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February 11, 2014 5:25 pm

Suicide Terrorism in Syria is a Growing Threat to Israel and the West, Report Says

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JNS.orgA rise in suicide terrorism carried out by Islamic extremists in the Syrian civil war is a growing threat to Israel and the West, a new report by the Tel-Aviv-based Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center says.

According the report, this style of suicide terrorism in Syria was copied from similar al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq and elsewhere. The two groups behind the attacks in Syria are Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, who combined for 43 suicide attacks in 2013.

“This is the first study of its kind in the world that studies the use of suicide bombing in Syria as a modus operandi,” Dr. Reuven Erlich, head of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, told The Jerusalem Post.

“It’s relevant to the security of the West. This is not merely a theoretical study,” he added.

The report noted that suicide terror attacks have also spread to Lebanon in 2014, targeting Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror group supporting the Syrian government, and the Shi’a Muslim community there.

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