The United States is sending 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The decision follows last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the U.S. blamed on Tehran, with the Pentagon releasing new images on Monday that officials said show Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members removing an unexploded mine from one of the ship’s hulls.
The U.S. has already accelerated the
deployment to the Middle East of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier
strike group and sent B-52 bombers after what it said were credible threats by
Iran against U.S. forces and interests in the region
The United States appears to be moving ever closer to a
military conflict with Iran after sending a massive show of force last month
and now today we read that the Pentagon has requested an additional 1,000
troops be dispatched to the region.
The highly disputed attack on oil tankers in the Gulf
of Oman last week have only exacerbated relations between the US
and Iran, with Russia warning against using
the tanker incident as a reason to engage Iran.
US to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East as tensions escalate
with Iran after tanker incident
FROM ABC NEWS: The United States is sending
1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, amid rising
tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The decision follows
last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the U.S. blamed on
Tehran, with the Pentagon releasing
new images on Monday that officials said show Iranian Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) members removing an unexploded mine from one
of the ship’s hulls.
“In response to a request from the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) for
additional forces, and with the advice of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff and in consultation with the White House, I have authorized approximately
1,000 additional troops for defensive purposes to address air, naval, and
ground-based threats in the Middle East,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick
Shanahan said in a statement on Monday.
The U.S. has already accelerated the deployment to the
Middle East of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and sent
B-52 bombers after what it said were credible threats by Iran against U.S.
forces and interests
in the region. Since then, the U.S. has sent an additional
1,500 troops and increased defensive capabilities to continue
to help deter Iran.
“The recent Iranian attacks validate
the reliable, credible intelligence we have received on hostile behavior by
Iranian forces and their proxy groups that threaten United States personnel and
interests across the region,” Shanahan said.
“The United States does not seek conflict with Iran,” the statement
continued. “The action today is being taken to ensure the safety and welfare of
our military personnel working throughout the region and to protect our national
interests. We will continue to monitor the situation diligently and make
adjustments to force levels as necessary given intelligence reporting and
Iran attempted to shoot down a U.S. drone that was
surveilling the attack on one of two tankers hit in the Gulf of Oman last week,
CENTCOM said. The attempt missed the MQ-9 Reaper by “approximately one
The U.S. has also blamed Iran for an attack on four
commercial vessels off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May.
Evidence indicates that it is difficult to make
generalisations about the whole nuclear proliferation episode involving
Pakistan, as different sets of motivations, circumstances, and players were
involved in the three cases under discussion. Even the different stages of each case require separate treatment—for
example, both Iran and North Korea did nuclear deals with the AQ Khan network
in two separate stages, with a gap in between.
For instance, the circumstances under which Pakistan
helped Iran in 1987 were markedly different from the AQ Khan network’s nuclear
cooperation with Iran in 1993-94.
In the first phase, Khan’s half-hearted and
duplicitous dealings with Iran were in line with the instructions he had
received from Zia and his coterie, and General Aslam Beg had most probably been
fully informed. Beg certainly shielded Khan during the Zia years. After the
rise of Beg as army chief in August 1988, the policy regarding nuclear
cooperation with Iran was streamlined. Beg was of the view that the global
spread of nuclear weapons could lead to a multipolar world that would suit
Pakistan’s interests better than a bipolar or unipolar world dominated by the United
States. Khan had until then carefully handled the relationship with Iran via
In the second stage of Pakistan’s nuclear links
with Iran (1993-94), both the political situation and the regional security
context had changed significantly. Iran and Saudi Arabia were fighting a proxy
sectarian war in Pakistan, leading to significant violence, and Pakistan and
Iran had developed divergent interests in Afghanistan (with Islamabad
supporting the Taliban and the latter the Northern Alliance). Pakistan’s
military could not support Iran’s nuclear ambitions in this new situation.
Moreover, Aslam Beg had already retired from the army in 1991 and was no longer
in a position to support and provide cover for Khan’s activities.
