With the geopolitical situation now firmly on the backburner, we remind
readers that the last time we checked into the flurry of recent events in Syria
the weekend, we found that the Syrian Army was making major gains inside
Idlib in a military offensive condemned by Turkey and the United States,
capturing the key town of Saraqib from al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Amid
the military advance, in the latest embarrassment to the US State Department,
the Syrian and Russian governments said they’ve recovered proof of US support
for the anti-Assad al-Qaeda insurgent terrorists, publishing photographs of
crates of weapons and supplies to state-run SANA.
In any case, the growing feud between Russia and Turkey over control of
Syria last remaining rebel holdout in Idlib province escalated overnight, and
as Bloomberg reports, Turkey sent hundreds of tanks, armored personnel
carriers and commandos to the Syrian province of Idlib as preparations continue
for a likely attempt to break the siege of some of its outposts by Bashar
The massive buildup over the weekend included the deployment of howitzers,
multiple-rocket launchers, ambulances and trucks loaded with munitions,
according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
Meanwhile, Turkey resumed talks with a Russian delegation in Ankara on
Monday after failure to reach an agreement on Idlib on Saturday, Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu said, adding that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s
Vladimir Putin may meet if no deal can be reached
Turkey dramatically reinforced its forces across the border since Syrian
troops killed five Turkish soldiers and a civilian in Idlib on Feb. 3 as they
closed in on the country’s last major rebel holdout.
“Five of our troops were killed and five others were injured in the
shelling by the Syrian regime,” the Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday,
adding that “return fire was opened.”
It wasn’t the first shelling incident between Turkish and Syrian forces in
Idlib. A week ago, six Turkish troops were killed by Syrian artillery fire in
an incident that Russia said was a result of miscommunication. The casualties
could have been avoided if Ankara properly notified Damascus that it was moving
troops in a border area where Damascus was holding an anti-terrorist operation
at the time, Moscow said.
Turkey’s Daily Sabah reported that in response to the alleged death of
Turkish soldiers, 115 regime targets have been struck, 101 regime soldiers have
been neutralized (i.e. killed), and 3 tanks and 2 mortars have been destroyed,
as the conflict is rapidly devolving into an all out war between Syria and
Turkey also called on Moscow to put pressure on Damascus to halt its
offensive in Idlib. Meanwhile, Syria’s government has been using Russian air
support to vanquish onetime al-Qaeda affiliates and Turkey-backed rebels in the
Erdogan last week threatened to use force to break the siege of military
outposts in Idlib unless Syrian forces withdraw before the end of February. At
least three of 12 Turkish outposts were confirmed to be cut off by Syrian
forces in the area.
Feigning humanitarian concern, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told
Hurriuet newspaper that Turkey’s main goal was “to prevent a refugee
exodus and humanitarian drama” adding that “we’re trying to reach a
cease-fire and stop the bloodshed.” However, he then made it quickly clear
that the fight over northern Syria is all about strategic positioning, noting
that if the violation of the Sochi and Astana agreements, which were signed by
Turkey, Russia and Iran to curtail fighting in northern Syria, “continued,
then we have plans B and C,” Akar said. “We keep telling them not to force
us” to implement those plans.
Ankara was expected to use its influence on anti-government militants to
prevent fighting with Damascus troops in order to create the basis for a
peaceful resolution. However, jihadist groups in Idlib continue hostile
activities, with Russia saying there were several thousand attacks in the last
two months alone, in which hundreds of Syrian troops and civilians died.
Who is Imam Mahdi and why was Khamenei congratulating him on the day of Soleimani’s death? In short, he is Islam’s messiah, the 12th of 12 Imams who are successors to Mohammed. Said to have been born in 879 CE, the Imam Mahdi is believed by Shi’a Muslims to still be alive, but hidden from mankind in “occultation” until a time of such upheaval on the earth that only his reappearance will rescue mankind and, in fact, usher in an age of global peace; Islamic peace, that is; a kind of peace in which all mankind is living in submission to the Allah of the Koran.
Why did Ayatollah Khamenei congratulate Imam
Mahdi on the day of Soleimani’s death? Because the real Prince of Persia is
undeterred. He is still coming, and Iran will do anything to pave his way.
If you’re a Bible believer, this story today from the
Jerusalem Post is a fascinating one, absolutely saturated with prophetic
meaning of what is soon to come in the days after the Church is removed in the
Pretribulation Rapture. While we as born again believers in Jesus
Christ look for our
Blessed Hope of being caught up in the clouds as our apostle Paul
teaches us, Iran is also waiting for their savior as well, someone known to
Muslims as Imam Mahdi. He is known to you and I as Antichrist.
“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That
ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word,
nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man
deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except
there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is
called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of
God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
The Iranian Revolution that took place in 1979 was designed
to prepare Iran and the Middle East for the appearance of Imam Mahdi, the
Islamic Antichrist. Why is Iran in 2020 a nation in a constant state of war,
upheaval and chaos? Because they are not looking to be a law-abiding member of
the United Nations, they are waiting for Imam Mahdi to come and lead the world
into an Islamic caliphate. Iran leaders live in constant anticipation the
arrival of the Mahdi just as you and I live in constant anticipation of meeting
Jesus in the clouds. And guess what? We are both about to receive the desires
of our hearts.
Now you know why Pope Francis signed a peace
covenant with Islam last year, why they are building the Chrislam
One World Religion headquarters in Abu Dhabi, he is preparing the Catholic
Church to receive not Jesus Christ, but Imam Mahdi. All the pieces fit
perfectly together as prophecy continues to unfold in glorious, end times
harmony. Please enjoy this timely and fascinating article from the Jerusalem
Post. The article is also highly ironic because when Imam Mahdi does appear,
the Jews for the first three and a half years of the time of Jacob’s trouble
will think he is their Messiah and follow him. Pray for the Jewish people.
