CHAPTER 4 – Rapture


The word ‘Rapture’ is not in the English translation of the King James Bible. The Greek word ‘harpazo’ is translated to English as the words “caught up” and “we shall be changed”, which also means ‘Raptured’.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Cor 15:50-58
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Strong’s G726 – harpazō
3) to snatch out or away
Latin – ‘rapio’

 

Rev 6:9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Rev 4:1; Isa 26:20; 27:1; 40:8; Rev 1:2,9; 6:9; 18:4; 20:4;

The 5th seal, Rev 6:9-11.
5th Church Age (Rev 3:  )
This Is The Rapture.
There are souls under the altar, slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. We join them.
Read about the rapture here: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/many-people-have-asked-me-this-year-what-is-the-rapture-heres-what-i-tell-them/

http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/hollywood-tackles-the-end-times-with-left-behind-film-but-is-the-rapture-a-biblical-concept-or-a-fictional-plot-device/ Excellent article on the rapture.

Other Rapture supporting texts. 

Isa 25:8,9 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it]. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Isa 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

John 14:2-3; In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.

1 Cor 1:7-8; So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 15:50-58; Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Cor. 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha(Translates to ‘Accursed, Our Lord Cometh”)

Phil 3:20-21; 4:5; For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Phil 4:5; Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.

1 Thess 1:10; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thess 2:19; For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

1 Thess 4:13-18; But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thess 5:9; For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thess 2:1; Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him,

1 Tim 6:14; That thou keep [this] commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Tim 4:8; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Titus 2:13; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Heb 9:28; So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Jam 5:7-9; Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

1 Pet 1:7,13; That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

1 Pet 5:4; And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

1 John 2:28-29; And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

1 John 3:1-2; Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Jude 1:21; Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Rev 2:25; But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come.

Rev 3:10-11; Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Rev 22:20 He who testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Gen 6:8; 7:1,7 Noah and his family were saved by God – taken away from the wrath of God, an example of being caught up by our Creator.

Acts 10:38-43  N.A.S. ‘You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.  And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.’

1 Cor 15: 1-8  ‘By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of the first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more that five hundred (500) of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also’

‘I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.’ Psalms 27:4,13,14

AFTER THE RAPTURE:

ALERT – TODAY
**10/20/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25723/Obama-vs-Baghdad-on-Sunni-cleansing-of-Mosul- A major dispute on combat tactics which has sprung up between Washington and Baghdad hangs over the coalition’s Mosul offensive after three days of combat. Thursday, Oct. 20, President Barack Obama and US commanders challenged Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and is generals over a 500km long route, the Ba’aj Road, which does not appear on maps, but is pivotal for the offensive’s continuation, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources report.
This route is a kind of “Burma road” developed by the Islamic State as a private corridor between Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa, the terrorist group’s Syrian capital, during the terrorist group’s two years of control. It runs through the Iraqi town of Tal Afar before crossing into Syria and passing south of areas controlled by Syrian Kurdish militias, among which US special operations forces are embedded.
The argument flared over a demand by President Obama and US commanders that Iraqi government forces turn to the Syrian border and block the Ba’aja Road, and so cut off the ISIS fighters’ escape route from Mosul to Syria. The Americans can’t bomb the corridor because it is also packed with a stream of refugees in flight from the fighting in Mosul.
So long as it is open, ISIS is free to move thousands of fighters and masses of weapons, ammunition and other supplies between its two strongholds. This freedom of action, Obama warned Al-Abadi, would prolong the Mosul operation beyond the Dec. 20 deadline set by the coalition for its termination.  However, according to our sources, the Iraqi prime minister countered this demand with a proviso unacceptable to Washington. He was prepared to order Iraqi forces to block the Ba’aja Road provided Mosul’s entire population of 750,000 Sunni Muslims was expelled from the city. He argued that ISIS could not be defeated until then because the Sunnis were supporting and collaborating with the Islamist terrorists.
Obama fiercely opposes the mass Sunni expulsion, seeing it as an attempt by the Shiite Iraqi prime minister to cleanse Iraq’s second city of its Sunni inhabitants and using the Mosul offensive against ISIS as a pretext for such action.
EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani greets Shiite fighters outside Mosul.
DEBKAfile’s sources add that Al-Abadi has found support for his side of the argument with the arrival of the Iranian Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the command posts of the pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militias, who have not yet been thrown into the Mosul battle.
The Mosul offensive came up in the third US presidential debate in Las Vegas early Thursday. The Republican candidate Donald Trump, who appeared to have been updated on the state of play there, commented that the big winner from that offensive would be Iran.
Our military sources report that three days of combat have not brought any major coalition forces advances against ISIS. On some sectors Iraqi forces are moving forward slowly, backed by US air strikes and rocket artillery fire; on others, they are stalled by Islamist resistance.
*10/19/16 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/19/iraqi-general-calls-on-isis-fighters-in-mosul-to-surrender.html  The secretive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be holed up in the terror group’s hub of Mosul, as Iraqi and U.S. forces close in this week ahead of what could be a climactic fight.
Senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari said his forces had “solid” intelligence al-Baghdadi was somewhere in the Iraqi city of more than a million people and up to 6,000 ISIS fighters. The ISIS leader is likely with the group’s bomb maker Fawzi Ali Nouimeh, Kurdish officials told Reuters.
Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, fell to ISIS in the summer of 2014 as the militants swept over much of the country’s north and central areas. Weeks later, al-Baghdadi announced the formation of a self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque.
Zebari said ISIS was “disoriented, they don’t know whether to expect attacks from the east or west or north.”
If successful, the liberation of Mosul would represent the biggest blow yet to ISIS. After a string of victories by Iraqi ground forces over the past year, the terror group now controls less than half the territory it once held, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has pledged the fight for Mosul will lead to the liberation of all Iraqi territory from the militants this year.
Iraqi Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati on Wednesday called on Iraqis fighting for ISIS in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held city entered its third day.
So far, the militants have put up fierce resistance in villages surrounding the city, where most of the fighting has been concentrated. ISIS has sent trucks loaded with explosives careening toward the front lines and fired mortars to slow the Iraqi forces’ advance.
**10/19/16 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/russia-taunts-us-with-biggest-military-offensive-since-the-cold/ Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War as it aims to effectively end the war in Syria on the eve of the US election, Nato officials warned last night. The Kremlin is sending the full might of its Northern Fleet and part of the Baltic Fleet to reinforce a final assault on the city of Aleppo in a fortnight, according to Western intelligence.
The final bombardment is designed to shore up the Assad regime by wiping out rebels – paving the way for a Russian exit from the civil war.
*10/19/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-army-head-hezbollah-ally-aoun-tipped-for-lebanon-presidency/ BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanon’s powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the mandate of Michel Sleiman expired amid deep rivalries among Christian and Muslim politicians exacerbated by the conflict in Syria.
Since then parliament, which has twice extended its mandate, has met on 45 occasions to elect a president but deep rivalries and disagreements saw most deputies boycott the sessions.
The assembly is due to convene next week for the 46th time amid high expectations that a president will be elected and that the job will go to Aoun, a Maronite Christian and former army commander.
“Since Hariri has decided to endorse him, and save any last minute change, Michel Aoun will be elected by parliament on October 30,” said the senior politician, who declined to be named.
According to a source close to Hariri, the ex-prime minister struck a deal with Aoun to endorse him in exchange for his return as premier.
Under Lebanon’s constitution, the country’s president is elected by parliament, and the post is always reserved for a Maronite Christian under a power-sharing agreement.
The post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni Muslim, while the speaker of the parliament is a Shiite Muslim.
**10/16/16 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/world/americas/village-mythologized-by-isis-is-recaptured-syrian-rebels-say.html?ref=world&_r=0 Village Mythologized by ISIS Is Recaptured, Syrian Rebels Say. Syrian rebels said Sunday that they had captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State fighters forcing the group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.
“The Daesh myth of their great battle in Dabiq is finished,” he told Reuters, using an Arabic term for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
An Islamic prophecy identifies Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday. The Islamic State has used that message in its propaganda, going so far as to name its main publication after the village.
**10/14/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25717/Iran%E2%80%99s-34th-fleet-faces-US-flotilla-opposite-Yemen Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that the Iranian 34th Fleet had deployed warships to the Bab al-Mandeb strait opposite the shores of Yemen. He made no mention of the US Tomahawk attack two days ago that destroyed three Iranian radar stations set up on Yemen’s Red Sea shore in rebel Houthi territory. This was US retaliation for Iranian missile attacks on American warships.
All the Iranian admiral said was: “The fleet will provide security to seaways for Iranian vessels and protect Iran’s interests on the high seas.”
