Category Archive: Antichrist

Dec 15

The Rise Of Antichrist: Watch Erdogan Of Turkey Being Hailed As Mahdi To Rule The Muslim World

By Walid Shoebat

Al-Isra’ Wal-Mi’raj is when Muhammad claimed he “ascended” and then “descended” from heaven. Muslims await a Mahdi who will do the same. In the nationalist spirit of Turkey, opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Central Executive Board (MYK) member Erdem Karakoç has given President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan such honor. He praised Erdoğan’s efforts in thwarting a coup attempt on July 15, saying he was “in the sky,” similar to the Mi’raj where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven and spoke with God.

The claimed to have “ascended to heaven” is a reference from Isaiah 14:13 regarding Antichrist: “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God”. Muhammad described his journey claiming to meet God who ordered him to rule over all of mankind, angels and the whole multitudes of demons and carried out such authority as Khalifat-u-Allah (Vicar of Allah) on earth.

In this recently revealed video that appears to have been recorded following the coup attempt in July, politicians and standing inline like Karakoç speaking to party members and says President Erdoğan, the prime minister and MHP leader were all united to fight against the coup attempt on the night of July 15 with flowery language that is fitting a Mahdi. He said:

“We witnessed that night together. Our President [Erdoğan] was in the sky similar to [ascending to heaven] in the Mi’raj [of Muhammad]. Our prime minister was trying to coordinate the movement [of security forces battling the putschists]. Our [MHP] chairman was in his Ankara office with the lights on and sent his deputies to Parliament to say ‘we are here’”

According to Islam, the Prophet Muhammad physically and spiritually took a night journey, traveling on the steed Buraq from Mecca to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem where he led other prophets in prayer and then ascended to heaven in the Mi’raj journey, where he supposedly spoke to God.

Such aspirations for Erdogan as Mahdi came in 2015 by Erdogan himself. Nothing in the western media covered what the Turkish Anadulu Agency released, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech with a strange message riddled with statements that were predicted in the Bible regarding Antichrist. From his desire to invade Jerusalem and to Muhammad’s claim to have ascended to heaven from there, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on the Ottoman goal to re-conquer Jerusalem for Islam:

“Unfortunately we the Muslims lost our aim to head towards Jerusalem. The water of our eyes froze making us blind, and our hearts that was destined to beat for Jerusalem is now instead conditioned for rivalry being in a state of war with each other.”

From his desire to invade Jerusalem to mimicking Muhammad’s claim to have ascended then descended from the heavenly, Erdogan called on all Turks to refocus on the Ottoman goal to re-conquer Jerusalem. When Erdogan desired to end strife and unite Sunnis and Shiites to aim towards Jerusalem was made in the state of Erzincan, central Turkey, he expressed his desire for the place to become suitable for Al-Isra’ Wal-M’iraj (again, Muhammad’s ascension to heaven and descent to Jerusalem) where he claimed is the cause of goodness: “descending from heaven over all Muslim nations”.

Turkish president called on citizens to “raise their hands in supplication for this blessed night towards Allah to restore the Al-Aqsa Mosque [Jerusalem] to be re-owned by Muslims, and to remove the mist from their eyes, to see Jerusalem in their hands at every moment and at every opportunity”.

Erdogan wants to fulfill Zechariah 12 and 14 where Jerusalem becomes the “cup of trembling” to “all surrounding nations” when they storm against Jerusalem to annihilate all Israel.

Erdogan added: “When you mention the word ascension; the first thing that comes to mind is Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque,” while he expressed deep regret for the condition of Muslim heedlessness for Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem.

And lest we think that such claims of ascension to heaven (the fascination of Erdogan) is strictly Lucifer’s original rebellion, the Bible shows that such a claim is also regarding Antichrist as the Bible adds: “Is this the man who made the earth tremble?” (v. 16) This angel has manifested in a man. Antichrist claims to have ascended to heaven: “you have said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven” (v. 13).

In this video above, Erdogan says that he wants Spain. He says he is some reincarnation of Tariq Bin Ziad, the conqueror of Spain, the tyrant Alp Arslan, and Saladin. These are the Muslim leaders who fought Christendom and Saladin was the one who conquered Jerusalem. He wants to declare war on the strongest fortresses to advance his foreign God, Allah, through warfare.

He talks of Martyrs descending from heaven. Biblically, Erdogan wants the fallen angels to descend. He wants Allah to raise Jihdists. He want to be the shepherd, the Sultan and the Caliph.

Populism in Turkey has become a pervasive feature of the “new” Turkey of Erdoğan’s movement were the coup has united both parties (MHP and AKP) and in April 2017, Turkey will hold the referendum, Erdogan will become President Erdogan (Caliph in waiting) and in 2019, the Constitutional change will be in effect and Erdogan would be the one who changed the set laws in Turkey to make him Sultan.

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Nov 28

Erdogan: My people believe U.S. was behind coup attempt

Turkish President says the Turkish people believe the U.S. was behind failed military coup because it didn’t extradite his rival.

Ben Ariel, 21/11/16 04:14

Reuters

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted on Sunday that “his people” believe the U.S. to be behind the failed military coup that took place in Turkey this past summer.

Speaking to “60 Minutes” and quoted by The Hill, Erdogan said he won’t blame the U.S. for the failed coup attempt, but questioned why the U.S. has not yet extradited exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan’s rival who is being accused of organizing the coup.

“I’m not going to blame the United States. But that’s what my people will think. Why are you still keeping that man? So as long you harbor him there, I’m sorry, don’t get offended. But this is the — perception of the Turkish nation and the Turkish people,” said the Turkish president.

Erdogan dodged a question about whether he is doing anything to discourage the Turkish people from believing the U.S. was behind the coup.

“I cannot deceive my people. I cannot deceive my people here. Because I’m suffering right now. The United States is not suffering,” he said.

“But I’m suffering because of the 241 martyrs that we have buried.”

Gulen leads from exile a popular movement called Hizmet and split from Erdogan over a corruption scandal in 2013. Erdogan has long accused him of running a parallel state from abroad.

Erdogan on Sunday again blamed the coup on Gulen, whose followers have infiltrated Turkish military, judiciary and civil service.

“This man is the leader of a terrorist organization that has bombed my parliament. We have extradited terrorists to the United States in the past. And we expect the same thing to be done by the United States,” Erdogan said.

