Chapter 6. The Collection Agency

Ein Tzahab, Syria, October 5, 2003…

For the better part of three years, Israeli F-16 warplanes had been deployed in striking militant Palestinian targets in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and on occasion strafing Hizbollah targets on the volatile Lebanese border, but at 4:30 A.M., they expanded their scope of operations deep inside Syria. For some time, Israel's security apparatuses had collected information on Ein Tzahab, a camp 14 miles northwest of Damascus. They had observed, among other things, would-be combatants learning the art of guerilla warfare and bomb-making. It was, they determined, a terrorist training ground operating with the support of the Syrians. Moreover, they discovered that after receiving ...

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