A new war for the Golan Heights is on: U.N. confirms peacekeepers captured

posted at 2:01 pm on August 28, 2014 by Noah Rothman

This is bad news.

The United Nations revealed on Thursday that 43 peacekeepers manning the neutral zone separating Israel’s position on the strategically vital Golan Heights from Syria have been captured by an “armed group” of Syrian rebel fighters. Another 81 peacekeepers are surrounded by fighters and their movements have been restricted to a small area.

This announcement comes one day after Basahr al-Assad’s forces lost control of that border crossing in a fight with members of the Free Syrian Army and the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front. Soldiers loyal to Damascus suffered heavy casualties in that attack, and reports indicate that an Israeli soldier an Israeli civilian were also wounded by errant fire coming from across the border. The Israeli government responded by firing artillery at Syrian army positions.

Via The Jerusalem Post, a video reportedly taken by Syrian rebels and posted online purports to show that militants are in full control of the U.N.-administered Golan Heights border post with Israel:

Another clip posted online shows heavy fighting near the Quneitra crossing between Syrian militants and pro-Assad forces:

“If the rebels succeed in holding on to Quneitra, they will gain a significant symbolic victory over Bashar Assad’s government, which has striven for months to retain control over the area, considered the Syrian Army’s weak point,” The Jerusalem Post noted. “The capture of Quneitra comes after a series of gains made this year by Syrian rebels in the south of Syria, along the Jordanian and Israeli borders.”

A regional war in Iraq and Syria which has drawn in the militaries of a handful of NATO powers and Iran may soon also necessitate Israeli military involvement. That would be a serious and unwelcome escalation, and could inexorably change the dynamic of the regional Middle Eastern war.


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Quick we need UN resolution 1,613,435 condemming this possible slightly agreesive action!

Skwor on August 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

The “peacekeepers” should have had their guns aimed at Syria instead of Israel. F*ck them.

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

I guess it’s time to blame Israel again!! Gear up LSM!!

Deano1952 on August 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Quick we need UN resolution 1,613,435 condemming this possible slightly agreesive action!

Skwor on August 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Somebody at the UN needs to write a letter to the terrorists telling them how disappointed we are in their behavior..

HotAirian on August 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Unfortunately there is no good side for Israel to choose in this conflict. If Israel is forced to defend the border they may just kill them all and let God sort them out.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Maybe the Syrians got tired of the UN guys raping their women.

Bishop on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

One thing about UN “Peacekeepers”, they surrender easily.

GarandFan on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Unfortunately there is no good side for Israel to choose in this conflict. If Israel is forced to defend the border they may just kill them all and let God sort them out.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

That is the only choice Isreal has had for the last 40 years.

Skwor on August 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

baaa Israel

Skwor on August 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

That is the only choice Isreal has had for the last 40 years.

Skwor on August 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Yes, but there are modern day realities as well. If this were happening on their borders with Jordan or Egypt they would help the Jordanian or Egyptian forces if forced to defend their border.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Unfortunately there is no good side for Israel to choose in this conflict. If Israel is forced to defend the border they may just kill them all and let God sort them out.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Works for me.

That “no good side” is why I wanted us to stay out of Syria last year.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

One thing about UN “Peacekeepers”, they surrender easily.

GarandFan on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

I just hope we don’t have anybody in that outfit.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Somebody at the UN needs to write a letter to the terrorists telling them how disappointed we are in their behavior..

HotAirian on August 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

#Bringbackourborder

de rigueur on August 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

This clusterfark is just getting worse and worse every day.

rbj on August 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Works for me.

That “no good side” is why I wanted us to stay out of Syria last year.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Yep.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Get Blixt!

aquaviva on August 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Israel-Syria tensions
4h

UN: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in the Golan Heights; 81 others ‘restricted to their positions’ – @AP

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 4h

MORE: U.N.: Armed group detains 43 peacekeepers in Syria: http://apne.ws/1rCehDM

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

One thing about UN “Peacekeepers”, they surrender easily.

