A navy patrol boat spotted a Russian submarine three months ago about 8 miles from the coast of Israel reports Ynet. Israel’s territorial waters stretch 12 nautical miles offshore.
The IDF refused to comment on whether or not the sub compromised Israel’s security interests and also wouldn’t comment on the duration of the sea craft’s presence.
After identifying the submarine, Israel’s naval officers contacted their Russian counterparts, activating the naval coordination mechanism through via the General Staff Planning Division. The mechanism is similar to that of the armies which has been battle tested in Syria. The submarine left the area westward into the depths of the Mediterranean.
A Russian submarine’s presence in Israel’s territorial waters can entail long-term consequences. That’s because the sub is a vessel used for intelligence gathering. Russia has gone to great lengths to intervene in the region following Syria’s civil war.
In a rather vague statement, the IDF spokesman responded to the report saying: “Sometimes, naval targets are noticed by the Navy that might be perceived to be a foreign military vessel.”
In 2018, Breaking Israel News reported on a Russian military plane carrying 14 servicemen was shot down over Syria. Moscow blamed Israel who claimed that it was a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that did it.
By two targeted assassinations in Gaza and Damascus, Israel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, went to war against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Baha Abu Al-Atta, chief of the northern Gaza command, was killed in an IDF bombing raid on his home in Gaza city; Akram Al-Ajouri’s home in the Maze district of Damascus was struck by two rockets. Some sources say he escaped; others that he was injured. Al Ajouri was the liaison officer between the Palestinian Jihad in Gaza and the Iranian Al-Qods Brigades and its chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Islamic Jihad’s first response was a wide-ranging rocket barrage against key towns in central and southern Israel, including Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gedera, Rishon Lezion and Tel Aviv, after announcing that “there were no borders.” Iron Dome downed some 20, including the rockets targeting Tel Aviv.
DEBKAfile: The IDF initially relayed messages to Gaza City that the slaying of Abu Al-Atta did not portend a new wave of targeted assassinations against Palestinian terrorist leaders, in the hope of persuading Hamas to stay out of it and let Jihad act on its own. This was intended to avert a major conflagration. This hope was largely unfounded because it is not in the power of Hamas or Egypt or even Israel to determine how far this incident escalates but Tehran. DEBKAfile’s sources report that when Israel’s security cabinet was convening in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning, so too were senior officials in Tehran, Damascus and Beirut. They were discussing whether to punish Israel by opening a second or third front in the north. The Palestinian Jihad also maintains armed forces in Syria and Lebanon, who may be conscripted in both countries for strikes against northern and central Israel in solidarity with their brothers in Gaza. The Gaza headquarters initially reacted to the death of its leader by announcing that their retaliation “would have no borders.” Then, after firing some 50 rockets, Jihad stated that as yet “unprecedented retaliation” was still to come, suggesting that Israel faced attacks from additional borders.
Any Egyptian or UN efforts to mediate de-escalation would be irrelevant in these circumstances since neither has access to this extremist Palestinian terrorist group or its Iranian masters. And Hamas can hardly afford to stand aside in the event of a multi-front conflict erupting and is likely to be drawn into backing a fellow Palestinian terrorist organization.
Israel’s Air Force has adjusted its air defenses, and several Israeli
embassies around the world have raised their alert level in light of increased
tensions from Iran.
According to reports in Hebrew-language media, a series of adjustments were
made to IAF air defense systems in light of the fear that Iran might try to
carry out an attack using cruise missiles or suicide drones, similar to the
October attack against Saudi Arabia.
IDF Chief of
Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have warned
in recent days of the increased threat posed by the Islamic Republic, which
they say is getting bolder and more willing to respond to Israeli attacks on
Iranian and Iranian-backed militias and infrastructure.
“Iran wants to develop precision-guided missiles that can hit any target in
Israel within five to 10 meters: It’s doing it,” Netanyahu said Monday evening
during an event at the Jewish Agency. “Iran wants to use Iraq, Syria, Lebanon
and Yemen as bases to attack Israel with statistical missiles and
precision-guided missiles. That is a great, great danger.”
At the event, United States Treasury Secretary Steven
Mnuchin added that the US is planning more sanctions to place on
Iran in its “maximum pressure campaign.”
While Iran has several rockets which could reach Israeli territory, including
the Khoramshahr 2 with a range of up to 2,000 kilometers, it is unclear if they
transferred such missiles to Yemen.
