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ABRAHAM ACCORDS MEMBER MOROCCO SIGNS HISTORIC MILITARY DEFENSE PACT ‘MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING’ WITH THE NATION OF ISRAEL WEDNESDAY

The memorandum of understanding was signed by Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi and sets a solid security cooperation framework that formalizes defense relations between the two countries, allowing for increased cooperation in the fields of intelligence, industrial collaboration, military training and more. “We have just signed a defense cooperation MOU with Morocco. It is a very significant development, which will enable us to work on joint projects and promote industrial cooperation,” Gantz said, adding that “relations between Israel and Morocco should be expanded and enhanced.”

by Geoffrey Grider November 24, 2021

Israel and Morocco signed an Abraham Accords military defense agreement Wednesday as Defense Minister Benny Gantz made the first official visit to the North African kingdom by an Israeli defense official.

With each passing day, the Abraham Accords bring the regathered nation of Israel closer and closer to covenant that will be confirmed by Antichrist. We see this laid out clearly in places like Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 28:14-33 in your King James Bible. Now, this makes people mad when you point it out, and I get hate mail calling me a ‘racist’ because I say that the Jews are getting ready for judgement in the upcoming time of Jacob’s trouble. But don’t get mad at me, I’m just the messenger.

“Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” Isaiah 28:14-16 (KJB)

So don’t call me a racist, I love the Jewish people and I love the literal, visible and physical nation of regathered Israel, and because of that I do my best to warn them of the coming judgment. Ever read the Old Testament? God was constantly sending prophets to His chosen people with words of warning and impending judgment. Stephen in Acts 7 tells us what became of those prophets that God sent to the Jews.

In 2021, nothing’s changed, the Bible certainly has not changed, and it is ‘all systems go’ for what comes next.

Israel, Morocco sign historic defense agreement

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The memorandum of understanding was signed by Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi and sets a solid security cooperation framework that formalizes defense relations between the two countries, allowing for increased cooperation in the fields of intelligence, industrial collaboration, military training and more.

“WE HAVE JUST SIGNED A DEFENSE COOPERATION MOU WITH MOROCCO. IT IS A VERY SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WILL ENABLE US TO WORK ON JOINT PROJECTS AND PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION,” GANTZ SAID, ADDING THAT “RELATIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND MOROCCO SHOULD BE EXPANDED AND ENHANCED.”

During the meeting between the two defense ministers, Gantz also reiterated the importance of enhanced bilateral cooperation in light of developing threats in the Middle East and North Africa and expressed hope that there would be more countries that would sign normalization agreements with Israel. Israel’s defense ministry said that “the agreement is a significant step in the deepening relations of Israel and the Kingdom of Morocco, which already benefit from increased economic cooperation, bilateral tourism, and warm people-to-people relations.”

At the signing ceremony, Gantz thanked Morroco’s King Muhammad VI and Loudiyi “for their efforts to strengthen and expand relations between the two countries,” read a statement from the defense ministry. Ahead of meeting with Loudiyi, Gantz paid his respects at the tomb of Mohamed V, the grandfather of the reigning monarch along with members of the Israeli delegation and laid a ceremonial wreath. Gantz later met with Morroco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, H.E. Nasser Bourita and the Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces, LT.-Gen. Belkhir El Farouk.

During the meetings, “the Ministers exchanged views on the regional security situation in the Middle East and North Africa, and highlighted the similar challenges that both countries face in the fight against fundamentalist terrorism, border and aerial threats,” the defense ministry said. Earlier on Wednesday morning, Gantz also visited the First Infantry Airborne Brigade, toured the base and met with senior military officials.

Israel and Morocco have had close economic, diplomatic, and military ties for years and according to a report in Haaretz, military ties between Israel and Morocco primarily involve intelligence cooperation and trade in arms. In June, a Moroccan C-130 landed in Israel, marking the first time that an airforce platform belonging to the north African country landed in the Jewish State to take part in an international drill.

Jerusalem and Rabat reestablished ties under the Abraham Accords along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan and normalized ties last December. Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid visited Morocco in August and inaugurated the country’s mission in Rabat. During his two-day visit, Lapid met with his counterpart Nasser Bourita and handed him an invitation from President Isaac Herzog for King Mohammed VI to visit Israel.

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Saudis, UAE suddenly abandon Red Sea coast to Iranian-Houthi control – a shocker for US and allies

 Nov 18, 2021 @ 11:01 Iranian controlRed SeaSAudi-UAE pullbackUS-led naval exercise

Washington was bowled over on Nov. 17 upon learning that Saudi and UAE forces had pulled back from Yemen’s Red Sea coast, handing control to Iran’s surrogates just a week after their the Gulf nations’ first joint Red Sea naval drill with the US, Israel and Bahrain. The DEBKAfile account of the unprecedented war game, launched on the 11th, disclosed that it was commanded from Egypt’s Berenice military base, which President Abdel-Fatteh Sisi had inaugurated on the Red Sea’s western coast only last year. The exercise was designed to highlight the resolve of the US-led coalition to prevent Iran from seizing control of this primary shipping and oil route to and from the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean.

That objective was derailed by none other than two of the exercise’s participants – Saudi Arabia and the UAE – which dropped a bombshell on the exercise by a sudden decision to pull their forces out of a 300km long stretch of Yemen’s Red Sea coast – from Aden in the south to Hodeida in the north.

Gen. Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-UAE coalition fighting pro-Iranian Houthi rebels in Yemen broke the news: “A redeployment was ordered to support other fronts and in line with the coalition’s future plans,” he said.

Far from being a tactical move, military experts au fait with the Yemen war call the “redeployment” a major defeat for the two Gulf nations and a strategic victory for their foes, the Houthi insurgents and their Iranian sponsors. Iran can now chalk up control of the eastern shore of the Red Sea, ranging from the important Al-Mandeb Straits gateway in the south up to the Saudi border in the north. Control of this shore enables the Iranians and their minions to set up coastal bases for missiles, armed drones and speed boats for harassing shipping passing through the Red Sea.