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose the new Iranian fleet deployment consists of the Bushehr logistical command helicopter carrier, the largest warship in its navy, and the Alboz guided missile destroyer.
Their capabilities are far from matching the US flotilla brought in to secure strategic Red Sea waters after Iranian missile attacks from the Yemeni coast. The Americans posted two guided missile destroyers the USS Mason and the USS Nitze, and theUSS Ponce floating forward stage base. However, Tehran’s unwillingness to terminate Iran’s first sea clash with the US in the waters off Yemen without a response is a clear sign that rather than backing down, the Iranians are gearing up for more rounds of engagement.
Tomahawk cruise missiles launched by US Navy destroyer USS Nitze early Thursday, Oct. 13, destroyed three Iranian-Yemeni coastal radar stations, after C-802 anti-ship missiles supplied by Iran to Yemeni Houthi rebels were fired at US naval vessels off the Yemeni coast. The stations were built and  operated  by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) for their Yemeni proxies to back up a threat to blockade the Red Sea.
From Oct. 9, the new missiles four times targeted the US flotilla shortly after it arrived to patrol the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. Neither the US nor Iran has acknowledged their mounting confrontation over control of these strategic waters, which Tehran is waging through its Yemeni proxy.
DEBKAfile was first to disclose this confrontation in a special report Wednesday. (see below)
Iran’s Guards are repeating the mode of operation they employed a decade ago at another Middle East flashpoint. On July 14, 2006, Hizballah used an earlier version of the C-802 to attack and cripple the Israeli Hanit missile ship on the day this Iranian Lebanese proxy launched the Second Lebanese War against Israel. Rev Guards seized control of Lebanese shore radar station to guide their aim.
A highly advanced radar installation is required for the use of the C-802. Two radar stations set up outside Yemen’s two principal Red Sea ports, Mokha and Hudaydah earlier this month were operated by Rev. Guards missile and radar teams until they were destroyed Thursday, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. The third station was added for triangulation. The destruction of all three by a US Tomahawk has knocked out the Houthis’ ability to use C-802 missiles and Iran’s threat to blockade the Red Sea.
To drive this lesson home, the US Pentagon issued the following statement:
“Destroying these radar sites will degrade their ability to track and target ships in the future. These radars were active during previous attacks and attempted attacks on ships in the Red Sea, including last week’s attack on the USA-flagged vessel “Swift-2”, and during attempted attacks on USS Mason and other ships as recently as yesterday.
The official was referring to the United Arab Emirates US-flagged transport ship that was badly damaged last week in the Bab al-Mandeb strait by a Houthi missile.
DEBKAfile reported earlier:
Contrary to Tehran’s assurance to Washington in August that Iranian arms supplies to Yemeni Houthi rebels had been suspended, the rebels took delivery last week of the largest consignment of Iranian weapons to date.
According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the shipment included highly sophisticated Scud D surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 800km; and C-802 anti-ship missiles (an upgraded version of the Chinese YJ-8 NATO-named CSS-N-8 and renamed by Iran Saccade).
They came with Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and radar systems to fine-tune the targeting of these missiles by Iran’s Yemeni proxies.
The Scuds were given to the Houthi forces fighting in northern Yemen on the Saudi border, while the C-802s were delivered to the Houthis’ Ansar Allah faction, which is under direct Iranian Rev Guards command.
The missiles were posted at special launch bases constructed by Iran outside Yemen’s two principal Red Sea ports of Mokha and Hudaydah.
Since no more than 62km of Red Sea water divides the Saudi and African coasts, the Iranian missiles are well able to block shipping and tanker traffic plying to and from the Gulf of Suez and the Persian Gulf. Therefore, the threat of blockade hangs imminently over one-third of Saudi and Gulf Emirate oil exports.
The same threat hangs over Israeli civilian and naval shipping from its southern port of Eilat through the Gulf of Aden and out to the Indian Ocean.
One of the most troubling aspects of this pivotal new menace to an international waterway was that US, Saudi, Egyptian and Israeli intelligence agencies missed the huge consignment of Iranian missiles as it headed towards Yemen. Neither did they pick up on the construction by Iranian military engineers of three ballistic missile bases – one facing Saudi Arabia and two Red Sea traffic.
Tehran’s Yemeni proxies moreover landed large-scale military strength on Perim island in the mouth of the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the chokepoint for ingress and egress from the Red Sea.
Since the strait is just 20km wide, control of this island empowers this force to regulate shipping movements through this strategic strait.
Tehran wasted no time after all its assets were in place to begin using them:
1. On Oct. 1, Iran’s Houthi surrogates launched C-8-1 missiles against a United Arab Emirates transport HSV-2 Swift logistics catamaran as it was about to pass through the strait. The ship, on lease from the US Navy, was badly damaged. No information was released about casualties.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources discerned that the aim of this attack was to choke off the movements of UAE warships from the southern Yemeni port of Aden, where large Emirate and Saudi forces are concentrated, to the Eritrean port of Assab, where the UAE has established a large naval base.
This attack did finally evoke a US response. The guided missile destroyers, USS Mason and USS Nitze, were dispatched to the Red Sea, along with the USS Ponceafloat forward staging base, to patrol the strait opposite the Yemeni coast.
2. This did not deter Tehran or its Yemeni pawns: On Oct. 9, they fired an additional barrage of C-802 at the American flotilla, which according to a US spokesman, missed aim.
The Mason hit back with two Standard Missile-2s and a single Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missile.
There has been no official word about whether these weapons destroyed a Yemeni launching site. But the event itself was a landmark as the first direct Iranian-Houthi attack of its kind on an American naval vessel.
3. That same day, the Houthis fired Scud-D missiles at the Saudi town of Ta’if, 700 km from the Yemeni border and only 70km from the Muslim shrine city Mecca. This was meant as a direct assault on the Saudi royal house and its claim to legitimacy, by virtue of its role as Guardian of the Holy Places of Islam.
In America’s heated presidential campaign, the Democratic contender Hillary Clinton boasts repeatedly that as Secretary of State she helped “put the lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”
That is factually true. America did not fire a single shot. Iran did the shooting and still does, constantly upgrading its arsenal with sophisticated ballistic missiles.
**10/03/16 http://nypost.com/2016/10/03/isis-leader-al-baghdadi-may-have-been-poisoned/ The Pentagon is investigating whether ISIS kingpinAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi was poisoned during a lunchtime feast — causing him to fall seriously ill.
The ISIS leader and three commanders were eating in the small town of Be’aj, Iraq, when all four suffered “severe poisoning” and had to be “transferred to an unknown location under strict measures,” the Iraqi news agency WAA said.
The barbaric terror group, also known as ISIL and Daesh, has launched a full-scale investigation to find the culprits, according to WAA.
Pentagon spokesman and Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told The Post that he is “aware of the reports, but we have no information to corroborate [them].”
“Suffice it to say we always have great interest in the whereabouts and condition of the leader of ISIL,” Davis added when asked if the US military was looking into the matter.
Over recent years, Baghdadi has risen to the top of the extremist world, becoming the most feared jihadi leader since Osama bin Laden.
The US government has put a $7 million bounty on his head.