Are you ready for what comes next?
The fall of Qassem Soleimani and the Mahdi
FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: When he left Damascus for Baghdad
late Thursday evening January 2, Qassem Soleimani
was flying high. As the military leader, chief strategist and charismatic face
of what he knew to be the world’s emerging and greatest empire, he had it all:
prestige, power, presence.
Not only did he command that rising empire’s independent
military force, he was nothing less than the voice of Allah to leaders in
nations soon to be absorbed: Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon; Yemen and the Sinai.
Although no one ever said so in quite these terms, he was, in fact, a rising
prince of Persia. And the arms at his disposal! In addition to an immeasurable
arsenal of conventional weapons, there was a growing repository of guided
missiles; a world-class brigade of ruthless cyber geeks; even submarines; and
soon, very soon, nuclear warheads.
From the north and the south of the world’s most despicable usurper, if not
so much to its east and to its west, Soleimani was slowly squeezing the Zionist
entity, needling its psyche (and military focus) by jihadists within its
pretentious boundaries, waiting for the perfect moment – when it was distracted
– to strike at its heart from the north with a massive arsenal of at least
100,000 rockets. When the time came, rockets without sophisticated technology
would draw the defensive shield of the Zionists’ interceptors. That shield
would stop a lot of them, but not all. Not all.
Then, at just the right time, hi-tech guided missiles would
be launched, programmed to hit key military sites and, best of all,
high-density population centers. Maybe, just maybe, inshallah, one of those
missiles would carry a nuclear warhead. As Zionists died in a mushroom cloud of
agony, all hell would break out throughout the region, even the world. It would
be a tragic upheaval but a necessary evil because then, as prophesied, the long
awaited savior of the world would emerge from centuries of withdrawal. The Imam
Mahdi would return, establishing a worldwide caliphate of perfect peace;
Islamic peace, of course.
On the evening of the second day of what the West calls its
New Year, Soleimani was fresh from meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, with one of his
nation’s most important vassals, Hassan Nasrallah, the uncontested head of the
pretentious “party of Allah,” Hezbollah. In that encounter, duly photographed,
Soleimani had accepted, once again, the “General Secretary’s” obsequious
hospitality. It was likely gratifying to the Islamic Republic’s major general
of Tehran’s notably redundant Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC.
The flight from Damascus was only one hour and five minutes, but it had been
delayed. The Middle East Eye reports that his flight landed at 12:32 a.m. Baghdad time. Anticipating
a comfortable weekend inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, Soleimani was met by the
head of the Iraqi paramilitary force, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, said to be “a
longstanding ally and a close friend.”
Just over an hour later, less than two hours into the third
day of January, Soleimani, Muhandis and their entourage left Baghdad
International Airport in two vehicles, a Hyundai Starex minivan and a Toyota
Avalon four-door sedan. As they reached the airport’s outer access road, both
vehicles were almost
evaporated by missiles fired by an American Reaper drone, a large
remote controlled aircraft regarded by the US military as a “hunter killer.”
Death was instantaneous for all inside both cars. Remains were so badly
shredded, Soleimani’s death was confirmed by a still intact hand bearing his
still intact silver ring embedded with a large oval carnelian stone.
To Western eyes, events in Iran in the aftermath of Soleimani’s execution
tend to look like a low-budget circus with all its performances gone bad.
“Let’s put all of this together,” opines YouTube commentator David Wood. “On
January 3, Major-General Soleimani was killed in a drone strike. On January 7,
56 Iranians were killed and more than 200 more were injured in a stampede at
Soleimani’s funeral. On January 8, Iranian leaders responded to the killing of Soleimani
with a missile attack on two Iraqi bases where US soldiers were housed, but… no
one was killed. Also on January 8, the Iranian military shot down a Ukranian
passenger plane as it took off from Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport,
killing 176 people. On January 11, after three days of denying it had shot down
the plane … Iran admitted it had shot down the passenger plane.
“So, in response to the US government killing one man, Iranians killed, by a
stampede and surface-to-air missile attack, 138 Iranians and 94 others – none
of them Americans. I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to think that
Iranians might not be the best at war. [Mimicking Iranian leaders,] ‘Ah! They
killed a general. Let’s start trampling each other to death in the
streets and shooting down random planes.’
“I’m making fun of them,” says Wood, “because if the Iranian establishment
is this incompetent, there’s hope for the protesters who want to overthrow the
establishment. The days of the ayatollahs may be numbered.”
Iranian leaders as toothless buffoons is a gratifying
narrative, but it is also wrong. If anything, the Islamic Republic is more
dangerous than ever. As evidenced by Soleimani’s accomplishments in building a
regional network of proxy terrorists, by the nation’s weapons-grade nuclear
fuel technology, by hi-tech guided missile systems and a world-class cyber
warfare unit, Iran retains all of these things, losing none of them with
Wounded by Soleimani’s execution and US President Donald Trump’s economic
sanctions, the threat Iran poses to the Middle East and the world is not
lessened, it is magnified. Indeed, notes Israeli journalist and geopolitical
analyst Jonathan Spyer, it “can be expected to do all in their power to
preserve the regime by all possible means.”