Turkey has asked U.S. authorities to extradite Gulen to face justice back home and expressed impatience with the slowness of the procedure.

The U.S. has maintained that the extradition process must be handled through its courts to evaluate the evidence.

Gulen denies orchestrating the coup attempt, and has hinted that the uprising could have been “staged” by the government

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Nov 21

Erdogan Expands Power to Rule Turkey Until 2029

November 16, 2016

President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey until 2029 with expanded executive powers under proposals the ruling AK Party hopes will go to a referendum next spring, officials who have seen the latest draft told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • Erdogan and his supporters argue Turkey needs the strong leadership of an executive presidency, akin to the system in the United States or France, to avoid the fragile coalition governments that hampered its development in the past.
  • Opponents see the proposed change as a vehicle for Erdogan’s ambition, and fear it will bring increasing authoritarianism to a country already under fire from Western allies over its deteriorating record on rights and freedoms, especially after widespread purges in the wake of a failed military coup in July.
  • The AKP, founded by Erdogan a decade and a half ago, is aiming to hold a referendum on the issue next spring and is seeking support from the nationalist MHP opposition order to win parliamentary approval for such a vote.
  • Under the latest draft, presented to the MHP on Tuesday, Erdogan could assume the position of “acting” executive president immediately after the referendum if the changes are approved. A presidential election would then be held, as scheduled, when his term expires in 2019.

Under the constitution’s current two-term limit and provided he wins the 2019 election, Erdogan would be able to rule until 2024 only. But under the proposed executive presidency, the clock would reset, allowing him another two terms.

“We have come to a conclusion in our work on constitutional changes and will bring it to the parliament in the coming days,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a conference of AKP provincial heads in Ankara on Wednesday, without giving details.

“We will continue to seek a base for consensus with the other parties. After that, the decision lies with the people.”

According to two senior officials who have seen the draft, the president would be eligible to serve a maximum of two five-year terms and would be able to issue presidential decrees on most executive matters without the need to consult parliament.

The president would have up to two deputies and would directly appoint the heads of the military and intelligence agencies, university rectors, senior bureaucrats, and some top judicial bodies, expanding the powers of the role, the officials said.

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Nov 14

Erdogan reminds Turks of old empire, with his eye on new powers

By SELCAN HACAOGLU | Bloomberg News | Published: November 8, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started talking about Turkey’s borders, hinting they should be shifted outward a bit. In Syria and Iraq, his army is involved in wars over territory once ruled from Istanbul. Maps of a Greater Turkey have circulated.

That has led to speculation that Erdogan, fresh from surviving an attempted coup, wants to crown his 14-year rule in Turkey by annexing chunks of its neighbors. But analysts see a more mundane domestic calculation behind the rhetoric: They say the president is really trying to expand his own powers, not his country’s frontiers.

Erdogan still hankers after making his office the focus of all power in Turkey, instead of the largely ceremonial post it was before he took over — and, on paper, still is. But he doesn’t have support in parliament to make that constitutional change — and maybe not in the country, either, if it went to a referendum. In both cases, the likeliest bloc of voters to be won over is nationalists who aren’t at all averse to talk of Turkey’s historic claims on nearby lands, or military attacks on Kurdish groups who live there.

“Erdogan is seeking to expand his support base among nationalists by talking tough over regional matters,” said Nihat Ali Ozcan, an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara. It’s “part of his political calculations for a presidential system,” Ozcan said.

Last week’s domestic crackdown on Kurdish politicians, which triggered sharp falls on financial markets, may be part of the same calculus. Likewise Erdogan’s recent support for reinstating the death penalty, which could be applied to Kurdish militants as well as members of the Islamist secret society said to be behind the failed putsch in July. That idea won backing from the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, whose lawmakers would be swing voters when plans for constitutional change reach parliament.

Requests for comment for this story to the Turkish presidency’s press office went unanswered. Ilnur Cevik, a chief adviser to Erdogan, also didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.

Erdogan’s foreign policy has become more assertive since the coup attempt. In August, he sent troops into Syria, where they’re pursuing Islamic State but also clashing with fighters linked to the separatist Kurdish PKK — the group that’s a main target of Erdogan’s crackdown at home. Its Syrian affiliates have established control over much of that country’s north during five years of civil war, and in doing so, emerged as a favored U.S. fighting force in the ground war against Islamic State.

In recent days, Turkey has been sending tanks and troops to its Iraqi border too, ready to bolster a 2,000-strong force that’s already inside the country — despite loud protests from Baghdad.

Erdogan insists that Turkey will join in the ongoing liberation of Mosul, the biggest Iraqi city in Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Caliphate. Justifying that stance, which has dismayed many allies, he’s repeatedly referred to Turkey’s past rule over the region.

Pro-government media dug up the history of oil-rich Mosul and Kirkuk, provinces of the Ottoman Empire that almost became part of the Turkish republic created after World War I. Instead they went to another new state, Iraq, which was then under a British mandate, and Turkey formally dropped its claim over them in the late 1920s.

Still, “Mosul maintains a position of unique historical relevance in Turkey’s collective memory,” the Soufan Group, a security analyst, said in an emailed report. It said Erdogan’s deployment of troops nearby is part of “Turkey’s effort to strategically position itself and the forces it supports to prevail in the aftermath of the battle.”

As in Syria, Islamic State isn’t Turkey’s only enemy in Iraq, and not necessarily the most important one. Erdogan has called Sinjar, west of Mosul, a “sensitive target” for Turkey. Over the past year, it’s become a base for PKK fighters who helped drive the jihadists out of the town.

To be sure, Erdogan has other reasons besides domestic politics to seek influence over the conflicts convulsing Turkey’s neighbors.

“Turkey sees that Iraq and Syria are going to be, for the foreseeable future, failed states,” said Soner Cagaptay, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. That entails “huge amounts of instability, civil war, jihadist threats,” he said. And Turkey’s best response is “a forward military presence in both countries.”

There are also sectarian allegiances at stake. Erdogan is a Sunni Muslim, like most Turks, and his politics are rooted in religion. He portrays Turkey as the protector of Sunnis in Iraq and Syria who face oppression at the hands of rulers backed by Iran, the region’s main Shiite power. “Erdogan is unhappy — as would be any Turkish leader, secular, Islamist, you name it — to see Iran rising,” Cagaptay said.

