March 16, 2013
The Syrian Yarmouk Brigades: A New Islamic Threat to the West?
On March 6, 2013, a little-known group of Syrian rebels calling themselves Martyrs of the Yarmouk Brigades, fighting against the Bashar Assad regime, took 21 Filipino members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) as hostages. The group demanded that the Syrian president stop any further military attacks in the area and pull back from the vicinity of Jamlah, less than a mile from the Golan Heights line, before the hostages would be freed. Now that the hostages have been released, it is worth exploring other consequences of the event and future possible developments. As a result of the action of the Brigades, the UNDOF, a four-nation contingent of about 1,000 troops in the demilitarized zone of the Golan, was drawn into the ongoing Syrian civil war. UNDOF had been established in May 1974 to supervise the armistice agreement between Israel and Syria after the Yom Kippur war and to implement U.N. Security Council Resolution 338 which called for...(Read Full Article)