IDF, ISIS-Affiliates Engage in Major Fight for First Time

Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria in Golan Heights. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Signpost showing distance between Israel, Syria in Golan Heights. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Terrorists believed to be affiliated with ISIS (ISIL) attacked IDF soldiers on a special mission along the Israel-Syrian border, and the Israelis struck back—killing four terrorists in an airstrike. IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner on Twitter said the terrorists fired mortars at the Israeli forces “in a breach of Israeli sovereignty.” Lerner responded to a question asking who was taken out by the IDF strike, tweeting, “4 ISIS affiliated gunmen & their vehicle that has a mounted weapon. Threat eliminated!”

The Times of Israel reported that the Israeli reconnaissance unit soldiers were near the edge of Israeli territory on an “ambush operation” when they were attacked by the terrorists, with the Israel Air Force retaliating. Lerner confirmed via Twitter the ambush was to deal with “potential threats.”

No Israeli soldiers were wounded, per The Times of Israel, which noted that while the IDF has fought with various best generic phentermine opponents along the Syrian border, this was the first significant engagement with ISIS-affiliated terrorists.

The official IDF Spokesperson Twitter feed noted that the attack “came from an area with well-known ISIS affiliate activities.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that ISIS, also known as Daesh, would be confronted as needed.

“First, I would like to commend the IDF soldiers who, this morning, successfully repelled an attack against in the border triangle area,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “We are well prepared on our northern border and we will not allow any Daesh or other hostile elements, under cover of the war in Syria, to establish themselves adjacent to our borders.”

Lerner tweeted a quote he gave to The New York Times for their report on the incident, quoting himself on Twitter as saying, “They (ISIS) have said they will come to Jerusalem, we have no intention of letting them come to Jerusalem.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, November 27, 2016)

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