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Iran Sponsored Shia Militia Launches Terror Group Against Israel

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Last week, Israeli soldiers trained with paintball guns during a drill at an Army base near Elyakim, Israel. Buildings, with Arabic graffiti, are designed to simulate a typical Lebanese village. Israeli officers are gearing up for their next battle with Hezbollah guerrillas in the wake of rising tensions. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

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From the IPT Website/IPT News

An Iranian supported Shi'a militia, Al-Nujaba, says it formed the "Golan Liberation Army" to fight Israel, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reports. "This army has been trained and has detailed plans. If the Syria regime asks us to, we are ready to act to liberate the Golan [from Israel] along with our allies," Al-Nujaba spokesman Hashem Al-Mousawi said in a March 8 interview with Iran's Tasnim news agency.

Al-Mousawi also admitted that the new militant group is "part of the PMU [Popular Mobilization Units]," an Iraqi-backed umbrella organization comprised of numerous Shia militias — including some with close ties to Iran.

The Golan Liberation Army emerged from the Iranian led "resistance" axis and consists of "special forces who have received training and equipment," he said. "Iran is the only country that has helped us," Al-Mousawi said, "and sent us its military advisors, led by Qassem Soleimani."

Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force, is tasked with advancing Iran's regional expansion and terrorist networks.

Since September of 2015, Iran increased its forces in Syria from hundreds to thousands to support Hizballah terrorists acting at Iran's behest in propping up the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Despite Iran's commitment to Syria, the Islamic Republic is establishing terrorist networks in the Golan Heights, using Hezbollah, Druze, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operatives to target Israel. The new Golan Liberation Army shows that Iran is now diverting Iraqi militia assets from fighting ISIS to confront the Jewish state.

Soleimani's Quds Force financed most of the Iraqi-Shiite militias and provided them with weapons specifically to target American soldiers. With Hezbollah's assistance, the Quds Force supplied terrorists with powerful explosive devices that killed numerous American and coalition troops in Iraq.

Israel is very concerned with the establishment of Iranian-led terrorist bases in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah openly seeks to consolidate its presence in the region and launch attacks against Israel from a new front in a future war.

Steven Emerson is executive director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. He was a correspondent for CNN and a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report. Read more reports from Steve Emerson — Click Here Now.

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Israel is very concerned with the establishment of Iranian-led terrorist bases in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah openly seeks to consolidate its presence in the region and launch attacks against Israel from a new front in a future war.
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