Israel to Expand Military Intelligence, Citing al-Qaeda in Syria

Also Making a List of Lebanon Targets for 'Future War'

Israeli officials have long tried to simplify the Syrian Civil War, arguing that whoever replaced President Assad would be preferable. As al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and others take over much of the country, they’re starting to rethink that.

Indeed, Israeli officials say that the rise of “jihadist threats” like AQI means they’re going to considerably grow the size of their military intelligence agency, saying they are concerned al-Qaeda will be attacking them in the near future.

Not that military intelligence is just focusing on Syria. Israel is always gearing up for a “future war” on Lebanon, and also emphasized that many of the intelligence people are picking out targets for whenever that war starts.

Israel attacked Lebanon earlier today, launching two strikes on the outskirts of a village near the Syrian border. This is not believed to be the start of Israel’s long-planned next Lebanon war, but just one of those random attacks they do sometimes.

Author: Jason Ditz

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