Iran Is Waiting For Imam Mahdi, The Islamic
Why? Three main reasons: the Mahdi and necessary upheaval;
the Mahdi and Iran as the facilitator for his reappearance; the Mahdi and
Tehran’s visceral hatred of Israel. On the day Soleimani was killed, Iran’s
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted, “We congratulate Imam Mahdi
and Soleimani’s pure soul and condole the Iranian nation on this great
Who is Imam Mahdi and why was Khamenei congratulating him on the day of
In short, he is Islam’s messiah, the 12th of 12 Imams who
are successors to Mohammed. Said to have been born in 879 CE, the Imam Mahdi is
believed by Shi’a Muslims to still be alive, but hidden from mankind in
“occultation” until a time of such upheaval on the earth that only his
reappearance will rescue mankind and, in fact, usher in an age of global peace;
Islamic peace, that is; a kind of peace in which all mankind is living in
submission to the Allah of the Koran.
Crazy to Western ears, this messianic creed is the raison
d’être for the Islamic Republic of Iran according to its founders and leaders.
It is also the basis of Tehran’s foreign and military policies; and it is
impossible to overemphasize the Iran regime’s visceral commitment to it. The
Imam Mahdi is invoked in every public gathering, both civil and military; he is
the singular inspiration for every policy, every tactic, every mission; indeed,
he is nothing less than the regime’s reason for its existence and, as such, its
singular and unwavering motivation for the future.
This reality does not bode well for those who see recent stumbles as indicative
of an imminent fall of the mullahs in Tehran.
Khamenei’s official website is full of teachings about Imam Mahdi, including
one that states the Supreme Leader’s conviction that his reappearance is very
near. “Reappearance of Imam Mahdi [aj] is near, because minds are ready,”
Khamenei writes. The “aj” in parenthesis is shorthand for, “May Allah hasten
“The mind of humankind is ready to understand, to learn, and to know,
undoubtedly, that a lofty human will come to save them from the burden of
oppression and tyranny,” Khamenei explains. “The Iranian nation, enjoys a great
privilege today: the atmosphere of the country is an atmosphere of Imam Mahdi
,” he continues, adding that “many of our great scholars have personally
met with this beloved Imam of hearts of the admirers during his occultation;
many have made a pledge to him in person; many have heard from him some
heartwarming words; many have been caressed by him and many others have
received his kindness, care, and love.”
How is this unwrapped in terms of Iran’s
foreign and military policies today?
Global upheaval is a prerequisite for the Mahdi’s
reappearance. This means that inasmuch as Iran stirs up a global hornet’s nest,
it advances the Mahdi’s return, a return that is imminent. The regime’s primary
agenda is to strategically provoke the world to chaos; this is how it wins.
Chaos brings the Mahdi who brings global peace. Call it “The Mahdi Doctrine.”
The Iranian regime believes it has created an “atmosphere” that embodies the
spirit of the Mahdi. Its religious, military and civil leaders have had
personal encounters with him. In essence, then, today’s Iran is the womb from
which the Mahdi will be reborn. Accordingly, the regime will go to any lengths
to preserve itself. Accordingly, we should expect internal rebellion to be
ruthlessly squashed. Protesters, especially organizers, will disappear. All
external and internal opposition to the regime will be demonized.
Israel must be destroyed. Tehran’s unrelenting objective is resurrection of
the ancient Persian empire in the form of an Islamic caliphate. The primary
impediment to that objective is Israel, the “Zionist Entity,” the very
embodiment of evil in the world today. Notably, Khamenei’s Twitter feed is full
of vitriol about Israel.
“The Zionist regime is the epitome of evil,” he tweeted on Valentine’s Day
in 2016. It is a “racist, usurping, lying, vicious, apartheid regime,” he added
on February 5, 2019.
What then must be done? “Once people in the West realize their problems stem
from Zionist domination over governments, great social movements will give
birth to a new world,” he explained on 2 March 2015. Accordingly, the
“barbaric, wolflike and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime but
to be annihilated.”
Translation: When the world finishes the job that Hitler
started, the Mahdi will come, bringing heaven on earth; Islamic heaven, that
is. Wounded by economic sanctions, embarrassed by internal protesters, Iran is
more dangerous today than ever.
Why did Khamenei congratulate Imam Mahdi on the day of Soleimani’s death?
Because the real Prince of Persia is undeterred. He is still coming, and Iran
will do anything to pave his way.
A new military incursion into Libya is part of a long-awaited dream by
Turkish President Erdogan to return the Ottoman Caliphate, a global Islamic
rule that subjugated Jews and Christians for six centuries.
Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that Turkish-backed
Syrian mercenaries have begun arriving in Libya. Approximately 2,400 troops are
already in Tripoli while another 1,700 are currently undergoing training in
Turkey. Activists informed the SOHR that Turkey intends to send a total of
6,000 troops to Libya.
Turkey is backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in
its fight against the eastern-based Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa
Haftar and backed by Russia. The GNA is supported by Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The GNA also receives air support from the United Arab Emirates.
Until now, the role of the Turkish military has been limited to 35 military
personnel involved solely in training and advisory roles. The new Syrian troops
are mercenaries, hired from rebel groups opposing Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad. The Turkish government will pay each soldier a monthly stipend of
$2,000, far more than the $50 they earned to fight back home in Syria. The Syrian
troops are also fighting against the Kurds in Libya.
Turkish intervention is a manifestation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan’s aspiration to establish himself as the leader of a global Islamic
nation. The SOHR reported that a commander of the Turkish-backed Syrian troops
en route to Libya announced as their battle cry, “We will present our souls for
the Ottoman Caliphate.”