On that, at least, Turkey and the U.S. can see eye to eye. But as the battle for Mosul approaches a climax, it’s their disagreements that threaten to unstitch the fragile anti-ISIS coalition assembled in Washington. The Iraqi government that Erdogan fulminates against is an American ally, and so are the Kurdish fighters in Syria that his army is targeting.

Not all the Turkish leader’s trademark verbal volleys are directed at Kurds or Shiites. Erdogan has also criticized NATO allies for failing to prevent the slaughter in Syria, and for giving his government only lukewarm support as it faced down the coup attempt.

That’s one reason Erdogan’s domestic agenda is widening the rift between Turkey and the west, according to Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

“Talking tough never hurts a president running a campaign geared toward an inward-looking and hypernationalist constituency,” Stein said. But it creates a “toxic mix for trans-Atlantic relations.

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Nov 07

Stunner: Christians banned from Christian church

Turkey’s move advances Erdogan’s Islamist state agenda

Published: 19 hours ago

Bob Unruh

Christians who were thrown out of their church facility centuries ago when the Islamist Ottoman empire bludgeoned its way into power and turned it into a mosque have been ejected – again – and from the same facility.

For the same reason – a forced conversion to a mosque.

It’s happening as the Islamist agenda of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advances.

The recent forced move came against the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, often described as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

“Islamists have detested that fact for years,” reported Michael Van Der Galien at PJ Media.

“After all, it is a Christian church, and therefore a Christian symbol. That’s why the Ottoman Turks wasted little time transforming the church into a mosque when they invaded and conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) centuries ago. Christian symbols and works of art were destroyed or covered, and a dominating tower was built from which the Islamic call to prayer could be sung.”

He explained, “The Ottomans did that because they wanted to show Christians that, from then onwards, Islam was in power. Christianity would be subjugated.”

However, in the last century the Ottoman empire collapsed and Turkey was created, the government declared Hagia Sophia neutral, so that Christians, Muslims, and others could enjoy and appreciate it.

That’s changed now, under Erdogan.

It was only three years ago WND reported experts were alarmed when a court ruling in Turkey said the facility of that same name in Trabzon, along the Black Sea, must be converted to a mosque.

It raised concern that the event would be a stalking horse for the Hagia Sophia Museum, the artifact, in Istanbul.

“A building covenanted as a mosque cannot be used for any other purpose,” Mazhar Yildirimham, of the General Directorate of Pious Foundations, said in a report at the time.

A year later, it was reported the Hagia Sophia Church in Eregli had become the ninth Hagia Sophia location converted to a mosque by Turks in recent years.

Earlier this year, it was reported Turkey allowed a daily Quran reading to be broadcast from the main Hagia Sophia, the former Byzantine cathedral.

Christians in Turkey feared the latest move, a government announcement that it was appointing a permanent imam to the Hagia Sophia, means “it will basically function as any other mosque.”

Reported PJ Media, “Turkey’s Islamist president is on a war path with Christians in Turkey. Their churches are turned into mosques, their pastors are arrested and deported, and those Christians who remain are constantly forced to look over their shoulder.”

At the Counterjihad blog, it was reported the move “shows clearly the designs of Turkey’s Islamist president.”

The report said Erdogan is using the alleged coup attempt over the summer to “deepen [his] control over every aspect of Turkish life.”

“Over ten thousand public servants have been purged from the government in recent days, raising the total figure to over a hundred thousand – some 37,000 of whom have been arrested. Erdoğan has pressed the Turkish parliament to reinstate the death penalty so that he can begin disposing of those he has identified as his enemies.”

The blog post said sources report “the detained who are subjected to trial must submit to having all of their conversations with their lawyers recorded whenever the prosecution requests it. Such recordings are of course admissible as evidence against the client – or the lawyer, if he comes to be considered an enemy of the state from working too hard to defend people already classified as ‘enemies of the state.’”

Those include the opposition media, where newspaper reporters have had their laptops seized, a television station was shut down and more.

Also, “Some 1,267 academics who signed a ‘Peace Petition’ last January have been removed from their jobs according to CounterJihad’s sources, and several have been arrested and charged with ‘terroristic acts’ for signing or forwarding that petition. Our sources tell us that under the new laws, President Erdoğan must personally approve all new university presidents.”

The blog post said Turkey’s military forces seized the cathedral in order to install the permanent imam.

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Nov 01

Turkey’s Ongoing Military Purge Drives, Complicates Regional Ambitions

October 27, 2016

In an ambitious effort to ensure that Turkey plays a leading role in shaping Iraq and Syria after the ouster of the Islamic State, Turkish officials have gone on the offensive in recent months, deploying troops across borders, issuing threats to foreign governments, and publicly yearning to claw back former Ottoman territory carved away nearly a century ago.

But such saber rattling comes just as the Turkish military is being gutted in a months-long purge that has seen thousands of troops cashiered and hundreds of senior officers jailed or fired, while hundreds more have been recalled from overseas postings with NATO and other allies. The far-reaching reprisals follow the failed military coup that sought to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July, and vastly overshadow previous Turkish purges after abortive putsches.

The Turkish air force, in particular, is being decimated. At least 300 of its officers have been sacked, leading to the grounding of five squadrons of F-16 fighters and thereby cutting the available jets from 240 to about 140. Even those may be tough to properly maintain, given the purge of mechanics and ground crews in the aftermath of the July 15 coup, in which several F-16s bombed the parliament building in Ankara and Erdogan’s palace.

On Thursday, Turkish police arrested another 45 air force pilots, just the latest salvo in a purge whose scope is unprecedented in NATO history. As many as 10,000 service members have been fired or arrested over the past three months, arrests which have hit the air force particularly hard given that several top air force generals took part in the coup attempt. Overall, at least 149 generals and admirals have been fired or arrested, half of Turkey’s total roster. The ouster has cut so deep that Ankara is scouring for engineering students and even secular officers forcibly retired after a 2010 coup attempt to stanch the brain drain.

The military purge is both pushing Turkey to play a more adventurous role in the region, by giving troops a fight outside Turkey, and making those irredentist visions that much harder to achieve. What’s more, Turkey’s military housecleaning threatens to seriously weaken NATO’s southern flank just as Russian adventurism in the neighborhood has ratcheted up, with a renewed Russian military operation in support of Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria and a heavy Russian naval deployment to the Mediterranean.