According to a report in the online magazine Breaking Defense, Israel has
recently upgraded the Barak-8ER system with an extended range to protect
against cruise missiles, a land-based configuration of the long-range
surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) or the Barak-8 naval air defense system.
Boaz Levy, Israel Aerospace Industries VP and
general manager, was quoted in the report as saying that the upgraded version
of the Barak-8ER system has enhanced anti-tactical ballistic missile
capabilities and will be capable of protecting Israeli cities from cruise
Able to shoot down enemy aircraft at a range of 90 kilometers, the Barak-8ER is
designed to defend against a myriad of short- to long-range airborne threats,
such as incoming missiles, planes and drones at both low or high altitudes. In
July, the Israeli military successfully tested the Barak-8, intercepting a
small drone simulating an enemy aircraft.
The system integrates several advanced state-of-the-art systems, including a
digital radar, a command and control system, tracking radar launchers,
interceptors with advanced homing radio frequency (RF) seekers for targets with
low radar cross sections and high maneuverability, data link and system-wide
connectivity. It is also able to engage multiple targets simultaneously in
severe saturation scenarios and can be operated in all types of weather.
In addition to the Barak-8ER, Israel has a comprehensive, protective umbrella
able to counter the growing missile threats from its enemies, which includes
the Iron Dome designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow (Arrow-2
and Arrow-3) system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s
atmosphere; and the newly operational David’s Sling missile defense system,
which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to
long-range rockets, and cruise missiles fired at a range of between 40 km. to
Israel continuously improves the technology behind the country’s anti-missile
systems; all systems have gone through upgrades over the past few years.
Israel also has three Patriot system batteries and has used them against
suspicious aerial vehicles, including shooting down drones and a Syrian Sukhoi
fighter jet that infiltrated into Israel’s northern Golan Heights last year.
The deal came as the five-day pause in fighting brokered by the United States expired — but Turkey now says the deal means hostilities need not resume. The Russia-Turkey 10-point plan was succinct but will have wide-reaching ramifications for the region, as well as those embroiled in this latest Syrian drama. Syrian Kurds, America’s erstwhile allies, were left waiting to hear the news of their fate from the meeting. The deal means that from midday Wednesday, Kurdish fighters will have just over six days to withdraw to no more than 20 miles from almost the entire northeastern border.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spent hours poring over maps of Syria in the
Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday, carving up Syrian territory into different
geopolitical spheres of influence.
After President Trump so quickly pulled out troops from
Northern Syria, Turkey jumped in faster than a squirrel in a bounce house
filled with nuts. Within days, Turkey had launched a blistering campaign of
attack that freed ISIS and decimated our former and never again allies the
Kurd. When the smoke cleared from all that, what do we see but a grinning
Erdogan and Putin putting their signatures on a deal giving Turkey and Russia
joint control over Northern Syria. As Forrest Gump would say, it happened ‘just
like that’. Indeed.
“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth
part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will
bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:” Ezekiel 39:2 (KJV)
Of course, we are only interested in this because of the
incredible ramifications it will have for Israel as they attempt to keep defending
the Golan Heights that Trump said America recognized Israeli
sovereignty over. Not any more. That proclamation has now become null and void
because the United States is no longer there to enforce it. Now Russia and
Turkey have both moved a giant step closer to their real target in the Middle
This is how Putin and Erdogan have redrawn
FROM NBC NEWS: The pair agreed to a
deal designed to keep Kurdish forces away from the Syria-Turkey border,
enforced by joint Russian and Turkish patrols starting next week. U.S. troops
are continuing their journey out of Syria, headed for western Iraq.
The deal came as the five-day pause in
fighting brokered by the United States expired — but Turkey now says the deal
means hostilities need not resume. The Russia-Turkey 10-point plan was succinct
but will have wide-reaching ramifications for the region, as well as those
embroiled in this latest Syrian drama.
Syrian Kurds, America’s erstwhile allies, were left waiting
to hear the news of their fate from the meeting. The deal means that from
midday Wednesday, Kurdish fighters will have just over six days to withdraw to
no more than 20 miles from almost the entire northeastern border.
Ankara will keep sole control of the
central section of the border, between the Syrian border towns of Tal Abyad and
Ras al-Ayn, the area from which Kurdish fighters were forced to withdraw over
the past five days under the U.S.-Turkey deal.
