Category Archive: Islam

Aug 02

Erdogan As Leader Of The Muslim Nations Says That Jerusalem Belongs To 1.7 Billion Muslims And He Plans To Unite Them To Rule It

By Shoebat Foundation on July 24, 2017 in Featured, General

By Walid Shoebat

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now honed in on Jerusalem said on Sunday that “the Al-Aqsa Mosque is the honor of 1.7 billion Muslims, not just the Palestinians, and that the Muslim world cannot wait to remain indifferent to the restrictions imposed on the A-Qsa Mosque [Temple Mount]”. (Source: The Daily Sabah)

“As the periodic president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), I again call on Israel to act in accordance with humanitarian law and values,” Erdogan said, stressing that Israel should move away from what would escalate tension in the region.

So now Jerusalem according to Erdogan is the property of all Muslims and he wants to unite them to rule it. But notice the crucial point, Erdogan here was not speaking just as President of Turkey, but as leader of the O.I.C. Organization of Islamic Cooperation (O.I.C) considered to be the Muslim ‘U.N’ coming second to the United Nations in size and global power.

This tickles in the ears of over a billion Muslims worldwide.

Erdogan made the remarks at a press conference at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport ahead of his departure for Saudi Arabia, starting with a two-day Gulf tour that also includes Kuwait and Qatar.

“Turkey has expressed its strong and public resentment and condemnation of the Israeli restrictions imposed on al-Aqsa,” Erdogan said, referring to two metal detectors Israel positioned on the Temple Mount to prevent terrorists from entering the sanctuary with weapons.

Using the O.I.C as a platform, Erdogan is also acting as the mediator on the Gulf crisis, Erdogan said: “Turkey is sorry about the recent developments in the Gulf, and Muslims today more than ever need to unite and lined up. Unfortunately, the tragedies in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Palestine are increasing day by day” He said.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on the grounds of “supporting terrorism,” which Doha denied, saying it faced a “campaign of fabrications and lies.”

Erdogan is now taking sides with terror-state Qatar acting as the leader of the Muslim world and is taking control of the Muslim world via the O.I.C.

Founded in 1969 consisting of 57 member states, the organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world”. It was set up as result of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphate after World War I which left a vacuum for a pan-Islamic institution. Losing the Six-Day War in 1967 provided the incentive needed where leaders of Muslim nations met in Rabat to establish the OIC on 25 September 1969.

In May, Erdogan spoke about the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims around the world and urged more Turks and others to visit the city that “Jerusalem is ‘The first of the two directions of prayer, the second of mosques, the third of sanctuaries’”

And by this Erdogan is reestablishing Jerusalem as the central focus since Jerusalem was “the first of the two directions of prayer”.

As Zechariah the prophet predicted that Jerusalem will be the central focus to the surrounding nations and that these nations will be drunk over Jerusalem. Whoever would imagine two metal detectors could make such a ruckus? But this is the type of thing God foretold.

Islam’s false prophet Muhammad redirected the Qibla (direction of prayer) from Jerusalem (the first direction of prayer) to Mecca. Jerusalem was initially the direction where all Muslims worshipped five times a day. Yet “All Muslims should visit Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Erdogan said during a speech at the International Forum of Endowments for Jerusalem in Istanbul to re-establish the Muslim Omra where Muslims are mandated to pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to flood it “The city and the Temple will be destroyed by the invading army of a powerful ruler, “The end will come like a flood, bringing the war and destruction”.

Last year we predicted:

this red-dragon eyes Jerusalem as the “apple of the eye of every Muslim” as Erdogan once put it … Soon you will see him sending and opening the flood gates of Muslim pilgrims to Jerusalem (Revelation 12, as we have seen in Europe) making Jerusalem an extension of the Haj they call Umra.

An antichrist is a spewer of floods and Jerusalem’s destiny will be with a flood.  Last year we also predicted:

In the near future we will see Muslim demand to allow them entry to Jerusalem from all around the world. While Israel welcomes this economically the repercussions will only be known, we predict, when they create havoc in the city.

We also warned last year that:

“What Caliph Al-Baghdadi wanted to gain through terrorism, Erdogan of Turkey was able to gain ‘by peace’ where he is “deceiving many”. Erdogan is also now leading the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (O.I.C) considered to be the Muslim ‘U.N’ coming second to the United Nations in size and global power. But thats not all. As this happens, the cunning Erdogan was able to woo Saudi Arabia to arrange the Turkey-Egypt talks setting the framework for a peace deal between Turkey and Egypt to be finalized before April where Al-Sisi hands over the leadership of the O.I.C to Erdogan. Keep in mind, that the O.I.C represents the association of 56 Islamic states promoting Muslim solidarity in economic, social, and political affairs. But the devil is not wiser than Daniel who tells us: “And after the league is made with him he shall act deceitfully, for he shall come up and become strong with a small number of people.” (Daniel 11:23)

This “league” is a united Muslim states and the O.I.C plays a major role in this affair. Remember the Scriptures: “Cush, and Put, and Lud [Turkey], and all Arabia, and Libya, and the people of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.” (Ezekiel 30:5)

Don’t say that we never told you so, way ahead of time, that you may consider the state of your spiritual affairs by becoming one of the five virgins with oil in their lamps before the coming of the Bridegroom.”

And a league it is. Just as we stated will happen is happening. Erdogan lately traveled all over to create such a league. From Saudi Iranian relations to expressing concern at the stand-off between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, Erdogan offered to get involved in settling many issues to bring this unity together.

Erdogan now offers the OIC’s references to self-determination as a means to resolving differences not just over Qatar or Kashmir but other crises such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Palestinian problem, Iraq, Syria, the Kurdish issue, the Tibet, Taiwan all the way to Balochistan.

Erdogan said that the OIC is the answer:

“It (OIC) has its area of influence. It has economic and political strengths, it has a say in global matters and it can contribute to world peace. If something has been approved by all member-states, it should not be criticised or questioned. OIC members also have weight in the United Nations. Turkey supports India to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.”

