IDF exposes Hezbollah terror cell on the Syrian Golan Heights
BREAKING – Cleared for publication: Israel uncovered that Hezbollah is establishing a force near the Golan Heights to conduct terror attacks against Israel: “We hope today’s publication will cause them to think twice but Israel will strike this force if Hezbollah continues to build it”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement.
“We have a clear message: We’re not going to allow Hezbollah to establish a terrorist infrastructure on the Golan capable of striking Israeli civilians,” IDF spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said in a video posted on Twitter. Israel will hold the Syrian government responsible for anything that happens inside Syria aimed at Israel, he added.
Ali Musa Daqduq, a senior operative in the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, has been operating a new terror cell in Syria, the IDF said.
Daqduq conducted a number of bloody terror attacks against Western forces in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, including an attack which killed five US soldiers.
He was captured by the SAS in Basra in March 2007 and spent five years in prison. Iraq’s government released him in 2012 despite strong protests from the White House.
Other senior Hezbollah terrorists involved in the terror network have been identified by the IDF as Bashar and Ismail Mustafa, Talal Hassoun and Fahim Abu Qais.
Hezbollah has recruited dozens to hundreds of terrorists to fight Israel from villages on the Syrian Golan, and villagers have begun gathering intelligence, the IDF reveals.
The operation, known as the Golan File, is being run by Hezbollah commanders in Beirut. It has been kept a secret from Syrian President Bashar Assad, Israeli intelligence sources say.
According to senior intelligence officers in the IDF’s Northern Command, Hezbollah’s Golan Project began in the summer following the reconquering of the Syrian Golan by Assad.
“Hezbollah is taking advantage of the fact that Assad is busy in the north of the country and that villagers in the Syrian Golan need the money,” senior officers said, stressing that “if Assad is serious then he has to have full control and know what is happening in his territory.”
All actions of terrorists are compartmentalized and kept secret from each other and the local population to advance their project without the Assad regime knowing.
The Muslim terrorists, who receive monthly wages, have explosives, small arms including submachine guns, and anti-tank missiles.
Israel has thus far put a serious dent in the Iranians’ attempts to establish themselves in Syria and upgrade the accuracy of Hezbollah’s missiles, but Tehran and its affiliated Shi’ite militias are apparently still seeking ways to gain a toehold along the border.
The head of the Golan File is Abu Hussein Sajid, a Beirut-based terrorist familiar to intelligence sources. Sajid joined Hezbollah in 1983 and served in operational roles while Israeli forces were deployed in the security zone in southern Lebanon.
In 2006 he went to Iraq and led Hezbollah’s Iraqi division. In March 2007 he was captured by the Americans but was released by the Iraqi government in 2012.
After his return to Lebanon, he was named responsible for training special Hezbollah forces. Last summer he was sent by the organization to Syria to advance the Golan File efforts.
The IDF has documented Golan File terrorists operating at Syrian bases, some in Syrian army uniforms. This lets Hezbollah patrol near the border to follow IDF activity and identify potential targets.
Intelligence sources say Hezbollah’s next planned move is to transfer weapons to the border area such as rockets, but the group is believed to be having a hard time finding ways to achieve this amid fears Israel would destroy the rockets.
“We hold the Syrian Regime as the sovereign its territory and expect it to honor the terms of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement,” the IDF said, adding that “we expect it to prevent any hostile elements, including Hezbollah, from operating out of its territory. The IDF will not allow any attempt by Hezbollah to entrench itself near the border and we will act with all our might to force this terrorist organization out of the Golan Heights and ensure the stability of the region.”