When the new deadline elapses Oct. 29, joint
Russian-Turkish troops will patrol a 6-mile-deep area to the west and east of
the section of the border captured by Turkey during its invasion.
It’s another blow for Syrian Kurds who
want greater self-rule and who had largely managed to achieve this during
Syria’s eight-year civil war. Before the Oct. 9 invasion, the Kurds controlled
about a quarter of the country — an area rich in oil, water and agriculture. It
represented the largest chunk of Syria not controlled by the regime of President
But under Moscow’s and Ankara’s plan, the Kurdish
fighters will have to withdraw even further out of the territory that they
previously held, dealing a heavy blow to their dreams of regional autonomy and
“Putin is the New King of Syria,” ran the op-ed headline in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. If Putin is king of Syria, it is because he was willing to pay the price in blood and treasure to keep his Russia’s toehold on the Med and save his ally Bashar Assad, who would have gone under without him. Now let’s see how Putin likes his prize.
Syrian forces, most probably supported by Turkey, were
seen attacking several key locations still held by Kurdish forces, violating
the US-led ceasefire agreement in the region.
Once again, a military move by President Trump that was panned
initially in carefully engineered outrage is turning out to be not so bad after
all. Yes, Trump has ordered US troops out of Syria, fulfilling yet another one
of his 2016 campaign promises, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin has stepped in
to take control. But what exactly is he taking control of, and what order can a
weakened Russia possibly make out of all this chaos?
“Therefore, thou son of
man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am
against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn
thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up
from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I
will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall
out of thy right hand.” Ezekiel 39:1-3
Russia has a marginal economy at best, and a military that despite their
endless bluster, is actually subpar when compared to most other nations and a
joke when compared to the might of the United States. A long sustained control
of the quagmire in Syria will not increase Russia’s power but will actually
weaken it. Russia does not have the money to do much of anything in Syria and
Putin knows it. Besides, all this posturing is merely a dress rehearsal for the
‘real thing’ which comes during the last half of the time of Jacob’s trouble.
Breaks Ceasefire Agreement With US, Attacks Northern Syria As Putin ‘takes
FROM THE JPOST: These forces crossed the border from Turkey into northern
Syria, according to the report, and are moving towards Ras al-Ain, a village in
which the fighting hasn’t ceased since Friday, even after the ceasefire was
Reuters, however, reports that the
“fragile” ceasefire is holding along the Syrian border, though Turkish
President Tayyip Erdogan is ready to continue the Syria offensive if the truce
deal that was agreed upon is not implemented.
“We paused the operation for five
days,” said Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar. “In this time, the terrorists
will withdraw from the safe zone, their weapons will be collected and position
destroyed. If this doesn’t happen, we will continue the operation.”
Erdogan also threatened the Kurdish forces in northern Syria, saying that they will
“crush the heads” of the fighters if they do not withdraw in the 120-hour
period designated by the ceasefire. He also said that he would speak about the
deployment of Syrian government forces in a planned “safe zone” in northern
Syria while speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week
While Israel seeks to widen its diplomatic relations with states in the region beyond its two full peace partners Egypt and Jordan, the non-aggression pact initiative stems from Israel’s recognition that full relations with the Gulf states may not be possible unless or until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the TV report noted. The deal would constitute a “historic” document, putting an end to the state of conflict between these Gulf states and Israel, the report said. The draft clauses reportedly include commitments to develop “friendly relations and cooperation” in accordance with the UN charter and international law; to prevent hostility or incitement to hostility against each other; and to eschew any military or security alliance with other parties against each other.
Israel is reportedly negotiating with
several Gulf states on a “non-aggression pact” between them as they face off
against an increasingly emboldened Iran.
This is obviously not the covenant that Daniel 9:27
talks about, but it could absolutely be the first step in setting the table for
the final peace pact under Antichrist in the
time of Jacob’s trouble. At the very least, it’s breathtaking to
see movement after so long a time of inactivity, and when you consider the
scope of what such a pact would entail, the implications are far-reaching and
highly prophetic in nature.
