Despite the fact that the IDF have forcefully engaged both ISIS and Syrian rebel groups when they’ve attacked Israel, the Syrian regime continues to assert the narrative that describes ISIS as part of a resistance force created by the US, Israel, and Syrian rebels.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Islamic State was driven out from the last major villages it still held near the Golan Heights – in an area called the Yarmouk Basin – on Monday, according to the Syrian regime and local websites.
The ISIS affiliate group, Jaysh Khalid bin Walid, has held the area for several years but has only clashed with Israeli forces once. Continue Reading »
Israeli defense official believe the ISIS rocket fired on Israel was intentional [too far off target to have been ‘stray fire’], hoping the IDF would retaliate against the Assad army, but instead, Israel targeted the source, killing several ISIS terrorists along with destroying their rocket launchers.
– Moscow congratulated Jerusalem for eliminating the ISIS unit.
The Russian Defense Ministry praised Israel Thursday after the IDF’s attack on ISIS forces in the Syrian Golan area killed several members of the terrorist organization and destroyed rocket launchers.
According to the Russian news agency Sputnik, the ISIS terrorists were trying on Wednesday to fire missiles at Syrian army positions, but hit Israel instead with two BM-21 rockets that landed in the Kinneret. Continue Reading »
In an ISIS inspired terror-attack, 3 Arab citizens of Israel planned to open fire at one of the world’s holiest sites, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
Three Arab citizens from the village of Um el-Fahm were indicted on Monday for plotting a terrorist attack on the Temple Mount in the name of Islamic State, the Shin Bet security agency announced.
The suspects, identified as 20-year-olds Muhammad Mas’ud Muhammad Jabarin and Imad Lutfi Muhammad Jabarin, as well as a minor, were arrested during January and February in a joint operation by the Shin Bet and the Israel Police
The attack was thwarted thanks to accurate intelligence information that enabled the security forces to arrest the members of the terrorist cell before they could obtain weapons and actualize their plans. Continue Reading »
Released: An Etihad Airways’ civilian airplane en route from Australia to Abu Dubi had been targeted by ISIS, but then Israel’s secretive cyber intelligence Unit 8200 stepped in and saved hundreds back in July 2017.
By Tsvi Sadan
The IDF on Wednesday decided to provide a quick glimpse into the clandestine activity of Unit 8200, the Israeli military’s equivalent to America’s NSA. This secretive unit was able to thwart an ISIS attempt to blow up a civilian airplane en route from Australia to Abu Dubi. The IDF referred to a July 30, 2017 news report about Australian police arresting four suspects in Sydney who were planning to “commit a terrorist act using an improvised device.”
IDF’s Unit 8200 facilitated the arrest of the terrorists before their airline attack. Continue Reading »
Although the Israeli Air Force operations were coordinated with Egyptian authorities, officials from Jerusalem and Cairo refused to confirm the New York Times report.
By DANIEL J. ROTH
NEW YORK – Egypt has allowed Israel to conduct more than 100 air strikes in northern Sinai in an effort to root out terrorists affiliated with Islamic State, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign in the area with the approval of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has struggled to contain the deadly threat in the restive peninsula, according to the report. Continue Reading »
The Israeli Arab couple, Wissam and Sabreen Zbedat from Sakhnin in northern Israel, were found guilty and jailed for leaving Israel in 2015 with their three young children, to an enemy country and taking part in terrorist activities.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
A court in Haifa on Thursday sentenced an Arab Israeli man to more than five years in jail for joining the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group.
The court said in a statement that it sentenced Wissam Zbedat to 70 months in prison and a 14,000 shekel ($4,000) fine for travelling to Syria to fight for ISIS.
The prosecution accused Zbedat and his wife, Sabreen, of leaving the country in 2015 with their three children then aged three, six and eight for Syria to join ISIS. Continue Reading »
If international coalition forces were behind this attack that killed 12 and injured scores, it’ll be unprecedented, since as far as it’s publicly known, those who’ve attacked ISIS units in the Golan so far, were from Israel or Jordan.
By Roi Kais
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Tuesday, “unidentified” aircrafts attacked ISIS forces at the Syrian-Jordanian-Israeli border.
According to the report, it is not clear whether these planes belong to the international coalition against ISIS.
The attacks were directed against the ISIS branch in the Golan, the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army, and at least 12 members of the organization were killed and many were injured. Continue Reading »
Following yesterday’s Islamic State rocket fire on Southern Israel, Arab media reports of an unidentified drone strike on a home & car in Rafah, Sinai, killing one.
– IDF has had no comment on the foreign reports.