The Ottoman Caliphate, known in the West as the Ottoman or Turkish Empire,
was founded in the 13th Century and eventually controlled much of Southeast
Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. This control lasted for several hundred
years and only truly ended after WWI when the empire was partitioned by the
Allied Powers and the 101st and final Caliph, Sultan Abdulmecid II, was deposed
The Ottoman Empire was a Sunni Caliphate which exerted a hegemonic power of
Muslim control over the non-Muslim populations, most notably a
Christian/Catholic majority. In accordance with the Muslim dhimmi
system, Christians were guaranteed limited freedoms, such as the right to
worship. They were forbidden to carry weapons or ride on horseback, their
houses could not overlook those of Muslims, in addition to various other legal
limitations. Many Christians and Jews converted in order to secure full status
Before his election, Turkish political analysts feared that candidate
Erdogan’s rise to power was fueled by his aspirations and those of his
supporters to return Turkey to its former glory at the head of the Muslim
world. His term in office confirmed these fears. In the wake of a failed
attempt at a coup by a faction in the army in 2016, Erdogan mobilized the
military against the populace and jailed hundreds of dissidents.
But Erdogan’s Caliphate aspirations extend beyond the borders of Turkey and
target Israel and, most specifically, Jerusalem. At a summit of the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul last year, Erdogan called
on all of the 57 Muslim member nations to join together against Israel to
avenge the deaths of Palestinians killed while charging the southern border
In 2015, Erdogan gave a speech commemorating 562 years since the Turks
captured Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) from European Christians in
which he called for the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.
“Conquest is Mecca, conquest is Saladin, it’s to hoist the Islamic flag over
Jerusalem again; conquest is the heritage of Mehmed II and conquest means
forcing Turkey back on its feet,” Erdogan said in the speech in Istanbul.
Erdogan’s support of the Palestinians was returned in kind. In a Muslim
gathering on the Temple Mount earlier this month commemorating the conquest of
Constantinople in 1453 CE, Nidhal “Abu Ibrahim” Siam, a Palestinian
preacher, addressed a crowd of approximately 7,000.
As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Siam told
the crowd that three prophecies would soon be fulfilled: a rightly-guided
caliphate will be established, that Jerusalem will be liberated and established
as its capital and that Islam “will throw its neighbors to the ground” thereby
achieving world domination.
The gathering was organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international,
pan-Islamist political organization dedicated to establishing a global
caliphate. Founded in Jerusalem in 1953, the organization is banned in many
Erdogan has also been suspected of aiding Hamas, allowing the terrorist
organization to operate out of Turkey. The terrorist group is also reportedly
in contact with the Turkish intelligence agency.
The key to the Turkish incursion into Libya and the hidden motivation is
actually quite straightforward. Two months ago, Turkey signed a maritime
borders deal that gave Turkey a claim to parts of the eastern Mediterranean. In
addition to its strategic military importance, the eastern Mediterranean has
huge natural gas deposits. Turkey’s entrance into the eastern Mediterranean
puts it into close proximity with Israel and its offshore natural gas
“The whole thing is about natural gas,” Dr. Kedar said. “The agreement
between Turkey and Libya bypassed Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt. They
related to the entire Mediterranean and the enormous natural gas deposits as if
they belonged only to Libya and Turkey.”
“This could bring Israel into direct conflict with Turkey but since Israel
is supplying vital gas to Europe, this also brings Turkey into conflict with
“In order to make sure that the Libyan government stays and Turkey’s gas
interests in the Mediterranean stay secure, Turkey is ramping up the
hostilities in Libya in favor of the GNA.”
Dr. Kedar emphasized that Turkey’s interest in Libyan hostilities is, in
essence, but not exclusively, financially motivated.
“But religion is big business,” he added. “Establishing a caliphate is
certainly a big part of Erdogan’s agenda but to do that, he needs money and
power. Taking over the gas in the Mediterranean will give him that.”
This aspect of the Libyan conflict concerning natural gas in the
Mediterranean is of grave concern to international leaders, including U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish
President Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Premier Giuseppe
Conte, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, all of whom gathered in Berlin
on Sunday to discuss the issue. Also in attendance were UN Secretary-General
Antonio Guterres along with senior representatives of the European Union, the
African Union, and the Arab League.
IDF intelligence reported that Iran
will have enough uranium for a nuclear warhead by the end of year but President
Trump is leading a multinational effort to prevent this from happening.
An article published in Haaretz
on Tuesday reported that Israeli military intelligence estimated that by the
end of the calendar year, Iran will have 40 kilograms of 90% enriched
uranium; enough needed to produce a single nuclear bomb. But the same IDF
report notes that Iran is still two years away from developing a missile
capable of delivering a nuclear payload.
Last week, President Trump
challenged this timeline when, in the midst of confrontations with Iran, he
stated simply, “As long as I am President of the United States, Iran will never
be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.” The president criticized the Iran deal
set in place by his predecessor as enabling, rather than curtailing, Iran’s
nuclear aspirations and its “destructive and destabilizing behavior in the
Middle East and beyond.”
President Trump has been a maverick,
breaking from the pack of world leaders in rejecting the Iran deal. Former
President Barack Obama implemented the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
(JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, in 2015. The agreement lifted
long-standing economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a shift in Iran’s
nuclear program, delaying its production of a nuclear weapon for ten
Known as the P5+1, it included the
participation of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security
Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany
together with the European Union. The agreement was criticized for containing
inadequate measures for verifying Iranian compliance. The JCPOA required Iran
to cease its program for intercontinental ballistic missiles which Iran refused
to do, claiming its ICBMs were for defensive purposes.
In May 2018, President Trump
announced the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA. 13 months later, Iran announced
its uranium had exceeded limits set by the agreement.
Ten days ago, in the aftermath of
the Baghdad Airport Airstrike that targeted and killed Iranian general Qassem
Soleimani, Iran declared that it would no longer abide by the limitations of
The bond between the U.S. and Israel
was highlighted on Tuesday when Prime Minister Netanyahu echoed Trump’s vow.
