all your jihadis are belong to us

Israeli TV Shows Footage Of Daesh Camp On Golan Border
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Oct 13 2017

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Last November, PM Netanyahu said his country “won’t allow Daesh figures or other enemy actors, under the cover of the war in Syria, to set up next to our borders,” but it appears this has already happened, to the point that a sizable Daesh training camp has been set up just across the Golan Heights border with Israel. Though Syrian AQ has long been a mainstay in southern Syria along Israel’s border, this constitutes the first widespread public acknowledgement and confirmation of a significant Daesh base of operations in the Golan region. Israeli media this week is reporting news of the base camp after Israel’s Channel 2 aired an extensive report with video and photographic evidence of what’s being described as a training and recruitment center which has already attracted hundreds of new terror recruits. According to the Times of Israel:

Israel’s Channel 2 said the commanders have made their way to an Islamic State-controlled enclave “close to the border” with Israel. They have set up a training camp to which they have recruited 300 local youths, said the report, which showed footage apparently of the camp and training sessions. Among the commanders is one of Daesh’s most notorious recruiters, Abu Hamam Jazrawi, the TV report said. The commanders are also now running Daesh internet propaganda campaigns from their new base, in place of the former campaign headquarters in Raqqa, the extremists’ former de facto capital in north-west Syria where the fight to oust them has entered what appear to be its final stages.

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The Channel 2 exposé further notes the presence of multiple senior Daesh commanders at the camp, which suggests the terror group could be attempting to relocate its assets to Syria’s south as it appears to be crumbling with the onset of SDF, SAA and Russian forces in the eastern part of the country. The Times of Israel acknowledges another shocking fact, which has itself become an open secret of sorts among Israeli defense and policy officials: what it calls the long-lasting “live and let live” relationship with AQ in the region. The Times of Israel explains:

Both the Daesh-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to AQ, have been set up on Israel’s borders for years. Despite a relatively long-lasting “live and let live” relationship with these groups, the IDF has warned of a potential conflict with them, some say an inevitable one, and has been preparing to respond to cross-border attacks.

Though the IDF has “warned” of some “potential” direct action against the most notorious terrorist groups in the world which seem to be comfortably ensconced within eyesight of Israeli border posts, it has never taken significant direct action against these groups, instead routinely targeting the Syrian army, Iranian-linked militias and Hezbollah with airstrikes. This is a general reflection of the Israeli strategy of regime change in Syria, which has resulted in a well-documented history of assistance to AQ-affiliated rebel groups. A WSJ investigation found that this relationship involved weapons transfers, salary payments to anti-Assad fighters, and treatment of wounded jihadis in Israeli hospitals, the latter of which was widely promoted in photo-ops picturing Netanyahu himself greeting militants. As even Michael Morell once directly told the Israeli public, Israel’s “dangerous game” in Syria consists in getting in bed with AQ in order to fight Shia Iran. Channel 2 News and the Times of Israel also featured an image from a prior video of a lone Daesh militant holding a Daesh flag with the Israeli side of the Golan border in clear view.

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In recent years, multiple current and former Israeli boxtops have gone so far as to say that Daesh is ultimately preferable to Iran and Assad. For example, Michael Oren in 2014 surprised the audience at Colorado’s Aspen Ideas Festival when he said in comments related to Daesh:

The lesser evil is the Sunnis over the Shias.

Oren, while articulating Israeli defense policy, fully acknowledged he thought Daesh was “the lesser evil.” Likewise, for Netanyahu and other Israeli boxtops the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading pindos and burning people alive, but the possibility of “a Shia and pro-Iran territorial belt reaching from Tehran to Beirut,” and establishment of “an Iranian radical empire,” in the words of Henry Kissinger. With Israeli media now widely reporting Daesh’s presence along Israel’s border, we wonder why such a clear and documented fact isn’t cause for bigger outrage. Though Israel’s Channel 2 bombshell report aired earlier this week, there’s been resounding silence in international press. Daesh is camping out along Israel’s border, yet all we hear about is the supposed “Iranian threat” to Israel’s existence.

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