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the
Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace
and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon
a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians
When you read the article below from the Times of Israel,
look carefully at the section I have broken out in quote formatting. The part that
says “the non-aggression pact initiative stems from Israel’s recognition
that full relations with the Gulf states may not be possible unless or until
the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved” shows you exactly where we
are at on the Bible timeline. The only question is how much of this will we get
to see come to fruition before the
Rapture takes place.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one
week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the
oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall
make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that
determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
They are calling it an “historic peace pact” and not only
is it historic, I will go one step further and say, if they can pull it off, it
is prophetic as well. If they can pull this off, we will be halfway to the
Daniel 9 prophecy, and a kitten’s whisker away from the fulfillment of Titus 2:13
(KJV). If you love end times Bible prophecy, the video at the bottom of this
article will blow you away, especially when Katz quotes Isaiah.
Israel and Gulf states working on ‘historic
pact’ to end conflict between them
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The deal, which Channel 12 news
described as potentially “historic,” aims to put an end to the state of
conflict between the Gulf states and Israel, and reportedly provides for
friendly relations, cooperation in a variety of fields, and no war or
incitement against each other.
Advancing the Israeli initiative, Foreign Minister Israel
Katz met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month with several
foreign ministers from Arab Gulf states, Channel 12 news reported Saturday
night. There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry, but Katz
himself on September 23 tweeted that
he had held talks with an unnamed counterpart from an Arab country with which
Israel does not have formal relations, and said they discussed “ways to deal
with the Iranian threat” and a process for boosting “civilian cooperation.”
Katz, who is leading the effort with the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, agreed with his Gulf Arab interlocutors during “a series of
meetings” to set up working teams to take the non-aggression pact forward, the
TV report said. He presented his Gulf counterparts with a draft text of
the intended pact, which was drawn up by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the TV
report said. It reportedly highlights the opportunity to advance common
interests in the context of the threat posed by Iran, and is drafted in
accordance with principles of international law.
Katz is also reported to have discussed the intended pact
with the Trump administration outgoing special envoy for the peace process,
While Israel seeks to widen its diplomatic relations with states in the
region beyond its two full peace partners Egypt and Jordan, the non-aggression
pact initiative stems from Israel’s recognition that full relations with the
Gulf states may not be possible unless or until the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict is resolved, the TV report noted. The deal would constitute a
“historic” document, putting an end to the state of conflict between these Gulf
states and Israel, the report said.
The draft clauses reportedly include commitments to develop
“friendly relations and cooperation” in accordance with the UN charter and
international law; to prevent hostility or incitement to hostility against each
other; and to eschew any military or security alliance with other parties
against each other.
Among other elements, the TV report said, the draft text specifies
cooperation in the fight against terror, and in advancing economic interests.
Katz attended the General Assembly on behalf of Netanyahu, who remained in
Israel as he seeks to negotiate a majority coalition. The prime minister had
planned to attend the UN gathering and meet on the sidelines with US President
Donald Trump, who had said earlier last month that he intended to discuss a
possible US-Israel Mutual Defense pact.
At the UN on September 23, Katz held what he said at the time was “a first
and fascinating meeting yesterday with one of the Arab foreign ministers.
And yet, the Pentagon still has plans to wipe the Islamic Republic off the map.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is warning that a war with Iran would have
disastrous consequences for the entire world.
In his long-awaited interview with “60 Minutes,” the de facto Saudi ruler
insists the rest of the world must “take a strong and firm action to deter
Iran, but conceded:
“The region represents about 30 percent of the world’s energy supplies,
about 20 percent of global trade passages, about 4 percent of the world GDP.
Imagine all of these three things stop. This means a total collapse of the
global economy, and not just Saudi Arabia or the Middle East countries … Oil
supplies will be disrupted and oil prices will jump to unimaginably high
numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.”
MbS told “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell that the “political and
peaceful solution” would be much preferable to a military solution. He agreed
that President Donald Trump should sit down with his Iranian counterpart—but he
noted that it is the Iranians who don’t want to talk at this point.
The quest for a political and diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis seems
to have rankled Israel. Following Sunday’s CBS broadcast, DEBKAfile ran a
report with the headline “Crack in the anti-Iran front: U.S. persuades Saudis
to engage Tehran in regional deals.”
The report notes that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he has received
“messages from Saudi Arabia.” His spokesman refused to divulge the content of
those messages, or how they were delivered, but he also added:
“If Saudi Arabia is really pursuing a change of behavior, Iran welcomes
The report also notes that Saudi Arabia was persuaded by both President
Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to not respond militarily to the Saudi
Aramco attack that has been blamed on Tehran. Riyadh also joined the diplomatic
effort to urge Rouhani to meet with the president on the sidelines of the UN
General Assembly last week.
