Israel increasing intelligence unit

Feb. 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM

JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The Israeli military intelligence unit is expanding to combat the threat of jihadists in neighboring Syria, officials said.

The expansion comes as Hezbollah is believed to be ramping up its military inventory in the event of a future confrontation with Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported. Hezbollah is said to have some 100,000 rockets and missiles stockpiled for use against Israel, including a small number of satellite-guided weapons that could be used to target specific outposts in the event of an all-out war between the two sides.

Israeli military officials also told the Post they are concerned about the growing number of al-Qaida-affiliated groups massing in Syria due to the country's three-year civil war and increasing intelligence to combat those forces is a high priority.

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