Beware of anyone who uses flattery and says that they are for all religious rights. Erdogan uses flattery and offers of peace he is deceiving many:

“We are not against any faith. We protect synagogues or churches from possible terror attacks but the West needs to reciprocate but it is not doing so.”

But Erdogan wants to unite all religions in the region into a syncretist reality.

Making a league involves much work which you will see coming on its way in the years to come. Turkey’s president has even called on all Muslim countries around the world to build efficient transportation networks in order to accelerate integration among themselves. “Reinforcing our cooperation in the field of transport – one of the six areas covered under the COMCEC Strategy – is important for facilitating trade between our member countries and accelerating integration,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his opening statement at the 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Ankara.

But we at Shoebat.com see the writing on the wall. Erdogan is on a quest to becoming anointed as the leader of all Muslims and the Solomon who solves all disputes between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Hamas and the PA … So now Erdogan is presenting Turkey as the defender of Islam replacing the Saudi role whose economy is under the weather due to the US discovery of shale oil.

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Aug 02

Declaration of war:’ Hajj controversy widens row between Saudi Arabia & Qatar While Shiites Attempt To Bomb Mecca

By Shoebat Foundation on July 31, 2017 in Featured, General

By Walid Shoebat

The Iran backed insurgents in Yemen recently acknowledged that they had launched on Thursday a ballistic missile towards Mecca region in Saudi Arabia, reported one Middle East news agency. Now the war over Mecca rises between Qatar and Saudi Arabia as Qatar demands that Mecca become an international city while Saudi Arabia threatens “war” with Qatar over this issue.

Firstly, Alsharq Al-Awsat reported:

“An observer only needs Google Maps or any similar app to determine just how close the King Fahad Air Base is to the Great Mosque of Mecca. The Arab Coalition air defense had managed to intercept Thursday’s missile. The launch was deemed by observers as an attempt to “ruin the Hajj pilgrimage season.” This is not the first time that the insurgents acknowledged that they had targeted Saudi Arabia. They sought in October 2016 to strike Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, which also lies in the Mecca region.

In October last year, one ballistic missile that was shot down came close near Makkah and in the following month alone, at the same year, Saudi Arabia had intercepted 11 Scud missiles aimed to take down Mecca’s holy site.

And then we read another headline from RT: “‘Declaration of war:’ Hajj controversy widens row between Saudi Arabia & Qatar” which reveals:

“The feud between the Saudi-led block and Qatar escalated over the weekend, with Doha protesting to the UN over restrictions on its citizens flying to Mecca, and Riyadh threatening “war” over what it considers calls to “internationalize the holy sites” in Mecca and Medina.”

Can it get any worse than this for Mecca? Answer is yes. Most do not pay attention to detail, scripture says:

“And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast.” (Apocalypse 17)

The Muslim alliance that is already forming as we see Turkey uniting with Qatar and tomorrow even with Iran will “agree” to “hate the whore” (Saudi Arabia) and “burn her with fire” and that “God hath put it in their heart to fulfill his will”.

One thing about God is that every letter is fulfilled precisely as He says it will.

And think about where these scuds are aimed at:

The facility [where the scuds are launched at] is the primary arrival point of the majority of pilgrims headed to Mecca. “What is worrisome is not the ballistic threat alone, but the fact that the missile, according to experts, could be manipulated to increase its range. This consequently reduces its accuracy and makes it veer off its trajectory, which means it could land in civilian areas, most notably injure pilgrims.”

The Islamic world and international community are expecting the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to hold an emergency meeting within the upcoming days to address the Houthi and Saleh militias’ targeting of Mecca.

Political observers expect the 56-member OIC to hold a meeting that would call for tangible action to thwart the Houthi and Saleh violations. This stance will come in light of a November 2016 meeting of Islamic country foreign ministers, who had taken a collective stand against the first Mecca attack and those behind it.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Youssef al-Othaimeen condemned Thursday’s failed attack, saying that it confirms “without a doubt, the Houthi and Saleh militias’ insistence to target holy sites in Saudi Arabia.”

But Saudi Arabia’s appeal to the O.I.C will fall on deaf ears since Turkey’s Erdogan stands with Qatar which gave allegiance to Erdogan. Today the Muslim world already “hate the harlot” that controlled them spiritually.

This allegiance therefore with Antichrist is not exclusively the hatred of Israel, but the hatred of Arabia as well. This is further proof why Sheba and Dedan in Ezekiel 38 are on the sidelines when it comes to the hatred of Israel and Saudi Arabia these days seeks Israel’s aid. And today we see this already forming. Saudi Arabia has been also making historic peace gestures to Israel after realizing its isolation in the Middle East.

Qatar’s request to internationalize the holy sites is an aggressive act and a declaration of war against the kingdom, Saudi Arabia’s al-Jubeir told the Al Arabiya News, adding, that Saudi Arabia “reserve the right to respond to any party” promoting such demands.

But Qatar is no small-fry since its backed up by Turkey which stationed Turkish troops in Qatar.

Being backed by Turkey, the most powerful Muslim nation, Doha has rejected the 13-point ultimatum, with Qatar defiantly speeding up the deployment of Turkish troops to the country. Now Saudi Arabia has a pincer effect against it with Iran to its east and Shiite Houthis to the south.

And in another development, the Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah told RT Arabic Tuesday that joint drills between the Turkish, Qatari and US militaries were said to be in the final stages of preparation.

Students of scripture should pay less attention to the so-called Sunni-Shiite divide and more attention to the wahhabist versus non-wahhabist divide. This is what we already see quickly coming together.

This is why studying a single verse or two in Scripture must be done extremely carefully weighing inductively other verses with careful attention to geography, history and also theology. Scripture is mainly a theological argument and not just prophetic.

Last year we wrote:

It is impossible to understand how the hatred develops for Arabia to be destroyed by her spiritual offspring unless she is hated by them. This means a unity between Shiites and non-Wahhabi Sunnis against Arabia including wanting Mecca out of Al-Saud’s control.