GarandFan on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

what is the official list these days?

1. The French

2. The U.S. trained Iraqis

3. The U.N.

smitty41 on August 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Unfortunately there is no good side for Israel to choose in this conflict. If Israel is forced to defend the border they may just kill them all and let God sort them out.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM
That “no good side” is why I wanted us to stay out of Syria last year.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Exactly. McCain was a fool for wanting to weigh in. Both sides are evil. Let one destroy the other, then take out the survivor.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Hopefully the UN will remember both Assad and them rebels have used chemical weapons against civilians if Israel has to use tactical nukes to deal with the situation.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

the rebels

talkingpoints on August 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Kumbaya Sumpins:

Peacekeeping operations
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http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/

GOLAN. The UNDOF Journal
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2014

GOLAN nº 139 PDF Document April – June

http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/undof/documents/golan/golan_journal_139.pdf

GOLAN nº 138 PDF Document January – March

UN PeacekeepingVerified account
@UNPeacekeeping

The official twitter account of United Nations Peacekeeping.
un.org/peacekeeping
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https://twitter.com/UNPeacekeeping

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The peacekeepers sure did live up to their moniker of keeping the peace.

chrisbolts on August 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Doomsday Clock just jumped to 11:59:58

portlandon on August 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Soldiers loyal to Damascus suffered heavy casualties in that attack, and reports indicate that an Israeli soldier an Israeli civilian were also wounded by errant fire coming from across the border.

Were two Israelis hurt? Was one of those supposed to be deleted and it wasn’t?

cptacek on August 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Soldiers loyal to Damascus suffered heavy casualties in that attack, and reports indicate that an Israeli soldier an Israeli civilian were also wpounded by errant fire coming from across the border. The Israeli government responded by firing artillery at Syrian army positions.

There is the money quote. Yesterday I talked about this brilliant strategy of Israel of responding to rebel fire by bombing Syrian army positions.

I am sure this strategy is going to get closer scrutiny as the rebels AKA al-qaeda do more in the Golan but are never fired upon. And it is quite possible that Assad let the “rebels” take the position there to highlight that brilliant Israeli policy.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Hopefully the UN will remember both Assad and them rebels have used chemical weapons against civilians if Israel has to use tactical nukes to deal with the situation.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The UN is totally hostile to Israel. They want to put the blame on Israel for all the Gazans getting killed thanks to Hamas’ actions.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Body found

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

And at the same time, Putin is invading, ISIS just took over an air base in Syria, China is on the move, and our Country is being invaded by millions of illegals and who knows who…

… I hear Barry has another fund raiser tonight.

Seven Percent Solution on August 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

MeanWhile:

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 41m

Today’s WH briefing by @PressSec delayed 3 hrs till 4pm/ET.
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https://twitter.com/iAustinHunt

Austin Hunt @iAustinHunt · 4h

.@WhiteHouse: President Obama to meet with National Security Council today to discuss ISIS, Iraq, & Syria

https://twitter.com/iAustinHunt/status/504997374360821762/photo/1

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:37 PM

So the UN, which treats Israel like a doormat, likely needs the Israelis’ help to save the UN peacekeepers? If I were the Israelis, I’d tell the UN to go to hell.

Further, why should the Israelis intervene in the Syrian civil war? Both sides hate them.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Free Syrian Army and the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front.

obama’s buddies

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

I lived in Jerusalem for a year from 2010 to 2011. My residence was literally right across the street from UN headquarters. (Not on purpose.) These UN people exist for one reason: to bilk the US taxpayer for as much money as is humanly possible. The audacity of these weasels astounded me.

I shed not one tear for their “peacekeepers.”

