Islamist Militants on Israel’s Doorstep: The War Next Door

In August, al Nusra Front jihadists took control of Syria’s side of the border crossing with Israel and kidnapped over 40 United Nations peacekeepers — who have since been released.

But al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-affiliate, isn’t Israel’s only threat from Syria. President Bashar al-Assad’s military, in a possible effort to bait Israel into its civil war to shore up Arab sympathies, has been lobbing mortars across the border. Just a few weeks ago, the Israeli military shot down a Syrian plane flying over the Golan Heights — the first time it has done so since the 1980s.

VICE News travels to Israel’s “quiet border” in the Golan Heights, where members of al Nusra Front are now a visible threat.

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  • RevnantDream

    ISIS will get their butts kicked

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Hi, folks, back again with a new hard drive in my machine.

    Israel is well aware of these threats, but keeps its mouth shut about any military response. Assad would be going for broke by attacking Israel. However, should Israel get dragged in, I would like to see the IDF drive northeast, lift the siege of Kobane, and form a link with the Kurds.