“We know exactly what is happening
with the Iranian nuclear program. Iran thinks it can achieve nuclear weapons. I
reiterate: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. I also call
on all Western countries to impose snapback sanctions at the UN now.”
Trump had another supporter in newly
elected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“From the American perspective, it’s
a flawed deal… plus it was negotiated by President Obama,” the Johnson said to
the press on Tuesday. “Let’s replace it with the Trump deal. That’s what we
need to see. President Trump is a great dealmaker by his own account, and by
many others. Let’s work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal
In fact, the JCPOA does seem to be
crumbling. The foreign ministers of the U.K., France, and Germany announced
Tuesday that they are lodging a formal complaint that Iran is not meeting its
“Our three countries are not joining
a campaign to implement maximum pressure against Iran,” the diplomats explained
in a joint statement released Tuesday, explaining that their hope was to retain the agreement.
“Our hope is to bring Iran back into full compliance with its commitments under
Mere days before the attack on the US Embassy in Iraq, and right before the targeted killing of Iran’s top Quds general Qassem Soleimani, an eerie natural phenomenon took place right in the Persian Gulf. An optical illusion known as the Fata Morgana, caused by a rare solar eclipse, gave the appearance of red devil horns rising over the water. Not only that, when it was done, the eclipse caused the sun to appear as the crescent moon of Islam, glowing an most evil shade of red.
Just days before the conflict in the Middle
East exploded, a mirage of ‘red devil horns’ rose above the Persian Gulf in
eerie end times harbinger
Mere days before the attack on the US Embassy in Iraq, and
right before the targeted
killing of Iran’s top Quds general Qassem Soleimani, an eerie natural
phenomenon took place right in the Persian Gulf. An optical illusion known as
the Fata Morgana, caused by a rare solar eclipse, gave the appearance of red
devil horns rising over the water. Not only that, when it was done, the eclipse
caused the sun to appear as the crescent moon of Islam,
glowing an most evil shade of red. These stunning photos were taken by Elias Chasiotis.
No one could have predicted the stunning violence that has
followed in the wake of the ‘red devil horns’, just as no one but God knows just
how far the current state between Iran, the United States and Israel will
devolve. This could all blow over tomorrow, or, we could be on the precipice of
World World 3. But in any event, I find it fascinating that red devil horns
would rise over the Persian Gulf right before it all started. Are you
ready for what comes next?
Incredible ‘red devil horns’ sunrise photos captured during rare solar
eclipse mirage over the Persian Gulf
FROM THE SUN UK: Elias Chasiotis had planned on capturing
the solar eclipse on December 26 while on holiday in Al Wakrah, Qatar. And he
knew because it came at sunrise he had a chance to capture an even rare
phenomenon – a solar eclipse combined with the light-bending mirage effects
seen near the surface of the ocean.
He told BoredPanda: “I hoped that optical effects like inferior mirage
would be visible and I was lucky enough to capture them.”
THE ‘RED DEVIL HORNS’ RISING INTO THE CRESCENT
MOON OF ISLAM OVER PERSIAN GULF ON DECEMBER 26, 2019
This type of mirage over the ocean is called Fata Morgana
and occurs when rays of light are bent when they pass through air layers of
different temperatures. It is named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay
because it was once believed the mirages they were fairy castle created by her
witchcraft to lure sailors to their death.
Elias added: “I was worried that nothing would come out of the eclipse.
“However, when the sun finally began to rise, it looked like two separate
pieces, some sort of red horns piercing the sea. It soon took the form of a
crescent, with the so-called ‘Etruscan
vase’ inferior mirage effect visible. “Due to its shape, the phenomenon
was nicknamed the ‘evil sunrise.’”
Elias said it was the most stunning sunrise he had ever seen. After the sun
came above the horizon, he was able to see in a crescent shape behind the
clouds with a plane passing in front.
“We’re going to war, bro,” one cheered, holding two thumbs up and sporting a grin under close-shorn red hair. He stood among dozens of soldiers loading trucks outside a cinder-block building housing several auditoriums with long benches and tables. Days after President Donald Trump ordered the drone killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, raising fears of fresh conflict in the Middle East, the men and women of the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division are moving out in the largest “fast deployment” since the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Iran has fired more than a
dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing American troops
in a revenge attack for the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian
Iran has officially begun ‘Operation: Martyr Soleimani’
which is their official retaliation for the killing of General
Qassam Soleimani over the weekend. It began just a few hours ago
with the firing of ballistic missiles from Iran in a cross-border attack on US
forces in Iraq. The United States is right now at this moment sending waves of
troops to the Middle East, including the 82nd Airborne from Fort Bragg in North
There are no reports of US casualties or injuries at this
moment, but that could well change as this story is still breaking and very
much in progress. But know this, for Iran to do a direct attack and not do a
proxy attack as they usually do is a very different tact the Iranians have
taken. This is the most direct aggression we have seen from Iran in quite some
time. Buckle up and stay tuned.
‘We’re going to war, bro’: Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne deploys to the Middle
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: The Ain al-Asad airbase in western
Iraq that was visited by Donald Trump in December 2018 and the Erbil base in
Iraqi Kurdistan were both struck by the missiles on Tuesday at about 5.30pm
“We’re going to war, bro,” one cheered, holding two thumbs up and sporting a
grin under close-shorn red hair. He stood among dozens of soldiers loading
trucks outside a cinder-block building housing several auditoriums with long
benches and tables. Days after President Donald Trump ordered the drone killing
of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, raising fears of fresh conflict
in the Middle East, the men and women of the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne
Division are moving out in the largest “fast deployment” since the 2010 Haiti
The Pentagon says the missiles were ‘clearly launched from
Iran’ to target U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. There was
no immediate word on injuries but security sources told CNN that there were
Iraqi casualties at the al-Asad airbase.
