Mossad chief: Iran increasing presence in former ISIS strongholds

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 14, 2017

Mossad head Yossi Cohen briefed government ministers Sunday on developments in the region - and those developments were not necessarily panning out in Israel's favor, Cohen told ministers. "Iran is working to fill the void in areas that IS is vacating", Cohen was quoted as saying.

Two weeks ago, an Iranian foreign ministry official met with top officials from Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Beirut. One senior official who attended the meeting told Walla that Iran topped the agenda.

If the United States imposes more sanctions on Iran, the Iranian government is obliged to take further necessary measures to counter Washington, Larijani said.

Israel, Netanyahu's office continued, was not obligated by worldwide agreements signed by Iran and would continue to act "in a variety of ways" to protect itself from the threats it faces.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted that the intelligence assessment made it clear that the JCPOA was fundamentally unsound but added that Israel was not obligated to abide by it.

"Israel will continue to act determinedly and in a variety of ways to defend itself from these threats،" said the Prime Minister.

Mossad chief: Iran increasing presence in former ISIS strongholds

Iranian Majlis (parliament) on Sunday overwhelmingly approved the generalities of a motion to counter what it called the US "terrorist and adventurous" acts in the region.

In the briefing, he emphasized that Iran is expanding through Iranian forces and local emissaries based in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen - all home to pockets of former IS strongholds.

Iran said the measures came in response to sanctions imposed by the U.S. in August over Tehran's missile program.

The motion, once turns into a law, will grant the same amount to the Quds Forces of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Tazpit Press Service contributed content to this report.

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