And what do we see today? We see demands to exactly what we said a year ago. Qatar demands Mecca become international to all Muslims. Now its not only Iran demanding to boycott Mecca but also Qatar and tomorrow it will be Turkey uniting with Iran since Iran too is against Saudi Arabia.

Even Al-Azhar, the hub of Muslim scholarship par excellence in the Sunni (not Shiite) world is calling to boycott Arabia. This was done with participation of 200 senior Sunni scholars, emphasizing that Saudi Wahhabism is no longer “Sunni” since the Wahhabists anathematize the Ash’ari and the Sufi Muslims who with the Shiites make up a majority in the Muslim world.

These are major Sunni scholars gathering to legitimize the exclusion of all Saudi based Wahhbist/Salafi scholars as “non Muslim”.

How could Sunnis anathematize their headquarters, Mecca, is unheard of. But this ‘abandoning of Wahhabism’ will give the Muslim world a facelift, especially that Turkey leads the O.I.C and soon the Muslim world. Everything is transferring to Turkey; the management of Muslim holy places including the Temple Mount, and even Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood which encompass a bulk of sunni scholars. Mecca was under Ottoman rule and Turkey wants it back and is now using Qatar to do it.

The Shiites would simply want this abandonment of Saudi Arabia done by completely opting for Karbala as the center of Islam instead of Mecca which their theology teaches that Mecca is to be destroyed (1).

Islam is a Christian schism and a cult, its unitarian, an extension of the Arian heresy, and not just some other foreign religion. This is why it gets the title of being an Abrahamic faith. This is why it encompasses all heresies “mother of harlots” and is why its history is filled with legends inspired by jinn (demons) mimicking biblical stories.

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(1) Once the land of Ka’bah (Mecca) declared proudly, ‘Which land is like me? Allah has made His House on me. People from all parts of the earth come to pay homage to me. I have been made sacrosanct (haram) and sacred by Allah.’ On hearing this Allah, revealed, ‘Be silent! Wait a little (before you say anything further). By My Might and My Honour, the excellence and distinction I have granted to the land of Karbala is more than what I have given you. Compared to Karbala, your position is like a needle head sized drop in front of the sea. If the dust of Karbala had not been there, I would never have bestowed this honour upon you. If the one resting in Karbala (Imam Husain (a.s.)) had not been there, I would neither have created you nor the House over which you are so haughty. Wait, adopt humility and modesty and don’t be arrogant and boastful. Don’t try to prevail over Karbala in importance (as that is not possible). Else I will be displeased with you and throw you in Hell.’ (Kaamil al-Ziarat, p.267, tradition 13, narrating from Imam Ja’far al-Al-Sadiq also see here)

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Jun 28

Construction to Begin on Israel-Lebanon Border Wall

By Tazpit Press Service June 26, 2017 , 1:30 pm

“Then said I unto them: ‘Ye see the evil case that we are in, how Yerushalayim lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire; come and let us build up the wall of Yerushalayim, that we be no more a reproach.’” Nehemiah 2:17 (The Israel Bible™)

Israeli media reported Sunday that the IDF is expected to start construction of a wall on the Israeli-Lebanese border within the next month, Israeli media reports on Sunday. The initial stage of the wall will be built from Rosh Hanikra, at the northwest corner of Israel, running around 12 kilometers to Hanita to the east, and from Misgav Am to Metula.

The wall, the tender for which was published over a year ago, comes in response to fears that Hezbollah will stage a ground invasion of northern Israel and attempt to take over Israeli communities along the border. The barrier is expected to eventually run the entire 80 kilometers from Rosh Hanikra on the coast to Har Dov and the Hermon Mountain range in the east.

The report quoted security sources as saying Hezbollah may try to disrupt the works by organizing demonstrations on the grounds that the barrier does not comply with the international border, known as the Blue Line, and could even respond with sniper fire. They added, however, that Hezbollah is not interested in an all-out conflict.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in the summer of 2006, but the Lebanese border has remained quiet ever since. But Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot recently called Hezbollah Israel’s “top priority” at an event marking the 11th anniversary of the war, although the Israeli intelligence community believes the northern border will remain quiet as long as Hezbollah remains embroiled in the Syrian civil war.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech last week that the next war with Israel could see “hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world”  taking part.

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Jun 26

Saudi king appoints son successor in major royal shakeup

Salman removes powerful counterterrorism czar Mohammed bin Nayef from position as crown prince, boosting defense minister’s rise to power amid warming US ties

By AP June 21, 2017, 7:44 am 5

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession.

In a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been positioned to inherit the throne, from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security.

The newly announced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman already oversees a vast portfolio as defense minister and head of an economic council tasked with overhauling the country’s economy. He had previously been the second-in-line to the throne as deputy crown prince, though royal watchers had long suspected his rise to power under his father’s reign might also accelerate his ascension to the throne.

The young prince was little known to Saudis and outsiders before Salman became king in January 2015. He had previously been in charge of his father’s royal court when Salman was the crown prince.

The Saudi monarch, who holds near absolute powers, quickly awarded his son expansive powers to the surprise of many within the royal family who are more senior and more experienced than Mohammed bin Salman, also known by his initials MBS.

The royal decree issued Wednesday stated that “a majority” of senior royal members from the so-called Allegiance Council supported the recasting of the line of succession. Saudi Arabia’s state TV said 31 out of 34 of the council’s members voted in favor of the changes.

The Allegiance Council is a body made up of the sons and prominent grandsons of the founder of the Saudi state, the late King Abdul-Aziz, who vote to pick the king and crown prince from among themselves.

Over the weekend, the king had issued a decree restructuring Saudi Arabia’s system for prosecutions that stripped Mohammed bin Nayef of longstanding powers overseeing criminal investigations, and instead ordered that a newly-named Office of Public Prosecution and prosecutor report directly to the monarch.

Mohammed bin Nayef was not believed to have played a significant role in Saudi and Emirati-led efforts to isolate Qatar for its support of Islamist groups and ties with Iran.