As we had reported as an update within that June 14th story,
ANP received the email above that was dated all the way back on January 17th of
1999 which reported a nuclear detonation had been detected in Iran by
satellites in the hills of Northwestern Iran. While neither the White House nor
the Pentagon had any comment on the matter, as a spokesperson for the
Department of Enhanced Satellite Technology stated, “we are pretty sure this was an intended nuclear
As Dr. Peter Vincent Pry had reported on The Hill back in December of 2018 in
this story titled “Don’t Trust The Intel When It Comes To Iran’s Nuke Program“,
“Washington officialdom believes Iran does not
yet have nuclear weapons based on little more than wishful thinking.”
Warning that Iran probably has had nuclear weapons going back years, and likely
due to their dealings with Pakistan in the 1990’s, this ANP story IS NOT a call
to war with Iran as some might think but instead, a call to restrain from war
with Iran as they’re already probably armed with nuclear weapons, thus assuring
nuclear war should war break out with them. From Dr. Pry’s story.
Two years ago, senior Reagan and Clinton
administration officials warned that Iran probably already has nuclear weapons.
As they wrote in “Underestimating Nuclear Missile Threats from North Korea and
Iran” in the National Review on Feb. 12, 2016:
“Iran is following North Korea’s example — as a
strategic partner allied by treaty and pledged to share scientific and military
technology. Iran sacrificed its overt civilian
nuclear program to deceive the Obama administration, to lift international
sanctions, to prevent Western military action, while a clandestine military
nuclear program no doubt continues underground. That is why Iran, under the nuclear
deal, will not allow inspection of its military facilities and prohibits
interviewing scientists — it is concealing the dimensions and status of Iran’s
“We assess, from U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency reports and other
sources, that Iran probably already has nuclear
weapons. Over 13 years ago, prior to 2003, Iran was manufacturing
nuclear-weapon components, like bridge-wire detonators and neutron initiators,
performing non-fissile explosive experiments of an implosion nuclear device, and working on the design of a nuclear warhead for the
“Thirteen years ago
Iran was already a threshold nuclear-missile state. It is implausible that Iran
suspended its program for over a decade for a nuclear deal with President
The above assessment is by Ambassador R. James
Woolsey, President Clinton’s director of Central Intelligence; Dr. William
Graham, President Reagan’s White House science adviser, leader of NASA and
recently chairman of the Congressional EMP Commission; Fritz Ermarth, a
national security adviser to President Reagan and chairman of the National
Intelligence Council, and Ambassador Henry Cooper, former director of the
Strategic Defense Initiative. These stellar intelligence officers, strategic
thinkers and scientists played major roles in helping to win the Cold War.
Perhaps we should listen to them now about Iran.
However, Khan responded positively when approached
by Iran through third parties with financial interests. He could pursue such
interests knowing that Pakistan’s army was beholden to him for his efforts to
procure the No-Dong missile from North Korea, and thus he was immune from any
questioning. By the mid-1990s, Khan had also developed detailed brochures
and packages containing key information, equipment, and documentation, often
digitised, sufficient to attract the attention of prospective customers, aimed
at maximising his profits and satisfying his desire for proliferation.
As David Albright aptly maintains, Khan’s accomplices in these
nuclear sales were European engineers and ambitious businessmen out to get rich
quick: “Urbane and educated, they stashed millions of dollars in secret bank
accounts” and “they also drove the business by always being on the lookout for
promising new markets.”
The second phase of Pakistan-Iran nuclear links
was a product of such motivations.
So, is Iran already armed with nuclear weapons at a time when war looks to be
on the table should those who’ve long been pushing for war with Iran and
against America’s best interests get their way? We’ll close with this excerpt from this story from NTI from all the way back in
1999, the year after the alleged nuclear explosion in Iran’s
northwestern hills. Two US Congressmen Say Iran Has Nukes
Abstract: The Jerusalem Post reported on 16
April 1998 that two US Congressmen say they believe reports published in the
paper on 9 and 10 April 1998 that Iran has acquired nuclear weapons from the
former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. The opinions of the congressmen
contradict the views of the US State Department and Defense Department, which
have dismissed the reports. Representative Jim Saxton (R-NJ), chariman of the
House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, told the Jerusalem
Post ‘I believe that Iran already has nuclear weapons and that our policy
should reflect that.’