The whole point of the US-led naval drill has therefore been invalidated. The US, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have forfeited a high card in control of one of the world’s key waterways, while Israel’s strategic goal of distancing Iran from its southern outlet to the sea has been turned on its head.

Our Washington sources report that the Biden administration confronted the Saudis and Emiratis with a demand for clarifications for their double game, so far without receiving a response.

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Turkey’s Paramilitary Organization Thats Wants To Exterminate Christians

by Shoebat on October 16, 2021 in FeaturedGeneralHighlight

Fascist governments will always have their paramilitaries, to do the bloodiest killings in the midst of conflicts. The Ottomans used Kurdish tribesmen to butcher the Armenians, the Third Reich had the SS to cnduct the massacres of the Germans. Today, the Islamo-nationalist AK Party of Erdogan has its own paramilitary, SADAT (International Defense Consultancy), founded by Adnan Tanriverdi.

Adnan Tanriverdi and his paramilitary believe that they are going to be a military force to prepare the world for the Mahdi, the Islamic messiah. Tanriverdi is a retired general who served as Erdogan’s chief military advisor but stepped down in early 2020 after claiming that his organization’s mission was to “prepare the ground for the coming of the Mahdi”. By preparing the world for the Mahdi, it is speaking of mass killing. The Muslims believe that their messiah will come in the midst of utter chaos and conflict. Thus, these Turkish fighters want to partake in war and kill the enemy in the belief that it will in usher in the end times. It is thus a part of an apocalyptic death cult, and like all such groups, they believe that by shedding blood they will commence the end times. Turkey is in a conflict with Armenia, and already that Christian nation of the South Caucasus was the victim of Azeri Turkish viciousness; in the future the storm of blood rage will not abate, but only worsen. In the nationalism of the Turk, innocent blood will be spilt, and in the apocalyptic vision of Turkish imperialism, a torrent of blood will ensue. But before such horrors fully unravel, let us remember that most strategic method of the tyrant: capitalizing on certain events to justify certain actions.   

When Erdogan appointed Tanriverdi to be his chief security advisor, it was a response to the 2016failed  coup and (according to one source) would be commissioned by Erdogan’s AK Party to lead a paramilitary organization to prevent coups from taking place. Tanriverdi would go on to lead SADAT. The goal of this mercenary organization is to help transform the Islamic world into a singular military superpower that would be self-sufficient and strong enough to be ranked with the other global superpowers. As the official website for SADAT states, it “aims at establishing the cooperation among the Islamic countries in the sense of military and defense industries, in order to assist the Islamic world to take the rank it deserves among the super global powers as a self-sufficient power”.

It is not surprising, then, that one of SADAT’s board of directors, Ali Coşar (a retired colonel) praised the Taliban as “members of a resistance movement that fought against colonial America for 20 years to take over the government and establish a state that practices Sharia.” This goes along with the agenda of Erdogan who said: “Turkey has nothing against the Taliban’s ideology, and since we aren’t in conflict with the Taliban’s beliefs, I believe we can better discuss and agree with them on issues.” As Germany wants to form and lead a pan-European military force, Turkey wants to create a pan-Islamic military force that it would lead against its enemy. It would thus be a new rise of Turkish power, with the full strength of the Islamic world against Turkey’s foes. SADAT wants to crush Turkey’s enemies through not just physical force, but psychology warfare. If the Koran says: “We will strike panic into the disbelievers’ hearts” (Surah 3:151), Turkey wants to be the one to instill the terror.

Adnan Tanriverdi is also the leader of the Turkish Strategic Research Center of the Association of Justice Defenders (ASSAM) which, in December of 2020, announced a conference for “Defining the principles and procedures of a common defense system for the Islamic Union.” By this it is referring to the Islamic Union Congress which was started by Tanriverdi’s ASSAM organization and has been having a conference each year since 2017 and is planned to have its final conference in 2023.

The purpose of the Islamic Union Congress is to create a confederacy of Muslim countries with, of course, Turkey as the leader. On the official website for ASSAM it reads that “the Parliament of Islamic Countries” should be established and each Islamic country should create the “Ministry of Islamic Union” through their Council of Ministers. What ASSAM wants to establish is an Islamic EU, with each country being a member of this Islamic union. Just as the EU wants to form its own pan-European military, the Islamic Union Congress wants to create a transnational Islamic security force consisting of the militaries of all Muslim countries. The next conference for the Islamic Union Conference is planned to be in December of 2021 and the main subject is described as “Principles and Procedures of Joint Foreign Policy for the Islamic Union”. The transnational military aim of the conference is indicated by the fact that a participator in it will be the Pakistan Centre for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS) which describes its mission as “to serve as a thought leader in the Aerospace and Security domains globally, providing thinkers and policy makers with independent insight on aerospace and security issues in a comprehensive and multifaceted manner.” 

One of the leading directors of CASS is Waseem ud din who served as an air marshall for the Pakistani air force but is now retired. His military education and his activity as an air marshall indicate his ties to Turkey. For example, he graduated from the Turkish Armed Forces Staff College, which means he was trained by the Turks. This is not surprising, given the fact that there are strong military links between Turkey and Pakistan. From 2016 to 2019, Turkey was Pakistan’s third-largest arms supplier, and Pakistan was Turkey’s third largest arms export market. And since 2010, 1500 Pakistani military officers have received training in Turkey, just as Waseem ud din did. 