The prince had appeared to be slipping from public eye as his nephew, Mohammed bin Salman, embarked on major overseas visits, including a trip to the White House to meet US President Donald Trump in March. That visit to Washington helped lay the foundation for Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May, which marked the president’s first overseas visit and which was promoted heavily by the kingdom as proof of its weight in the region and wider Muslim world.

Saudi-US relations had cooled under the Obama administration after Washington pursued a nuclear accord with Shiite-ruled Iran that the Sunni-ruled kingdom strongly opposed.

The warm ties forged between Riyadh and Washington under the Trump administration may have helped accelerate Mohammed bin Salman’s ascension as crown prince.

Despite his ambitions, which include overhauling the kingdom’s economy away from its reliance on oil, the prince has faced failures and strong criticism for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which he oversees as defense minister.

In this April 5, 2017 photo Saudi King Salman, right, and Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wave as they leave the hall after talks with the British prime minister, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

The war, launched more than two years ago, has failed to dislodge Iranian-allied rebels known as Houthis from the capital, Sanaa, and has had devastating effects on the impoverished country. Rights groups say Saudi forces have killed scores of civilians and have called on the U.S., as well as the UK and France, to halt the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in the Yemen war.

The US already is helping the Saudis with intelligence and logistical support for the bombing campaign in Yemen, and the Trump administration has signaled it could assist with greater intelligence support to counter Iranian influence there.

The newly-minted crown prince also raised eyebrows when he ruled out any chance of dialogue with Iran. In remarks aired on Saudi TV in May, Mohammed bin Salman framed the tensions with Iran in sectarian terms, and said it is Iran’s goal “to control the Islamic world” and to spread its Shiite doctrine. He also vowed to take “the battle” to Iran.

Iran and Saudi Arabia’s rivalry has played out in proxy wars across the region. They back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen and they support political rivals in Lebanon, Bahrain and Iraq. The conflicts have deepened Sunni-Shiite enmity between hard-liners on both sides

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Jun 14

The Sufi Muslim Nation Of Turkey And The Shiite Nation Of Iran Are Now United Against Mecca While Turkish Television Just Announced That Erdogan Must Become Caliph Of The Muslim World By Shoebat Foundation on June 13, 2017 in Featured, General

Years ago you normally read our alarmist headlines as if Armageddon was just around the corner. Sure, we did this to get your attention, but reality is that a verse could take decades or even centuries to be fulfilled. For example, in Ezekiel 38, when one reads “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them.” While this “them” is Turkey, the question is how will Persia (Iran) unite with Turkey and go against Arabia?

This is especially the case when we read later on that the Arabs (Sheba and Dedan) refuses to enter this Islamic alliance. (Ezekiel 38:13)

When it came to Sunni Saudi Arabia versus Shiite Iran, Turkey, officially has always taken the side of Saudi Arabia over Iran. Therefore there is much to consider here in just that one little verse. This doesn’t happen overnight.

But not anymore. This verse is being fulfilled by the day.

Today much of the Islamic newspapers suddenly changed direction to start talking about a “conspiracy by Saudi Arabia to conquer Qatar and Iran.”

Amazingly, even Iran turned its pages from saying that Erdogan is “criminal supporting the killing of Syrians and Iraqis” to “victim of an American conspiracy” as Yeni Shafq Ibrahim Qara Gul writes.

And even in Turkey, the pro-Erdogan Turkish newspapers began to switch its position and defend Iran (biblical Persia) referring to the attacks in the heart of the Iranian capital Tehran, targeting the shrine of Khomeini and the Iranian parliament as a Saudi plan.

Years ago you would never read any newspaper in Turkey taking Iran’s side over Saudi Arabia or in Iran taking sides with Turkey like we are seeing.

But this week it all switched. Erdogan’s Yeni Safak condemned Saudi Arabia claiming that Saudi Arabia seeks to mobilize all Arab countries against Iran:

“Saudi Arabia is seeking to mobilize all Arab countries against Iran. The crisis between the two parties turns into an opportunity for polarization. Iran is close to Qatar to strengthen its relationship with it, to ignite the Gulf differences.”

Erdogan’s Aksham newspaper in its editorial blamed Saudi Arabia as being behind “the latest campaign  and mastermind in the Middle East: a siege in Qatar and a bomb in Iran,” and then quoted the Iranian Revolutionary Guards vowing revenge from Saudi Arabia.

The newspaper “Milad” close to Erdogan also described the United States of America, Saudi Arabia and Egypt as “global war gangs” and claimed that they hit Iran using a preacher, in an editorial entitled “A conspiracy against the nation!”.

A month ago if you told the best of political analysts that Turkey will take the side of Iran over Saudi Arabia they would laugh you off. But show these analysts our decades old reports predicting exactly that this will happen and they would still ignore you for this proves the existence of a God Who draws the destiny of nations in advance and Him giving the keys to unlock all this is only given for a handful few.

For years we told you that sooner or later Turkey will turn on Saudi Arabia and will unite with Iran against Saudi Arabia. To the analyst this was an impossibility since Saudi Arabia is Sunni.

It was two years ago that Erdogan during his trip to Iran said:

The Islamic world is at risk of “disintegration” due to the current conflicts in the region between the Sunni and Shiite strands of the Muslim faith.

But the uneducated who hates knowledge used to read these ‘prophecy updates’ and think “the Muslims are coming, the Muslims are coming” while the ones privy to the Muslim would would say “sure the Muslims are coming, but wait a decade or two for Turkey to turn on Saudi Arabia”.

First we have to come to the point where Iran unites with Turkey. Turkey to go against Saudi Arabia is not something that will happen overnight.

Only two weeks ago can we say that we have come to this point where Turkey is siding with Iran over Saudi Arabia. Weeks ago it was impossible for any analyst to predict this much fathom this scenario.

