Israeli Strike on Hizbullah in Syria a Reminder of Its Potential for Terror

(Investigative Project on Terrorism) Yaakov Lappin - Hizbullah remains highly active in Syria and is trying to turn the south of the country into a launchpad for terrorist attacks against Israel. A reported Israeli Air Force strike Wednesday hit Hizbullah positions near the Golan Heights, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "I believe Hizbullah has not given up on Syria," said Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former head of the Analysis Division of IDF Military Intelligence. "Syria is an important asset for Hizbullah, both in terms of assisting Assad in staying in place and in the context of serving Iranian interests." Hizbullah's main mission has evolved in recent months into building up a terrorist network that is mostly composed of Syrian recruits, but "which is trained, directed, and commanded by Hizbullah forces. And these forces are, among other places, in the [Syrian] Golan Heights area," he said. By recruiting Syrians, and by keeping terror recruiters in the region, possibly disguised as Assad military personnel, Hizbullah may have worked out "a solution that also lines up with Russia's demands of a border zone free from an Iranian presence."

2019-06-14 00:00:00

Full Article


Visit the Daily Alert Archive