Representative Bill McCollum (R-FL), also a
member of the task force, said that evidence collected by the group ‘indicates
Iran possesses nuclear capability.’ He added that ‘for years, we have received
reliable information that Iran has been obtaining nuclear weapons’s parts and
supplies from the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Not only have we not
dismissed these reports, but over these six years there has been a growing
volume of supporting evidence.’
The article also cited Israeli MP Rafi Ekul as
saying that ‘several leading members of the US military have believed that Iran
managed to smuggle in several nuclear devices.’ McCollum said that Iran’s
attempts to acquire ballistic missiles and its strategic command and control
exercises also indicated that it possesses nuclear weapons. He concluded:
‘Therefore I believe that prudence dictates that US policy toward Tehran must
be based on the fact that Iran has already crossed the nuclear threshold.’
And while some reading this story still may think that this is a pro-war story,
why would anyone be pushing America to get into war with an already nuclear
armed Iran, thus assuring our destruction should nuclear war break out? The
first video below is from 2018 from Fox News arguing Iran already had nukes or
was only months away from them before Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran
while the 2nd and 3rd videos from Infowars each take a look at this unfolding
fiasco that very well could have been based upon false flag attacks upon two
oil tankers. Will WW3 with a nuclear armed Iran begin over a false flag? We
pray that those who make all of these life and death war decisions are paying
very close attention to what is REALLY going on, rather than the misdirection
that we’re being fed.
“Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern,” Heinonen said. “How will you be able to ensure your security if Iran achieves nuclear abilities?” In the full interview, which will be aired Thursday morning, Heinonen said that despite IAEA’s claims, Iran can develop nuclear weapons in up to six to eight months. Slamming IAEA’s handling of the threat, Heinonen said the agency ignores Tehran’s race to achieve nuclear weapons. In his opinion, even the Trump administration’s decision to leavethe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or “Iran deal” serves Iran’s purposes. “The Ayatollahs can handle the new sanctions, and in the meantime they’re making new centrifuges,” he explained.
Olli Heinonen, who headed the International
Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) security team and served as the organizations’
deputy director general, on Wednesday morning told Army Radio that Israelis on
the whole are not aware of the severity of the Iranian threat.
Yes, we have been hearing this for some time now, that Iran
is only “months away” from having nuclear weapons, and so far it has not come
to pass. But Iran not getting a nukes is not due
to their lack of trying, not at all. Now, the former head of the IAEA says
Iran, if present trends continue, will indeed have a nuclear weapon between now
and the end of our current calendar year.
A lot of people back in the 1920’s refused to take Adolf Hitler
seriously because no one ever thought he could pull it off, it
running joke right up to the moment the blood began to run
through Europe. If memes were popular back then the ‘well, that
escalated quickly‘ one would have been quite applicable. No,
America, the Middle East and especially Israel need to sound the alarm because
one day, Iran will have nuclear weapons
and they will use them. At that point it will be too late.
Iran is ‘six months away from an atomic bomb’
FROM ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: “Israelis need to be worried,
and the Gulf states also have reason for concern,” Heinonen said. “How will you
be able to ensure your security if Iran achieves nuclear abilities?”
In the full interview, which will be aired Thursday morning, Heinonen said
that despite IAEA’s claims, Iran can develop nuclear weapons in up to six to
Slamming IAEA’s handling of the threat, Heinonen said the
agency ignores Tehran’s race to achieve nuclear weapons. In his opinion, even
the Trump administration’s decision to
leave the Joint
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or “Iran deal” serves Iran’s
“Yesterday, two missiles were fired toward Israel from Syrian territory. One struck inside Syria and the other hit our territory on the Golan Heights. I held security consultations following the attack and I ordered the IDF to take strong action, which it did, striking several targets. We will not tolerate firing at our territory and we will respond with great force to any aggression against us. We are marking 52 years since Jerusalem was unified in the Six Day War. The war changed the fate of Israel. It removed us from a chokehold and danger of destruction, turned us into a strong regional power and – in effect – began the process of reconciliation the continuing fruits of which we see developing today.”