Since 2013, his network of savage killers has taken over large swaths of Syria and Iraq, ruling small towns and large cities with an iron-fist under ­Sharia law.
Baghdadi also has sent his military-trained soldiers to Western nations to carry out numerous deadly attacks, while encouraging lone wolves through social media to commit similar acts of bloodshed.
Scores of innocent people have been slaughtered in the attacks across Europe and America.
The radical cleric also allegedly participated in the rape and torture of Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old Arizona resident, who was kidnapped in Syria while working as a humanitarian aid. She was killed last February in a Jordanian airstrike on ISIS.
In 2004, Baghdadi was captured in the city of Fallujah by American soldiers during the US invasion of Iraq.
After spending several years as a US prisoner at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, Baghdadi was released and subsequently took the reins as leader of ISIS in 2010.
There have previously been unverified reports that Baghdadi was either wounded or killed by US-coalition airstrikes.
Meanwhile, Iraqi jets leveled a radio station used by the ISIS.
Broadcasting abruptly stopped on Sunday at the Al-Bayan radio station, NBC News reported.
The station was “one of the strongest” propaganda tools used by the terror group, a spokesman at Iraq’s Joint Operation Command told NBC.
“They used to broadcast Islamic anthems that encouraged people to join them,” the spokesman said.
The station encouraged listeners “to stand against the government and encouraged people to be terrorists under the name of jihad,” he added.
**9/27/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/218401 As tensions between the two world powers escalate, experts say the Russians are ‘going all out’ in Aleppo to make US accept its demands. Russia has decided to throw its military might behind the Syrian regime’s drive to recapture divided Aleppo in a bid to strong-arm Washington into accepting Moscow’s demands, analysts say.
After a short-lived truce collapsed, Russian warplanes have joined Syrian aerial and artillery bombardment of the rebel-held east of the city, pounding it with unprecedented ferocity.
“Negotiations with the Americans were just a smokescreen in order to buy time and prepare for the next phase of military operations,” said Thomas Pierret, a Syria expert at the University of Edinburgh. “Assad can’t do anything without Moscow, and Russia, in turn, knows that without Assad it will be chased from the Middle East,” said Alexei Malachenko, a Russian Middle East specialist.
“It’s a friendship of necessity
*6/18/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Analysis-ISIS-leader-al-Baghdadi-is-living-on-borrowed-time-456826  Information released Wednesday on the demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was premature, and not for the first time. In the past year, there have been at least three false reports that al-Baghdadi was killed during US airstrikes.
***6/10/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/362121#.V1r9pPkrKhc Iraqi news media are reporting that the US-led coalition against ISIS hit the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in one of its airstrikes last night (Thursday), Ynet reports.
There is no confirmation from either ISIS or the coalition at this time.
Similarly, there is no information about civilian casualties or on measures taken to avoid harming non-combatants.
***6/2/16 http://www.infowars.com/eu-proposes-government-id-to-use-internet/ The European Union is proposing a government ID for using the Internet which will eradicate both on-line privacy and free speech.
Spearheaded by former communist official Andrus Ansip, the European Commission published a draft document outlining its proposed electronic ID that would not only allow the EU to track what you say on-line, but also what you buy.
The program has already drawn comparisons to the ‘Mark of the Beast’ from the Book of Relevation.
“And the second beast required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark—the name of the beast or the number of its name,” Revelation 13:16 read, and it’s plausible the EU will eventually propose an implantable, biometric ID.
Furthermore, Mr. Ansip is from Estonia, a former communist country which has the most advanced mandatory ID system in the world.
“Much more than simply a legal picture ID, the mandatory national card serves as the digital access card for all of Estonia’s secure e-services,” the country boasts, and without the ID, citizens cannot: . . .
***5/24/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25444/Iran%E2%80%99s-Soleimani-leads-US-backed-attack-on-Fallujah For months, US President Barack Obama and the Pentagon opposed the participation by pro-Iranian militias in the war against ISIS in Iraq. Under the direct command of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria, who is operating from a field command center. The US air force is helping Soleimani’s attempt to capture Fallujah.
***5/19/16 http://therightscoop.com/huge-iran-orders-hezbollah-to-direct-operations-away-from-israel-and-target-saudi-arabia/ If this report is true it sounds like it could be an enormous change in the Middle East map of violent aggression. The military wing of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has been instructed by Iran to suspend operations against Israel and to target Saudi Arabia instead, Middle East Eye can reveal.
**Today – **5/10/16 http://www.wnd.com/2016/05/3281334/ Russia is preparing to test-fire a nuclear weapon which is so powerful it could reportedly destroy a whole country in seconds.
The “Satan 2” missile is rumoured to be the most powerful ever designed and is equipped with stealth technology to help it dodge enemy radar systems .
This terrifying doomsday weapon is likely to strike fear into the hearts of Western military chiefs, as current missile defence technology is totally incapable of stopping it.
Its official name is the RS-28 Sarmat and it will replace aging Soviet R-36M missiles, which NATO military experts nicknamed “Satan”.
“In this sense, the Sarmat missile will not only become the R-36M’s successor, but also to some extent it will determine in which direction nuclear deterrence in the world will develop,” the Russian news network Zvezda reported .
The missile is expected to be capable of delivering up to a dozen warheads, allowing to effectively destroy an area the “size of Texas or France”, the broadcaster continued.
It is expected to have a range of 10,000 km, allowing Moscow to attack European cities including London as well as major cities on America’s west and east coasts. http://www.mirror.co.uk/science/apocalypse-way-scientists-fear-asteroids-7850630 Apocalypse on the way? Scientists fear asteroids, killer robots and deadly diseases could wipe out humanity. Sebastian Farquhar, director at the Global Priorities Project, told the Press Association: “There are some things that are on the horizon, things that probably won’t happen in any one year but could happen, which could completely reshape our world and do so in a really devastating and disastrous way.
“History teaches us that many of these things are more likely than we intuitively think.”Many of these risks are changing and growing as technologies change and grow and reshape our world. But there are also things we can do about the risks.”
**Today – 5/9/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/211958#.VzC42PkrKhc France has announced a peace initiative, as part of which an international summit has been announced for May 30, in which ministers from 20 countries will prepare an international summit in the second half of 2016, which would include Israeli and PA leaders.
Back in January the French initiative was announced, and Paris threatened to unilaterally recognize the “state of Palestine” if the talks failed. But the new French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault backtracked on the threat in March, saying France would not “automatically” recognize a Palestinian state if its initiative fails.
In light of the French attempt to pressure Israel, the PA recently announced that its push for a UN resolution demanding an end to “Israeli settlement expansion” will be put on hold in order to focus instead on the French proposal.
But Israel has rejected the initiative, saying it “adheres to its position that the best way to a solution of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is direct bilateral negotiations.”


