Israel fears Assad fall may bring Al-Qaeda to Golan

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Israel fears Assad fall may bring Al-Qaeda to Golan

A senior Israeli military official said that Israel is closely tracking events in Syria, fearing the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad's regime could see the Syrian Golan Heights fall to groups like Al-Qaeda.
The military official told AFP that such a situation could create a dangerous security vaccum similar to Sinai.

"If the Assad regime will fall, the biggest threat is that the northern border, the no-man's land, can be taken over by groups like Al-Qaeda," the official in Israel's northern command said on condition of anonymity.

The fear is that the strategic plateau could slide into a situation similar to that in Sinai, where a wave of lawlessness has left the Egyptian army struggling powerless to rein in militant activity.

Last year, gunmen snuck across the border from the Egyptian territory and carried out attacks in southern Israel that killed eight people.

"This could happen if the Assad regime collapses," the official warned.

For Israel, the ongoing bloodshed in Syria has also raised fears that Damascus's stockpile of sophisticated weapons could fall into the hands of militants, including Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah, which fought a war with Israel in 2006.

Last month, Major General Yair Golan, head of the Israeli military's northern command, said the concern was that Syria's stockpile of strategic weapons, including "the world's largest stockpile of chemical weapons," could end up in Hezbollah's hands.

The Israeli military official said that although Syrian weapons were continuously being passed to Hezbollah, he was "not aware" that any of them were chemical.

He said Assad's fall was likely to deal a very heavy blow to Hezbollah, which stood to lose a key ally in terms of weapons and logistical support.

"Hezbollah is very worried about what is going on in Syria because all their logistics are there," he said.

"If the Assad regime collapses, they will be alone in this region and will have no border with a friend that can help and support it. They are very worried about it," he said. "That's why Hezbollah is working very hard to support the Assad regime."

Hezbollah's main fear was losing the support of Assad, whose minority Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

"The top advisers from Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard are helping Assad to slaughter his own people because they know that if Assad falls, this axis won't work any more because most of the (Syrian) people are Sunni," he said.

But such an outcome could also benefit Israel, he said.

"Without Syria, Hezbollah will be much more careful in its acts," he said.

The military source said he did not see a quick end to the bloodshed in Syria, which was likely to continue "for years."

"Most of the army is loyal to Assad, he has money to pay their salaries. He is not going to run away," he said. "This could go on for years."

But he said fears that Assad could try to deflect world attention by provoking a conflict with Israel had proven to be unfounded.

"The military forces and Assad know very well that if they start a war against Israel, he will lose and his whole regime will be under threat," he said.

"Today the Syrian military force is not ready for any kind of war."
 

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Last month, Major General Yair Golan, head of the Israeli military's northern command, said the concern was that Syria's stockpile of strategic weapons, including "the world's largest stockpile of chemical weapons," could end up in Hezbollah's hands.
Links relevant to Syria and chemical weapons:

Syria uprising creates fear of chemical weapons spread | Reuters
THE HAGUE | Thu May 3, 2012 11:40am EDT

(Reuters) - With an uprising in Syria loosening the grip of president Bashar al-Assad, world powers are worried that he could lose control of a secret stockpile of chemical weapons, giving militants access to deadly poison gas.

Syria is one of just eight states - along with its arch foe Israel and nearby Egypt - that have not joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which means the world's chemical weapons watchdog has no jurisdiction to intervene there.

Western countries believe that Damascus has the world's largest remaining stockpile of undeclared chemical weapons - including mustard gas and the deadly VX nerve agent - which Assad maintains as a counterbalance to Israel's undeclared nuclear arsenal.
Syria and weapons of mass destruction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Western non-governmental organizations have stated they believe Syria has an active chemical weapons program.[1][2][3][4] Syria is one of seven non-signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993,[5] though it has denied that it has chemical weapons.[6]
U.S., Jordan Eye Syria Chemical-Weapons Stocks - WSJ.com
WASHINGTON—The American and Jordanian militaries are jointly developing plans to secure what is believed to be Syria's vast stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, said U.S. and Arab officials briefed on the discussions.

The groundwork comes amid mounting concerns about Damascus's arsenal of nerve agents and mustard gas at a time of growing instability in the country. One plan would call for Jordanian Special Operations units, acting as part of any broader Arab League peacekeeping mission, to go into Syria to secure nearly a dozen sites thought to contain weapons, these officials said.
 

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this story was made up by uneducated fools
there are 40,000 Jews and 20,000 druze living on the Golan
not single Sunni thus no chance of El qaida activity
people crossing from Syria itself face the worlds largest minefield
good luck :rofl:
 

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this story was made up by uneducated fools
there are 40,000 Jews and 20,000 druze living on the Golan
not single Sunni thus no chance of El qaida activity
people crossing from Syria itself face the worlds largest minefield
good luck :rofl:
would you rather have assad ruling syria or wahabi cracker ?
 

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