Jerusalem Day ceremony, PM Netanyahu says anyone who tries to hurt Israel will
be hurt far worse, claims Tehran gives Hezbollah $700 million a year
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had quite the action-packed weekend
so far. He watched as Iran used their proxy fighters to launch rockets at
Israel, authorized retaliatory and blistering airstrikes by the IDF which left 10
dead. Then just to round everything out, gave a rousing Jerusalem Day speech where he threatened Iran
and telling them they can in no wise beat Israel in any type of a war. And how
was your weekend?
“Behold, I will make
Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall
be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in
that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that
burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the
earth be gathered together against it. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a
burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be
cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against
it. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of
Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.” Zechariah 12:2-5 (KJV)
PM Netanyahu reminded his listeners that”we are marking 52 years since Jerusalem
was unified in the Six Day War. The war changed the fate of Israel.” From a
prophecy perspective, the battle for the Middle East and the battle for Israel
will always center around God’s holy city of Jerusalem. Take a good look at
those verses I quoted from the prophet Zechariah of what will transpire in the
coming time of Jacob’s trouble after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church takes
threatens Iran, citing overnight Israeli strikes in Syria
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned Iran
that Israel’s airstrikes on Syria earlier in the day showed that, when
assaulted, the Jewish state hits back hard.
Speaking at a ceremony for Jerusalem Day, when Israel marks the unification of Jerusalem during the
1967 Six Day War, Netanyahu said that in the
decades since that conflict many moderate Arab states have “sobered up”
regarding their attitudes toward Israel, which they now see as an ally against
“While we do not make light of
Iran’s threats, neither are we deterred by them because anyone who tries to
hurt us will be hurt far worse,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony at Ammunition
Hill in Jerusalem, the location of a key battle during the war. “We have proven
this many times in the history of our state. We proved it just last night.”
The ceremony was also attended by President Reuven Rivlin, Israel Defense
Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and other senior officials. “Since 1967, a
large number of Arab and Muslim countries have sobered up and today, thanks to
our strength, they cooperate with us in an unprecedented manner,” Netanyahu
The IDF carried out airstrikes on
several military targets in Syria in the predawn hours of Sunday morning in
response to two rockets that were fired from the country at the Golan Heights
the night before, the army said in a statement earlier.
“Every year Iran transfers to its
protege Hezbollah $700 million,” Netanyahu said Sunday evening. “These enormous
amounts are used to fuel the endless aggression by Iran and its satellites in
our region. Our neighbors know this, all the Arab states know it, and that is
one of the things bringing them to a renewed closeness with us.”
Beginning at 4:10 a.m. Sunday, IDF helicopters and planes attacked several targets
connected to the Syrian army, including two artillery batteries, several
observation and intelligence outposts, and an SA-2 type air defense unit, the
army said in its statement. Syrian media reported that Israel also struck
several targets connected to Iran and its proxy militias in Syria, in the area
of al-Kiswah, south of Damascus.
The strikes reportedly targeted weapons caches and a military training facility.
Seven “foreign fighters” were among the 10 killed by the strikes, according to
the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor group.
May 22, 2019 by Michael Snyder The more steps that we take toward a war with Iran, the more likely it becomes that somebody will do something really stupid that will actually trigger one. By cutting off Iran’s oil exports, we are threatening to completely wreck their economy, and at this point they feel backed into a corner. And the Iranians have already watched the U.S. invade two countries that they share a border with (Afghanistan and Iraq), and so it is understandable that they are a bit paranoid that it could happen to them too. President Trump keeps saying that he doesn’t want a war with Iran, but the Iranians do not believe a single word any U.S. politician says. Instead, they watch what we actually do very, very closely, and the fact that the Pentagon wants to deploy thousands of new troops to the Middle East is definitely going to freak them out. The following comes from Fox News…
The Pentagon is slated to request several thousand more U.S. troops be
deployed to the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran, a senior U.S.
defense official told Fox News on Wednesday.
