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,”
A lot of people seem to have forgotten that we were literally on the brink
of war with Iran earlier this year. Back in June, President Trump
cancelled a major U.S. bombing mission against Iran at the last minute, and things
seemed to settle down quite a bit since that time. But now tensions are
rising once again. On Sunday, U.S. airstrikes targeted Iranian-backed
militias in Iraq and Syria that U.S. officials believe have been behind recent
rocket attacks against U.S. forces. Of course those Iranian-backed forces
never would have launched such attacks in the first place if they did not have
permission from Tehran itself. The Iranians love to hide behind proxies,
and for now the U.S. is only conducting airstrikes against those proxies.
But at some point President Trump’s patience is likely to run out, and at that
point we could start hitting Iran itself. Over the past six months, the
U.S. has sent 14,000 more troops to the Middle
East, and it is being reported that “the
Pentagon is considering deploying additional forces to the region”.
The drumbeats of war are starting to get louder again, and many believe that
eventually one side is likely to push the other side a bit too far.
The attacks that we just witnessed were supposed to send a very strong message
to Tehran. According to the Daily Mail, five separate
targets were hit, and at least 19 people were killed…
US air strikes left 19 people dead in Iraq and Syria on Sunday in
retaliation against an Iranian-backed militia group blamed for a rocket attack
two days earlier that killed an American contractor.
F-15 Strike Eagles hit five targets associated with Kataib Hezbollah, the
Iranian-sponsored Shiite militia group, said Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
These airstrikes were launched to directly retaliate for the casualties that
U.S. forces suffered from a rocket attack on one of their bases in Iraq on Friday…
Officials with the U.S.-led mission to defeat ISIS said Friday that a U.S.
civilian contractor was killed and several American troops were wounded in a
rocket attack targeting an Iraqi base in Kirkuk.
The attack, which occurred Friday around 7:20 p.m. local time in Iraq, also
wounded several Iraqi personnel, officials with Operation Inherent Resolve told
Military Times in an emailed statement.
U.S. officials believe Iranian-backed militias are behind a recent spate of
rocket attacks that have targeted U.S. bases and interests in Iraq over the
last couple months.
A U.S. official told Military Times that Iran-backed militias are now using
more lethal and longer range 122 mm rockets in their attacks.
Friday’s attack on Kirkuk is at least the eleventh rocket attack targeting
an outpost housing American forces in the last two months.
I am certainly not a fan of military conflict, but if I am sitting in the
White House and someone keeps lobbing rockets at my troops I wouldn’t wait two
months to hit them back.
So why did President Trump wait so long?
As I noted earlier, these Iranian-backed militias wouldn’t be doing anything
without approval from Tehran. If Trump really wants these rocket attacks
to stop, Iranian leaders need to be sent a message that will be clear and
And it appears that U.S. officials may be starting to lean in that
direction. In fact, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told the press on
Sunday that more military action “could be warranted”…
Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and General Mark Milley, chairman of
the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared briefly in a club ballroom to comment
on the airstrikes.
Esper termed the offensive “successful,” but said that Trump was informed
that a further military response could be warranted.
Personally, I don’t know what the Iranians are thinking.
Perhaps they believe that if they use their proxies to make things
uncomfortable enough for U.S. forces that Trump will eventually pull them out
of the region.
But if that is what they are really thinking, they have badly miscalculated.
This weekend, China, Iran, and Russia began their first-ever joint naval
drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman. The training exercises were
announced by China’s defense ministry on Thursday, as all three nations
continue to have strained relations with the United States and its allies.
The Russians have developed a very strong military presence in the Middle
East in recent years, and Russia and China have both warned about what a war
between the U.S. and Iran would mean for the entire region.
A major war in the Middle East would have very serious implications for the
entire globe, and it would risk sparking a much wider conflict.
Right now our relations with Russia are already the worst that they have
been since the end of the Cold War, and they just continue to deteriorate.
Most Americans don’t spend too much time thinking about a potential war with
Russia, but over in Russia there is lots of talk about a possible military
confrontation. In fact, Russia’s top general recently warned that the western
powers are preparing for a “large-scale military
Russia’s top general has warned a big war is coming in a chilling prediction
amid ongoing tensions with NATO.
Valery Gerasimov, the chief Vladimir Putin’s general staff, has said he
believes the West are preparing for a “large-scale military conflict”.
He was speaking at a senior briefing for the military – saying that the West
has assigned “adversary status” to Russia.
Ultimately, one of the big reasons why Trump may have been so hesitant to be
more aggressive with Iran is because he realizes that it could potentially
spark World War 3.
Because once we go to war with Iran, the Iranians are going to start
launching missiles directly at Israel, and Israel would undoubtedly strike back
with overwhelming force.
Turkey is attempting to stop Israel from laying a natural gas pipeline to
Europe, Israeli public broadcaster Kan reported
According to the report, Turkey is claiming that the planned Israeli
undersea pipeline infringes on an area claimed by Turkey under an economic
agreement reached with Libya.
Turkey has officially asked the UN to recognize the agreement with Libya as
a first step toward preventing Israel from building its own pipeline.
Kan reported that Turkey’s foreign minister commented that his
country was prepared to respond powerfully against anyone who attempted to
infringe Turkish sovereignty.
