And I do not believe the claim
This entire narrative serves Israeli expansionist interests
If the Assad government is completely unaware this network is operating in Golan what might that suggest to us?IDF says network operates without Assad knowledge, intended to carry out attacks on Israeli soil, with operatives currently gathering intelligence on Israeli troops, stockpiling weapons and building military infrastructure
-That Israel is operating this network?
-That we can't verify anything about this network other then the Israeli claims since the Assad government is completely unaware of their existence?
The Israeli military has uncovered a covert terror network set up by Lebanese terror group Hezbollah on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, in order to carry out attacks against Israel, the IDF said Wednesday. The network was established without the knowledge of Syrian President Bashar Assad, the army said.
The terror network, called “The Golan File”, is currently in the preparation stages, stockpiling weapons, recruiting members and building secret military infrastructure, according to the IDF. The infrastructure and technology the network presently has at their disposal is being used in order to gather intelligence in the Israel-Syria border area. The activity of the Hezbollah operatives goes largely unnoticed in Syria due to their ability to assimilate into the local population.
|fighters from "the golan file"|
Hezbollah operatives constantly patrol the border with Israel in order to identify areas along the fence vulnerable to infiltration attempts and collect information on the activities and routines of the IDF troops stationed there. The operatives apparently also use positions of the Syrian army to gather intelligence information, with the help of Hezbollah fighters involved in the civil war.
"These operatives have been attempting to establish an additional terrorist front against Israel and destabilize the region over the last year," said Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher, the commander of one of IDF's northern divisions. He warned that Israel will "not allow any attempt by Hezbollah to entrench itself near the border and we will act with all our might."
The Israeli military says Hezbollah operative Ali Musa Daqduq is the network's commander. Daqduq was part of the Hezbollah force in Iraq, fighting the American troops alongside the Iraqi insurgents back in 2006. He was involved in an execution of five American soldiers there and spent five years in an Iraqi prison. After being released in 2012, he returned to Lebanon as part of a deal negotiated between Hezbollah and the Iraqi government at the time.Daqduq's back story feels more like that of an irregular/mercenary/proxy fighter.