Isaiah 10:5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger — the staff in their hands is My wrath.
Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
Where do we read in the Bible about Iran, ISIS?
See: ‘the little horn’ of Daniel chapter 7. Also see Dan 8,9,11 and Revelation 13
Prophecies concerning the nations: The Day of the Lord’s Judgment upon Babylon, picturing God’s future judgment on Gentile nations
Jeremiah 51:8; 47 – 51;(Elam, is Iran)
Isaiah 13 – 23; Ezekiel 25 – 32
Rev 6:12 – 17; Rev 14:8; 18:2; Rev 16, 17, 18, 19

5/29/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/six-foreign-ministers-headed-to-israel/ As France readies ‘imposed peace’ push at UN, battery of foreign officials to hold meetings in Jerusalem, Ramallah.  German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is slated to visit Israel on Sunday, followed later in the week by Canada’s Rob Nicholson and New Zealand’s Murray McCully, the Ynet news site reported. Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna will visit next weekend, and in June France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Cyprus’s President Nicos Anastasiades are expected to follow. The directors-general of four East European foreign ministers, those of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, will also be in Israel next week. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was in Israel this week for talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. They also mark a push to “internationalize” the peace efforts, moving from bilateral talks that many diplomats feel are unlikely to bear fruit to a broader international negotiating framework, and expanding the involvement of countries other then the United States in the peace negotiations. On Thursday, France’s Fabius made the purpose of his visit explicit – UN sets a timetable of 18 months