President Donald Trump has been briefed on the attacks and
Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were spotted
arriving at the White House soon after news of the strikes broke.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, which controls the country’s
missile program, confirmed that they fired the rockets in retaliation for last
week’s killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, according to state TV.
They reported the operation’s name was ‘Martyr Soleimani’
and it took place just hours after the slain general’s funeral. The
rockets used in the attack, according to Iranian TV, were Fatteh-110 ballistic
missiles, which have a range of 186 miles or 300km.
The Iranian air force has since deployed multiple fighter jets to patrol it
airspace, according to reports – as Iran warned the U.S. and its allies in the
region not to retaliate.
There has never been a greater threat of terror attacks on U.S. soil than
there is right now. In the aftermath of the killing of Iranian military
chief Qassem Soleimani, top Iranian leaders are vowing revenge. Many
of the talking heads on television are speculating that Iran may hit American
targets in the Middle East, but what they are forgetting is that Iranian-backed
terror groups already have a substantial presence in North America. In particular,
Hezbollah has been involved in the North American drug trade for a very long time.
Over the years, the mainstream media gave Al-Qaeda and ISIS a lot of attention,
but the truth is that Hezbollah is far better funded and far better armed than
either of those groups ever were, and now the man at the top of the military food
chain that gave Hezbollah their marching orders has been killed by the United
States. If Hezbollah sleeper cells are ever going to be unleashed in the
United States, now is the time when it will happen.
Of course U.S. officials clearly understand that there is a threat. As
Paul Joseph Watson has noted,
authorities in New York and Los Angeles are both ramping up security…
The threat posed by Iran-backed Hezbollah sleeper cells embedded in
major American cities has once again come to the fore following the
killing of Iran’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani.
Following last night’s assassination of the Iranian military leader,
authorities in both New York and Los Angeles announced that they were ramping
up security in readiness for possible revenge attacks on U.S. soil.
This is because Iran is known to have placed Hezbollah terrorist
sleeper cells throughout not just Europe but the United States too.
Former CIA operations officer, Sam Faddis, warned that Hezbollah sleeper
cells were hiding in the U.S. and potentially had targets in its sights.
‘It is more than possible that Hezbollah has sleeper cells in the United
States ready to strike,’ Faddis told DailyMail.com.
‘Based on what we know we must assume they do and that they can hit
targets on U.S. soil at anytime without warning.’
Up until now, Iranian leaders such as Soleimani have always held back their
proxies from committing terror attacks on U.S. soil because the Iranians knew
that it would potentially spark a full-blown war with the United States.
But now that Soleimani is dead and war is virtually a certainty, there would
appear to be no reason to hold back any longer.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rarely makes any sense at all, but for
once I have to agree with him. During a press conference on Friday, he
told reporters that we are “in a de facto state of
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said they would be protecting key locations from
‘any attempt by Iran or its terrorist allies to retaliate against the U.S.’
‘We have to assume this action puts us in a de facto state of war,’
he told a press conference on Friday.
It comes amid fears that the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, which has
been designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization, may
have sleeper cells in the U.S. that are ready to retaliate.
And he is right.
In particular, the Iranians and their proxies are going to be looking for
high value targets to strike, and there are certainly a lot of them in New
That doesn’t necessarily mean that something will happen there, but it is
definitely a possibility.
Last year, the criminal prosecution and conviction in New York of the
Hezbollah operative Ali Kourani revealed that the terror outfit has already
plotted to attack U.S. interests inside the country and is ready to activate if
it considers the existence of either Hezbollah or Iran to be at stake.
Following the arrest of Kourani and another Hezbollah operative named Samer
el-Debek, the U.S. intelligence community reversed its belief that Hezbollah
was unlikely to attempt attacks within the U.S.
“It’s our assessment that Hezbollah is determined to give itself a potential
homeland option as a critical component of its terrorism playbook,” said
National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen.
Unfortunately, a lot of Americans don’t understand the seriousness of what
we are potentially facing.
Hezbollah is made up of the most radical Shiite terrorists on the entire
These are the guys that ISIS and Al-Qaeda are afraid of.
Of all the terror groups in existence, Hezbollah is the most competent and
the most frightening of them all.
Analysts believe Tehran has stepped up its capacity to attack key Western
cyber infrastructure and has even built up a so-called “cyber army” that
pledges allegiance to the Islamic Republic.
Loic Guezo, head of French information security group Clusif, said Iran’s
cyber attacks above all sought to damage industrial targets such as dams or
“What is feared here is the impact on society — electricity cuts, poisoning,
gas leaks, explosions, transport chaos and hospitals,” he told AFP.
So at some point your power may go out, and you may not even realize that
the Iranians are behind it.
If and when the Iranians and their proxies start hitting us, it is going to cause
a lot of panic. America is totally unprepared for what is coming, and our
enemies are going to take full advantage of that fact.
The Iranians and their proxies don’t fight clean and their don’t fight fair.
Getting into a fight with them won’t be pretty, and when it erupts a whole
lot of people are likely to end up dead.
For the first time ever, a blood red flag is being flown over the famous
Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian “holy city” of Qom. If you have not see it
yet, you can watch it being raised right here. And as I will explain
below, the fact that this mosque is directly associated with the Mahdi makes
this symbolic gesture doubly significant. The hoisting of this flag was
broadcast on Iranian state television, and it was obviously intended to send a
message to Shiites all over the globe. So precisely what was that
message? Well, we are being told that according to Shiite tradition a red
flag represents both “blood spilled unjustly”
and a call for revenge…
Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolise both blood spilled unjustly and
serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain.