In 2013, Waseem was present at a joint training exercise between the Pakistani and Turkish air forces. With Waseem was M Babur Hizlan, the Ambassador of Turkey. According to one report: “The prime objective of the exercise is to excel in the air combat capability with focus on Air Power employment in any future conflict.” What “future conflict” did they have in mind? Fast forward to 2021, where we are reading about how Turkey, Azerbaijan and Pakistan are training in Baku to prepare for war against the Armenians. This training exercise — called “Three Brothers 2021″ — was done in the midst of strong tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. During the Azeri-Armenian war of 2020, Pakistan sided with Turkey and Azerbaijan against the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh. Roznama Ummat, a Pakistani newspaper, wrote in October of 2020: “After the beginning of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Pakistan and Turkey are siding with the brother-Islamic country of Azerbaijan.” The daily wrote further: “Being a close ally [of Turkey] and a Muslim country, Pakistan has also announced clearly support for Azerbaijan.” According to Roznama Ausaf, a Pakistani publication, the Azeri ambassador to Islamabad, Ali Alizada, visited the Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi on October 9th of 2020 where General Nadeem Raza told him: “The armed forces of Pakistan support completely Azerbaijan’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.” Pakistan witnessed how Turkish drones slaughtered thousands of Armenian troops, and wants in on such technology. CASS stated this desire in May of 2021:

“The effectiveness and decisiveness of Turkish drones was demonstrated in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict last year between Azerbaijan and Armenia where the former prevailed over the latter. The victory was attributed mainly to the effective use of drones, a majority of which were of Turkish origin. … Pakistan, with its timely collaboration, can also benefit from these emerging technologies which would undoubtedly become major components of future warfare.” (Ellipses mine)

ASSAM’s ties to Pakistan and its desire to create a pan-Islamic military force makes it not very surprising that they not only support the Taliban but want Turkey to occupy Afghanistan. Ersan Ergür, vice president of ASSAM, wrote on June 28, 2021 that peace would come to Afghanistan after NATO forces left the country, with the exception of Turkey. “However, the only necessary and sufficient condition for this to happen will definitely be the continuation of Turkey’s presence in Afghanistan in terms of military power,” he added. Part of ASSAM’s utopian vision is to annihilate all of the world’s Jews. In July of 2021, ASSAM’s website published an article by Nejat Ozden which states the Islamic apocalyptic prophecy about the extermination of the Jews: “there will surely come a day in the future when trees and stones will speak and say, ‘O Muslim! Come and kill the Jew hiding behind me’”. What this signifies is that this paramilitary organization in bent on genocide, and it will not be just the Jews that they would kill, but the Christians, especially of Armenia.

Biblical prophecies speak intensively on Israel’s demise when “ships from Chittim” (Cyprus) comes to Israel. Many focus on the “ships of Chittim” which is usually rendered as the “Romans” in Daniel 11:30 during the escapade with Antiochus Epiphanies, but in Numbers 24 it is “Ships from the cost of Cyprus” that is the Aegean sea (Asia Minor, Turkey) and Jeremiah also speaks of “Minni Ararat Ashkenaz” (Turkey and its Islamic allies nearby) who invades Ashur (Iraq) then swings by to Arabia and Israel where other prophecies by Ezekiel speaks of God Who destroys the armies of Gog, save the remnants from the Israel of God and destroy Arabia and Eber (Hebrew Israel). This is not implausible today especially after considering Turkey’s and Iran’s hatred and continual attacks on Saudi Arabia and Israel and the Ottoman vendetta against Arabia for siding with the British Lawrence of Arabia during WWI. Isaiah 21 also speaks of Israel’s destruction “My people [Israel] who are crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard from the LORD Almighty, from the God of Israel.” (Isaiah 21:9-10) “Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up.” (Amos 5:2) and in Isaiah 21:5 it gives us another key verse (a freebie hint) before the invasion of that part of Babylon: “They spread rugs, they eat, they drink! Get up, you officers, oil the shields” (Isaiah 21:5)

Who besides the Muslims “spread rugs” just before the battle?

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Jonathan Cahn finds remarkable ‘harbinger’ in Afghanistan withdrawal

‘The exact day of the biblical marker linked to judgment’

By Art Moore
Published October 11, 2021 at 7:24pm

Is there a “prophetic sign” in the disastrous U.S. withdrawl from Afghanistan? Is there an ancient mystery, from 9/11 to the Taliban takeover, that presents a warning to America?

Those are questions messianic rabbi and author Jonathan Cahn asks in a new video message.

He points to a chapter in his bestselling book “The Harbinger” called “The Isaiah 9:10 Effect,” which shows how the events of 9/11 repeated a pattern seen in ancient Israel with astonishing precision. One of nine “harbingers,” he found, was that a nation’s attempt to undo judgment apart from returning to God will be reversed and bring calamity.

“So, for years I’ve watched to see if America’s victory against the terrorists in Afghanistan would be undone – if the Taliban would come back – and with them al-Qaida and the agents of terror,” Cahn says.

He begins his explanation of “the mystery” he found in the Afghanistan withdrawl by recounting his belief prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that 2020 would be a year of “great shaking.” He based that on the pattern he found in God’s judgment of Israel, in which the nation received a warning strike in 605 B.C. that was followed by “greater shakings” 19 years later.

Remarkably, the event that put in motion the “the undoing of America’s war” and “the return of the terrorist” began when then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Qatar to begin talks with the Taliban on Sept. 11, 2020, exactly 19 years after 9/11.

Then President Biden, he notes, “vowed to complete the retreat of America from Afghanistan” by Sept. 11, 2021, “the end of the time period that marked the 19 years.”

“When you see this happen, you are a witnessing a harbinger of coming judgment, a coming judgment that threatens to be much greater than the first,” Cahn says.

Cahn is known for his bestselling books that have found remarkable parallels between biblical stories and current events that he believes are a “divine warning” to the nation. He led a massive gathering on the National Mall last September calling for a “return” to God. Later, he urged Americans to pray and fast on Election Day, warning the nation was “standing at a crossroad and a precipice.”

In his new video, he points out that bordering Afghanistan is Pakistan, with more than 100 nuclear warheads, and Iran, a terrorist-supporting nation that is on the verge of gaining nuclear military capability.

“After the warning strike came on ancient Israel in the form of an enemy attack, a strike of terror, instead of turning back to God, the nation turned away from him and began warring against his ways, its fall from God and to judgment accelerated,” he says.

“After 9/11, the same exact thing has taken place in America. We are not just falling – we’re warring against God and His ways. We’re following the same exact footsteps of the ancient mystery. The mystery says shakings will come upon the land.”

He wrote in “The Harbinger” in 2011 that, that according to the biblical pattern, calamity would come to America through “division, through disorder, through economic disintegration, through military defeat, through manmade and natural calamities, through decline and fall.”