No decision has been made, and it was not clear if the White House would
give its blessing. The deployment could also include Patriot missile batteries
and naval ships.
The more military assets that we send to the Middle East, the more anxiety
Iranian leaders are going to feel, and the more likely it will become that the
Iranians will decide that they must make a move before it is too late.
For the Iranians, their best chance to win a conflict against the United
States would be to try to eliminate U.S. ground assets before they even get
into Iran. Iranian leadership is absolutely insane, but under normal
circumstances they would not have a reason to conduct such a strike. But
if they see U.S. forces massing on their borders, they will definitely be
evaluating their options.
So sending thousands of new U.S. troops to the region is not a good idea,
and hopefully President Trump will realize this.
And what makes all of this even more disturbing is the fact that the Jerusalem Post is
reporting that “Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have agreed to a request
for a renewed deployment of US forces”…
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have agreed to a request for a renewed deployment
of US forces to deter Iran, the London-based daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reported
According to the report, the deployment comes as part of the cooperation
agreement between Washington and the Arab Gulf states, and will take place both
at sea and on land. A Saudi source told the newspaper that “the agreement was
aimed at deterring Iran from a military escalation, including attacking
American targets… and not with the aim of entering into a war with it.”
It is hard to believe that this is actually happening.
Look, the truth is that if Iran tried anything funny we already have the
ability to bomb them back to the stone age in very short order.
We don’t need thousands of troops in the region in order to do that.
But if we wanted to invade Iran, overthrow the regime and set up a new
government, we would need an enormous number of troops.
In fact, the former head of the Royal Navy has stated that that U.S. would
likely need “at least one million
troops” in order to accomplish that goal…
Admiral Lord West – the former First Sea Lord of the Royal navy – gave a
dire assessment of the potential conflict as tempers flare in the Middle East.
He told Daily Star Online the US would need at least one million troops to
successfully pacify Iran, and a half-baked attack could throw the region
further into chaos.
The 50-year Royal Navy veteran warned “idiots” in both the US and Iran are
dangerously hyping tensions.
So are you ready to send your sons and daughters off to the Middle East to
fight a war against Iran?
If not, then you should make your voice be heard while there is still time.
Another indication that things are heating up is the fact that the U.S.
State Department has ordered all non-essential personnel to leave Iraq immediately…
The U.S. military put its forces in Iraq on
high alert, and the State Department ordered all
nonemergency employees Wednesday to leave the country immediately amid
escalating tensions with Iran. Some U.S. allies have
expressed skepticism about the Trump administration’s claims that Iran
poses a growing threat.
Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman at the U.S.
military’s Central Command, said in a statement that there were “possibly
imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq” as he sought to clarify contradictory
remarks by a British commander Tuesday.
That is the kind of move that you make if you believe that a military
conflict is imminent.
Iran’s president has told a group of clerics that he is seeking expanded,
wartime executive powers to better deal with an “economic war” triggered by the
Trump administration’s pullout from the nuclear deal and escalating U.S.
The state IRNA news agency reported late Monday that President Hassan
Rouhani cited the 1980s war with Iraq, when a wartime supreme council was able
to bypass other branches to make decisions regarding the economy and the war.
We desperately need someone to cool things down, and instead Trump is
surrounded by war hawks like National Security Adviser John Bolton and
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and it is being reported that Trump is becoming
quite frustrated with them…
Trump grew angry last week and over the weekend about what he
sees as warlike planning that is getting ahead of his own thinking, said a
senior administration official with knowledge of conversations Trump had
regarding national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike
“They are getting way out ahead of themselves, and Trump is
annoyed,” the official said. “There was a scramble for Bolton and Pompeo and
others to get on the same page.”
Hopefully Trump can find a peaceful way out of this mess, because a war with
Iran would be the kind of war that nobody wins.
Sadly, a lot of Americans believe that a war with Iran is inevitable.
