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Israeli Intelligence Warns of 150,000 ISIS Members Deployed Around the World

Israeli Intelligence Warns of 150,000 ISIS Members Deployed Around the World

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 - 08:00
A rebel fighter takes away a flag that belonged to ISIS militants in Akhtarin village, in northern Aleppo Governorate, Syria, October 7, 2016. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Tel Aviv- Asharq Al-Awsat
The Israeli Directorate of Military Intelligence (Aman) has rung the alarm on the near defeat of ISIS in Syria, fearing it would turn into an elusive organization that carries out attacks around the world.

According to Israeli news website Walla, Aman estimated the number of ISIS militants between 150,000 and 200,000 around the world, pointing out that most of their activities have been transferred to the desert in Syria, which is not fully under regime control.

Walla reported that Israel was worried that ISIS members would return to their countries of origin and attack Israelis, Israeli embassies, and Jewish individuals after revelations that Tel Aviv has helped the US in its war against the group in Syria.

It also said that Israel was also concerned by the report on ISIS fighters gathering in parts of the Golan Heights controlled by Syria, as well as in Egypt’s Sinai.

“ISIS is preparing to deploy in the Euphrates … Then, its members will head to Germany, the US, France, and other European countries and Caucuses, ”Walla quoted Head of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies, Israel, Dr. Reuven Erlich as saying.

A senior American army officer Tuesday that a large number of ISIS fighters had left Syria heading to Iraq over the last six months, carrying with them $200 million.

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