Hizbullah-Backed Terrorists Form Dozens of Cells on Syrian Border

(JNS) Yaakov Lappin - Hizbullah has established dozens of terrorist cells in southern Syria, just over the Israeli border, composed of local recruits. Maj. (res.) Tal Beeri, head of research at the Alma Research and Education Center, described a "military terrorist infrastructure that was built by Hizbullah, with Iranian-Syrian cooperation, in order to create a new front of terrorism against Israel from the Syrian border." "It is made up of dozens of cells, with each cell made up of local squads of Syrians. These are Sunni and Druze operatives located all along the Israeli border with Syria on the Golan Heights, from the village of Hader in the [Syrian] northern Golan to the triangle of borders of Israel, Jordan and Syria. There are some cells that operate independently, and others that act as part of a cluster under the instructions of a more senior handler....In either case, presiding over this 'food chain' is a Lebanese Hizbullah operative who instructs the squads, activating them." The network "uses Syrian military lookouts, positions, [and] equipment." In most cases, the local terror operatives are motivated by money, not ideology, said Beeri. "They don't identify with Hizbullah's goals, but they show up because Hizbullah pays well and they have to survive."

2023-03-02 00:00:00

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