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Military Intelligence expanding to cope with jihadi threat from Syria
By YAAKOV LAPPIN
24/02/2014
The IDF remains concerned that al-Qaida affiliated organizations will seek to turn their guns, bombs, and rockets against Israel in the future.
 
The IDF prevents Israel's enemies, such as Hezbollah, from growing stronger "almost every night," a senior security source said this week.

Despite the efforts of IDF Military Intelligence, Hezbollah is believed to be armed with some 100,000 rockets and missiles, including a small but deadly collection of satellite-guided projectiles that can be used to target key Israeli installations and national infrastructure sites in a future war.

Military Intelligence has created a fully formed list of Hezbollah targets.

Military Intelligence is also growing in size, to cope with the mushrooming of global jihadi operatives in next-door Syria. The IDF remains concerned that al-Qaida affiliated organizations will seek to turn their guns, bombs, and rockets against Israel in the future.

The security source described changes at Military Intelligence as "dramatic," adding that "a thousand people moved from place to another" as part of restructuring.

The goal is to allow the "end user," which could be a battalion or company commander, to receive the most up to date and relevant information for his battle arena.

"Intelligence is important, not just because of technology. If we don't have a clue who we should shoot at, we will end up firing in many directions," the source said, adding that good intelligence will result in a quick, accurate, and decisive blow to enemies.

In August 2013, unnamed US officials told The New York Times that a July 5 IAF strike on a Syrian warehouse near Latakia targeted Russian-made Yakhont missiles destined for Hezbollah, and that the strike failed to destroy all of the missiles.

At the end of January, foreign reports claimed that Israeli fighter jets flying over northern Lebanon struck Latakia again. Some reports speculated that the targets were S-300 air defense systems destined for Hezbollah.

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