When ISIS fighters met IDF
On Sunday morning November 27, a unit from the Golani Brigade was patrolling on the southern Golan Heights, at the intersection of the borders of Jordan, Syria and Israel.
Suddenly a group of ISIS fighters in a pickup truck arrived in the area, opening heavy machine-gun fire and launching mortar shells toward the IDF soldiers from a few hundred meters inside Syrian territory.
The soldiers responded and, within a short time, Israel Air Force planes located the assailants and fired a missile that hit their vehicle, eliminating the ISIS fighters. The group seeking for martyrdom was identified as a local tribal group that, in 2014, pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
On November 28, the IDF responded for a second time to an ISIS-linked terror cell acting against the Israeli Golani Reconnaissance Battalion operating along the Syrian border. The military said that the Israeli Air Force attack targeted an ISIS-held location in the south of the Syrian Golan Heights.
On the same day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Islamic State and other groups in Syria that Israel would have a zero tolerance policy for attacks across its border. Speaking to the Likud Party faction, Netanyahu
said that, over the past few days, there had been multiple other attempts to attack the IDF over the border with Syria.
(The Jerusalem Post and other on-line news posts.)
The red square marks the intersection of Israel, Syria and Jordan
where one of the ISIS attacks took place
“ISIS is right there,” said Eitan, our guide, as we stood on a hilltop in the Golan Heights in May 2016. A few of their fighters have now met the IDF─with grave consequences.
Pray for protection and wisdom for Israeli soldiers and Israel’s military commanders.