Israelis do not need them, they tolerate them. Israel is not going to let these Muslim morons take back the Golan Heights. If they have to, they’ll shake off the UN like a bad cold. And fighting at the Israel border is routine. I’m not saying it isn’t bad, or something that might portend something worse down the road given the shifting environment, but I don’t see anything yet all that different. But, yeah, no one on either side gives a crap about the UN. Americans should be enraged that you are paying these leaches’ salaries. They have nothing but disdain for you.

I’m sure many of you are already familiar with the excellent work of Caroline Glick, but if you’re not, be sure to check her blog regularly for excellent analysis of Israel geo-politics.

http://carolineglick.com/

WhatSlushfund on August 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/israel-syria-tension/

Syrian civil war
3h

UN statement on capture of peacekeepers: ‘The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the Force throughout its area of operation’ – @UN
Read more on http://www.un.org
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Notes to correspondents
Note to Correspondents – Update on the Golan Heights

New York, 28 August 2014

During a period of increased fighting beginning yesterday between armed elements and Syrian Arab Armed Forces within the area of separation in the Golan Heights, 43 peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained early this morning by an armed group in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah. In addition, another 81 UNDOF peacekeepers are currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah. The United Nations is making every effort to secure the release of the detained peacekeepers, and to restore the full freedom of movement of the Force throughout its area of operation.

UNDOF peacekeepers were previously detained by armed elements in March and May of 2013 and were released safely.

Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF monitor the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. In June, the Security Council extended the mission’s mandate for another six months, until 31 December 2014.
As of 31 July 2014, there are 1,223 peacekeepers from six countries serving in UNDOF (Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines).
We will share more information as it becomes available.

http://www.un.org/sg/offthecuff/index.asp?nid=3512

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

That would be a serious and unwelcome escalation, and could inexorably change the dynamic of the regional Middle Eastern war.

IS is at war with the world. Never forget this!!!

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

There is the money quote. Yesterday I talked about this brilliant strategy of Israel of responding to rebel fire by bombing Syrian army positions.

I am sure this strategy is going to get closer scrutiny as the rebels AKA al-qaeda do more in the Golan but are never fired upon. And it is quite possible that Assad let the “rebels” take the position there to highlight that brilliant Israeli policy.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

So you support the Assad regime? Cause i don’t know how else to interpret your idiotic comment. There is no good ally for Israel in the Syrian civil war, so their only concern is keeping their border secure. We already know though you despise Israel with a passion, so I’m guessing no matter who Israel attacked to defend their border it would be wrong in your eyes.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I wouldn’t be at all surprised, considering the growing chaos, if at some point the Palestinians asked Israel for protection. In fact, my advice to them is to ask to become part of Israel. The current guys are bad enough, the new ones are psychotic. And the whole thing is falling apart like a house of cards. Their interest is to be inside the iron dome.

Esperanza on August 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Your Obama armed Syrian rebels, and then those rebels attacked the UN. Ironic.

corkie on August 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM

https://twitter.com/UNPeacekeeping

Retweeted by UN Peacekeeping
Nations Unies (ONU) @ONU_fr · 4h

#Golan : des Casques bleus détenus par un groupe armé près d’Al-#Qunaytirah http://ow.ly/AOSlQ #FNUOD
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Stupid French:

Golan peacekeepers held by an armed group near Al- Qunaytirah

August 28, 2014 – As the fighting has intensified since Wednesday between armed elements and the Syrian army in the separation zone on the Golan Heights , 43 peacekeepers from the United Nations Force to observe disengagement (UNDOF ) were captured by an armed group in the area of Al Qunaytirah , said Thursday the spokesperson of the Secretary- General.

In addition, 81 other peacekeepers UNDOF can not get out of their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah , “said the spokesman , Stephane Dujarric , in a note to the press. ” The United Nations is doing its utmost to secure the release of prisoners and peacekeepers restore full freedom of movement of the Force in its area of ​​operation. ”
(More…)
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https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=GGtcUuuYCOrs2QX52IHgDQ#q=French+to+English

http://www.un.org/apps/newsFr/storyF.asp?NewsID=33192#.U_87vPldVQ0

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

So the UN, which treats Israel like a doormat, likely needs the Israelis’ help to save the UN peacekeepers? If I were the Israelis, I’d tell the UN to go to hell.