In fact, one recent survey discovered that 51 percent of all Americans believe that
the U.S. and Iran will go to war “within the next few years”…
The survey showed that 51% of adults felt that the United States and Iran
would go to war within the next few years, up 8 percentage points from a
similar poll published last June. In this year’s poll, Democrats and
Republicans were both more likely to see Iran as a threat and to say war was
Let us pray for peace, but without a doubt we live at a time of “wars
and rumors of wars”, and many believe that it is just a matter of time
before peace is taken from the Earth.
But at this point, it is hard to imagine how anyone can possibly believe
that a war with Iran would be a positive thing for the United States.
We have already witnessed the nightmares that the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq became, and a war with Iran would be many magnitudes worse.
Saudi Arabia intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles
fired from Yemen over Taif on Monday, Riyadh’s embassy in Washington said. One
of the missiles was heading for Mecca and the other for Jeddah, Saudi news
outlet Al Arabiya cited eyewitnesses as saying.
air defenses reportedly destroyed the missiles.
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement denied the reports.
“The Saudi regime is trying, through these allegations, to rally support
for its brutal aggression against our great Yemeni people,” Houthi
military spokesman Yahya Sarea said on Facebook .
Al Arabiya reported that an official Saudi comment was
expected later in the day.
Last week, Saudi Arabia reported that Houthi
explosive-laden drones struck
two Saudi oil pumping stations. Citing a source in the group,
Yemen’s Houthi-controlled SABA news agency said Sunday that
the targeting of these installations was the beginning of military operations
against 300 vital military targets.
Other targets included military headquarters and
facilities in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia as well as their bases in
Yemen, SABA quoted the source as saying.
Saudi Arabia’s deputy defense minister accused
Iran of ordering the attack on the Saudi oil pumping stations
which Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia claimed responsibility for
Last week, a state-aligned Saudi newspaper called for
“surgical” U.S. strikes in retaliation against alleged threats from
The editorial says U.S. airstrikes in Syria, when the
government there was suspected of using chemical weapons against civilians,
“set a precedent.”
It added that it’s “clear that [U.S.] sanctions are
not sending the right message” and that Iran “must be hit hard,”
without elaborating on what specific targets should be struck.
The newspaper’s publisher is the Saudi Research and
Marketing Group, a company that had long been chaired by various sons of King
Salman until 2014 and is regarded as reflecting official position. Turki bin
Salman al Saud owns the group and is the brother of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
WASHINGTON — A US official said Thursday that Iranian missiles loaded on
small boats in the Persian Gulf were among the “threats” that have triggered a
beefed-up military deployment in the region.
“The missiles on civilian boats are a concern,” said the official, who asked
not to be named.
The person was confirming reports in The New York Times saying that
Washington reacted to aerial photos from US intelligence agencies showing
traditional boats carrying Iranian missiles in the Gulf, one of the world’s
most strategic waterways.
The fully-assembled missiles were loaded on the boats by Iran’s
Revolutionary Guards, which the US has designated a “foreign terrorist
organization,” the newspaper reported.
“What the military and the
intelligence are concerned about is the intent,” the US official told AFP.
The Trump administration has been ramping up pressure on Tehran for the past
10 days, reinforcing its military presence in the Gulf region to ward off what
it warned were Iranian threats to US assets and allies there, without providing
any evidence of the danger.
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, did not
deny the shipment of the missiles in an interview with National Public Radio.
“We have to prepare ourselves,” he said. “I am not in a position to talk
about military preparedness in Iran. But what I can tell you is that all these
allegations are part of fake allegations which are being directed against Iran
to prepare something like a conflict or something like a war.”
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency reported. The official’s comments come amid spiraling U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over the ongoing crisis.
Iran will defeat the American and Israeli alliance, Iran’s Minister of
Defense Amir Hatami said on Wednesday, according to the Islamic Republic News
Agency. “We will defeat the American-Zionist front,” he said.
What started out as potentially mere sabre rattling has
morphed into a legitimate brewing confrontation between Iran and the United
States. With the
arrival today of the USS
Abraham Lincoln to the Gulf of Oman, things have just
‘gotten real’ for all the major players in the Gulf region. Even Russia weighed
in to defend their allies Syria and Iran.
