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Former Israeli Intel Chief: Russia Remains in Syria, It Will Not Abandon Fight

The Associated Press

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said on Saturday that the Russian army remains in Syria and its forces are not abandoning the fight against Islamic State.

Yadlin made the remarks at a cultural event in Beersheba, weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin said that “the main part” of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw. After his announcement, Putin instructed his diplomats to step up the push for peace as UN-mediated talks in Geneva.

Yadlin said that the fighting in Syria constitutes a real danger for Israel that is even greater than the Iranian nuclear threat and that it is third in its urgency behind the dangers posed by Hamas and ISIS. He said that 90 percent of the missiles in Syria, that presented a threat to Israel, had been used during the country’s five year civil war.

On the terror attacks in Brussels earlier this week  that killed 31 people, Yadlin said that Europe has not woken up after the “alarm bells of the Paris attacks” of last year and had not altered its behavior regarding terror organizations. The former military intelligence chief said that information that Israel provided to the West has prevented terror attacks and the loss of life.

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