Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel’s border with Syria March 19, 2014 (Reuters / Ronen Zvulun)
The Islamic State released a clip this week warning rebel groups on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights — on the border with Israel — that the organization had set its sights on the area and planned to control it.
This is the first time the group publicly stated its intention to take over the Syrian Golan, currently in the hands of various Syrian rebel groups primarily.
“I advise you to beware,” an IS fighter is seen in the clip as saying, according to a Channel 2 translation. “Why are you fighting under an unknown flag? Why do you not adhere to the laws of Allah and fly his flag?”
“The groups you belong to… have joined the infidels and received aid from them and [together] operate out of a command room in Amman,” he went on in reference to the US-led coalition against the group which routinely carries out airstrikes on its positions in Iraq…