“The LORD is righteous: he hath cut
asunder the cords of the wicked. Let them all be confounded and turned back
that hate Zion. Let them be as the grass upon the housetops,
which withereth afore it groweth up: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand;
nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.” Psalm 129:4-7 (KJV)
Bolstered by recent deals and armament supplies from Russia
and China (well hello there, prophet
Ezekiel!), Iran and Syria have been itching for
a fight with Israel. Iran has been waging a proxy war with the Jews through a
group called the Palestinian
Islamic Jihad for quite some time now. But it’s safe to
assume the Iranians were not counting on President
Trump sending such a large contingent. The Daily Mail UK
even ran a story earlier saying that Trump was considering also sending
120,000 ground troops which was immediately denied by
Washington. But one thing is for sure, an enormous
American military armada has arrived, how will the Iranians now
Iran Vows to Defeat ‘American-Zionist Alliance’ as Putin Warns Against U.S.
FROM HAARETZ: The official’s comments come amid spiraling
U.S.-Iranian tensions and the arrival of a major U.S. aircraft carrier group to
the region, and on the heels of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
in Moscow. The Kremlin said Pompeo’s visit failed to allay its concerns over
the ongoing crisis.
He told Iraq’s top brass to keep the militias, which are expanding their
power in Iraq and now form part of its security apparatus, in check, the
sources said. If not, the U.S. would respond with force.
As tensions between Washington and Tehran increase, Iraq
finds itself caught between neighbouring Iran, whose regional influence has
grown in recent years, and the United States. “The message from the Americans
was clear. They wanted guarantees that Iraq would stop those groups
threatening U.S. interests,” a senior Iraqi military source with knowledge
of Pompeo’s trip said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told
reporters on Wednesday that Moscow is concerned
over mounting tensions and defended Iran’s actions as a legitimate response to
the U.S. decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal.
The commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday: “We are
on the cusp of a full-scale confrontation with the enemy,” the Fars news agency
Major General Hossein Salami, named head of the force last
month, added: “This moment in history, because the enemy has stepped into the
field of confrontation with us with all the possible capacity, is the most
decisive moment of the Islamic revolution.”
As if on cue, a mysterious attack on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz has
brought us to the brink of an apocalyptic war in the Middle East. On
Sunday, four commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf, including two Saudi oil
tankers, were seriously damaged in deeply disturbing “sabotage attacks” that
immediately sent shockwaves across the entire Middle East. Nobody took
responsibility for the attacks, and at first nobody was being blamed, but now
an “initial U.S. assessment” is pointing a finger at Iran. The following
comes from the Wall Street Journal…
An initial U.S. assessment indicated Iran likely was behind the attack on
two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and two other vessels damaged over the weekend
near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. official said, a finding that, if confirmed,
would further inflame military tensions in the Persian Gulf.
The assessment, while not conclusive, was the first suggestion by any nation
that Iran was responsible for the attack and comes after a series of U.S.
warnings against aggression by Iran or its allies and proxies against military
or commercial vessels in the region.
And an article in the Daily Mail had some
more specific details about the U.S. assessment…
An American military team’s initial assessment is that Iranian or
Iranian-backed proxies used explosives Sunday to blow large holes in four ships
anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. official said
The official said each ship has a 5- to 10-foot hole in it, near or just
below the water line, and the team’s early belief is that the holes were caused
by explosive charges.
So here we go.
If President Trump can be convinced that Iran was behind the attack, he will
probably want to “send them a message”.
And if Iran strikes back militarily, events may begin to spiral out of
control very rapidly.
“It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something
happens, I can tell you that,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office.
“They’re not going to be happy.”
Asked to clarify what he meant by a “bad problem,” Trump
responded: “You can figure it out yourself. They know what I mean by it.”
It seems so crazy to think that we could soon be at war with Iran, but
events seem to be rapidly pushing us in that direction.