Erdogan’s government desperately “wants to rebuild the image of the military,” after the coup, Gonul Tol, director of the Middle East Institute’s center for Turkish studies, told Foreign Policy. One way to do that is to get them into the fight. Turkish forces plowed across the Syrian border in August during Operation Euphrates, a push to kick the Islamic State off the Turkish border and keep Kurdish militiamen from broadening their Syrian holdings.

Since then, Turkey has only dialed up the rhetoric. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has played a key role, threatening a ground invasion of Iraq, more attacks on U.S.-backed Kurdish forces fighting in Syria, and claiming that Turkish F-16s are involved in operations over Mosul. (They aren’t.)

Erdogan himself has fanned the flames. After the Iraqi government rejected Turkey’s offer of its F-16s to take part in the fight for Mosul earlier this month, Erdogan told the Turkish parliament, “we will play a role in the Mosul liberation operation and no one can prevent us from participating.” Some 600 Turkish troops remain unwelcome interlopers at a base north of Mosul, where they have been training Sunni and friendly Kurdish militias, despite howls of protest from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Regional experts say that the Turks aren’t out of bounds in looking to play a serious role in security operations in the region. Turkey shares long and often porous borders with both Iraq and Syria, and Ankara has spent decades fighting Kurdish PKK militants in southeastern Turkey who use both countries as safe havens. Ankara’s desire to shape what happens after the ouster of the Islamic State is in many ways an extension of deeply entrenched security habits, especially when it comes to checking the threat of the various Kurdish militias.

But recent comments — from trampling on Iraq’s requests to pull troops out, to expansionist dreams of territorial aggrandizement — have hurt Ankara’s standing on the global stage.

“They’re expending political capital more than anything else” throughout the Middle East and in Europe, said Aaron Stein, resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Relations with the United States aren’t much better. Erdogan’s government has blamed the coup attempt on forces linked to Fethullah Gulen, a cleric and onetime Erdogan ally living in exile in Pennsylvania. Gulen’s movement has spread throughout the armed forces, Erdogan and his supporters say, and Washington’s refusal to extradite him to Turkey has created a major rift between the pair of NATO allies.

On Wednesday, Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag met with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington to press Turkey’s case that Gulen was the coup’s mastermind, and that he directly influenced key officers. Bozdag presented Lynch with the testimony of Lt. Col. Levent Turkkan, the aide to military Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar, in which, under questioning, Turkkan admitted to being a Gulenist, and of wiretapping the chief of staff and delivering the tapes to contacts for shipment to Gulen in Pennsylvania. Like many other top officers arrested after the coup, pictures taken of Turkkan in the days after the failed operation show his face bloodied, and his hands and midsection heavily bandaged.

Speaking to reporters at the Turkish Embassy on Thursday, Bozdag warned, “it will deal a blow to the relationship between Turkey and the United States if Gulen is not extradited. We want the United States to understand us, because there is a growing anti-Americanism among Turkish people.”

Lynch has said that for extradition the United States requires evidence that would stand up in a U.S. court. A statement from the Department of Justice on Wednesday said the two sides “will continue their ongoing close and full cooperation” in the matter.

Turkey’s purge also threatens to undermine NATO, of which it has been a crucial part since 1952; Turkey has the second-largest military in the alliance, after the United States. The culling has hit liaison officers with NATO and other allies particularly hard, which makes it more difficult for countries like the United States to coordinate on military operations. Many of the dismissed officers trained or studied in the United States, and their departure creates a vacuum within the upper ranks of the armed forces, where seasoned officers with relationships built over the course of years with NATO officers and diplomats are critical.

Since July, dozens of officers posted to NATO assignments have received orders to come home, where many have been arrested, and others simply given their walking papers. A total of 149 of Ankara’s military representatives at NATO facilities in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom have returned to Turkey. Of the 50 Turkish officers serving at NATO headquarters in Brussels, only nine remain.

Jorge Benitez, a NATO expert at the Atlantic Council, says Turkish officials have told him that about 400 of Turkey’s military envoys across the world have also been fired or called back.

The magnitude of Erdogan’s purges — which also include tens of thousands of judges, police officers, teachers, journalists, and academics — further “fuel instability in a major NATO ally that is already under strain from terrorist attacks, a huge population of refugees, and a war next door in Syria that is becoming even more violent,” Benitez said.

And that is disturbing news not just for the ongoing fight against the Islamic State, but as part of NATO’s effort to hold the line against an increasingly aggressive Russia, which has bolstered its defenses in the Black Sea and whose military expedition in Syria is the country’s largest overseas deployment in years.

“There’s no question it’s going to make it less easy to operate together” as an alliance, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Eric Edelman observed to FP

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Oct 19

Erdogan Prepares For The Battle To Invade Mosul While Threatening Iraq. So Who Will Be The Victor In This War And What Is The End Game In Iraq

By Walid Shoebat on October 13, 2016 in Featured, General

 “You are not my interlocutor, you are not at my level, you are not my equivalent, you are not of the same quality as me, your screaming and shouting in Iraq is of no importance to us.”

These were the pompous words Erdogan told Iraq’s al-Abadi, who was upset at the Turkish military presence on Iraq’s territory wanting a piece of the action in the coming battle for Mosul.

Al-Abadi knows that what ISIS took, now Erdogan of Turkey is taking.

Erdogan is taking the issue to claim, he was insulted in order to make excuse for his incursions into Iraq: “The Iraqi prime minister is insulting me, first know your limits,” he told a gathering of Islamic leaders in Istanbul, according to AP.

Turkey had initiated its impasse into Iraq since last December, when it deployed troops to the region of Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul claiming its goal is to remove ISIS. Baghdad called the deployment a “blatant violation” of Iraq’s sovereignty and demanded that the Turkish troops be withdrawn immediately, but Ankara has consistently ignored the request.

“Turkey does not move on orders from others … Turkey’s presence in the Bashiqa camp will remain until Mosul is rid of ISIS,” Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, told state news agency Anadolu on Tuesday.

Turkey’s invasion of Jarablus in Syria also continues to expand for the major battle for Aleppo, while the world takes note but fails to act.