But last year in 2016 we warned:

It is impossible to understand how the hatred develops for Arabia to be destroyed by her spiritual offspring unless she is hated by them. This means a unity between Shiites and non-Wahhabi Sunnis against Arabia including wanting Mecca out of Al-Saud’s control. This is what Iran this week called on all Muslims to do; to abandon Saudi Arabia. This complete abandonment will not happen unless it is coupled by Turkey’s abandonment of Arabia as well. While all Muslims honor Mecca, this Turkish abandonment is not far-fetched, as we shall examine …The most common misconception by westerners is this Sunni-Shiite divide. Fact is, there is a certain Shiite-Sunni alliance and not a divide. It is from Ali, Shiism’s icon, that stems the progenitor of nearly all Sunni Sufi orders. This is huge. This will encompass Turkey and several central Asian nations leaving Wahhabi Saudi Arabia out. It is truly a Wahhabi-Excommunicated divide and not a Shiite-Sunni divide.

Do you see “This will encompass Turkey and several central Asian nations leaving Wahhabi Saudi Arabia out”?

And what analyst last year would even consider what we have been writing for two decades about such happenings? None would entertain it but it was all true. Now we must wait for all others to completely abandon Saudi Arabia which will take a few years.

And in Qatar they are already adoring Erdogan. Posters and stickers of Erdogan with Sheikh Tamim on cars and walls is seen all throughout the country. Turkey is also sending food stuffs to Qatar to ease the boycott.

But its not only this. In Turkey itself the media is now openly talking about appointing Erdogan as Caliph. Here, check this out for yourself:

Pro-government Star daily Editor-in-Chief Nuh Albayrak said during a TV show on Sunday that he has been raising the issue of reinstating the institution of the caliphate and suggested President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan become the caliph, saying “Will you find a better caliph than Erdoğan?”

Then there is this ora spreading the notion that conspiracies are being cooked-up to silence the pro-Erdogan movement. He said he has been targeted by government critics for repeatedly raising the “caliphate issue” in his columns in the Star newspaper:

“They [Western powers] removed the institution of the caliphate, which had united the entire Islamic world. Now they have a free hand [in the Islamic world]. I have been targeted for raising this issue in my columns. Someone has to raise it. [Government critics ask] ‘Do you want to make Erdoğan a caliph?’ Yes. Let him be [caliph]. What will happen? Will you find a better caliph than Erdoğan?”

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Jun 12

Turkey Is Sending A Massive Military Force (10,000 Troops) Near The U.S. Military base In Qatar Forming An Ottoman Muslim League In Fulfillment Of Bible Prophecy. Saudi Arabia Is Toast.

By Shoebat Foundation on June 7, 2017 in Featured, General

By Walid Shoebat

While Qatar says “death to Saudi Arabia” and Saudi Arabia says “death to Qatar,” Turkey moves into Qatar with massive troops. Turkey’s parliament has approved a legislation allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar Al-Jazeera reported today. Turkey has now made its decision, it is a key ally of Qatar, not Saudi Arabia and is now setting up a military base with 10,000 Turkish soldiers in the country which also hosts the largest US air base in the Middle East with 10,000 American soldiers.

Now what!

Riyadh now cannot plan to send troops into Qatar and forcibly remove Qatar’s ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani from office for his support of the very Wahhabi Islam which Saudi Arabia initially promoted. Saudi Arabia is not ‘Wahhabi’ enough for Qatar’s taste.

Qatar’s emir rejects the Saudi demands to stop aiding terrorism—including its refusal to abide by the GCC “commitments and agreements,” to cease “hostilities against the Saudi Kingdom,” and to stand “against terrorist groups and activities”.

Saudi Arabia, the fountain that started Wahhabi-Islamic ideology has its hatchlings come against their mother (Saudi Arabia) to slowly consume her and set her on fire in the end.

Al Udeid American airbase has its 10,000 US troops in Qatar now has 10,000 Turkish troops opposing U.S. stand with Saudi Arabia. Now what will Trump do?

Saudi’s attempt to thwart Iran for regional hegemony is out the window. And how will this bode with Saudi Arabia’s relations with Turkey taking into consideration Qatar’s fallout with Saudi Arabia and today’s recent attack in Iran by ISIS which Iran blames Saudi Arabia?

Think major shifts on the near horizon that will change the demography of the Middle East forever.

For decades when western media dished out the news about the Middle East, from the New York Times to Fox News, they would make the error of stating that Iran and Saudi Arabia are the leading nations on the opposing sides of the Middle East split between Shiite and Sunni Islam.

Such a simplistic division is all a westerner can consume. We warned this is not the case.

Fact is what we stated: the Muslim states on the opposing sides of the Middle East split is between SHIITE/SUFI/SUNNI versus WAHHABI Saudi Arabia. The situation is not as cut-and-dry the way westerners put it.

Our decades prediction that Turkey will ally with Saudi Arabia’s enemies is now coming to fruition and its a time for ‘we told you so’, in 2015 we wrote predicating Turkey’s military advances into Qatar:

When it comes to the Bible and Christ’s Second Coming, we do not find any mention of New York City, Tokyo, or Paris, but Egypt, Libya, Elam (Iran), Lydia (Turkey), Yemen, Arabia and Jerusalem. “Ethiopia, And Libya, And Lydia, And All The Mingled People, And Chub, And The Men Of The Land That Is In League, Shall Fall With Them By The Sword.”– Ezekiel 30:5 

Staying focused on these nations, Ezekiel speaks of them coming as a “league”. And while looking at the current news this week, we have had successive and escalating developments in the Turkish-Gulf relations effecting  regional, military and geopolitical impact as we have seen the latest visit paid by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan …

But the problem for Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt is that Turkey and the U.S. both major powers support the Muslim Brotherhood, the archenemy of the Egyptian government specifically and it is Turkey that continues to revive it. Both Turkey and the U.S. realize that the Muslim Brotherhood is key to influencing the Muslim world since they hold the Muslim scholarly realm.

And Qatar is the base for the Muslim Brotherhood.

And now, Saudi Arabia which historically fomented Wahhabism has Qatar “instigating against the Saudi State and infringing on its sovereignty,” supporting various terrorist and other groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State, using its media to attack Saudi Arabia, and undermining the war in Yemen.