Even before the attacks on the oil tankers, U.S. officials had already come
up with a plan to possibly send “up to 120,000 troops to the Middle
East”. The following comes from Axios…
At the direction of national security
adviser John Bolton, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan last week presented
top White House national security officials with a plan to send up to 120,000
troops to the Middle East in the event that Iran “attack American forces or
accelerate work on nuclear weapons,” the New York Times reports.
Details: The plan was reportedly presented
during a meeting about the Trump administration’s broader Iran policy, attended
— among others — by Bolton, CIA director Gina Haspel, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
The New York Times pointed out that a similar number of troops were used
when the U.S. invaded Iraq.
But Iran is not Iraq. The Iranians have a military force that is
vastly superior to what the Iraqis had at that time, and Iran has also
developed weapons that possess immense destructive power.
From a strategic standpoint, the worst thing that the U.S. could do would be
to stage 120,000 troops in just a handful of locations directly across the
Persian Gulf from Iran. Rather than just sit there and wait to be
invaded, the Iranians would likely strike the bases where our troops are being
staged. With the weapons that the Iranians now possess, the losses would
be absolutely catastrophic.
Let us hope that nothing like that ever happens.
If the U.S. just sends air and naval assets into the region, the Iranians
will probably not act rashly. But if the U.S. actually decided to deploy
120,000 troops, the Iranians would definitely consider it an existential
threat, and they would use everything at their disposal to survive.
Iran has been planning for this conflict for many years, and the U.S. should
not rush into such a war without seriously considering the consequences.
‘We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident,
with an escalation that is unintended really on either side,’ Britain’s Foreign
Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned.
‘Most of all, we need to make sure we don’t end up putting Iran back on the
path to renuclearization. Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its
neighbors are likely to want to become nuclear powers. This is already the most
unstable region in the world, and this would be a massive step in the wrong
We are truly living in apocalyptic
times, and it isn’t going to take much to take peace from the Earth.
49 Yehoshafat constructed Tarshish ships to sail to Ophir for gold. But he
did not sail because the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.” I Kings
22:49 (The Israel Bible™)
Two Saudi Arabian oil tankers were targeted by “sabotage attacks” adding
more heat to the regional tensions.
Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, announced to the state-run
media on Monday morning that two of his nation’s oil tankers were targeted in a
“sabotage attack” off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The site of the attacks is less than 100 miles from the vital Strait of Hormuz
shipping channel. The tankers sustained “significant damage.”
He said: “Fortunately, the attack didn’t lead to any casualties or oil
spill; however, it caused significant damage to the structures of the two
The UAE on Sunday said an alleged sabotage attack targeted four boats,
without elaborating or naming suspects. It is believed that one of the vessels
an association of independent tanker owners and operators, saying that it had
seen pictures of “at least two ships have holes in their sides due to the
impact of a weapon,” and that “trading and shipping sources identified the
Saudi vessels as Bahri-owned very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Amjad and
crude tanker Al Marzoqah.”
The Saudi Foreign Ministry published a statement on the state-run Saudi
Press Agency on Monday, saying, “this criminal act poses a serious threat to
the security and safety of maritime traffic, which reflects negatively on
regional and international peace and security.”
Though it is still unknown who was responsible for the attack, the timing
raises suspicions that indicate that Iran may be involved. Last week, the U.S.
Maritime Administration issued a warning to commercial shipping companies that
from the beginning of May there had been, “an increased possibility that Iran
and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner
interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening
to close the Strait of Hormuz. Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting
commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red
Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf.”
The White House ordered the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike
group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4, indicating heightened tensions
between the U.S. and Iran.
The statement from the Saudi government on the alleged “sabotage attacks”
off the United Arab Emirates port at Fujairah came just hours after Iranian and
Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at the port
Britain’s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt warned that such incidents could
spark a larger conflict.
“We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident with
an escalation that is unintended,” Hunt said about the incident.
Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, the secretary general of the
Gulf Cooperation Council, agreed with that assessment.
“Such irresponsible acts will increase tension
and conflicts in the region and expose its peoples to great danger,” Al Zayani
said in a statement.
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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