It also states:
“Our sources add exclusively that even though the Trump-Rouhani summit at UN
Center appeared last week to have fallen through, contacts continue and the two
sides appear to be looking for a venue acceptable to both. The main obstacle
for now is that the US president has no wish to travel outside America, while
Rouhani is reluctant to pay another visit to the US after the US Assembly
session. With the summit location still up in the air, the Saudi crown prince’s
role is still undecided. However, the comment coming on Tuesday from the
Iranian president’s office sounded like a strong signal of positive acceptance
of the Saudi feelers for negotiations to center on the topics at issue: the
Yemen war and the situation in Syria and Iraq.
“These initial Saudi overtures towards Iran under US auspices are ominous
tidings for Israel and its diplomatic, military and intelligence strategy with
regard to Iran. The anti-Iran axis set up between Washington, Riyadh and Abu
Dhabi is now on the line. Its collapse would leave Israel high and dry on its
own against the mortal threat posed by Iran. Tehran, despite Israel’s long
efforts, is cementing its military grip on Syria and Iraq. Dramatizing the
abiding threat to Israel on Tuesday, Sept. 30, Iran’s Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem
Soleimani informed his senior commanders: ‘The Islamic Republic has prepared
the capability to annihilate Israel and this regime must be wiped off the
world’s geographic history.’”
A top commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has made
the most overt threat yet. Deputy Commander for Operations Abbas Nilforoushan
told Radio Farda:
“If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of
Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea … Nothing will be left
“We will perceive any mistake in the region as involvement in a war in the
whole region. Any action to start a war in the region will flare up a fire that
will burn those who have started the war.
“Israel is not in a position to threaten his country, because it has been
encircled on all four sides …
“We will not let the enemies to face us at our borders. We will quickly drag
the war to the bases and interests of the enemies anywhere they may happen to
Meanwhile, leaked documents appear to detail a how a war on Iran has been on
the Pentagon’s drawing board for more than ten years. Dr. Dan Plesch and Martin
Butcher, who examined the blueprint on how the US attack would unfold,
concluded the U.S. has made military preparations to destroy Iran’s weapons of
mass destruction, nuclear energy, regime, armed forces, state apparatus, and
economic infrastructure within days—if not hours.
Iran’s Press TV tweeted in English on Wednesday with a quote from Turkey’s
leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “Nuclear power should be forbidden for all or
permissible for all.” Press TV included an image of Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu appearing to be sweating.
Iran’s message wasn’t a secret: the account tagged Erdogan and included the
hashtag “#IsraelisExempt”. What is more secretive is the Iran-Turkey-Russia
alliance that is emerging and illustrated via state-controlled media.
Russian television network, similarly highlights the greatness of Turkey and
Iran as part of a campaign that clearly indicates Moscow’s support for the two.
On Wednesday, it tweeted about Iran showcasing its drone expertise amid
tensions in the Gulf. It also shared images from Erdogan’s speech in which he
slammed Israel. Russian news agency Sputnik similarly highlighted comments by
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday morning. “Turkey will probably
never buy American aircraft again,” Sputnik noted as well.
A quick look at TRT and Al Jazeera, which reflect the views of governments in
Ankara and Doha, did not reveal such strong praise for Russia and Iran. This
means that in general, Tehran and Moscow appear to be using their media arms to
curry favor with Turkey as part of a regional strategy aimed at a
Turkey-Russia-Iran triumvirate or alliance. This alliance is positioned to
upset the regional balance of power and has already been cemented through the
Astana process to discuss Syria and the post-Syrian civil war era.
Initially, Russia and Iran were on one side of the Syrian
civil war and Turkey on the other side, to the extent that in 2015,
there were theories that they might come into conflict over Syria. But over
time, things changed.
Turkey became closer to Russia – seeing a potential dealmaker that could be
trusted, and finding a warm ear in Moscow when Turkey broached the subject of
taking over parts of northern Syria, including Afrin. Moscow gave the green
light over time, allowing Turkey to use Syria’s airspace and making sure the
Syrian regime – a key ally of Russia – did not intervene. Turkey is now poised
to seek to control a swath of Syria that could result in Turkish control of
more than 30% of the country if Ankara gets everything it wants in eastern and
Meanwhile, Turkey and Iran grew closer economically, with Turkey seeking ways
around US sanctions and seeking to boost trade to $30 billion from $10 billion
in 2017. Turkey, Russia and Iran bond over Syria because they all oppose the
US’s role. Turkey accuses the US of training terrorists in eastern Syria.