Based on these “violations,” Saudi Arabia proceeded to sever all relations with Qatar—diplomatic, economic, food imports, and flights—and ordered all Qatari citizens, including diplomats, to leave the kingdom.

The mantra has always been that Erdogan’s Sunni supporters are generally opposed to predominantly Shiite Iran and keen on seeing Turkish-Saudi Arabian ties develop.

This slogan, as we predicted and warned about, is not true anymore.

Turkey will never give up anything at the expense of the Muslim Brotherhood, which Riyadh and Cairo consider a terrorist organization while Turkey considers as ally.Without the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey cannot establish its Caliphate agenda since it has the religious scholarly think-tank to drive it.

Saudi Arabia aims at regime change in Qatar by replacing Tamim bin Hamad with another Al Thani who could act as a pro-Saudi puppet. Such a dangerous game could not have been accomplished without a nod from President Trump’s recent visit to the kingdom, but this is a western miscalculation.

What this does, is it forces Turkey to becoming Saudi Arabia’s enemy. This will advance Iran.

Iran has military advisers in Iraq and Syria controlling and financing militias in those countries and in Lebanon. Tehran also has some influence over the Houthis fighting the government in Yemen, and it often speaks out in support of Shiites in Bahrain, a majority group that Iran says is repressed by the Sunni monarchy.

This situation will definitely escalate, it will soon become Turkey, Iran and Qatar versus Saudi Arabia.

This will escalate this conflict to a new level where you will begin to see all nations abandon Saudi Arabia including even the U.S. where the U.S. is now self-sufficient oil supplier and is in no need of Saudi oil.

Saudi Arabia currently has Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen, Libya and the Maldives, all of which form an anti-Iranian bloc. But prophecy is clear, Turkey goes against Egypt and Libya (Daniel 11) and will make an alliance with Iran which will encompass Yemen and Bahrain leaving Saudi Arabia completely naked to beg Israel, its cousin, for help and is why Sheba and Dedan stand against Magog (Turkey).

Its all lining up.

Turkey does not forget when Iran did not wait for the coup’s failure against Erdogan to speak up when President Hassan Rouhani supported Erdogan during the coup in contrast, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud congratulated Erdogan for suppressing the attempt, but only after it failed.

By this, Saudi Arabia signed its own death-sentence. To add more to the tightening noose around the Saudi kingdom’s neck, sources close to Iran are zestfully reporting claims that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were involved in the coup attempt, in an apparent hope this might encourage Ankara to change its axis.

And that it did. Turkey moved quickly to shake hands with Putin and Iran and now with Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood’s stronghold. Such a move by Erdogan will force the West to reconsider its options on Turkey. This new emerging prospect of a Turkish-Iranian-Russian axis is pressuring the U.S. to mend fences with Ankara while it too abandons Saudi Arabia.

In the Middle East, politicians fear the religious institutions most. Announcing a Caliphate is under the authority of the Union of Muslim Scholars led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which only it represented the decision making power in the Muslim world. This would be Qatar. This is why Turkey is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood while it has its eyes on Arabia gaining not only Muslim Brotherhood blessing for its new revival of a grand Caliphate, but now its closer to taking they keys of the two holy mosques (Mecca and Medina) from Saudi Arabia as well are giving the Ottomans blessings from the Kaaba’s  Zamzam water.

As we stated in 2015, the world thinks that “Turkey’s goal is to eventually establish a military alliance involving Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.” But we emphasized “But such goal can never be established with the Al-Sisi’s anti Muslim Brotherhood current government. Is it no wonder why Antichrist finally has to invade Egypt (Daniel 11).”

The Gulf states realizes that despite their wealth, they are still vulnerable and continuing to depend on the United States to guarantee their security no longer appears tenable given the possibility of a broader U.S.-Iranian rapprochement.

And in another article in 2015, we stated:

“We have no religion called ‘Sunni’ or ‘Shiite’” said Erdogan reminding the Muslim world that Turkey will  not join a Sunni alliance with Saudi Arabia, but an Islamic alliance of both Sunnis and Shiites which also includes Iran and wants to become the guardian of this new coalition (Ezekiel 38:7)

It can’t get anymore accurate than this. Everything fits like a glove once you understand biblically which nation is which.

We have been saying this all along. In August 2014 we wrote that:

“Erdogan will not enter any party in the sectarian conflict but intends to use his Sufi brand of Islam to unite the entire Muslim world.”

Far from Wahhabism, Sufism is the most dangerous, not only that because it teaches tremendous violence since it was the Sufis who are the muscle and sinew of the faith advancing it to become the world’s second-largest religion. Sufis are not simply a sect of Islam, but rather heirs of an ancient mystical tradition within both the Sunni and Shia branches of the faith combining their inward quest with war and expansion worldwide. Sufism is also the ecumenical force in which it is the best uniting factor between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

“This ‘Islamized shamanism’, covering the geographic areas of modern-day Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan, northern Afghanistan, the Turkoman province of Iran and the Uygur district of Xinjian province of China will play a major role in the end times and we predict that the Antichrist is likely to be Sufi.”

Indeed, this is what is happening and as we have been saying years ago: Saudi Arabia is being abandoned, so expect the news headlines for the next couple years to be shock to the world, but not to you.

Erdogan, single-handedly was able to do several things as of late. He was able to revive an Islamic theology which enables himself to be declared as God (here, here, here). He seeks to change set laws in Turkey. He seeks now to unite Shiites and Sunnis to be the guardian of the Muslim world:

“Be you prepared, and prepare for yourself, you, and all your company that are assembled to you, and be you a guard to them.” (Ezekiel 38:7)

The “you” is “Gog” “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal,” that is Turkey. And the “them” are “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya …” (Ezekiel 38:5). Persia is Iran. This verse alone got us to conclude all of our previous reports that Shiites and Sunnis will be the subject of unity and false peace as Erdogan will attempt to be their guardian. Few verses from the Bible could take a library to explain. And in order to stop Libya and Egypt calling “death to Turkey,” Turkey will invade both Egypt and Libya (Daniel 11:42-43) while Arabia (Sheba and Dedan) will take a sideline when Turkey unites the Muslim world with Turkey’s and Iran’s unifying slogan “death to Israel”.

