Mossad chief: Iran increasing presence in former ISIS strongholds

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen briefed the Israeli ministers on Sunday about Iran’s activities in the Middle East. “In the places where ISIS’ presence is decreasing, Iran is operating to fill the void,” Cohen said.
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Mossad chief Yossi Cohen told the Israeli ministers on Sunday that Iran and its proxy forces are in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Cohen stressed that the main process taking place in the Middle East these days is Iran’s expansion via its forces and the local militias. “In the places where ISIS’ presence is decreasing, Iran is operating to fill the void,” he said.

Cohen added that Iran has not abandoned its nuclear aspiration and that the agreement between the West and Iran has only increased its hopes and strengthened the Iranian aggression in the region. “Since the signing of the agreement, Iran has experienced economic growth and the new international deals are only strengthening its economy,” he added.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to these statements by saying that they serve as proof that the nuclear agreement with Iran was a mistake from the very beginning. “Israel is not committed in any way to the international agreements that Iran has signed,” he clarified. “Israel will continue to act with determination and in various ways to protect itself from these threats.”



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