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August 19, 2013 8:36 am

Syrian Islamist Rebels Reach Israel’s Border

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The fighting in Syria, as seen from Israel. Photo: Tsuri Cohen-Arazi/ Tazpit News Agency.

Times of Israel – Islamist rebels participated in fighting against Assad forces Saturday on the Syrian border with Israel, according to a new video released by the opposition.

Fighting in the town of Breiqa, situated on the 1974 ceasefire line between Syria and Israel, and just 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) from the Israeli agricultural village of Alonei Habashan, began in the early hours of Saturday.

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  • Matt

    Support for al-Qaida ebbs and flows in relation to what is happening politically on the ground and geo-politically. That can be seen in Iraq by the Sunni tribes and ex-Saddam military, fighting with al-Qaida, then defecting, now back again. If you look at the statistics when the US left al-Qaida in Iraq only had a few hundred members may be around 50 3 to 5 man cells the rate of attacks and style of attacks, quantitative theory. Even now a few thousand members in both Iraq and Syria. When the situation changes they will peel off again from the core al-Qaida cell in Iraq and Syria. What al-Qaida need to is work out how to prevent them losing that support, like the low point the Fatwa to marry widows to keep members and regain recruits. Which was dictated by situation on the ground.

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