Israel Faces New Enemy: Iranian-Backed Shiite Militias in Syria

(Israel Hayom) Neta Bar - "Today, now that the Assad regime is well-based in Syria and there is no longer any danger it will be defeated, Iran is waging an offensive against Israel from Syria, whose vanguard is located on the Syrian Golan Heights," said Dr. Yossi Mansharof, who researches Iran and Shiite militias at the Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa. The efforts to build up Shiite militias in Syria were headed by Hizbullah operative Ali Mussa Daqduq, who was previously involved in setting up a Shiite terrorist front against the U.S. in Iraq. "Daqduq was captured by the Americans and released into the custody of the Iranian government, which promised he would not resume terrorist activity, but they didn't live up to their commitment, and today Daqduq is heading the front on the Golan Heights on behalf of Hizbullah and the Quds Force." "The Shiite militias active in Syria are comprised of three main forces: the Iraqi al-Nujaba; the Afghan Fatemiyoun, and the Pakistani Zainebiyoun. These are hired swords, people who are motivated by a combination of Shiite faith, loyalty to [Iranian Supreme Leader] Khamenei, and greed....The use of a third element, a proxy, is designed to save Iranian lives and prevent criticism from the Iranian public, who will not accept Iranian losses in a foreign conflict."

2019-09-19 00:00:00

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