Further, why should the Israelis intervene in the Syrian civil war? Both sides hate them.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

As do the UN Peacekeepers they’d be rescuing.

Midas on August 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Body found

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Schadenfreude: I have seen that, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm:)

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Oh, my gosh! UN peacekeepers captured! Quick! Somebody draft a resolution condemming Israel!!

morganfrost on August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Somehow the UN will blame Israel for this.

Johnnyreb on August 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

As an aside, if you’re a wine lover, some excellent wine is made in the Golan Heights. Check it out.

WhatSlushfund on August 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

There is the money quote. Yesterday I talked about this brilliant strategy of Israel of responding to rebel fire by bombing Syrian army positions.

I am sure this strategy is going to get closer scrutiny as the rebels AKA al-qaeda do more in the Golan but are never fired upon. And it is quite possible that Assad let the “rebels” take the position there to highlight that brilliant Israeli policy.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

So you support the Assad regime? Cause i don’t know how else to interpret your idiotic comment. There is no good ally for Israel in the Syrian civil war, so their only concern is keeping their border secure. We already know though you despise Israel with a passion, so I’m guessing no matter who Israel attacked to defend their border it would be wrong in your eyes.

NotCoach on August 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

My comment was highlighting that while everybody is up in arms about Islamists taking over Iraq and Syria, Israel is supporting them in their own way. When rebels fire on Israel and Israel instead fires back on the Syrian army, Am I to assume that Israelis are retarded and can’t tell them apart?

When rebels report getting medical treatment in Israel for their injuries, am I to assume they teleported to Israeli hospitals by accident?

Israel is undermining Assad by using the fight on their border to fire on Syrian forces when bullets go errant or when rebels purposely fire to get them to retaliate against Assad because they know it is Israeli policy.

I am a straight forward person.

Russia is invading Ukraine right now
Egypt had a coup
And Israel is helping Syrian rebels.

I don’t work for the state department, so I don’t have to spin those undisputed facts as something else.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

This announcement comes one day after Basahr al-Assad’s forces lost control of that border crossing in a fight with members of the Free Syrian Army and the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front. Soldiers loyal to Damascus suffered heavy casualties in that attack, and reports indicate that an Israeli soldier an Israeli civilian were also wounded by errant fire coming from across the border. The Israeli government responded by firing artillery at Syrian army positions.

So Assad’s troops fight the Free Syrian Army and their allies the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front, both proto-ISIS, and the ones that took the Peackeepers hostage, and Israel then allies with them by attacking their enemy Assad’s troops. The Israelis are getting as flucked up as Obama and McCain.

VorDaj on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

One thing about UN “Peacekeepers”, they surrender easily.

GarandFan on August 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

They are very, very good at raping and pedophilia too. I’m so proud that our government support 40% of every Raping, pedophilia, and surrender mission the blue-helmets go on.

jukin3 on August 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

As an aside, if you’re a wine lover, some excellent wine is made in the Golan Heights. Check it out.

WhatSlushfund on August 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yeah, but be careful. There are still places up there that are mined from the 6 day war.

Cleombrotus on August 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

VorDaj on August 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

You’ve never been in the military have you? You fire on positions that are firing on you. That’s what makes them stop. Even if you weren’t in the military, that should be obvious.

Vince on August 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Lots of ransom will be gladly paid by the UN.

albill on August 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Anyone else hear that noise? I swear I hear a can of whup-ass being opened somewhere.

PJ Emeritus on August 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Somebody at the UN needs to write a letter to the terrorists telling them how disappointed we are in their behavior..

