Fearing attacks by Global Jihad and Hizbullah, the UNIFIL has raised the level of alert around its bases in southern Lebanon, a high-ranking officer in the multinational force told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
According to the officer, threat-warnings recently relayed by the IDF regarding potential threats were "taken seriously" and were being handled with extreme caution. The officer refused to say what changes had been made to security procedures in UNIFIL bases, except that "necessary measures" were taken.
"This threat is serious," the high-ranking officer said, "and we are taking the necessary precautions." Two weeks ago, Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence's Research Division, told the cabinet that there were increasing signs that Global Jihad elements were establishing a presence in Lebanon and planning attacks against UNIFIL.
The high-ranking UNIFIL officer said the Global Jihad terror cells posed a direct threat to the multinational force in southern Lebanon, particularly to its French, Italian and Spanish soldiers. UNIFIL issued a year-end press release over the weekend saying it now had more than 11,000 peacekeepers in its area of operations, Lebanon south of the Litani River.
There is a particular smell to this report, and it’s not because I doubt that the threat assessment is inaccurate. I just have a hard time believing Hezbollah, (whose grip on southern Lebanon could be aptly characterized as a total lockdown for the last six plus years) would tolerate outside competition in their hood….. Unless ‘Global Jihad’ is the new code for Iranian Republican Guard.