He says “the only hope America has is revival,” which begins with repentance, with returning to God.

Cahn concludes his video announcing he plans to post video messages more frequently via his YouTube channel, as “we are now living in critical, dangerous and prophetic times.”

In May, Cahn released a video message in which he showed the remarkable “prophetic template” behind the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, relating it to the Temple of Baal in the Bible.

In January, Cahn delivered a video message for President Biden, recalling the first inaugural address 232 years ago when President George Washington gave the nation “a prophetic warning.”

“The propitious smiles of heaven cannot be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that heaven itself has ordained,” Washington told the nation.

Cahn said in his January video that there’s a message for the current president and the nation he leads.

“If America follows the ways of God, the blessings of God will remain,” Cahn said. “If it doesn’t, they will be removed.”

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POPE FRANCIS HOLDS SPECIAL GAIA ONE WORLD RELIGION MEETING WITH CHRISLAM CO-FOUNDER GRAND MUSLIM IMAM AHMED AL-TAYEB AT VATICAN TODAY

The Grand Imam and His Holiness Pope Francis praised the efforts and initiatives of the Chrislam Higher Committee for Human Fraternity in activating and consolidating the values ​​of the Human Fraternity Document for coexistence among human beings. The two sides also discussed the real role that religious leaders and scholars should play to reduce the intensity of war and division experienced by different regions around the world, and confront extremism.

by Geoffrey Grider October 5, 2021

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, held a special Chrislam summit in the Vatican, following their participation in the Summit of Religious Leaders on Climate Change, entitled “Faith and Science”. Welcome to the One World Religion!

 

Back in February of 2019, we showed you how Pope Francis flew to Abu Dhabi to present the end times covenant of Chrislam to Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, how both men signed this document and then sealed their pact by a kiss on the mouth. Today, Ahmed al-Tayeb was present and accounted for at the Vatican as part of Rome’s preparation for their upcoming participation in the COP26 UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in November.

“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” Revelation 13:11,12 (KJB)

How’s this for intrigue? A lot of people are not aware that the person who was the official and legal witness to the signing of the Chrislam covenant was none other than Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. Among the many end times things he is involved with are the Abraham Accords, being the chief representative of Islam who worked with Jared Kushner to put the Accords in place back in August of 2020. Man, oh man, but things are really starting to come together, aren’t they?

Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam, Vatican Pope Francis cooperate to consolidate Chrislam One World Religion fraternity

FROM DAILY NEWS EGYPT: Both leaders discussed the religious, humanitarian, and moral issues that haunt the world today, and the challenges posed by changes and events on the global scene. The two sides also discussed the real role that religious leaders and scholars should play to reduce the intensity of war and division experienced by different regions around the world, and confront extremism.

They also expressed their keenness to continue the constructive dialogue and joint cooperation they started together recently, which has produced a historic document, the Human Fraternity Document, which was announced from Abu Dhabi in 2019. The two sides added that the many challenges require strength and determination to bear hardships and difficulties, and that returning to the teachings of religions is the way for the world to escape from extremism, division and the tyranny of matter.

The Grand Imam and His Holiness Pope Francis praised the efforts and initiatives of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity in activating and consolidating the values ​​of the Human Fraternity Document for coexistence among human beings.

ON MONDAY, THE VATICAN HOSTED THE SUMMIT OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE, ENTITLED ‘FAITH AND SCIENCE’, WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND SCHOLARS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.

The summit sent a joint appeal to the participants of the twenty-sixth United Nations Climate Change Conference, to be held from 1 to 12 November in Glasgow, Scotland, to express their concerns and desires to assume greater responsibility towards the planet. The appeal is also to stand in solidarity to reduce the negative effects of climate change on the planet, environment and the sustainability of its resources.

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Why terrorists picked 9/11 to attack America

‘We ignore history at our peril’

By WND News Services
Published September 26, 2021 at 5:22pm

By Joseph Micallef
Real Clear History

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the commandeering of four commercial airliners by a group of Islamic jihadists. The planes were subsequently used to attack the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The fourth plane, its intended target being either the Capitol Building or the White House, was brought down when its passengers attacked the jihadist hijackers. The details of those tragedies are well known, so I won’t repeat them here.

What is less known is why the hijackers chose the date of Sept. 11 on which to stage their attacks. That answer requires a deep delve into the history of the Ottoman Empire and its struggle with Christian Europe to dominate the Mediterranean world, and by extension Western Europe, from the 15th-17th centuries.

In the early 13th century Turkic tribes from the central Asian steppes began to migrate into the Seljuk kingdom in Anatolia. By 1299, they had organized a Turkish state in northwest Anatolia under Osman Bey. From that point on they would be known to history as the Ottoman Turks.

Over the next century and a half, the Ottomans conquered most of Anatolia and the eastern Balkans. In 1453, Mehmed the Conqueror took Constantinople. It was the symbolic beginning of an Ottoman Empire that at its peak, in 1590, would cover two million square miles of territory. The Ottoman dynasty would rule for 632 years, from July 27, 1299 to Nov. 1, 1922.

The Ottoman Empire along with the Safavid and Mughal empires have been called by some historians the “gunpowder empires,” because they were able to utilize Chinese advances in the development of gunpowder and metallurgy to develop sophisticated firearms, especially artillery and small arms.

The development of artillery and firearms had far-ranging implications for 15th-century warfare. Not only did it mark the beginning of the end of the age of mounted knights, but it also became a powerful driver for the monarchical consolidation of Europe’s petty states.

Artillery was expensive and required specialized training to operate correctly. Only larger states, with the administrative infrastructure to collect taxes from their inhabitants and enough wherewithal to train and maintain standing armies, could afford a significant force of artillery.

The term “Gunpowder Empires” was first coined by Marshall G. S. Hodgson and William H. McNeil, two historians at the University of Chicago. The concept has been challenged by other historians who have cited other, contributing factors in the rise of those empires and their varying use of firearms and artillery — quite high for the Ottomans and very low for the Safavids.

Ottomans dominant, technically advanced

Nonetheless, there is little doubt, that by the middle of the 15th century, the Ottoman military was the most technically advanced in Europe and posed a significant threat to the Christian kingdoms to its west.