The leaders of the world will be saying, “Peace, peace,” and the calamity around us may be shocking, but in an instant we who remain will be changed and delivered from His wrath, according to His promises! Amen!

Eze 7:25 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and [there shall be] none.
Eze 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and [there was] no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [morter]:

3/26/15 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/193232#.VRQ7xPnF-So  UN Middle East envoy said in his last report Thursday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new coalition government must freeze Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria for peace.”  

Deut 32:30 How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them? ISIS chasing and putting ten thousand to flight

Order of events:
Christians will be raptured, the ‘first’ resurrection (Rev 20:6). The anti-christ will be revealed. (The Scarlot Coloured Beast Leader.) (Rev 13) The wrath of God will be poured upon all mankind.{countries/kingdoms/nations/people}  Babylon will be destroyed in one day.(Rev 18)   Israel will be attacked.(Zech 14:2)  Israeli remnant will be placed in safety.(Zech 13:8-9)
Rev 16:13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Armageddon!
Zech 14:4-6 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, [Making] a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. 5 Then you shall flee [through] My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, [And] all the saints with You. 6 It shall come to pass in that day [That] there will be no light; The lights will diminishThen ‘IT IS DONE’! (Rev 16:17) The marriage supper of the Lamb.(Rev 19:9) Thousand year reign of our Lord!(Rev 20:2-7)

See: What Must I Do To Be Saved  https://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/

Eze 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Note: Gomer is mentioned also in, Rev 20, before the Second and final war against God. Perhaps it is Gomer in both wars. (Update 8/30/11 (Note: Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is from Azerbaijan. Interesting isn’t it. Location of Gog and Magog.) (See ‘Map of Israel’)) The second war does mention there are no walls there at this time.
http://pjmedia.com/michaelledeen/2011/08/29/irans-two-front-war/   Iran’s Two-Front War
http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/irans-two-front-war/
Ezekiel 38 and 39 refer to Gog and Magog along with Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom [is] as the sand of the sea. 9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints. (During that 1000 yr reign of Christ, people will still be reading the Word Of God, waiting for the fulfillment of this prophecy?)

The 12th Imam again: http://news.yahoo.com/apocalyptic-prophecies-drive-both-sides-syrian-battle-end-142641298.html;_ylt=AwrTWfwc7TpTWXgAjanQtDMD The Middle East is ready to fulfill the prophecies. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matt 5:18
Update 8/30/11 (Note, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is from Azerbaijan. Interesting isn’t it. Location of Gog and Magog)   http://pajamasmedia.com/michaelledeen/2011/08/29/irans-two-front-war/    Iran’s Two-Front War

World Players:
Egypt, Jordan, the UAE (United Arab Emirates) Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain,
versus
ISIS, Turkey, Qatar
Iran and The P5+1  (USA, Britain, France, Germany, China (+1 – Russia)),  (some play both sides, but they are backing Iran!)
Iran and Qatar arms  Jihadists in Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Libya, PA, Hamas, other countries names in the North of Africa
ISIS

3/5/14 http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/ukraine-crimean-war-history.html  The 160-Year Christian History Behind What’s Happening in Ukraine

2/28/15 https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/the-biggest-threat-now-is-not-radical-islam-it-is-apocalyptic-islam-let-me-explain-excerpts-from-my-address-to-the-national-religious-broadcasters-convention/   These (ISIS) are demon-possessed people making blood sacrifices to their god and if they are not stopped they will murder millions and bring down one Mid-eastern regime after another.  The apocalyptic leaders of Iran are biding their time to build a nuclear arsenal capable of killing tens of millions of people in a matter of minutes.  [“more than half.” In a world of 1.5 billion Muslims, that means more than 750 million Muslims believe not only that the Mahdi is coming, but that his arrival is imminent.”]

