Yasser Arafat, whose full name was Mohammed Abdel-Rawf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Hussaini, was born in Cairo on August 4, 1929. He is pictured here in the 1940s. The young Arafat took part in the war that broke out shortly after the state of Israel was created. He had already taken part in gun-running to Palestinian groups opposed to the creation of a Jewish state. AP Photo
In 1959, He founded the Fatah movement with four others, including the current president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. AP Photo
In February 1969 Arafat is elected to chair the PLO, of which his Fatah group is a major component. AP Photo
From left, the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, Sudanese President El Nomeri with Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, King Saudi Ariba Fiesal Al Saud and Kuwaiti Sheikh Sabah Al Salim Al Sabah at the height of pan-Arab movement. In September 1970, the PLO is expelled from Jordan and moves to Beirut.FAROOK IBRAHIM / EPA
In 1975, the start of the Lebanese War embroils the PLO now based in Beirut. By August 1982, Israel, which has invaded Lebanon, pushes Arafat and his supporters out. The PLO later moves its Headquarters to Tunis. DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP Photo
Arafat embraces Libyan leader Qaddafi in Tripoli, Libya in 1978. AFP Photo
Then Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, left, embraces Arafat at the 5th Islamic Summit in Kuwait in January 1987. By the end of the year, the first intifada begins in the occupied territories. In 1988 Arafat recognises Israel's right to exist. AP Photo / File
Arafat married Suha Tawil in January 1992 with whom he has a daughter in 1995. Hussein Hussein/PPO via Getty Images
1993: After secret negotiations in Oslo, the PLO and Israel reach an agreement on autonomy for large parts of the territories occupied in 1967. Doug Mills / AP Photo
US President Bill Clinton stands behind Arafat and the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzahk Rabin as they shake hands on the White House lawn in Washington on September 13, 1993. Photo by J DAVID AKE
On July 1, 1994 Arafat made a triumphant return to Palestinian lands after 27 years in exile.
In October 1994 He is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Israeli leaders Rabin and Shimon Peres. Government Press Office via Getty Images
On January 20, 1996, Arafat is elected the first president of the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, right shake hands with Arafat in Egypt at a three-way summit in 2000. However, after a series of Palestinian suicide attacks the following year, relations with Israel sours. Israel counters with devastating attacks on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, confining Arafat to his headquarters in Ramallah.
In March 2002, Israel attack targets Arafat's HQ known as the Muqataa. The premises is demolished. Israel occupies Arafat's HQ in Ramallah, confining him inside. Seriously ill in 2004, Arafat is flown to Jordan and then to Paris for treatment. JIM HOLLANDER / EPA
Yasser Arafat sits in his office surrounded by doctors from Tunis, Egypt and Jordan on October 28 before flying to Paris for treatment. He died on November 11, aged 75. Reuters
Arafat's coffin is loaded on a plane in Paris to be returned to Ramallah via Cairo on November 11, 2004. Alastair Grant / AP Photo
Arafat is laid to rest in Ramallah, at the Mutaqaa where he had spent his final three years. Paula Bronstein / Getty Images
With a portrait of Arafat in the background Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the first Fatah conference in 20 years in Bethlehem on August 4, 2009. Tara Todras-Whitehill / AP Photo
A Palestinian security official stands guard at the site of Arafat's burial site. His body was exhumed on November 27 so international forensic experts could search for additional clues to his death, sparked by the discovery of a lethal radioactive substance, polonium, on clothing said to be his earlier this year. ABBAS MOMANI / AFP Photo
Key pictures from the life of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose remains were exhumed on November 27 for an investigation into his death in 2004.