In the end, it matters little what Muslim divides exist between Shiite vs. Sunni, Wahhabi ISIS vs.  Wahhabist Saudis, Brotherhood vs. Wahhabist. Indeed, all this matters to some extent, these will always divide. But nothing can unite the Muslim world, not even Allah and Muhammad or even their direction of prayer and pilgrim can unite them. It is not the black stone that will unite them, but the burdensome stone, Jerusalem, which will unite them for a moment and will crush them in the end.

Let me explain the Middle East simply: “Death to Turkey,” says Egypt, and while Turkey responds “death to Egypt,” Libya too says “death to Turkey,” and while Turkey responds “death to Libya,” Saudi Arabia says “death to Iran” and while Iran responds “death to Saudi Arabia,” the Yemeni Houthis says “death to Saudi Arabia,” and while the Saudis respond “death to the Houthis,” Hamas says, “death to the Palestinian Authority,” and while the Palestinian Authority responds  “death to Hamas,” all these agree on one ‘death slogan’, that is “death to Israel and death to America”

Why the optimism? ‘Because Trump has arrived on the scene…’

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Jun 07

Tillerson urges calm after 5 Arab nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar

Published June 05, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Gulf nations to work out their differences after five countries severed ties with Qatar Monday for allegedly embracing several terrorist groups and its ties with Iran.

Tillerson, speaking alongside Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Sydney, said he did not believe the diplomatic crisis would affect the war against the Islamic State.

“I think what we’re witnessing is a growing list of disbelief in the countries for some time, and they’ve bubbled up to take action in order to have those differences addressed,” Tillerson said. “We certainly would encourage the parties to sit down together and address these differences.”

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, which is home to a major U.S. military base used for the air campaign against ISIS. Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing civil war in Yemen.

All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic. Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government said it would follow Saudi Arabia and supported the kingdom’s decision to remove Qatari troops from the Gulf coaltion fighting the war.

Qatar had appeared unperturbed by the growing tensions. On May 27, Qatar’s ruling emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, called Iranian President Hasan Rouhani to congratulate him on his re-election.

The call was a clear, public rebuttal of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to force Qatar to fall in line against the Shiite-ruled nation, which the Sunni kingdom sees as its No. 1 enemy and a threat to regional stability. Qatar shares a massive offshore gas field with the Islamic Republic.

Saudi Arabia said it took the decision to cut diplomatic ties due to Qatar’s “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region” including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom’s restive eastern province of Qatif. Egypt’s Foreign Ministry accused Qatar of taking an “antagonist approach” toward Egypt and said “all attempts to stop it from supporting terrorist groups failed.”

The tiny island nation of Bahrain blamed Qatar’s “media incitement, support for armed terrorist activities and funding linked to Iranian groups to carry out sabotage and spreading chaos in Bahrain” for its decision.

Qatar said later Monday there was “no legitimate justification” for the Arab nations to cut ties.

The crisis comes after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia for a summit with Arab leaders. Since the meeting, unrest in the region has grown.

At that Saudi conference, Trump met with Qatar’s ruling emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

“We are friends, we’ve been friends now for a long time, haven’t we?” Trump asked at the meeting. “Our relationship is extremely good.

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May 24

Europe Will Become Muslim in 30 Years, Russia In 50 Years’ Russian Archpriest Warns Christian Apathy Is Fueling The Islamic Conquest Of Europe

By Andrew Bieszad on May 17, 2017 in Featured, General

We at Shoebat.com and others have hammered at this for years- between Christian apathy, apostasy, self-indulgence, and a refusal to both honor God and have children while allowing millions of Muslims to enter who have children and practice Islam, the West is allowing itself to be conquered by the Muslims without the need for military conquest. Calling European ‘exhausted and sick people,’ he warned that without a massive return to Christ and a rebirth of the family, Europe is living on borrowed time and will be conquered by Muslims by 2047 and Russia by 2067:

Russian Archpriest Dmitri Smirnov, chairman of the Patriarchal Commission on Family Matters and the Protection of Motherhood and Childhood, predicts that Europe with turn Muslim within 30 years, while Russia will turn to Islam in about 50.

According to the Russian Orthodox cleric, Christians will be persecuted and live in semi-underground conditions.

Smirnov explained that Islam will prevail in the West because Muslims are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to fight for their own values, while Westerners are just “exhausted sick people, as good as dead.”

In an interview with Russia’s Soyuz TV earlier this month, the priest said Christian existence in Europe in the future “will be like peas scattered across European countries.”

Christians will not dare stick their necks out, they will congregate in small groups and will be persecuted,” he warned.

He also warned that the process is already underway: in Europe, Christian women are being raped and murdered by Muslims, and the men are unable to protect them. The rapists are sentenced to one-year probation maximum.

“This goes on in today’s Europe, and we are next in line,” Father Dmitri cautioned.

He mentioned that Muhammad has become the most popular name for baby boys in the UK.

Given current trends, Christianity in England is becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future. By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000.

Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes, while 423 new mosques have been established.

In one of his sermons, Smirnov said that “unlike Christians, modern Muslims know God’s will. And as a result, who is closer to God? That is why the future belongs to the Muslims. The future is theirs. They will inhabit the earth. Because today’s Christians have no use for all this.”

On another occasion he pointed to the fact that the “modern Muslim is willing to die for his faith. He wraps himself with dynamite and blows himself up wherever his mullah orders him. He is prepared to sacrifice himself. He is labeled a terrorist. But his goal is not to terrify the world… [they commits acts of terrorism because] they don’t want to have their values corroded. That’s what they are dying for. They are not some ‘terrorists’ coming down from the mountains. Most of them have college education. Yes, they are fanatics. They are willing to sacrifice themselves. And we are exhausted sick people, as good as dead.”