“The Beast” of Rev 13 could look like this! The irresistible leader of Dan 11!
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ISIS – (Sunni) *6/18/16 http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/ISIS-Threat/Analysis-ISIS-leader-al-Baghdadi-is-living-on-borrowed-time-456826  Information released Wednesday on the demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, was premature, and not for the first time. In the past year, there have been at least three false reports that al-Baghdadi was killed during US airstrikes.
***6/10/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/362121#.V1r9pPkrKhc Iraqi news media are reporting that the US-led coalition against ISIS hit the terror group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in one of its airstrikes last night (Thursday), Ynet reports.
There is no confirmation from either ISIS or the coalition at this time.
5/14/15 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32744070 The Islamic State’s release last week of an audio message by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reaffirmed his leadership of the group following a six-month silence and rumors over his health.  In his half-hour speech posted on jihadist forums on Thursday, Baghdadi calls for a general mobilization and urges all Muslims to move to the caliphate he proclaimed last year or wage jihad (holy war) wherever they are.  “I think this release partly has to do with rumours of his supposed incapacitation,” said Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi of the Middle East Forum research group.
America – (Shi’ite) Barak Hussein Obama – 9/28/15 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=28525 Regretfully, Israel’s biggest fears are now materializing. Instead of being the architects and shaping a new reality in the Middle East, Washington is falling into line with the existing reality. Wow! Obama could easily fill ‘the false prophet’ of Rev 13:11,12 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs comeout of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Iran – Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Shi’ite)
Iran – Hezbullah – Nasrallah (Shi’ite)
Turkey – (Sunni) Erdogan
**9/20/16 https://sputniknews.com/politics/20160920/1045525133/erdogan-reform-security-cuncil.html Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the United Nations needs to reform the Security Council in order to make its work more just.
The United Nations needs to reform the Security Council in order to make its work more just, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday at the UN General Assembly in New York City.
**”The United National Security Council should be reformed in order to render peacekeeping and peacemaking activities more effective. And we fully appreciate the steps taken forward by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in that direction… You cannot preserve the same structure [of the UNSC] under the circumstances of the modern times. You cannot condemn the fate of the rest of the world within the lips of these five countries represented within the Security Council… This is not a Security Council to have,” Erdogan said. “A Security Council that does not represent the entire world can never serve to reestablish peace and justice around the world. This is something that we need to revisit over and over again,” the Turkish president added.
**7/29/16  http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/17329/US-Turkey-tensions-rise-as-many-American-%E2%80%9Ccontacts%E2%80%9D-purged   The crackdown President Reccep Erdogan is conducting since the abortive coup against him is damaging US intelligence capabilities and its war on terror, said General Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command and National Intelligence Director James Clapper Friday. “This is something to be very, very concerned about,” said the general, while Clapper added:  “Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested. There’s no question this is going to set back and make more difficult cooperation with the Turks.”  Erdogan, for his part, speaking in Istanbul, complained: “Some countries which should be praising Turkey for putting down coup, but are instead standing by plotters.”
Iran – (Shi’ite) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani *9/22/16 “Undoubtedly, if the region is to reverse the current dangerous trend into one towards development and stability, certain countries must stop bombing their neighbors, and abandon supporting takfiri terrorist groups; and, while accepting responsibility, try to compensate for past mistakes,” Rouhani said. “If the Saudi government is serious about its vision for development and regional security, it must cease and desist from divisive policies, spread of hate ideology, and trampling upon the rights of neighbors, accept its responsibility for the protection of the lives and dignity of pilgrims and construct its relations with the nations in the region on the basis of mutual respect and accountability.”

