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ISIS Fighters Target Israel For First Time, Are Obliterated By Warplanes

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ISIS Fighters Target Israel For First Time, Are Obliterated By Warplanes

Excerpted From The Daily Mail: Four ISIS gunmen were killed after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers in their first attack on the occupied Golan Heights.

The Israeli soldiers were targeted with machine gun fire and mortars but were unhurt and fired back.

But the gunmen – believed to come from a group called Shuhada al-Yarmouk, which is affiliated to ISIS – were killed by an Israeli air strike on their vehicle.

Israel Defence Force spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said the soldiers were from the Golani Brigade.

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, stray shells have hit Israel but today was the first deliberate attack on Israeli forces.

Nitzan Nuriel, a retired Israeli general, said: ‘A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on Israeli side of border – this is the first time.’

He said he was baffled what lay behind the attack and said: ‘They know exactly what the Israeli response would be. An Israeli front is the last thing ISIS needs at this stage.’

Israel Defence Force spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said the soldiers were from the Golani Brigade.

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, stray shells have hit Israel but today was the first deliberate attack on Israeli forces.

Nitzan Nuriel, a retired Israeli general, said: ‘A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on Israeli side of border – this is the first time.’

He said he was baffled what lay behind the attack and said: ‘They know exactly what the Israeli response would be. An Israeli front is the last thing ISIS needs at this stage.’

General Nuriel, a former director of Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau, said he suspected the attack was the idea of local hotheads rather than a change of policy ordered by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the soldiers who ‘successfully repelled an attempted attack on the convergence point of three borders’.

He added: ‘Our forces are prepared on our northern border, and we won’t let ISIS elements or other hostile elements use the cover of the war in Syria to establish themselves next to our borders.’ Keep reading

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