Israeli Military Intelligence Head: Syria Becoming ‘Center of Global Jihad’

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army targets one of the bastions of the regime’s forces with tank fire / AP


Israeli intelligence is concerned violence in Syria will continue until it becomes a failed country, according to statements by Israeli Commander of Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi, the Tower reports:

In a rare public appearance, Kochavi told newly graduated intelligence officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that Syria was becoming a hub for jihadist activity, drawing thousands of radicalized Muslim fighters from the region and the world. Their motives range from – primarily – toppling the regime of Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, to promoting the creation of an Islamic state modeled on Osama bin Laden’s vision.

Gen. Kochavi said, "Right before our eyes a center of global jihad is developing on a scale that may affect not only Syria and the borders of the state of Israel, but also Lebanon, Jordan, and Sinai. " […]

The MI chief added that "It is possible that in the long run, the winds of change will carry with them an opportunity, but in the short term, the risks are increasing and in some of the sectors, the seeds of additional threats have been sown."

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