IDF believes the secret Hezbollah network called “The Golan File,” is operating without Assad’s knowledge, and intends to carry out future attacks inside Israel as their operatives have been surveilled gathering intel on IDF troop movements, stockpiling weapons and assembling a military infrastructure.
– WATCH long-range IDF surveillance footage
By Itay Blumenthal
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.
Previously classified intelligence now cleared for publication: Ali Musa Daqduq, a senior operative in the Lebanon-based terrorist organization Hezbollah, has been operating a new terror cell in… Syria.@LTCJonathan pic.twitter.com/peErasDPOa
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 13, 2019
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.
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.”
In December, the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield, a weeks-long project that uncovered and destroyed Hezbollah tunnels dug from Lebanon into Israel in other to carry out attacks on the local population.
Associated Press contributed to this report
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