HotAirian on August 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

tell them they’re on the wrong side of history. that’ll really sting.

independent76 on August 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

“If the rebels succeed in holding on to Quneitra, they will gain a significant symbolic victory over Bashar Assad’s government, which has striven for months to retain control over the area, considered the Syrian Army’s weak point,” The Jerusalem Post noted. “The capture of Quneitra comes after a series of gains made this year by Syrian rebels in the south of Syria, along the Jordanian and Israeli borders.”

A regional war in Iraq and Syria which has drawn in the militaries of a handful of NATO powers and Iran may soon also necessitate Israeli military involvement. That would be a serious and unwelcome escalation, and could inexorably change the dynamic of the regional Middle Eastern war.

Why would this be unwelcome? Unlike Barackward Obama, Bibi is willing to use his military when necessary, as he has shown in Gaza. Syrian rebels allied with Al Qaeda are less friendly neighbors than UN peacekeepers, so that Israel may be compelled to take that area for itself militarily, in order to prevent Al Qaeda from shooting rockets from there into Israel. From the American point of view, the more enemies Al Qaeda and ISIS have, the better.

Steve Z on August 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Lessee now, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Labia, Londonistan, the border.

Now that he’s come back from vaca, watch how things improve.

The United Nations revealed on Thursday that 43 peacekeepers manning the neutral zone

One presumes they were manning the Kobiyashi Maru.

formwiz on August 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM

If there is errant fire coming your way – it isn’t errant TO YOU.

Wherever the errant fire comes from you are allowed to return fire with gusto and with everything you have… and my bet is that it is from those bases the al-Nusra types took, being the closest to the border and all.

I do believe that there will be some bases where there will no longer be errant fire coming from them in the very near future. Due to the lack of their being such bases or anyone in them. It is not wise to take potshots at a non-belligerent as it can quickly get one non-living.

ajacksonian on August 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM

I don’t work for the state department, so I don’t have to spin those undisputed facts as something else.

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I am disputing the facts that you are claiming. Now you can’t claim that they are undisputed facts.

Obama armed the Syrian rebels and they attacked the UN, so Obama is helping destroy the UN. Irony.

corkie on August 28, 2014 at 5:01 PM

If you take the ‘rebels’ and ISIS as a whole, a bunch of unkempt and relatively vicious killers, who have they not PO’d in the neighborhood? Right now it is Syria, Iraq, the Kurds and now Israel, plus Iran has to send lots of aid to its semi-client Syria, so they aren’t all that happy with them, either… ditto Russia. Lebanon is in a sorry state of affairs, but Hezbollah has to be pushed to its limits as it is also supplied by Iran and hasn’t been heard from… amazing what losing a client State that you get supplies from will do to a terror organization (although I like to think of Hezbollah as Iran’s undeclared Foreign Legion).

So who is left for these jackwads to PO? Turkey, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait…anyone else on the roster of ‘soon to be ticked off’? These idiots are getting enemies at a pretty fair clip…all they have to do is somehow tick off the Magical Kingdom of Mr. Kim and China and they will have pretty nearly the full deck of everyone who is anyone annoyed at them. Why does this not seem like a recipe for long-term survival?

ajacksonian on August 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM

The Israelis are taking hostages?

Oh wait, they aren’t.

So, these peacekeepers…are they keeping any peace?

Asking for a friend.

Meremortal on August 28, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Are these the peacekeepers who have a single bullet* in their front pocket?

*yes, I know it’s a ‘cartridge’ but this is a Barney Fife reference, OK?

Tard on August 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The Romulans have issued a strongly worded letter regarding violations of the Neutral Zone…

Snowblind on August 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

The Romulans have issued a strongly worded letter regarding violations of the Neutral Zone…

Snowblind on August 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

It was sent via plasma bolt. Spatial delivery.

ajacksonian on August 28, 2014 at 5:23 PM

My comment was highlighting that while everybody is up in arms about Islamists taking over Iraq and Syria, Israel is supporting them in their own way. When rebels fire on Israel and Israel instead fires back on the Syrian army, Am I to assume that Israelis are retarded and can’t tell them apart?

coolrepublica on August 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

No, you’re just letting your political hobbyhorses prevent you from thinking clearly.

