"IDF prepares for the day after the fall of Assad’s regime"

Due to recent turmoil in Syra, Northern Brigade Commander said that the northern border must be highly alert in the case of any attempted terrorist attacks in the region

Date: 09/08/2012, 8:07 PM     Author: Iddan Sonsino

Israel’s northern border is one of the most complicated fronts the IDF (Zahal) must face, currently undergoing intensive changes as a result of the escalation in Syria. The region was recently assigned a new commander, Col. Munir Amar, at an official ceremony held yesterday (Wednesday, August 8).

“As a bloody civil war ensues just a few miles away from here, we replace the commander of the Hermon Brigade responsible for protecting the eyes of the nation,” said Northern Division Comamnder, Brig. Gen. Tamir Heyman. “We are in a historical time period and do not know how the region will look like after the current Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. We must be prepared for the worst, which requires high alert to defend Israeli communities and readiness to target any terrorist that might attempt to enter Israeli territory.”

Brig. Gen. Heyman praised the “excellent units that recently carried out impressive operational activity in the region. He stressed that, “This is a complex regional brigade that requires unique professional specialties- dealing with adverse climates and orchestrating numerous Special Forces units operating here and carrying out intelligence, intimidation and defense mission.” 

According to Brig. Gen. Heyman added that the regional brigade recently underwent numerous changes under Col Amar and said, “Routine security operations in the region took on an updated operational emphasis, the barrier along the border was improved and the regional borders of the region were expanded.”