The US wants Mosul to be liberated in this period as ‘good for morale’ just before the elections to affect the outcome for Hillary. This, the current administration wants done by Turkey under the cover of it being a NATO ally.

So except the battles to commence very soon, in both Iraq and Syria, regardless, so that the current administration takes credit.

With the battle for Mosul about to begin, the US has once again ‘called’ upon Turkey to respect Iraqi sovereignty while it looks the other way.

“All of Iraq’s neighbors need to respect Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Turkish forces that are deployed in Iraq are not there as part of the International Coalition. The situation in Bashiqa is the matter for the governments of Iraq and Turkey to resolve,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday.

Pay attention only to this: “The situation in Bashiqa is the matter for the governments of Iraq and Turkey to resolve”. The U.S., in front of cameras, is urging the two leaders to set aside their differences and focus on the battle against ISISIn other words, we will not interfere between Iraq and Turkey so long the outcome is in U.S. favor for ‘media’ consumption.

Erdogan has the green light. Two Pentagon officials even said privately that they didn’t believe the diplomatic rift would delay the Mosul operation, which is expected to kick off in a week or so.

“All military operations have political complications, and this one is no different,” said one senior defense official. “All of these problems are ones we are working through, and there’s no indication any of this will interrupt our plans for Mosul.”

President Erdogan is extending a zone from Aleppo to Mosul. His dream is to encompass northern Iraq into his neo-Ottoman dream.

Biblical scholars need to think: how else can one man be called “King of Babylon” “the Assyrian” and “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” if he does not encompass these regions in the Levant?

Mosul is the largest city under Islamic State control. The city’s importance has touched off a rivalry between Iraq’s disparate fighting forces. Therefore, the Kurdish and Shiite fighters are jockeying for a role in what is considered the last major battle to expand their political influence. However, the Kurds and Iran will fail since Turkey, the powerful dog in the region, will not allow their plan to succeed.

And we see Turkey’s expansionist agenda already. If Turkey’s intent was simply thwart the Kurds, as Erdogan claims, why then is Turkey expanding its military presence outside the Kurdish areas near Mosul?

Six years ago, the US and its NATO allies, carried out a regime-change operation under the excuse of removing dictators in several nations like Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria. Combined with media propaganda campaigns and economic sanctions intended by the Washington-led powers, the idea was to erode Russia’s sphere of influence. Instead they created a vacuum that is being filled by an Ottoman expansion. So under the guise of removing dictatorships, the effort undermined the sovereign rights of secular states by NATO choosing to support Islamist revolutionaries.

As a result, ISIS was formed, carving swaths of territory to be supported by another ruthless dictator, the rising Hitler of the Mediterranean region, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Then Turkey with its Ottoman aspirations had its eyes on Syria and working with NATO allies began the process of destabilization in Syria. Russia being an ally of Syria jumped in to defend Bashar Al-Assad while  NATO, especially Turkey are moving in to protect their interests. And to do so, they all found the best alibi: THE WAR ON ISIS.

THE END GAME IN IRAQ
But few are paying attention, that each is returning to their previous colonial regions. Turkey is simply returning to its Ottoman colonial region to re-develop a new relationship model with Arabs, Kurds, Iran or whoever else is in the region. President Vladimir Putin’s Russia is in reality Tsarist Russia wanting his previous imperial map turned to the Ukraine and south Caucasus and it too is aggressively intervening in the Mediterranean and the Middle East through Syria. Iran too is different compared to the 1979 revolution. Today we see a new Persian expansion from Yemen to Lebanon and lastly to Syria. The two rising powers of what used to be Greece (The Leopard) and Persia (The bear) in Revelation 13 will in few years come out of the “Great Sea” (Daniel 7:2) which is the Mediterranean sea (region).

And to rebuild its relations with the Kurds of Iraq, Turkey has officially entered Iraq and is currently working through the Nujaifis and the Barzanis in establishing its own sphere of influence in northern Iraq. The Nujaifis are led by Osama Abdul Aziz al-Nujaifi who is initiating a new pro-Turkey Sunni party separate from the the pro-Iran Shiite government. Turkey is also using the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) which  maintains close economic ties with Turkey. So by that Turkey has an entry point into northern Iraq to carve a Sunni-stan, to stop what they fear as the rising Russian-Iranian-Syrian axis.

The Kurds in Iraq (who are allying with Turkey) will not remain a western ally. The Kurds and the Turks will always use Western democracy for a ride until this vehicle takes them to the next stop: Islamic tyranny.

And while the U.S. believes that Russia is the mother of regional problems, can anyone explain, why would God calls the warriors of Gog “fatlings of Bashan” if Gog was indeed Russian? Even in the very prophecies about the Messiah, they all parallel when the Muslim armies surround Jerusalem: “Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me” (Psalm 22:12). Bashan points to either Syria or Bashan in the Caucasus in the southern regions of Russia, or even both, but never Russia proper. These are Syria and the C.I.S. region. And in Isaiah 17 we find the destruction of Damascus and not da-Moscow.

So what we will see soon are military conflicts that will later require ‘peaceful resolutions’ and ‘negotiations’ of course, with the strongest taking the lion’s share.

What many are asking is what is the end-game. Here it is. The first issue is who is the strongest lion? On the one hand, we have Turkey terrified that the ‘alliance’ fighting ISIS is uniting Iran, Iraqi Shiites and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), as well as Hezbollah, with Russia. But Turkey and Iran cannot afford warring over Iraq or Syria, since Iran cannot afford loosing its relationship with Turkey. Turkey and Iran have a common interest in preventing an independent Kurdish nation. The more the United States supports the Iraqi Kurds, there will be a greater danger of an Iranian-Turkish alliance, which is what we project will happen. And how Turkey will rid Russia is simple, in northern Iraq or in Syria, any ‘liberated’ territory will have Sunnis elect a puppet regime that will be Sunni, of course. This is the norm. And these puppets will be allied to Sunni Turkey. So by that, Russia cannot legally intervene, since the people will demand their own Sunni sovereignty, where in the end, Turkey will be the victor. It is really as simple as when the southern parts of Iraq went democratic after the U.S. ousted Saddam Hussein and the Shiites elected a Shiite allied to Iran. So northern Iraq, the oil rich part of Iraq, will eventually become Turkey’s lion share.

