Syrian security forces have taken documents which they believe link the extremist Moslem Brotherhood with Israel following raids on two hideouts on Wednesday (3 September).
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Background: Syrian security forces have taken documents which they believe link the extremist Moslem Brotherhood with Israel following raids on two hideouts on Wednesday (3 September). The documents, along with U.S.-made machine guns, explosives and false-identity papers were reported found in the northern town of Aleppo. Sixteen people were said to have been killed when troops stormed the hide-outs.
SYNOPSIS: The raids were carried out by fighting squadrons like these -- men and women specially trained to carry out the recent crack-down on the Moslem Brotherhood.
For the past 17 months Brotherhood members have been blamed for a series of violent raids, including assassination attempts on members of President Hafez al-Assad's regime.
In July, the Syrian People's Council passed a law making membership in the organisation a capital offence, with the offer of a limited amnesty. Those in prison were offered substantially reduced sentences if they renounced membership. Last week the amnesty expired and about 1,000 members of the Brotherhood were did to have given themselves up.
But now, especially after the capture of the documents, raids are being stepped-up. Training of the special squadrons -- including judo lessons and bayonet practice -- has been intensified.
The official Syrian Arab news Agency said one document found asked Brotherhood members in the town of Allepo to get information about Syrian fuel depots. It also asked that they sabotage Soviet ships carrying fuel to the airforce through the ports of Latskia and Tartous.
Over a week ago (25 August) Syria announced it would strengthen its armed forces and seek closer ties with the Soviet bloc. This followed a week of Israeli attacks on Southern Lebanon and the shooting down of a Syrian fighter in the area by Israeli aircraft.
Last month Syria joined the list of Arab states, headed by Saudi Arabia and iraq, that threatened economic and political reprisals against states recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The claimed lies between the Moslem brotherhood and Israel will serve to intensify the training of these squadrons.
The special squadrons intend to continue their strikes, in a drive to crush the anti-government Brotherhood movement.