Jun. 8, 2017
Israel Steps Up Fight against ISIS, as Terror Group Wages ‘War’ for Control of Egyptian Border – Adam Kredo (Washington Free Beacon)
Israeli military forces are quietly conducting operations to counter the threat of Islamic State terrorists along the Sinai border area with Egypt, according to senior Israeli defense officials who described ISIS as the “most quickly advanced threat we’ve ever had.”
The daily battle, which has received little coverage in the Western media, has become a chief concern for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) personnel operating along the Jewish state’s southern border, eclipsing even Hamas terrorists in the region. Officials estimate that there are anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 “active members of ISIS” operating in the Sinai region.
ISIS terrorists in Sinai also are in possession of advanced military technology, such as anti-tank missiles, mortars, and long-range rockets, according to Israeli assessments.
“ISIS is the most quickly advancing threat we’ve ever had,” one IDF officer working in the region said. “The rate with which they advance in resources and both capabilities and military training far outweighs and outpaces” the threats posed by Hamas and Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon.
The threat of ISIS has fostered increased cooperation between Israeli and Egyptian military officials. Israeli military officials are conducting scores of intelligence gathering operations along the border in conjunction with Egyptian officials, the source said.