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Russia evacuates Tartus, also military, diplomatic personnel from Syria. High war alert in Israel
Posted By yihan On June 26, 2013 @ 10:55 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled
June 26, 2013
Shortly after the DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, that the evacuation which had begun Friday of all military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was now complete, including the Russian naval base at Tartus.
“Russia decided to withdraw its personnel because of the risks from the conflict in Syria, as well as the fear of an incident involving the Russian military that could have larger consequences,” said a defense ministry official in Moscow. He stressed that a 16-ship naval task force in the eastern Mediterranean remains on post and arms shipments, including anti-air weapons, would continue to the Syrian government in keeping with former contracts.
In another sign of an impending escalation in Syria, the Israeli Golan brigade staged Wednesday an unannounced war maneuver on the Golan, attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and top army chiefs. In London, Prime Minister David Cameron called the government’s National Security Council into session in Downing Street on Syria. Opposition leader Ed Milliband was invited to attend the meeting, a custom observed only when issues of the highest security importance are discussed.
Earlier Wednesday, DEBKAfile carried the following report in its special video presentation under the heading: Putin and Obama cross swords on Syrian. What Next?
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 DEBKAfile: http://www.debka.com/article/23073/Russia-evacuates-Tartus-also-military-diplomatic-personnel-from-Syria-High-war-alert-in-Israel
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 Russia withdraws its remaining personnel from Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-withdraws-its-remaining-personnel-from-syria.html
 Big powers move in on Syria: Russian troops for Tartus. US forces ready to go: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-powers-move-in-on-syria-russian-troops-for-tartus-us-forces-ready-to-go.html
 Russia builds key naval HQ in Syria: Missile presence worries Israel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-builds-key-naval-hq-in-syria-missile-presence-worries-israel.html
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