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May 24

Trump to unveil plans for an ‘Arab NATO’ in Saudi Arabia

By Josh Rogin May 17 at 6:00 AM

When President Trump arrives in Riyadh this week, he will lay out his vision for a new regional security architecture White House officials call an “Arab NATO,” to guide the fight against terrorism and push back against Iran. As a cornerstone of the plan, Trump will also announce one of the largest arms-sales deals in history.

Behind the scenes, the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia have been conducting extensive negotiations, led by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The discussions began shortly after the presidential election, when Mohammed, known in Washington as “MBS,” sent a delegation to meet with Kushner and other Trump officials at Trump Tower.

After years of disillusionment with the Obama administration, the Saudi leadership was eager to do business. “They were willing to make a bet on Trump and on America,” a senior White House official said.

In that meeting and during a follow-up meeting three weeks later, the Saudis proposed a broad elevation of the U.S.-Saudi relationship and proposed various projects to increase security cooperation, economic cooperation and investment, White House officials said. The Trump team gave the Saudis a list of Trump priorities, calling on the kingdom to step up actions to combat radical Islamic extremism, intensify the fight against the Islamic State and share the burden of regional security.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has tasked various government agencies to develop a series of announcements Trump will make this weekend. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now heavily involved. One main objective is to put forth a framework and basic principles for a unified Sunni coalition of countries, which would set the stage for a more formal NATO-like organizational structure down the line.

“We all have the same enemy and we all want the same thing,” the official said. “What this trip hopefully will do is just change the environment.”

The idea of an “Arab NATO” has been bandied about for years — and has always had strong Saudi support — but until now was never openly endorsed by the U.S. government. Officials said the concept fits three major tenets of Trump’s “America First” foreign-policy frame: asserting more American leadership in the region, shifting the financial burden of security to allies and providing for U.S. jobs at home (through the massive arms sales).

The president is looking for an answer to the question of how the United States can eventually hand over security responsibility in the region to the countries that are there, officials said.

Reports from the region about early discussions of the project said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, initial participants in the coalition would include the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan, with the United States playing an organizing and support role while staying outside the alliance.

The White House admits that many of the details of how the new alliance will operate remain to be worked out. The countries of the region harbor deep historical grievances and don’t agree on key issues, including the way forward in Syria. A 2015 effort by Egypt to establish a pan-Arab fighting force collapsed due to squabbling among the countries involved.

“This is the sort of gesture many of America’s security partners have been looking to get from the United States for many years,” said Brian Katulis, a senior fellow at the Center of American Progress. “The value of any such a pact would depend on the results it produces — whether it achieves greater stability, helps resolve conflicts like Yemen and Syria, and achieves progress in the fight against terrorist groups across the region.”

The most concrete part of the idea is a mammoth U.S. arms package for Saudi Arabia that Trump will also announce in Riyadh. Final details are still being worked out, but officials said the package will include between $98 billion and $128 billion in arms sales. Over 10 years, total sales could reach $350 billion.

The sales include huge upgrades for the Saudi army and navy to include Littoral Combat Ships, THAAD missile defense systems, armored personnel carriers, missiles, bombs and munitions, officials said. Some of the production and assembly could be located in Saudi Arabia, boosting MBS’s project to build a Saudi domestic defense industrial capability. But most of the items would be built by American defense contractors.

“The U.S. has sought for a long time to get the Saudis to do more to focus on its navy, to modernize and make the forces in the Gulf more effective,” said Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “From the U.S. perspective, the stronger the Saudi deterrent is, the lower the risk of any military confrontation with Iran.”

The pending announcements of the new security framework and the huge arms deal are evidence that the Saudi courtship of the Trump White House has been successful beyond expectations. Whether that results in real stability in the region, real progress against terrorism or real deterrence against Iran depends on what happens after Trump’s overseas trip is over.

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May 10

Iran-We Will Destroy All Saudi Arabia but Not Mecca & Medina

May 08, 2017

Tehran, in response to Saudi Arabia’s most recent threats, said it would destroy all of the Saudi kingdom besides Mecca and Medina.

Responding to Saudi Arabia’s latest threats to take their conflict inside Iran, Tehran said it will leave nothing standing in the kingdom except for Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina if the Saudis do anything “ignorant,” Al-Manar reports.

“We warn them against doing anything ignorant, but if they do something ignorant, we will leave nowhere untouched apart from Mecca and Medina,” Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan told Arabic-speaking Al-Manar channel, as cited by Reuters.

“They think they can do something because they have an air force,” he added in an apparent reference to Riyadh’s bombing of Yemen, where Iran-affiliated Houthi forces are being routinely targeted by the Saudi Air Force.

Dehghan’s comment followed unusually blunt remarks by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who said on Tuesday that any struggle for influence between Riyadh and Tehran would take place “inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia.”

In a rare interview broadcast on multiple Saudi TV channels, the 31-year-old prince, who was named in 2015 by his father, King Salman, as successor to the throne, outlined his vision of modern-day Iran.

Making use of sectarian terms, Prince Salman said Iran is eager “to control the Islamic world” and to spread its Shiite doctrine, according to AP.

When asked if there is a mere possibility to mend ties with Iran, the prince said: “How can I come to an understanding with someone, or a regime, that has an anchoring belief built on extremist ideology?”

The prince, who is also in charge of the Sunni kingdom’s economy, argued that the predominantly-Shiite Iran aims to reach Mecca – the holiest site for all Muslims.

“We will not wait until the fight is inside Saudi Arabia and we will work so that the battle is on their side, inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia,” he threatened without elaborating.

Ties between regional powers Saudi Arabia and Iran have been strained since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but tensions began to mount rapidly over the past few years.

Perhaps the most significant flare-up happened in January last year, when Riyadh executed Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shiite preacher. Massive demonstrations erupted in Tehran, with some protesters ransacking the Saudi embassy and setting it ablaze.

The next day, Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran, though Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there was no justification for the assault.

The incident took place amid the infamous Saudi intervention in Yemen aimed at restoring the power of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Riyadh accuses Tehran of waging a proxy war there by arming and supplying Houthi rebels, though Iran denies the allegations. According to UN estimates, the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen killed over 13,000 civilians during the two years of the conflict.

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