Tensions continue to escalate between Israel and the Lebanese terror group, Hezbollah, currently in Syria and threatening the Jewish state. But now Israel has gathered even more intelligence on this particular band of terrorists. The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim reports that Israeli security has uncovered the identity of Hezbollah's new leader on that front:
According to Israeli media reports, the IDF’s military intelligence has identified Hezbollah’s strongman on the Syrian side of the Golan as Munir Ali Naim Shaiti, also known as Hajj Hasham. The 50-year-old father of four from south Lebanon spends most of his time in Syria, where he is in charge of security and directing all Hezbollah operations in the war-torn country.
Shaiti is believed to have been the deputy chief of Hezbollah’s Bader Brigades, which handled terror operations north of the Litani river in Lebanon, before he became the head of Hezbollah’s operations in Syria in June 2016 and replaced Samir Quntar who was killed the previous year.
According to intelligence sources quoted by Israeli press, while his main role in Syria is to assist the Syrian army in their fight against the rebel groups in the area, he gets his orders from the influential and powerful Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds force.
Shaiti is also in charge of preparing Hezbollah’s military infrastructure for a future confrontation with Israel, which the Jewish State believes will not be confined to one front but will see conflict with both Syria and Lebanon.
While the primary threat posed by Hezbollah remains its missile arsenal which has been rebuilt with the help of Iran since the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the IDF believes that the next war will see the group trying to bring the fight into the homefront by infiltrating into Israeli communities to inflict significant civilian and military casualties...