This was especially true from the early 16th century through the late-17 century when the Ottoman military seemed unstoppable as it steadily expanded across the Mediterranean and the Middle East. That sense of invincibility was especially true of Ottoman naval power.

In a series of conflicts lasting from the early 15th century until the early 18th century, Ottoman naval forces swept the Genoese out of the Black Sea, fought seven separate wars with the Venetian Republic, clashed repeatedly with the Holy League and laid siege to European strongholds from Malta to Vienna to Tripoli.

In the process, the Ottomans marched up the Ionian and Adriatic coast of the western Balkans, took Cyprus, Rhodes, Crete, Greece and the Aegean islands and solidified their hold on the Eastern Mediterranean. Elsewhere, the Ottomans took control of much of the North African littoral, conquered Egypt and expanded their territory to include a significant portion of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

In 1529, an Ottoman fleet destroyed a Spanish fleet at Formentera in the Balearic Islands. In 1537, they staged amphibious attacks on Calabria and Puglia and besieged Corfu. More defeats for Europe followed: Preveza (1538), Algiers (1541), Naples (1544), Ponza (1552), Piombino (1555) and Jerba (1560). Ottoman naval successes were a remarkable achievement for a people from the Central Asian steppes that until the 13th century had no maritime traditions.

By the beginning of the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire was arguably the first Mediterranean superpower since the Roman Empire at its peak. Its land and naval forces had consistently proven superior to anything that Christian Europe could muster.

It seemed only a matter of time before the Ottoman juggernaut would roll over Western Europe — an event that would have inevitably reset the trajectory of Western civilization on a completely different and difficult-to-ascertain arc.

Rise of Spain, Christian wins derail Ottomans

Two events, however, cut short the Ottoman ambition to sweep to the Atlantic. Starting in the 16th century, fueled by the wealth of the New World, Spain emerged as a military superpower in its own right to counterbalance Ottoman might.

It’s often forgotten that it was the gold and silver from the Americas, first that looted from the Aztec and Inca empires, and later from the exploitation of their mines and other deposits in the Mexican highlands and the Andean foothills, that financed the rise of Spain’s military forces.

The second event was a series of unlikely and lopsided victories by Christian Europe against the Ottomans that would finally end the myth of Ottoman invincibility.

The first was the Siege of Malta in 1565. The Ottomans saw the conquest of Malta as the first step toward conquering Sicily, then conquering the Kingdom of Naples, and eventually marching up the Italian peninsula and taking Rome. The Turks had attempted an invasion of Malta with some 10,000 soldiers in 1551, but quickly broke it off. This time, however, they were serious.

The Ottoman Emperor, Suleiman the Magnificent, dispatched an army of 40,000 soldiers, including 6,500 crack Janissary troops from the Imperial guard, and 200 ships to conquer Malta. The island was guarded by a force of approximately 600 Knights Hospitaller of St. John, Jerusalem, and Rhodes (later to be given the sobriquet Knights of Malta), and some 6,000 foot soldiers, made up roughly 3,000 Spanish, Italian Greek, and Sicilian soldiers and 3,000 Maltese volunteers.

Notwithstanding being outnumbered seven to one, the Knights and their troops hung on through a siege that lasted three months, three weeks and three days, and daily, murderous artillery bombardments, before a relief force from Sicily finally came to their aid prompting the Ottoman withdrawal.

Christians better prepared in Cyprus

The second victory occurred six years later, in 1571, at the naval Battle of Lepanto. Fearful that another siege of Malta was inevitable and responding to the Ottoman invasion of Cyprus, then a Venetian possession, Pope Pius V organized a second Holy League made up primarily of the naval forces of Spain, Venice and the Papacy, along with ships from the rest of the Hapsburg Empire, Genoa, Tuscany/Pisa, Savoy, Urbino, and the Knights Hospitaller.

The fleet represented 70 percent of European naval power. Its goal, incredibly risky given the Ottoman’s naval success, was a decisive showdown. Phillip II put his half-brother, Don Juan of Austria, in command. The newly minted admiral was just 25 years old. He had no command experience and his entire naval record consisted of serving for three months on a Spanish fleet engaging the Barbary Corsairs.

Indeed, his claim to fame was that he was the best dancer at the Spanish court, and had a reputation for being so charming that none of the women at court could resist his advances. Despite what should have been an inevitable disaster, the Holy League prevailed, decisively defeating the larger Ottoman fleet.

The battle took place in the Gulf of Patras. It included 600 ships, the largest naval force since Octavian Caesar and Marcus Agrippa met the fleets of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra VII Philopator at Actium. Ironically that battle was also fought in the Ionian Sea not far from Patras. Lepanto represented the largest naval force ever assembled between the battle of Actium in 31 BC and the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943.

Second Ottoman Siege of Vienna

The last decisive battle that would mark the apex of Ottoman power in Europe occurred in 1683, during the Second Ottoman siege of Vienna.

Vienna sits in the Vienna basin, a natural gap between the eastern Alps and the western Carpathians. The Danube flows through the Vienna basin on its way to the Black Sea. Historically, this was the invasion route into Europe from the southeast, as well as an important trade route that linked Western Europe with the Black Sea and the eastern Balkans.

The frontier between Ottoman Hungary and Habsburg Austria had been the scene of repeated military clashes between Habsburg and Ottoman forces. In 1683, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed IV dispatched an army of approximately 170,000 soldiers and 150 cannons to lay siege to Vienna. The city was defended by 15,000 soldiers and 8,700 civilian militia backed by 370 pieces of artillery.

The siege lasted for roughly two months. By September, short of food and ammunition, the city was on the verge of collapse when an 80,000-strong relief army arrived under the command of King John III Sobieski, the head of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The force consisted of Austrian and German troops of the Hapsburg Empire and Polish forces. Sobieski’s army included a force of 3,000 Polish heavy cavalry, the famed Winged Hussars (Husaria). The Hussars wore an elaborate wooden frame on their backs festooned with feathers, giving the impression they had wings.