Turkey, once opposed to Iran’s growing role in Iraq, has found accommodations
with Tehran after an Iranian-backed Iraqi offensive into Kirkuk in the wake of
the Kurdistan Regional Government referendum. Most importantly, Turkey is
getting Russia’s S-400 – a deal that originated in 2017 and resulted in
delivery of the system in the summer of 2019. It may go online in April 2020.
Turkey and Russia also work closely on TurkStream, the
pipeline under the Black Sea that is linked to more muscular Turkish policies
in the Mediterranean.
It’s in the media coverage by agencies and stations in these countries –
particularly the narratives of Press TV, RT and Sputnik – that we can see the
alliance emerge. These media share some basic features: criticism of the US and
Israel, a clear editorial line towards praising Turkey and highlighting, with
some glee, the growing divergence between Washington and Ankara.
Of course, Moscow and Tehran have different motives. Tehran wants Turkey as a
market amid sanctions. It wants to use southern Syria as part of its land-bridge
strategy to threaten Israel, necessitating some abeyance from Turkey. Russia
wants Turkey to also smooth the way for things in northern Syria. That means
that it doesn’t mind if Turkey re-settles refugees in eastern Syria, where the
US and mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces are present.
This will kill two birds with one stone: it will weaken the SDF-US partnership
while also moving the refugees away from Idlib. Russia’s goal is to break down
the last extremist groups in Idlib. Turkey will be glad to see them go, because
both Russia and Turkey want the last independent Syrian factions to evaporate,
and that means defeating the SDF in the East and HTS in Idlib. It means
neutralizing the last Syrian rebels by getting them to fight the SDF. Everyone
gets something in this equation, except those Syrians who dared to join
From the Syrian regime’s perspective, this may be all a bit too much – watching
its country partitioned and Moscow, Tehran and Ankara decide what is best for it.
However, Syria doesn’t have much of a choice. For its part, the Syrian regime
has been talking tough on the SDF more than in the past. But it must wonder if
a growing Turkey-Russia-Iran alliance means permanent division of Syria into
situation mirroring northern Cyprus while southern Syria is used by Iran to
fight a clandestine war against Israel.
Walid Muallem, Syria’s foreign minister, says there won’t be foreign
interference in Syria’s constitutional committee. Bashar al Assad met with
Iran’s Ali Asghar Khaji, senior aid to Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif,
and told him that the US was losing in Syria. Assad asked for some details
about the recent tripartite meeting of Iran, Turkey and Russia regarding Syria.
He wondered what they had decided about the country he claims to be president
He stressed the importance of Syrian-Iranian-Russian cooperation, according to
Syrian state media SANA. Khaji smiled in return.
and Hashem your God delivers them to you and you defeat them, you must doom
them to destruction: grant them no terms and give them no quarter. Deuteronomy
7:2 (The Israel Bible™)
Iran is no longer limited by its geographic borders, and has the ability to
destroy Israel in “half a day,” said Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda on
Alamolhoda, the representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
in Khorasan Razavi province, said during a televised sermon on Friday that the
Islamic Republic was no longer defined by its borders, as the Popular
Mobilization Units in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, the
national front in Syria and Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Gaza “are Iran.”
He went on to state that if Iran’s borders were trespassed, Israel would be
“turned to dust in half a day,” and confirmed that Iran played a role in the
Sept. 14 drone and missile attack on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil fields in Saudi
Alamolhoda: Today’s Iran is not just Iran. It is not limited by geographical
borders. Today, the PMU in Iraq is Iran. Hezbollah in Lebanon is Iran. Ansar
Allah [the Houthis] in Yemen is Iran. The national front in Syria is Iran. The
Islamic Jihad and Hamas in Palestine are Iran. They have all become Iran. Iran
is no longer just us. The sayyed of the Resistance [Hezbollah leader Hassan
Nasrallah] has announced that the resistance in the region has one imam and
that this imam is the honorable leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
Today, Iran is the resistance in the region. This means that if you trespass
our border, Israel will turn into dust in half a day.
Audience: Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the leader!
Death to those who oppose the rule of the jurisprudent! Salutations upon the
warriors of Islam! Peace be upon the martyrs! Death to America! Death to
England! Death to the hypocrites and the infidels! Death to Israel!
Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda: Do you even understand where Iran is? Do you
look to see where it is? Isn’t south Lebanon Iran? Isn’t Hezbollah Iran? The
Yemeni-sent drones that caused such damage to Saudi Arabia—wasn’t Iran there?
You say that [the drones] came from the north and not from the south. South or
north—what difference does it make? Iran is both to your south and to your
At the parade, the Islamic republic displayed the Khordad-3 air defence system that shot down a US drone in June. It also showcased the long-range, surface-to-air Bavar 373 missile that can travel more than 1,250 miles, bringing it in range of US bases in the region and arch-foe Israel. Saudi Arabia and the US accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on September 14, the biggest such assault on the world’s top oil exporter.
Iran’s president has warned American and other foreign forces to “stay
away” from the region, as Tehran paraded their Khordad-3 air defense long-range
missile system capable of reaching American bases.
On one hand, the global community is long-used to hearing
empty threats of war from Iran that almost never actually materialize, I get
that. But to dismiss them as a ‘ mickey mouse’ country that we should just
laugh off is foolish. No one was laughing back in June when Iran was able to successfully
shoot from the sky a US
RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone that cost $125 million
dollars. President Trump threatened Iran with ‘very
severe consequences‘ but called
off the attack at the last minute. And despite those very harsh
sanctions, Iran has only grown bolder as evidenced in the recent proxy attack
on the Saudi
Aramco oil refinery.
“…and shalt call his name Ishmael;
because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man;
his hand will beagainst every man, and every
man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his
brethren.” Genesis 16:11,12
Obviously, Iran is no match for the might of the United
States military in head-on conflict, but look at Afghanistan. We have been fighting
them for 20 years without victory, Iran looks at that and figures
they’ll continue to run their mouth and roll the dice. So far it’s been a
pretty good strategy for them. Iran has been quietly building their Khordad-3
air defense missile system, and to be quite honest, that’s no joke, either. The
United States needs to take all threats from Tehran seriously. Because if we
don’t, we’re going to get clipped.
Iran’s president warns America to ‘stay away’ as it unveils long range
missiles that could strike US bases
FROM YAHOO NEWS: Hassan Rouhani said the presence of such
troops in the Gulf has always brought “pain and misery”, in a speech made at an
annual military parade to commemorate the war with Iraq. Mr. Rouhani spoke in
response to an announcement made by the US on Friday that it was sending more
troops to Saudi Arabia after an attack on Saudi
oil facilities both nations blame on Iran.
“Wherever the Americans or our enemies have gone, there has been insecurity
afterward,” the Iranian president said. “The farther you keep yourselves from
our region and our nations, the more security there will be.”
At the parade, the Islamic republic displayed the Khordad-3
air defence system that shot down a US drone in June. It also showcased the
long-range, surface-to-air Bavar 373 missile that can travel more than 1,250
miles, bringing it in range of US bases in the region and arch-foe Israel.
Iran denies involvement in the attack, which was claimed by
Yemen’s Houthi movement, a group aligned with Iran and currently fighting a
Saudi-led alliance in the civil war. US President Donald Trump had said it
would step up to protect Saudi but would take its cue from Saudi. Riyadh has
said it has evidence Iranian missiles were used in last weekend’s attack and
that they were launched from the north, but did not go so far as to say they
came from Iranian territory.
Should the accusation be proven, it would mark such a serious escalation in
the long-running conflict between Saudi and Iran that the former could be
forced to retaliate.
“We hold Iran responsible because the missiles and the drones that were
fired at Saudi Arabia were Iranian-built and Iranian-delivered,” Adel
al-Jubeir, Saudi’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday. “But
to launch an attack from your territory, if that is the case, puts us in a
different category… this would be considered an act of war,” he told CNN.
Both sides are holding their nerve, hoping to make their
case to the United Nations General Assembly later this week. Mr Rouhani, along
with US sanctioned Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, will travel to New
York on Monday, to present what he called a security plan for the Gulf.
“In this sensitive and important historical moment, we announce to our
neighbours that we extend the hand of friendship and brotherhood to them,” he
said. It is unclear what this would look like, with the president saying only
that peace in the Strait of Hormuz could be achieved “in co-operation with
The US has already formed its own maritime coalition in the
Gulf to secure one of the world’s most vital oil trade routes with the UK,
Saudi, Bahrain and even the UAE, which has tried to keep good relations with
Tehran since the most recent tensions began
Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near".
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