ISIS Fighters Go Rogue, Get What’s Coming To Them
There’s something about the stupidity of youth that tends to get young men killed, and it doesn’t matter what culture they live in. It will happen, which seems to be the case when four ISIS fighters started shooting machine guns and mortars at Israeli soldiers in Golan Heights. The Israelis shot back. The ISIS fighters died.
But the gunmen – believed to come from a group called Shuhada al-Yarmouk, which is affiliated to ISIS – were killed by an Israeli air strike on their vehicle.
The Golan Heights region is highly contested as the plateau was seized from Syria in 1967. There is much to the idea that ISIS would like to seize it back. However, just going rogue and trying to start a fight that the Israelis were bound to finish for them is a mystery to the people who watch the fighting.
Nitzan Nuriel, a retired Israeli general, said: ‘A direct attack like that on Israeli activities on Israeli side of border – this is the first time.’
He said he was baffled what lay behind the attack and said: ‘They know exactly what the Israeli response would be. An Israeli front is the last thing ISIS needs at this stage.’
General Nuriel, a former director of Israel’s Counter Terrorism Bureau, said he suspected the attack was the idea of local hotheads rather than a change of policy ordered by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Which, of course, dovetails with the idea that young and dumb is pretty much a universal condition.
As for the Israelis, a highly disciplined fighting force, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised their performance.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the soldiers who ‘successfully repelled an attempted attack on the convergence point of three borders’.
He added: ‘Our forces are prepared on our northern border, and we won’t let ISIS elements or other hostile elements use the cover of the war in Syria to establish themselves next to our borders.’