If successful, Turkey’s move would most seriously affect Greece and Cyprus,
both allies of Israel, who, along with Italy, have signed a memorandum of
understanding with the Jewish state on construction of the gas pipeline.
PALMYRA, SYRIA – OCTOBER 14: Ancient ruins of the Palmyra
city at present destroyed in the Syrian war. View on the Arch in Palmyra in
October 14, 2006 – Image: Shutterstock
The Russian government recently announced that it will partner with the
Syrian government in reconstructing the ancient temple to the pagan god Ba’al
in Palmyra. If successful, the project will necessarily mark the third
incarnation of the Roman Victory Arch of Palmyra which an ancient Jewish source
states must fall and be rebuilt three times before the arrival of the
The site, once a vital point on the Silk Road caravan route, contains
archaeological remains dating back to the neolithic period. As such, it hosted
many monumental projects including the Temple of Bel (or Ba’al). The temple was
built on the site of a prior pagan temple dating back to the third millennium
BCE. The most recent of the temples were dedicated in 32 CE. Converted into a
Christian church during the Byzantine
Era, parts of the structure were modified into a mosque
by Muslims in 1132. It remained in use as a mosque until the 1920s. Its ruins
were considered among the best-preserved at Palmyra, serving as a major tourist
attraction. Before the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, Palmyra was a
popular tourist attraction, drawing 105,000 visitors a year. The temple and
much of the site was destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015.
Mentioned more than 90 times in the Bible, most notably when Elijah defeated
the priests of Ba’al, also known as Moloch, in a contest to bring down fire
from heaven to burn a sacrifice, Ba’al became the archetypical form of idol
worship. Pantheistic, his adherents worshipped Mother Nature while denying the
existence of a creator. Followers of Ba’al engaged in bisexual orgies and
sacrificed human infants, burning them alive. Anthropologists conjecture that
the child sacrifice was to cull the population after the inevitable outcome of
Mikhail Piotrovsky, the director of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg,
announced last week that his institution and the Institute of the History of
Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences signed agreements in
Damascus with Syria’s Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM)
will begin restoring the ancient site.
The Hermitage posted a statement on its website ten days ago saying, “Both
agreements are a tangible step in the significant development of museum and
research ties between Russia and Syria.”
The project will also be under the auspices of the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO was
involved in previous Palmyra projects that focused on idolatry. In November
2017, UNESCO teamed with the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) in the reconstruction
of a statue
of the pagan goddess Athena. The statue was presented at an exhibit
“The Spirit in the Stone,” at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York
City. The exhibit described Athena as “synonymous with reason, refuge and the
rule of law, all of the same values on which that historic institution was
built,” but the spear lying at the statue’s feet belied her more common
association as the goddess of war. Some scholars believe the Greek goddess was
based on the Mesopotamian goddess al-Lat.
In 2016, the IDA used 3-D printing technology to reproduce a
replica of the Arch
of Palmyra, a Roman victory arch that stood in front of the temple for
1,800 years. The first modern reappearance of the Arch
of Palmyra was in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2016, when it was erected
World Heritage Week. The unveiling coincided
with the beginning of a 13-day period known in the occult as “the Blood Sacrifice
to the Beast,” the most important holiday for those who worship the god Ba’al,
celebrated with child sacrifice and bisexual orgies. The arch was unveiled on
April 19th, the holiday of Beltane, the culmination of the 13-day period.
Also known as May Day, Beltane is an Anglicized reference to the god
“Ba’al.” An annual Beltane Fire Festival is held in Edinburgh and in
other parts around the globe as part of ancient Gaelic culture. In an
unfortunate misunderstanding of the festival’s roots, they are frequently
billed as family events, with children being given special discounts.
In Jewish tradition, the Arch
of Palmyra may be alluded to as a harbinger of the Messianic era. An arch
that is repeatedly built up and destroyed is described in the Talmud (Tractate
The disciples of Rabbi Yossi the son of Kisma questioned him, asking when
the son of David (the Messiah) will appear. And he answered: I am afraid you
will request me a sign as well. And they assured him that they would not. He
then said to them: When this gate will fall, be rebuilt and fall again, be
rebuilt again and fall again. And before it will be rebuilt for the third time
the Messiah will appear.
Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, a preeminent medieval rabbi known by the acronym
Rashi, explained this section of the Talmud, stating that the arch described by
Rabbi Yossi was “a Roman arch in a Roman city.” The arch in Palmyra was indeed
a Roman victory arch built when Palmyra was a Roman city.
If the Russian-UN-Syrian triumvirate succeeds in recreating the Roman
Victory Arch in Palmyra, this will mark the third incarnation of the arch; the
original being the first, the IDA digital recreation being the second, and the
soon-to-be creation being the third.
The arch also appeared in Washington
D.C.during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. It is interesting to note that one
of the methods of serving Ba’al was by sacrificing infants and one of the major
objections to Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court was his
By advocating for reconstructing a temple of Ba’al, the UN is violating its
Biblical mandate since the third Noahide law is a prohibition against
Palmyra was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1980, which
described the temple as “one of the best-preserved and most important religious
edifices of the first century in the Middle East.” Palmyra is approximately 370
miles away from two other UNESCO Heritage sites listed as having Muslim
significance: Jerusalem and Hebron.
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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