The battle began at 4 a.m. Sobieski was in overall command and was leading the troops at the center and right flank of the Polish-Hapsburg line. Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, commanded the troops on the left flank.

The Ottoman forces, trying to both take the city of Vienna while engaged with Sobieski’s army, increasingly found themselves pinned down between Vienna’s walls and Sobieski’s troops. At 5 p.m., Sobieski ordered a cavalry attack, which he personally led, of some 20,000 mounted troops, including the 3,000 Polish Winged Hussars. This was the largest cavalry charge in Western history. The charge broke the Ottoman line. Three hours later, the Ottoman forces surrendered.

The Battle of Vienna, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Kahlenberg Mountain, lasted a total of 16 hours. Combined with the earlier Ottoman defeats at the Siege of Malta and the Battle of Lepanto, it would represent the apex of Ottoman power in Europe. It would also mark the end of the European fear of Ottoman invincibility.

The Ottoman Empire would survive for another 239 years. It remained a formidable military force, especially against smaller states, but it would never again threaten Western Europe. On the field of battle outside Vienna in 1683, Western civilization as we know it, for better and for worse, was saved. The day that battle was fought was Sept. 11.

Jihadists picking up Ottoman gauntlet

The choice of Sept. 11 as the day to stage the jihadist attacks on the United States was not a coincidence. It was intended to send a powerful message, that modern day jihadists were taking up the gauntlet that the Ottoman Empire had lost in Vienna in 1683. That they were renewing what they saw as a Christian-Muslim conflict that had persisted since Bedouin tribesman had first burst out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century.

Admittedly, the notion of an enduring Christian-Muslim struggle spanning centuries is the view of a very small minority. It’s not one shared by a majority of the world’s Muslims, or for that matter the world’s Christians. It is nonetheless a powerfully attractive concept that is at the base of much of the world’s jihadist sentiment and which continues to inspire jihadists, would be and otherwise.

The recent successes of the Taliban in Afghanistan are a startling reminder of the power of ideas rooted in history, testament to their enormous appeal and popularity.

Unfortunately, all too often, we are led by a political class that is both ignorant of history and ambivalent toward it. Leaders who think history is yesterday’s news cycle. Against an opponent that is both inspired by its history and is oblivious to time, America is at a distinct disadvantage. The attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and the tragedy of Afghanistan some 20 years later, is simply the latest example that we ignore history at our peril.

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BIDEN SEEMINGLY LEAVES SAUDI ARABIA DEFENSELESS AGAINST IRAN

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | SEP 13, 2021 | MIDDLE EAST

all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mixed peoples who live in the desert; Jeremiah 25:24 (The Israel BibleTM)

The Biden administration ordered the military to remove its most advanced missile defense systems from Saudi Arabia. The eight defensive Patriot Missile batteries were positioned in the Prince Sultan Air Base, approximately 70 miles southeast of Riyadh. The base also hosts one advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense unit (THAAD) that can destroy ballistic missiles at a higher altitude than Patriots.

WITHDRAWAL

This withdrawal comes in the face of intensified missile and drone attacks carried out by the Iranian proxy Houthi rebels in Yemen. Just two weeks ago, two drone attacks hit the Abha airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia, wounding eight people and damaged a commercial jetliner.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby acknowledged “the redeployment of certain air defense assets” after receiving questions from the Associated Press. He said the US maintained a “broad and deep” commitment to its Mideast allies.

“The Defense Department continues to maintain tens of thousands of forces and a robust force posture in the Middle East representing some of our most advanced air power and maritime capabilities, in support of U.S. national interests and our regional partnerships,” Kirby said.

Despite this statement, an upcoming visit by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Saudi Arabia was just canceled.

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, the kingdom’s former intelligence chief, was critical of the move.

“I think we need to be reassured about American commitment,” the prince told CNBC in an interview aired this week. “That looks like, for example, not withdrawing Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia at a time when Saudi Arabia is the victim of missile attacks and drone attacks — not just from Yemen, but from Iran.”

HOUTHI AIR ATTACKS

Saudi Arabia is constantly targeted by Houthi air attacks and in  2019, a drone attack targeting an oil facility halted half of the country’s oil production. Though the Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, it is believed that it was carried out by Iran. At the orders of President Trump, the US deployed two Patriot Missile batteries to Saudi Arabia in response to the attack.  

The civil war in Yemen began in 2014. The war has killed some 130,000 people and generated the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

PULLING BACK FROM SAUDI ARABIA, COZYING UP TO IRAN

In February, one month after entering office, Biden ended support for Saudi Arabia’s offensive operations against the Houthis. Biden claimed at the time that he would prioritize diplomatic solutions to the conflict.

“This war has to end,” Biden said. “And to underscore our commitment, we are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales.”

The Biden administration had previously placed a temporary freeze on billions of dollars in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as saying that it would review the transfer of advanced military hardware, including air-ground munitions. 

The move is of grave concern to US allies in the region coming in the wake of the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan. It should be noted that the groundwork for the US military withdrawing from Afghanistan was laid several months in advance when the US stopped providing air support to the Afghan army and withdrew the contractors who serviced the Afghan air force. 

The Biden administration is currently engaged in the sixth round of talks with Iran in Vienna intended to jump-start the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. Biden was vice president when the hugely divisive Obama-brokered deal was signed in 2015.

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AFGHANISTAN: A HISTORIC TURNING POINT IN GLOBAL JIHAD AGAINST CHRISTIANS, TOP ISLAM EXPERT WARNS

BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ | AUG 31, 2021 | MIDDLE EASTUNCATEGORIZED

He shall be a wild ass of a man; His hand against everyone, And everyone’s hand against him; He shall dwell alongside of all his kinsmen.” Genesis 16:12 (The Israel BibleTM)

Dr. Mordechai Kedar has a deep understanding of the Arab mindset. A senior lecturer on Arabic culture at Bar-Ilan University, he served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena. Fluent in Arabic, he is one of the very few Israelis appearing on Arab television, frequently debating Arab thought leaders and imams in their native tongue.

