The forces were instructed to wear Syrian army uniforms, remove non-Syrian army flags and markings, not speak Farsi near Syrian citizens or foreign forces, refrain from using smartphone apps in Farsi, and present themselves as Syrian army officers or experts.
"Iran is exploiting Syria, and Syria is paying a heavy price."
Hezbollah’s Al Manar identified the man who crossed the Israeli border into Lebanon on Monday as U.S. citizen Colin Emery.
“Iran has sent three doctors to Beirut, one of whom resides in Europe, to follow up on his health condition.”
"I think everyone understands that a very serious threat was averted here."
The new tunnel, like the rest of the exposed Hezbollah terror tunnels, has been booby-trapped, so that anyone entering from the other side would be risking their lives.
This was the first Israeli airstrike on the Damascus area in 2019. The last time the IAF hit the same area was on December 25, 2018.
"In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid about asserting ourselves when the times — and our partners — demanded it," Pompeo said.
Hezbollah and the Iranian banks are being sued for a total of $50 million in compensatory damages, plus unspecified punitive damages.
The ‘Gates of Fire’ battalion will serve under the IDF ‘Baram’ Brigade that guards the region.
Pompeo: "President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria “in no way changes anything that this administration is working on, alongside Israel."
“It’s not hard to imagine what would have happened if hundreds of Hezbollah operatives had entered [Israel from Lebanon] through underground attack tunnels."
The IDF holds the Lebanese government responsible for the digging of the tunnels and the ramifications of those activities.
Here's the troublesome point: Israel has not complained about the American withdrawal from Syria, not publicly, anyway.
Israel is “not prepared to accept the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria which is directed against us."
Operation Northern Shield is continuing apace along the Lebanese border.
The Hezbollah leaders were on their way to a conference in Iran
An arsenal of Iranian Fajr-5 missiles was reportedly being stored in at least one of the weapons warehouses..
"Each tunnel is different from the other, some were carved into the rock, others are made of concrete, some go down into our territory, others rise up."
Even verification of the existence of the cross-border attack tunnels infiltrating Israeli territory -- a direction violation -- was insufficient.
"If Hezbollah will have the arrogance to attack Israel, we will bury it in the rubble of Lebanon."
PM-designate Hariri said the international community must "curb this escalation in the interest in the respect for the Blue Line and the full implementation of Resolution 1701."
"The time has come for the Security Council to act using all means against the Hezbollah terror infrastructure."
Israel demands that both UNIFIL and the Lebanese government respond to the fact that Hezbollah violated Resolution 1701 with its tunnels.
The tunnel, like the first three, has been booby-trapped by the IDF and anyone entering it on the Lebanese side risks his life.