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International terrorist mercenary Carlos the Jackal is born

A photograph of a red flag with yellow tassels, from the Soviet Union. Symbols of communism.


Ilich Ramirez Sanchez is born to a strict Catholic mother and a wealthy Marxist father in Venezuela. Indoctrinated with communism from an early age, his love of languages and travel came when his parents, now divorced, travelled extensively.

It was when he came to the United Kingdom in 1966 that he tasted the high life that in future he could only fund with fighting.

It was when he went to Jordan that Ilich Ramirez Sanchez became first known as ‘Carlos’...