It was therefore deeply concerning when he posted a warning on his Facebook page explaining what he believed was the actual significance of the Taliban victory in Afghanistan:

“August 15, 2021, the day in which Taliban resumed their rule over Afghanistan after 20 years of Western occupation, will forever be viewed and remembered in the Islamic world as the victory of Islam over Christianity, the victory of faith over heresy, and the victory of tradition over permissiveness,” Dr. Kedar wrote. “These events are pumping new blood into jihad arteries and the results will soon be seen around the world, including in Israel.”

This statement seems grandiose and hyperbolic at first glance. Afghanistan is only one of many Islamic nations and the US does not self-identify as the representative of the Christian world. Recent events are perceived by most Americans as a regrettable outcome of a failed attempt at foreign intervention. The motivation to intervene was in reaction to the 9-11 attacks, an attempt to prevent another such attack from a terrorist organization based (at the time) in Afghanistan. 

But Dr. Kedar has a unique insight into the Arab mindset and sees it differently.

“All of Islam views the US as the representative of Christianity today,” Dr. Kedar said. “Therefore, a victory by an Islamic entity over the US is not just a victory of one nation over another. This is precisely what the Koran describes as Jihad. The Koran states that Islam must have dominance over all other religions. Muslims must always be involved in this.”

“The entire Muslim world perceives Afghanistan as a Muslim victory over Christianity, not just as a Taliban victory or the US capitulating,” Dr. Kedar said. “The average American does not see that religion has anything to do with politics. But this is absolutely not the case in the Muslim world. America saw the war in Afghanistan as a war on terrorism. The Taliban and other Muslims saw it as a religious war. Here in the Middle East, everything is religion.”

“The inter-Islamic conflicts are domestic issues, family infighting. They do not allow any other nations, especially Christian nations, to intervene. These can be set aside in order to join in a battle against non-Muslims.”

Dr. Kedar noted that when the Taliban first established their government in Afghanistan in 1996, they declared the  Islamic Emirate of Khorasan, a theocracy ruled by strict Sharia law. The Taliban repeated this two weeks ago upon taking over Kabul.

“They are adopting the classical Islamic expressions,” Dr. Kedar explained. “They do not use the term ‘Afghanistan’. They refer to the country as ‘Khorasan’, which technically and historically refers to an eastern province, which is the classical name for the area.”

Dr. Kedar noted that people in the West become confused because they are using modern terms that do not have relevance to how Muslims frame events. 

“Americans speak of ISIS-K but that does not exist,” he explained. “ISIS is an acronym for The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The organization that is fighting for an Islamic state in Afghanistan has no connection to that group. They are fighting for the Islamic State of Khorosan. The correct acronym should be ISK.”

Though considered an enemy of the Taliban, ISK began in 2015 as an offshoot of the Taliban established by disaffected Taliban leaders.

“It is time that Americans began to open their eyes to see the reality in other parts of the world or else they will keep paying a very high price for ignorance,” Dr. Kedar warned.

After the sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the US that accompanied the Israel-Gaza conflict in May, Dr. Kedar warned that the religious turmoil would expand to include Christians.

“After they finish with the Jews, they are going to go after the Christians,’” Dr. Kedar explained. “This is not new or unexpected. It has only been going on for fourteen centuries. It is the entirety of history between Islam and Christianity. The Koran says that Allah is with the one who has patience. And the Muslims have patience.”

It could be that the Christian-Muslim conflict that characterized the Middle Ages has reemerged. And Christianity just last the first battle.

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CALL HIM JOE DIVIDEN: WITH HIS HEAD BOWED IN DEFEAT, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT’S POLICIES ARE NOW CREATING THE WORLD’S LARGEST TERROR STATE

April was when President Joe Biden ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31. As the military continued its withdrawal, the Taliban began its offensive and succeeded in taking over the country in just 11 days by August 14. After the rapid takeover by the Taliban, Biden ordered 6,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan and the region to evacuate American citizens, Afghans, and others out. The 13 service members killed Wednesday were part of that evacuation mission. Military officials say they are not sure if the Taliban — who the U.S. has been relying on to man checkpoints to the airport — allowed the ISIS bomber and additional attackers through.

by Geoffrey Grider August 27, 2021

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed Friday that thousands of Islamic State prisoners were freed after the United States handed over bases to the Afghan government.

Joe Dividen was 25 minutes late to his own press conference yesterday, responding to the attack by ISIS-K at the airport in Kabul that killed 12 US Marines, 1 Navy corpsmen, and around 170 American and Afghan civilians. He appeared confused, out of breath, and when he unceremoniously laid his head down on the podium in defeat, he sent a one word message to the world. Surrender.

“This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?” Isaiah 14:26,27 (KJB)

As you read this, ‘President’ Joe Dividen has made it possible not only for the Taliban to rise to power, for ISIS to make a comeback, but as thousands of Islamic state prisoners are being let out of prison, for Afghanistan to become the new terror capitol of the world. This is not happening because America is leaving Afghanistan, it is happening because we left Afghanistan in the worst possible way, as cowards sneaking out in the dead of night, and leaving our allies to fend for themselves. History will record this time period as the moment when America ceased to be.

Pentagon Confirms Thousands of Islamic State Prisoners Released by Taliban, The White House on Friday braced Americans for more terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, a day after twin suicide bombers killed 13 U.S. troops in Kabul.

 

FROM BREITBART NEWS: The freeing of thousands of Islamic State prisoners is under scrutiny after an Islamic State suicide attacker killed 13 American service members and a number of Afghan and other nations’ civilians at a gate at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday.

“I don’t know the exact number — clearly it’s in the thousands when you consider both prisons, because both of them were taken over by the Taliban and emptied,” Kirby said, speaking of prisons on Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Field that held ISIS prisoners.

He said the U.S. did not transfer the prisoners over to Guantanamo because the plan was to turn the prisons over to the Afghan National Security Forces:

THAT WAS PART OF THE RETROGRADE PROCESS, WAS TO TURN OVER THESE RESPONSIBILITIES. THEY DID HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE PRISONS AND THE BASES AT WHICH THOSE PRISONS WERE LOCATED AND AS THE TALIBAN ADVANCED, WE DIDN’T SEE THE LEVEL OF RESISTANCE BY THE AFGHANS TO HOLD SOME TERRITORY OR SOME BASES AND UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE WERE THE BASES THE AFGHANS DIDN’T HOLD.

