greek and Turkish leaders condemned the attack and expressed hope that it would not damage relations between their countries, which are regional rivals. Authorities said three men in a car pulled alongside Deputy Chief of Mission Haluk Sipahioglu's car on a road in suburban Athens and opened fire. Sipahioglu, 46, was taken to a hospital but died in surgery.
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November 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Protesters in Athens demanding freedom for members of the November 17 guerrilla group burned storefronts and pelted police with rocks during an annual march marking a 1973 student revolt that led to the birth of the terrorist organization. Police detained 10 people after using tear gas to disperse protesters, who held banners reading, "No to War in Iraq" and "Americans: Killers of Nations." About 10,000 people marched to the U.S. Embassy. The U.S.
SPORTS
December 21, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a boastful and defiant communique that has drawn the attention of law enforcement officials, diplomats and Olympic insiders, the Greek terrorist group called 17 November proclaims that it is a Robin Hood-style organization struggling to rid the world of American-led imperialism and capitalism. The statement was discovered last week, as organizers of the Athens 2004 Summer Games were in Switzerland for a long-scheduled meeting with the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board.
SPORTS
November 17, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concerns over terrorism in Greece have surfaced over the last few weeks in the United States and Britain as Olympic officials turn their focus to Athens and the 2004 Games. The safety of U.S. and British athletes, officials and spectators is under review as security experts assess the risk from a left-wing, vehemently anti-American terrorist group called 17 November. It is Greece's deadliest, Europe's most elusive.
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