Latest News Wires Israelis in Golan Heights uneasy about nearby Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria

A potentially volatile mix of Syrian rebels, fighting the Assad government, control a crossing at the Syrian-Israeli border.

By , Associated Press

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For the first time in the Syrian civil war, Al Qaeda fighters are hunkered down on Israel's doorstep, and Israelis in the lush, hilly Golan Heights who have long considered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad their bitter foe are now worried about something more ominous — that they could become the militants' next target.