The Syrian Arab Army fired the mortar shells that hit Israel.

That’s why the Israelis targeted two specific army posts.

You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to figure this out.

A Chair of Some Kind on August 28, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Israel should take and annex the Golan Heights, and that would be that.

Rebar on August 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Israel-Syria tensions
10m
US State Department issues statement demanding immediate release of UN peacekeepers in Golan Heights – @StateDeptSpox
Read more on state.gov
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the Golan Heights
Attacks on UN Peacekeepers in the Golan Heights

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 28, 2014

The United States strongly condemns the detention of UN peacekeepers and ongoing violence targeting the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights by non-state armed groups, including UN Security Council-designated terrorist group Al-Nusrah Front.

We demand the unconditional and immediate release of all UN peacekeepers and again call on all parties to refrain from threatening or endangering UNDOF forces and interfering in their mandated mission.

We reiterate our full support of UNDOF in maintaining the ceasefire in the Golan and our gratitude to the brave peacekeepers serving in the mission.

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/231142.htm

canopfor on August 28, 2014 at 6:02 PM

The beautiful thing about the Syrian side of the border is that it is *not* an urban, densely populated area.

Given this, fighting these roaches will be a cakewalk for the IDF / IAF.

Most likely it’ll be easily done via drones, and the best part, there’s even a good chance Bashar al-Assad himself will give tacit cooperation.

AlexB on August 28, 2014 at 6:20 PM

It might even end up with Israel gaining some Syrian territory, setting up a buffer zone inside [so-far called] Syria, and the local just might be welcoming the IDF with candy.

AlexB on August 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Quick we need UN resolution 1,613,435 condemming this possible slightly agreesive action!

Skwor on August 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Somebody at the UN needs to write a letter to the terrorists telling them how disappointed we are in their behavior..

HotAirian on August 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Worry not, Samantha Power will have a hashtag up in no time, she just weighed in on Russia’s incursion in Ukraine with this re-tweet (it wasn’t even her tweet)…nuf said…

jimver on August 28, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Lessons:

(1) Don’t trust any of the Syrian rebels…because they are all Sunni Arabs, and tend to lose, or hand over, whatever they capture or get to ISIS.

(2) Israel…just take over part of Syria now and call it “greater Israel”, or simply move all the Palestinians to the new captured land. Another option is Israel could create a Christian state in the newly captured lands as a safe haven for all the Christians in the Middle East. It would be a great buffer state that would be pro-Israel. The UN, Obama, the Muslims, and Assad will complain but it is not like they are in any position to do anything about it. They could get the Pope and the Eastern Orthodox church on board. Rally the evangelicals in America for the new state. Disorder sometimes brings opportunity, but you have to seize it.

People need to start thinking outside the box on this. Basically all we get now is two options…the Obama Plan or the McCain Plan…there other plans out there, that are much better, but they need bold leadership and support.

William Eaton on August 28, 2014 at 8:55 PM

The “peacekeepers” should have had their guns aimed at Syria instead of Israel. F*ck them.

kcewa on August 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

They just do what they’re told. They’re still soldiers in their respective countries’ militaries.

I would have a lot more respect for the U.N. (well, considering that I have zero right now…) if they actually allowed soldiers under their command to take out those who violate the peace and carry out atrocities.

At the bare minimum, I would say they should have the right to defend themselves, with guaranteed massive firepower on the way should they need it.

But after Beirut and the ridiculous ROE in Iraq and Afghanistan, I don’t think we can be too critical.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM

When will the lefties/Ds/regressives ever learn – there are bad people on this planet. Wow!

MN J on August 29, 2014 at 5:42 AM