Israel Steps Up Fight Against ISIS, as Terror Group Wages ‘War’ for Control of Egyptian Border

A general view of the Monastery of St. Catherine in Egypt's south Sinai, where a policeman was killed and three others wounded on April 18, 2017 when gunmen opened fire, in an attack claimed by Islamic State jihadists
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Israeli military forces are quietly conducting operations to counter the threat of Islamic State terrorists along the Sinai border area with Egypt, according to senior Israeli defense officials who described ISIS as the "most quickly advanced threat we've ever had."

ISIS terrorists have been locked in what Israeli military officials described as an "ongoing war" along Sinai Peninsula, as they attempt to wrench control of the key territory along Israel's southern border from Egyptian hands.

The daily battle, which has received little coverage in the Western media, has become a chief concern for Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) personnel operating along the Jewish state's southern border, eclipsing even Hamas terrorists in the region.

Officials estimate that there are anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 "active members of ISIS" operating in the Sinai region, a sizable force in an area that is largely lawless and has been seen as a primary terrorism tension point for some time. ISIS orchestrates terror attacks nearly every day of the week along the border, Israeli military officials disclosed.

With the rise of ISIS—an extremely well-funded and inter-connected network of some of the globe's most vicious Islamic terrorists—the threat along the Sinai has significantly increased, becoming a primary focus for the IDF, which has been conducting intelligence gathering and military operations in a bid to prevent ISIS terrorists from crossing the Israeli border.

"ISIS is the most quickly advancing threat we've ever had," one IDF officer working in the region told the Washington Free Beacon. "The rate with which they advance in resources and both capabilities and civil military training far outweighs and outpaces" the threats posed by Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon.

"There is what can be considered an ongoing almost war in the Sinai Peninsula now," said the officer, who was not authorized to speak on record when discussing Israeli operations to counter ISIS.

"Not a day goes by where there is not an attack against the Egyptian army or Egyptian civilians by the faction of ISIS that is in the Sinai Peninsula," the official disclosed....

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