It is the first time in history that the red flag has been hoisted on top of
the Jamkaran mosque in the Iranian city and comes after warnings of harsh
retaliation against the US.
Red flags have also been spotted flying at anti-U.S. demonstrations in
Tehran over the past few days.
Clearly, the Iranians want blood. They will never, ever forgive us for
the killing of Qassem Soleimani, and their faith requires that he be avenged.
The flag, inscribed with the words “Those who want to avenge the blood of
Hussein,” was hoisted above the mosque’s shrine for what local reports claimed was
the first time in history, according to the Daily Mail.
The grandson of Muhammad, Hussein was decapitated in A.D. 680 during the
Second Islamic Civil War, when Muslims were fighting over who was the proper
successor to their prophet. The act was met with bloody retaliation from
Muslims who considered Hussein’s death unjust and sought to avenge him.
Obviously the Iranians are viewing this as something much bigger than simply
extracting sufficient revenge for the death of a deeply loved national leader.
Rather, they seem to be using this moment as a call to wage jihad against
all of the enemies of Shia Islam.
And as I mentioned above, the fact that this flag was raised over this
particular mosque is a very big deal.
The Jamarkaran Mosque is considered to be one of the holiest sites in Shia
Islam, and it is also associated with the future reappearance of the
Mahdi. In fact, as the flag was being hoisted there was a direct reference to
As the flag was raised in Qom, the mosque speakers called, ‘O Allah, hasten
your custodian reappearance,’ a reference to the end-times reappearance of the
In Iran today, most of the national leaders believe that the 12th imam,
Muhammad al-Mahdi, was born in Iraq in 869 and never died. Just before
judgement day, the Mahdi is supposed to reappear along with Jesus during a time
of war and chaos “to
bring peace to the world and establish Islam as the ruling faith across the
globe”. It is also commonly believed that the Mahdi is coming very
soon, and so that explains why so many top Iranians seem to relish the thought
that war could be coming. They need war to come first in order for the
Mahdi to appear, and since the Mahdi is supposed to return during the coming
apocalyptic war and establish Shia Islam as the faith of the entire planet,
they aren’t exactly too concerned about the threats that President Trump is
It is so important to understand the mindset of these radical Shiites.
If they die as martyrs, they will be rewarded as such in the afterlife.
If they live through the coming holy war, they will get to see the coming of
the Mahdi, and they will help to institute the global rule of Shia Islam.
So in either case, they believe that they can’t lose.
At this point, what they want is blood. In fact, even the daughter of
Qassem Soleimani is asking for vengeance. Just check out what she just asked Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani…
‘Who is going to avenge my father’s blood?’ One of the commander’s daughters
In response, Rouhani promised her that ‘everyone will take revenge’ and
assured her as she wept, ‘we will, we will avenge his blood, you don’t worry.’
There is no question that Iran is going to strike back.
And it won’t just be a one time deal. They are going to hit us
repeatedly, and they have already identified 35 potential targets…
IRAN today pinpointed 35 “key US targets” for revenge after its top general
was assassinated – with America expecting retaliation “within weeks”.
Hours later, rockets were fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad and at an
airbase housing American troops, according to reports.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have to wait long for the violence to begin.
In fact, the Green Zone in Baghdad has been targeted by rockets for two days in a row…
A total of six Katyusha rockets — three inside the Green Zone and three
in the nearby Jadriya area — hit Baghdad, according to a statement by Iraq’s
military, as Reuters reported.
Of course President Trump is not going to put up with this, and he has
warned the Iranians that he has identified 52 Iranian targets that could
potentially be hit…
Showing no signs of seeking to ease tensions raised by the strike he ordered
that killed Soleimani and Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi
al-Muhandis at Baghdad airport on Friday, Trump issued a threat to Iran on
Twitter. The strike has raised the specter of wider conflict in the Middle
Iran, Trump wrote, “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA
assets” in revenge for Soleimani’s death. Trump said the United States has
“targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level &
important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran
itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”
Following that tweet, many on the left harshly criticized Trump for
potentially targeting cultural sites, but Trump subsequently doubled down on that threat…
“They’re allowed to kill our people, they’re allowed to torture and maim our
people, they’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people and we’re
not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way,” Trump told
“If they do anything there will be major retaliation.”
Does anyone see a way that war with Iran can be avoided at this point?
Because I certainly don’t.
The Trump administration and the Iranians will both keep escalating things
until a full-blown cataclysmic war erupts in the Middle East, and it will be a
war that will inevitably involve Israel as well. This Middle East war
will greatly accelerate the development of “the perfect storm” that I keep
talking about, and none of our lives will ever be the same again.
Those that think that this is a crisis that will blow over in a few days or
a few weeks are not being rational.
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday evening that Trump had ordered the attack that
killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport.
Iran’s top “shadow commander” was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of
American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, the
State Department said.
“Due to Iranian-backed militia attacks at the U.S. Embassy compound, all
consular operations are suspended. U.S. citizens should not approach the
Embassy,” the alert said. The agency also shared phone numbers people
concerned about U.S. citizens and other loved ones in Iraq could call toll free
The State Department said the airstrike “was aimed at deterring future
Iranian attack plans.”
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American
diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region… The United
States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our
interests wherever they are around the world.”
Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, who served as Soleimani’s deputy commander
since 1997, will now take over the helm as head of the Quds Force,
Reuters reported, citing Iranian state media.
in New York City and Los Angeles announced
they’re taking precautionary measures in anticipation of a possible
retaliatory attack. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he’d
spoken with top NYPD officials about immediate steps the department could take
“to be vigilant against this threat for a long time to come.” LAPD said it was
monitoring the situation in Iran but affirmed there has been no credible threat
to the city.
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Tehran Friday
to protest Soleimani’s killing, chanting “Death to America” and
holding up posters bearing his image, AFP reported. Similar demonstrations were held in a number
of other Iranian cities, it added, citing state media.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also tweeted a video
that he claimed showed Iraqis taking to the streets to celebrate the death
of Soleimani. It was not immediately clear where or when the footage in the
tweet was recorded.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warned “harsh retaliation is waiting”
for the U.S.
The Iranian foreign minister warned that the U.S. would
bear all the consequences of the “foolish” military attack, claiming Soleimani’s
assassination would only escalate tensions in the region given that he
was “THE most effective force” fighting terrorism carried out by the Islamic
Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, said on
Twitter that “The US’ act of international terrorism, targeting &
assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS),
Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.”
Democrats admitted that no Americans would mourn Soleimani’s death but also
raised concern that the escalation will put the U.S. on a crash course for a new conflict in the Mideast. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
released a statement saying that Trump ordered the airstrike “without the
consultation of Congress.”
“American leaders’ highest priority
is to protect American lives and interests,” her statement said. “But we cannot
put the lives of American service members, diplomats and others further at risk
by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. Tonight’s airstrike
risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence.”
An adviser to Rouhani also quickly warned Trump of retaliation from Tehran.
“Trump through his gamble has dragged the U.S. into the most dangerous
situation in the region,” Hessameddin Ashena wrote on the social media app
Telegram. “Whoever put his foot beyond the red line should be ready to
face its consequences.”
Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Pompeo had deemed equally as
dangerous as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In October, Baghdadi
killed himself during a U.S. raid on a compound in northwest Syria, seven
months after the so-called ISIS “caliphate” crumbled as the terrorist
group lost its final swath of Syrian territory in March.
The overnight attack occurred amid tensions with the U.S. after an Iran-backed militia attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad,
which was targeted Tuesday by angry mobs who were protesting recent U.S.
airstrikes. The two-day siege outside of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad came to an
end Wednesday afternoon after dozens of pro-Iran militiamen and their
supporters withdrew from the compound.
Soleimani was the long-running leader of the elite intelligence wing called
Quds Force – which itself has been a designated terror group since 2007, and is
estimated to be 20,000 strong. Considered one of the most powerful men in Iran,
he routinely was referred to as its “shadow commander” or “spymaster.”
In April 2019, the State Department announced Iran was responsible for
killing 608 U.S. troops during the Iraq War. Soleimani was the head of the
Iranian and Iranian-backed forces carrying out those operations killing
American troops. According to the State Department, 17 percent of all deaths of
U.S. personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 were orchestrated by Soleimani.
As recently as 2015, a travel ban and United Nations Security Council
resolutions had barred Soleimani from leaving Iran.
Friday’s Baghdad strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy
commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, a
source told Fox News. In all, at least seven people were killed and at least
three rockets were fired, officials told The Associated Press. An official with
the Popular Mobilization Forces said its airport protocol officer, Mohammed
Reda, also died.
Rear Admiral in Iran Hossein Khanzadi told reporters Sunday that the four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”—was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the region. “Today, the era of American free action in the region is over,” Khanzadi said, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency. “They must leave the region gradually,” he added.
The commander of Iran’s navy has warned that
the U.S. has no business in Middle Eastern waters after his forces held joint
naval drills with Russia and China.
Iran is one of those nations that loves to brag about
military capabilities they don’t actually possess, to convince themselves of
how strong they are when the rest of the world knows it’s all a ruse. At least
that’s how it’s always been since the Iranian Revolution took place in 1979.
But just yesterday they concluded war games, Operation
Marine Security Belt, with Russia and China who are very powerful
nations, and who now seem to be in a partnership with Iran.
“And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there
shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer
than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall
stir up all against the realm of Grecia.” Daniel 11:2 (KJV)
Iran has gone from being a laughable little nation whose
bark is worse than their bite, to becoming a dark and mysterious wildcard that
now may be functioning as bait to draw the United States into a large-scale
international conflict. And there’s nothing funny about that.
Iran Warns U.S That Days Of Middle East Dominance Are Over
FROM NEWSWEEK: Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told reporters
in Iran Sunday that the four-day exercise in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of
Oman—dubbed “Marine Security Belt”—was a signal to U.S. forces operating in the
“Today, the era of American free action in the region is over,” Khanzadi
said, according to the Iranian Tasnim
news agency. “They must leave the region gradually,” he added.
The rear admiral said U.S. forces are not needed to ensure
security in the area, where American and Iranian forces have been facing off
amid high tensions between Washington and Tehran over the collapsed Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal.
The joint drills coincided with an
attack on American forces in Iraq, suspected to have been launched by an
Iranian-backed militia. The rocket attack on an Iraqi military base on Friday
killed one American civilian defense contractor and wounded four service
In response, the U.S. conducted airstrikes on
Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria. Khanzadi said Sunday U.S. forces were
not needed in the region.
“Regional countries themselves can ensure security together,” he said. “The
presence of Americans only creates insecurity in the region,” he added,
according to the state-backed Fars news
The rear admiral suggested that Iran’s “friends” would be
reassured by the exercises, while its adversaries should take the drills as a
warning. He also said he hoped more regional nations would join future Iranian
exercises. “We believe that maritime security definitely needs collective action,”
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