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Oct 05

Deutsche Bank Collapse: The Most Important Bank In Europe Is Facing A Major ‘Liquidity Event’

By Michael Snyder, on September 30th, 2016

The largest and most important bank in the largest and most important economy in Europe is imploding right in front of our eyes.  Deutsche Bank is the 11th biggest bank on the entire planet, and due to the enormous exposure to derivatives that it has, it has been called “the world’s most dangerous bank“.  Over the past year, I have repeatedly warned that Deutsche Bank is heading for disaster and is a likely candidate to be “the next Lehman Brothers”.  If you would like to review, you can do so here, here and here.  On September 16th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice wanted 14 billion dollars from Deutsche Bank to settle a case related to the mis-handling of mortgage-backed securities during the last financial crisis.  As a result of that announcement, confidence in the bank has been greatly shaken, the stock price has fallen to record lows, and analysts are warning that Deutsche Bank may be facing a “liquidity event” unlike anything that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers back in 2008.

At one point on Friday, Deutsche Bank stock fell below the 10 euro mark for the first time ever before bouncing back a bit.  A completely unverified rumor that was spreading on Twitter that claimed that Deutsche Bank would settle with the Department of Justice for only 5.4 billion dollars was the reason for the bounce.

But the size of the fine is not really the issue now.  Shares of Deutsche Bank have fallen by more than half so far in 2016, and this latest episode seems to have been the final straw for the deeply troubled financial institution.  Old sources of liquidity are being cut off, and nobody wants to be the idiot that offers Deutsche Bank a new source of liquidity at this point.

As a result, Deutsche Bank is potentially facing a “liquidity event” on a scale that we have not seen since the financial crisis of 2008.  The following comes from Zero Hedge

It is not solvency, or the lack of capital – a vague, synthetic, and usually quite arbitrary concept, determined by regulators – that kills a bank; it is – as Dick Fuld will tell anyone who bothers to listen – the loss of (access to) liquidity: cold, hard, fungible (something Jon Corzine knew all too well when he commingled and was caught) cash, that pushes a bank into its grave, usually quite rapidly: recall that it took Lehman just a few days for its stock to plunge from the high double digits to zero.

It is also liquidity, or rather concerns about it, that sent Deutsche Bank stock crashing to new all time lows earlier today: after all, the investing world already knew for nearly two weeks that its capitalization is insufficient. As we reported earlier this week, it was a report by Citigroup, among many other, that found how badly undercapitalized the German lender is, noting that DB’s “leverage ratio, at 3.4%, looks even worse relative to the 4.5% company target by 2018″ and calculated that while he only models €2.9bn in litigation charges over 2H16-2017 – far less than the $14 billion settlement figure proposed by the DOJ – and includes a successful disposal of a 70% stake in Postbank at end-2017 for 0.4x book he still only reaches a CET 1 ratio of 11.6% by end-2018, meaning the bank would have a Tier 1 capital €3bn shortfall to the company target of 12.5%, and a leverage ratio of 3.9%, resulting in an €8bn shortfall to the target of 4.5%.

The more the stock price drops, the faster other financial institutions, investors and regular banking clients are going to want to pull their money out of Deutsche Bank.  And every time there is news about people pulling money out of the bank, that is just going to drive the stock price even lower.

In other words, Deutsche Bank may be entering a death spiral that may be impossible to stop without a government bailout, and the German government has already stated that there will be no bailout for Deutsche Bank.

Banking customers have a total of approximately 566 billion euros deposited with the bank, and even if a small fraction of those clients start demanding their money back it is going to cause a major, major crunch.

Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan attempted to calm nerves on Friday by releasing a memo to employees that blamed “speculators” for the decline in the stock price

Instead of doing what many have correctly suggested he should be doing, namely focusing on ways to raise more capital for the undercapitalized Deutsche Bank in order to stem the slow (at first) liquidity leak, first thing this morning CEO John Cryan issued another morale-boosting note to employees of Deustche Bank who have been watching their stock price crash to another record low, dipping under €10 in early trading for the first time ever. In the memo the embattled CEO worryingly did what Dick Fuld and other chief executives did when they felt the situation slipping out of control, namely blaming evil “rumor-spreading” shorts, saying “our bank has become subject to speculation. Ongoing rumours are causing significant swings in our stock price. … Trust is the foundation of banking. Some forces in the markets are currently trying to damage this trust.

Just as important, Cryan confirms the Bloomberg report that “a few of our hedge fund clients have reduced some activities with us. That is causing unjustified concerns.” As we explained last night, the concerns are very much justified if they spread to the biggest risk-factor for the German bank: its depositors, which collectively hold over €550 billion in liquidity-providing instruments.

If you would like to ready the full memo, you can do so right here.

One of the reasons why Deutsche Bank is considered to be so systemically “dangerous” is because it has 42 trillion euros worth of exposure to derivatives.  That is an amount of money that is 14 times larger than the GDP of the entire nation of Germany.

Some firms that were derivatives clients of the bank have already gotten spooked and have moved their business to other institutions.  It was this report from Bloomberg that really helped drive down the stock price of Deutsche Bank earlier this week…

The funds, a small subset of the more than 800 clients in the bank’s hedge fund business, have shifted part of their listed derivatives holdings to other firms this week, according to an internal bank document seen by Bloomberg News. Among them are Izzy Englander’s $34 billion Millennium Partners, Chris Rokos’s $4 billion Rokos Capital Management, and the $14 billion Capula Investment Management, said a person with knowledge of the situation who declined to be identified talking about confidential client matters.

“The issue here is now one of confidence,” said Chris Wheeler, a financial analyst with Atlantic Equities LLP in London.

So what comes next?

Monday is a banking holiday for Germany, so we may not see anything major happen until Tuesday.

An announcement of a major reduction in the Department of Justice fine may buy Deutsche Bank some time, but any reprieve would likely only be temporary.

What appears to be more likely is the scenario that Jeffrey Gundlach is suggesting

But Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive of DoubleLine Capital, said investors betting that Berlin would not rescue Deutsche could find themselves nursing big losses.

The market is going to push down Deutsche Bank until there is some recognition of support. They will get assistance, if need be,’ said Gundlach, who oversees more than $100 billion at Los Angeles-based DoubleLine.

