The following news items could be of great significance. Why is nothing being said in the western press?
25 March. The Al Musanna Brigade of al Qaeda’s Syrian arm, Jabhat al-Nusra, captured the highly strategic intersection of the Syrian, Israeli and Jordan borders, just east of the Golan on Passover Eve, Monday, March 25, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. The jihadists have also seized Wadi ar-Raqqad, which marks the Golan’s eastern boundary and is one of Israel’s water sources. This put the jihadists directly opposite 14 Israeli southern Golan villages and a distance of 5-6 kilometers from one of Israel’s earliest kibbutzim, Ein Gev, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
Next door, Iraqi Al Qaeda is preparing to push trucks loaded with Chlorine gas-CI trucks into Syria for the jihadists to use against Assad’s forces.
Al Qaeda’s 1,000-km chain from Baghdad to Damascus
DEBKAfile Special Report
12 March. By beating the Syrian army 17th reserve division for control of the Euphrates valley, Islamist militias have removed the last gap in al Qaeda’s 1,000-km chain of command from north of Baghdad to eastern Damascus, including Syrian Golan on Israel’s border. Any “conflagration” in Syria could quickly spread to Lebanon, Iraq or the Golan; a violent incident in Egypt could be tied to Libya, Israel or Algeria. “The threats have not gone, only assumed new shapes,” said IDF chief of staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. “The risk of escalation is very high.”
Regarding Syria, he said: “Although the probability of a conventional war against the Syrian army is low, the terrorist organizations fighting Assad may set their sights on us next. The Syrian army’s tremendous strategic resources may well fall into terrorist hands.”