By Roi Kais
Following rocket fire directed at communities in the Eshkol Regional Council Monday morning, Arab media outlet Al Jazeera reported that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacked a house in southern Rafah, killing one person.
Image of ISIS launching rocket at Israel – Arab media release
In addition to Al Jazeera, local media outlets in the Sinai reported that an unidentified UAV fired two missiles at a structure and vehicle, killing and wounding civilians. Continue Reading »
REPORT: According to an ISIS linked news agency Amaq, the Islamic State took responsibility for the rocket that activated the ‘color-red’ alert sirens in the Eshkol region, and landed inside a greenhouse, only causing considerable damage. No injuries reported.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a rocket attack that landed in landed in a greenhouse in the southern Eshkol Regional Council on Monday, according to ISIS linked news agency Amaq.
Remnants from a rocket that struck southern Israel, April 10, 2017. – Photo: Israel National Police/Spokesperson’s Division
According to the IDF, the projectile was launched from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Continue Reading »
The latest offensive by an ISIS-allied group in the tri-border region of southwest Syria, Israel and Jordan has quickly captured 4 villages and is currently endangering the Syrian city of Daraa, whose southwest suburb is already under ISIS control.
BY Roi Kais
ISIS-affiliated groups opened a major offensive in the tri-nation border of Israel, Syria and Jordan, attacking various rebel factions and have managed to take control of four villages—Adwan, Saham al-Jawlan, Jalin and Tasil—in addition to the strategic southwestern suburb of Daraa, which is the capital of Hauran.
Israel-Syria-Jordan triborders – Google Maps
Areas change hands somewhat frequently, but a rapid victory on this scale has not been seen in some time. Continue Reading »
IDF confirms 2 rockets fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula landed in the Eshkol Regional Council of southern Israel, with no injuries or damages reported.
– Latest round of launches come after ISIS reported five of its fighters were killed by an IDF drone on Saturday.
By Yoav Zitun
Two rockets were fired from the Sinai Peninsula and landed in open space in Israel on Monday morning, the IDF reported.
Part of an exploded rocket found – Photo: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit
The rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council, according to an initial statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Continue Reading »
It was cleared for publication today (Tuesday) that 18 months ago a 22 yr-old male Israeli who was fighting ISIS in a foreign country was charged with murder, in a country that has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
By Itamar Eichner
Details emerged from a top secret case involving a 22-year-old Israeli who had been fighting abroad against ISIS before being arrested in June 2015 and charged with murder in a country with which Israel has no diplomatic relations, it was cleared for publication Tuesday morning.
Ben Hasin – Photo: Israel TV2 News
The case was exposed approximately 2 months ago by MK Ayoob Kara, who then served as a deputy minister, and was immediately barred from public consumption by the Military Censor. Continue Reading »
In a BBC interview, head of the Jordanian army says ISIS unit in Syria’s Golan Heights, near the Jordanian border, may have possession of American anti-aircraft missiles.
By Chana Roberts
Jordanian Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mahmoud Freihat warned in an interview with BBC on Saturday that fighters have anti-aircraft missiles.
In the interview, which was given in Arabic, Freihat referred specifically to the Syria-Jordan-Israel border, near the Golan Heights area.
Photo credit – Israel Air Force
“This faction is a constant and close threat to Jordan. Some of the areas its fighters are in are a kilometer away from the border,” he said. Continue Reading »
Prior to the IAF’s engagement, Israeli ground forces in the southern Golan Heights return fire after receiving shots and mortar shell emanating from ISIS-linked cell operating in Syria.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
The Israeli Air Force struck and killed a cell of terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State group in Syria after shots were fired across the border at military forces in the Golan Heights on Sunday morning, according to an IDF statement.
In the first clashes between the IDF and an IS-linked group, the Israeli air force allegedly struck four operatives from the ISIS-linked Khalid ibn al-Walid Army (formerly known as Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade) who had initially opened fire at IDF forces in the southern Golan Heights at around 8:30am, east of the community of Avnei Eitan. Continue Reading »
Following IDF forces’ discovery of a tunnel between the West Bank and Israel proper, intended for smuggling weapons to carry out attacks, the 3 Israeli-Arabs were arrested.
– 2 of the arrested Arab males had previously attempted to enter Syria to join ISIS.
By Gilad Morag
Three Israeli-Arabs from Taybe were arrested in September on suspicion of supporting ISIS in a joint operation between the Israel Police and the Shin Bet.
2 of the three, Ibrahim Yusuf and Amir Jabara – Israel Security Services
Amongst other things, members of the group are suspected of trying to set fire to the local soccer stadium in order to prevent a concert scheduled for Eid al-Adha during a performance by one of the winners of Arab Idol which was to occur in Taybe. Continue Reading »