Jihadists hurt near Jewish state’s border fence with Syria
– Aaron Klein (WND)
Seven men reportedly undergoing treatment in Israel after being injured in Syria are members of the Brigade of Ahfad al-Rasoul, an al-Qaida-affiliated organization, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.
One of the men is a jihadist from Afghanistan who fought U.S. forces there, the Middle Eastern security officials further revealed.
The Brigade of Ahfad al-Rasoul – the Grandsons of Prophet – is now a major part of the Syrian opposition. It recently announcing the formation of a full battalion in an attempt to control Syria’s northern Idlib province.
The Brigade has taken responsibility for scores of attacks against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The seven men reportedly were wounded Saturday near Israel’s security fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. They were discovered by the Israel Defense Forces on the Syrian side of the border and were brought to Israel’s Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Safed, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
The newspaper reported the men have been isolated from other patients and are expected to remain hospitalized for one week.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the treatment of the seven wounded men “exceptional, isolated cases.”
The men’s ties to al-Qaida underscore the deep involvement of jihadist in the Syrian opposition.The U.S. has been at the forefront of supporting the opposition targeting the Assad regime, although the Obama administration has denied it has supplied any weapons to the Syrian rebels. Read more here.