posted on Aug, 5 2014 @ 05:14 PM
ISIS has now moved on Lebanon, where they have defeated government forces to seize the city of Arsal. Under ISIS control, Arsal has already
experienced civilian executions and extreme violence:
After all the warnings and all the clichés about a war that would “spill” over Syria’s border, the savage fighters of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s
Sunni Muslim “caliphate” have at last arrived in Lebanon.
So far, the Lebanese army has lost 13 of its soldiers in a costly battle with rebels to retake the north-eastern Sunni town of Arsal – on the Syrian
border and hitherto a resupply base for Islamists trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad – while the conflict has generated the same gruesome
events which followed Islamist victories in Iraq and Syria: reports of civilian executions, government soldiers taken hostage, at least 12 civilians
confirmed dead, including five children, and the prospect of long and bloody fighting ahead.
This is a concerning situation. ISIS is further expanding their territory, and there are hints that Jabhat Al-Nusra has cooperated with the group, no
doubt bolstering their ranks. Lebanon claims some success against ISIS, but it appears as if ISIS has so far retained control of Arsal.
I have been expecting ISIS to target Israel for some time, but i knew that they couldn't march on the Jewish state through the Golan heights, as they
would first have to defeat the Syrian government and take Damascus. Going through Lebanon though, should prove somewhat easier for ISIS, as all they
would have to do is march southwards from Arsal. They shouldn't experience as much resistance as going through Damascus would, as Lebanon's capital
city, Beirut, sits on the coast of Lebanon itself.
Now, ISIS is a fair way away from Israel, but could this perhaps be the reason why Israel has pulled out of Gaza? To further prepare for a possible
security situation to the north of Israel, in Lebanon? I would say that it is possible.
Obviously, ISIS still has a lot of work cut out for them, but i wouldn't underestimate their force. If they could cut swathes through Syria and Iraq,
and defeat highly trained forces such as the Kurds, i am sure that they have a fair chance of pushing through Lebanon...