It will be very interesting to see how desperate things become before the German government finally gives in to the pressure.

The complete and total collapse of Deutsche Bank would be an event many times more significant for the global financial system than the collapse of Lehman Brothers was.  Global leaders simply cannot afford for such a thing to happen, but without serious intervention it appears that is precisely where we are heading.

Personally, I don’t know exactly what will happen next, but it will be fascinating to watch

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Oct 05

Iranian Government Reveals It Plans To Utterly “Wipe Saudi Arabia Out Of Existence”

By Walid Shoebat on September 28, 2016 in Featured, General

While Obama failed to protect Saudi Arabia today with his Veto, now Iranian government reveals that it plans to “utterly wipe Saudi Arabia out of existence”. Also learn about the Iranian Sejjil, a prophecy by Iran to destroy Mecca hidden in the tip of its favorite missile it designated for Mecca. So lets start:

What circulates the Middle Eastern media has not yet been reported by western media. Special Adviser to the commander of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firuz Abadi on Tuesday threatened to “erase Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabis from existence” if Riyadh committed “any stupid moves”.

The Iranian FARS news agency quoted Firuz Abadi as saying that:

“We’re not going to war against any Muslim country, but Saudi Arabia is an exception. If it commits any stupid move they’ll get a penalty, that is erasing Arabia and Wahhabism out of existence, and if the defense necessitated an attack, we will attack and if we attacked the enemy, it certainly will be a reply to whatever we consider an attack, but it will not be a pre-emptive attack”. (translated by Shoebat.com)

In other words, Iran is telling Saudi Arabia that they will attack even if unprovoked and that such an attack will not even have to be pre-emptive where Saudi Arabia must show real aggression towards Iran.

Abadi pointed out that “even the U.S. recently admitted, Iran has missile deterrent capabilities. World powers admits that Iran can accurately perform a missile attack.”

While Iranian forces are no match technologically for Riyadh’s lavishly equipped military, Iran’s air force is mostly comprised of obsolete airframes, Tehran can use what equipment and troops it does have in clever ways to offset that advantage.

Iran has a host of missiles at its disposal including the liquid-fueled Emad, which has a 1,000-mile range. It also has the Shahab family of ballistic missiles. The latest variant, the developmental Shabab-4, could have a range as great as 2,400 miles.

But the most capable Iranian missiles are the solid-fuel, two-stage road-mobile Sejjil series ballistic missiles—which are very difficult to hunt down. They also have very quick reaction times.

“The Sejjil 3 would reportedly have three stages, a maximum range of 4,000 km, and a launch weight of 38,000 kg,” according to the Claremont & George C. Marshall Institute’s Missile Threat project.

What most do not consider is the name of the missile “Sejjil” which tells the whole story since it stems from the Quran. No ‘expert’ is even linking its prophetic symbolism. Sejjil stems from the history just prior to Muhammad’s birth: Year of the Elephant (Āmu l-Fīl), 570 AD, where according to Islamic tradition, it was in this year that Muhammad was born. The year is the story of Sejjil, the fiery missiles from Allah and Ababeel, the heavenly birds that delivered them and Abraha Al-Ashram‘s elephants, the tanks of the day  destroyed by Allah’s Sejjil.

Sejjil is the name of Iran’s baby pet missile. Sejjil stems from when Abraha was a zealous Christian ruler of Yemen, which was subject to the Kingdom of Aksum of Ethiopia, marched upon the Kaaba with a large army, which included war elephants, intending to demolish the Kaaba. However, the Muslim legend by the Arabs has the story that the lead elephant, known as Mahmud, is said to have stopped at the boundary around Mecca, and refused to enter. It has been theorized by historians that an epidemic such as by smallpox could have caused such a failed invasion of Mecca.

Abraha’s army had complete war equipment, armour, and the elephants to knock down the Kaaba. Abraha was convinced that he will easily be able to destroy the Kaaba. But what happens next, according to Muslim legend in the Quran, was that Allah’s help arrived according to the Koran in Sura Al-Fil (The Elephant) where Allah sent “Birds of Ababeel to throw stones of Sejjil” on the elephants and the army, which led to their defeat and destruction.

The war was launched as a campaign to destroy Makkah in Arabia and end the pilgrim to the Kaaba and divert Arab worshippers instead towards Christian Yemen at the time, which had a large church built by Abraha.

This forced replacement of holy places is similar to what Iran wants to do proclaiming Karbala over Mecca. In essence, Iran’s naming this missile, Sejjil, is to succeed where Abraha failed to destroy the Kaaba, here now comes Iran’s Sejjil. It is a prophetic message from Iran to Arabia that your Kaaba will be no more and that they will fulfill where Abraha failed.

This Sejjil rock thrown by the Ababeel birds, became a symbol of Arabia’s pride. For example, one Saudi man on a hunting trip in the rugged mountains near the border with Yemen stumbled across a little dark stone, which according to him he instantly recognized as “Sejjil” mentioned in the Koran. A year later, he was offered $four million for the stone but he refused.

After all, this is what was sent by the Almighty Allah carried by the “Ababeel birds to throw Sejjil stones” (pebbles of hell) to destroy an army led by Yemen’s warlord Abraha just before the advent of Islam to knock down the Kaaba. While the story of Abraha’s campaign probably had some truth, the Sejjil part of it was simply an Islamic legend.

And today, Saudi Arabia is cornered, not just by Iran, but by the U.S. Just a few hours ago, in a stinging blow to President Barack Obama, the Senate voted Wednesday to override his veto of a bill to let 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the terrorist attacks. The U.S. has not forgotten Saudi Arabia’s men who knocked down their handsome Twin Towers. It’s the first time a chamber of Congress has had the votes to overrule Obama on a veto. Not even Saudi’s African slave, messenger of peace, was able to pull it off, Saudi Arabia’s money will not find a safe haven in the U.S. due to all the coming lawsuits.

War analysts presume that if a war ignites between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi planes will have to make numerous sorties against Iranian targets. This will expose Arabia since the Iranians would launch as many missiles as possible, potentially eliminating much of the Saudi air force and rendering bases unusable. The Saudis would have to flee and the war is over with Iran’s victory.