“Those responsibilities were turned over in accordance with the retrograde plan back in April,” he said.

April was when President Joe Biden ordered all U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan by August 31. As the military continued its withdrawal, the Taliban began its offensive and succeeded in taking over the country in just 11 days by August 14.

After the rapid takeover by the Taliban, Biden ordered 6,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan and the region to evacuate American citizens, Afghans, and others out. The 13 service members killed Wednesday were part of that evacuation mission. Military officials say they are not sure if the Taliban — who the U.S. has been relying on to man checkpoints to the airport — allowed the ISIS bomber and additional attackers through. 

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ISIS SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 13 AT KABUL AIRPORT INCLUDING CHILDREN AND 3 UNITED STATES MARINES AS A PARALYZED JOE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE COLLAPSES

The first blast was caused by an ISIS suicide bomber in a vest, detonating outside The Baron Hotel, where Westerners were staying before their evacuation flights. A second explosion was reported nearby a short time later at the airport’s Abbey Gate, where crowds of Afghans have been gathering for more than a week in the hope of being put on one of the evacuation flights out. That explosion was caused by a car bomb, according to unconfirmed reports.  Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby tweeted there were a ‘number of US & civilian’ casualties but it’s unclear if he was referring to deaths or injuries.  At least three US troops were injured and it remains unclear if any Americans were killed. The nationalities of all of the victims are not yet known. 

by Geoffrey Grider August 26, 2021

Two explosions at Kabul airport have killed at least 13 people, including children, and injured at least three US troops just hours after intelligence officials warned of an imminent threat to the crowd gathered there trying to escape the Taliban.

We told you that the Biden administration would have blood on their hands for their dirty deeds in Afghanistan, and today, 5 days before the evacuation deadline, the blood has begun to flow in the nation where Walkaway Joe Biden has created the world’s largest Islamic terror state. 3 United States Marines are among the dead in this attack, and sadly their deaths are only the first of many that the world will witness in horror in the coming days and weeks. Joe Biden’s hands are dripping with blood.

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17 (KJB)

The images of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris smirking and laughing when asked about Americans stranded in Afghanistan should be a picture that every American needs to burn into their brains so we never forget. This is what it looks like when a nations falls, when its leaders are corrupt. Everything that is now unfolding has been long planned and is quite intentional, the New World Order is taking over and the blood is being shed as a ritual sacrifice. Now would be a good time to throw yourself at the feet of Jesus, and plead His mercy and grace. Pray for the families and loved ones of the fallen.

‘ISIS suicide bomber’ kills 13 at Kabul airport: Multiple casualties – including children and three US Marines – as two explosions tear through crowd, hours after Westerners were warned to stay away because of ISIS attack

FROM DAILY MAIL UK: The first blast was caused by an ISIS suicide bomber in a vest, detonating outside The Baron Hotel, where Westerners were staying before their evacuation flights. A second explosion was reported nearby a short time later at the airport’s Abbey Gate, where crowds of Afghans have been gathering for more than a week in the hope of being put on one of the evacuation flights out. That explosion was caused by a car bomb, according to unconfirmed reports.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby tweeted there were a ‘number of US & civilian’ casualties but it’s unclear if he was referring to deaths or injuries.  At least three US troops were injured and it remains unclear if any Americans were killed. The nationalities of all of the victims are not yet known.

President Biden is in the situation room at the White House, where he will be joined by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

HARROWING FOOTAGE FROM THE BLAST SITE SHOW BLOODIED AFGHANS BEING REMOVED FROM THE SCENE ON WHEELCHAIRS. ONE WITNESS REPORTED THAT A BABY WAS AMONG THOSE KILLED. THE ATTACK CAME JUST HOURS AFTER OFFICIALS WERE WARNED THAT ISIS WAS PLOTTING SOMETHING AGAINST THE CROWD OF WESTERN CITIZENS AND ALLIES AT THE AIRPORT.

US troops on the ground closed gates at the airport and the State Department warned people not to congregate at the airport. Britain told its citizens to run for the Pakistan border instead.

The Taliban claimed Kabul on August 14 and there has been a frantic scramble to get Western citizens and Afghan allies out of the region by August 31, the Taliban’s ceasefire deadline.

As many as 1,500 Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan with increasingly bleak options; 

  • Hide in your homes and risk missing the chance to be flown out on one of the last evacuation flights
  • Make a run for the Pakistan border, which is now overrun with Afghans and nearly 200 miles away
  • Go to the airport, where there is a risk being blown up, shot at or getting lost in the crowd.

Despite the escalating chaos, the US’s top diplomat made the astonishing claim on Thursday morning, before the explosion, that it was ‘relatively safe’ on the ground and people should still be able to make their way there.

Now, Americans in Afghanistan are being told not to go to the airport.

The Pentagon on Thursday denied fears that the US was going to withdraw within 36 hours, but Press Secretary John Kirby offered no date for when troops would leave, saying only they would stay in Afghanistan until the ‘end of the mission’. It offers little hope to the Americans on the ground who are stuck behind Taliban lines, unable to get to the airport.

Overnight, 5,100 people were flown out of Kabul on US military planes. Another 8,300 were saved by coalition flights. The total – 13,400 – was drastically less than the 19,000 rescued in the previous 24 hours. Ross Wilson, the Acting US Ambassador in Afghanistan, said on Thursday his office was making ‘phone calls’ but that many Americans didn’t leave when they had the chance and are now on their own.

‘We have through the State Department been placing phone calls to virtually all those who have registered with us to find out are they still in Afghanistan, are they interested in leaving Afghanistan, do they need help.

‘People chose not to leave – that’s their business, that’s their right. We regret now that many may find themselves in a position that they would rather not be in,’ he told CBS This Morning on Thursday.

Britain is now telling its citizens that anyone who hasn’t yet been able to get out should make a run for the border and seek refuge in Pakistan.

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