Syria Preventing Al-Qaeda Terror on Israel's Northern Border

(Jerusalem Post) Yaakov Katz - Fearing a harsh Israeli response, Syrian military forces stationed along the border with the Golan Heights are under orders to prevent al-Qaeda and global Jihad cells from launching anti-Israel attacks from Syrian soil, a senior IDF officer said Thursday. While Israel's northern border with Syria was quiet, IDF units were on constant high alert, with the main potential threat coming from global Jihad cells in Syria, the officer said. "The Syrian troops prevent the terror groups from even getting close to the border and do not allow them to launch attacks from within Syria," the officer said. "Just like Assad, [Hizballah leader] Nasrallah also doesn't want al-Qaeda operating in southern Lebanon," the officer said. However, Assad was transferring weaponry to Hizballah as well as funds to Islamic Jihad in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the officer.

2006-04-07 00:00:00

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