While the current saber rattling between Iran and Saudi is still in the status of “rumors of wars,” the war scenario is no legend but is daily becoming a reality. Isaiah 21 clearly declares that Persia will destroy Arabia. God predicted it and it will come to pass where Iran will soon mount Mecca with the magnificent thrust force of an elephant and a Sejjil for a suppository.

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Sep 23

Turkey ‘Islamic hotspot to watch’

Moving toward ‘religious, military, political’ leadership in 1 office

Published: 17 hours ago

Bob Unruh

After quelling a military coup attempt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to consolidate military and diplomatic power, much as did the Islamic Ottoman empire that existed there more than a century ago.

In his “Underground” video, Richardson, whose works include “The Coming Battle for Jerusalem,” “The Global Jesus Revolution,” “When a Jew Rules the World” and “Islamic Antichrist,” explained his worries.

Erdogan, he noted, is assembling “absolute autocratic power.”

Even the nation’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, who rose to power with Erdogan, recently was summarily removed.

“Apparently Davutoglu was not obedient enough,” Richardson suggested.

He pointed to a national headline in Turkey stating Erdogan supporters were demanding “obedience to the leader.”

That kind of authority aligns with the concept of a caliphate, a Muslim state in which military, religious and political authority resides with one individual, the caliph.

“When a caliph comes into office, all Muslims are obligated to make the pledge of allegiance to him,” Richardson explained, “as long as he obeys and implements Shariah.”

That already is happening with Erdogan, who is supported by Islamic radicals in North Africa, Pakistan and other places.

Richardson said the development has implications for the end times prophesied in the Bible.

Richardson believes the prophesied Antichrist will come out of the region that includes Turkey.

“I’m not saying Erdogan is Gog [the Antichrist],” he said, but “he’s certainly emerging as a clear foreshadowing.”

“We need to be Bereans,” Richardson said, citing the figures in the New Testament praised for their careful study of Scripture.

WND reported unsettling developments after the coup.

At that time, Turkish forces were on the offense against the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, and Turkey was deal-making with Russia.

Meanwhile, Erdogan solidified his position following the failed coup, and his approval ratings reached new highs. In fact, the Turkish president has benefited so much from the abortive attempt to overthrow him, many observers suspect he staged the entire thing as a false flag operation.

Tensions between the United States and Turkey, meanwhile, continue to increase. The United States is reportedly transferring nuclear weapons out of Turkey to safeguard American control. Despite increasingly desperate American pleading, the United States has thus far been unable to stop Turkey’s war against the Syrian Kurds.

Carl Gallups, author of “Be Thou Prepared,” and the upcoming “When the Lion Roars: Understanding the Implications of Ancient Prophecies for Our Time,” says the healing of the Russo-Turkish rift is desirable on the surface, but some of the relevant interpretations of Scripture are cause for concern.

“Those who know the prophecies of Ezekiel 38 are aware of a very pointed declaration that in the last days, in the days of a miraculously returned Israel, Magog (many have believed to be Russia) would join with Persia (modern day Iran) and string several other nations along with them – for the purpose of attacking Israel,” Gallups explained. “The prophecies say the attack upon Israel will ‘come from the North.’ Turkey lies directly north of Israel. Additionally, a number of prophecy experts believe (based upon a large body of biblical and historical evidence) that Turkey itself could actually be the Magog (perhaps even in alliance with Russia) spoken of in Ezekiel 38.

“We know that lately Russia and Iran have been dramatically strengthening ties. The two nations have been standing together against ISIS in the Syrian civil war. Of course it is also Iran that has continually breathed out direct and very public threats of utterly destroying Israel, especially once Iran develops deliverable nuclear weapons. And, it is no secret that Russia has a history of nuclear involvement with Iran.”

Richardson said Turkey and Russia are working together out of economic convenience.

He noted: “Russia’s economy relies heavily on natural gas and oil exports. Turkey controls the Bosporus, and thus Russia’s access to the Mediterranean Sea. Thus, despite all of Putin’s chest thumping after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet, Russia needs Turkish cooperation.

“Likewise, Turkey relies heavily on the millions of Russian tourists who come to Turkey each year to enjoy the beautiful coasts. After Turkey shot down Russia jet and [the] president refused to apologize, Putin imposes stiff sanctions, and the lack of Russian tourism hit Turkey’s economy hard. Thus, despite all of the warm and fuzzy speeches about reconciliation, Russia and Turkey have simply returned to a shallow friendship of convenience for both of them.”

But while Richardson is relatively sanguine about the partnership between Turkey and Russia, he remains deeply concerned about the growing ambitions of Erdogan, whom he has compared to Adolf Hitler.

And the host of “The Coming Battle for Jerusalem” says the West has remained complacent for far too long about what he calls the “rise of a deeply nationalist-Islamist dictatorship in Turkey.”

“This is precisely what I have been warning of for well over twelve years now,” he said. “This is a nation that until recently been considered an ally of the United States and is a fellow member of NATO. After having suspended the constitution and purging tens of thousands of alleged coup plotters from every nook and cranny of both the government and the general public, Turkey has experienced a revolution. Whether we are comparing this to the Iranian Islamic revolution of 1979 or Hitler’s ‘Night of Long Knives,’ the analogies are merited.”

He continued: “In the long term, what is emerging in Turkey will continue to be a massive foreign policy conundrum that is going to require any future American administration a profound level of wisdom and skill to navigate. In the short term, the roughly 100,000 Iranian backed militia in Iraq is a far greater concern. With Iran stepping up its presence in the region – another event that I have been predicting for some time – a clash between Turkey and Iran is increasingly becoming a very real possibility.”

Richardson contends events are moving toward the end times but thinks a conflict between Iran and Turkey is the more likely short term outcome than a grand alliance against Israel.

“Is all of this aligning with the words of the biblical prophets?” he asks. “Absolutely. It’s just not aligning in quite the way that many have wrongly assumed.”

He noted that now, “under Erdogan, [Turkey] is quickly becoming an Islamic caliphate with dreams of becoming, once again, the hub of Middle Eastern Islamic power – a resurrected Ottoman Empire if you will.”

Erdogan has long appealed to the people of lands that historically were in the Ottoman Empire to legitimize his rule and imperial ambitions.

The London Mirror reported in July that Amnesty International says it has “credible evidence” Turkish police are holding detainees, denying them food, water and medical treatment and in the worst cases subjecting some to severe beatings and torture.

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