The beasts of Daniel, same as 1st beast of Revelation 13: A coalition of the same countries of Daniel: (The Scarlot Coloured Beast {countries/kingdoms/nations coalition})

Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn (ISIS), before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon): and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things (ISIS leader,the Anti-Christ).
Dan 8:23“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
Rev 13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and and ten horns and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

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The ‘Coalition’ of the Leopard, Bear and Lion of Rev 13:

THE LEOPARD

“the beast which I saw was like a leopard” (Rev 13:2)
Dan 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.
2/2/16 http://in.reuters.com/article/mideast-crisis-coalition-idINKCN0VA3S4 An international coalition is pushing back Islamic State militants (ISIS) in their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, but the group is threatening Libya and could seize the nation’s oil wealth, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
Officials from 23 countries met in Rome to review the fight against Islamic State militants (ISIS), who have created a self-proclaimed Caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq, and are spreading into other countries, notably Libya.
The one-day Rome meeting took place as talks have begun in Geneva to try to end the five-year-old Syrian civil war, which has killed at least 250,000 people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and drawn in the United States and Russia on opposite sides.
While Washington has long said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead, it has made clear that its first priority is to try to rein in Islamic State group.
“If you want to beat Daesh (ISIS) quickly, then get a negotiated deal to end the Syria war,” Kerry said.
1/28/16 http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/01/28/listen-breitbarts-klein-warns-shiite-sunni-mega-confrontation-coming/ TEL AVIV – The Islamic State (ISIS), Al-Qaida, and the Muslim Brotherhood are preparing for a major confrontation with Western-backed forces in Libya, Syria, and beyond, reported Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein.
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The BEAR

“his feet were like the feet of a bear”
Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and [it had] three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
1/28/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25191/Russians-let-Hizballah-into-Daraa-breaking-their-promise-to-Israel
6/7/15 http://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/insight—in-rare-alliance,-shi’ites-join-sunnis-to-defend-iraqi-towns-16686 When Islamic State (ISIS) fighters tried to storm the Tigris River town of Dhuluiya north of Baghdad this week, they were repelled by a rare coalition of Sunni tribal fighters inside the town and Shi’ites in its sister city Balad on the opposite bank. Dhuluiya, which comes from the word “ribs”, is a small town surrounded on three sides by a kink in the Tigris. A north-south highway runs through it, making it potentially one of the final stops for fighters attempting to assault Baghdad from the north.
http://rt.com/op-edge/196900-iraq-isis-spirit-culture-seige/  good article about the usefulness of Dhuluiya
Rev 17:12,13″The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.
“These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” The country that is ‘Mystery, Babylon’ is keeping these 10 kings under check for now!

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The LION is BABYLON

“and his mouth like the mouth of a lion”
Dan 7:4 The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 11:11 “And the king of the South shall be moved with rage, and go out and fight with him, with the king of the North, who shall muster a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into the hand of his enemy.
**We make a transition from Daniel, the Lion being Babylon, to Revelation Lion, still Babylon (mystery, babylon), {Rev 17:16 And the ten horns (countries/kingdoms) which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore {mystery, Babylon}, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.} {17:17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast}[13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.], until the words of God shall be fulfilled.} and is part of the coalition that is the scarlet coloured beast.

Someone once said America must be Babylon. Now there are more choices!

Abu Dhabi houses important offices of the federal government, and is the seat for the UAE (United Arab Emirates Government) and the home for the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country’s center of politicalindustrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi alone generated 56.7% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates in 2008.

Saudi Arabia -an absolute monarchy King Salman Bin Abdulaziz.
4/29/15 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11571482/Saudi-Arabias-quiet-revolution-as-King-Salman-changes-royal-succession.html  But King Salman has grasped the nettle by decreeing that the next king will indeed be a grandson in the form of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the interior minister. On Wednesday, this frail 79-year-old, who only ascended to the throne in January, executed a Saudi version of a palace revolution by suddenly altering the line of succession. Prince Muqrin, the youngest living son of ibn Saud, had been lined up to inherit the throne. Now the king has ruthlessly shoved him aside. For good measure, Prince Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister, has also been relieved of his duties  http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/7535/    Is this emirate playing the Babylon roll???  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183979#.U-pJVfldWSo   Saudi Arabia[b] ( i/ˌsdi əˈrbi.ə/ or  i/ˌsɔːd əˈrbi.ə/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA),[c] is the largest Arab state in Western Asia by land area (approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula) and the second-largest in the Arab world after Algeria. It is bordered byJordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, QatarBahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen in the south. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast.Before the inception of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, modern-day Saudi Arabia consisted of four distinct regions: HejazNajd and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Hasa) andSouthern Arabia (‘Asir).[12] The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud; he united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. The country has since been an absolute monarchy governed along Islamic lines, namely under the influence of Wahhabism.[13] Saudi Arabia is sometimes called “the Land of the Two Holy Mosques” in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (inMecca), and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabia http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4558024,00.html Saudi Arabia told Israel on Tuesday that it must reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians if it is to survive as a nation, and criticised Muslims for being divided and failing to stop the Jewish state attacking its Arab neighbours.

Bahrain, the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa a constitutional monarchy  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain .   Bahrain – Kingdom of the Two Seas. Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy headed by the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa, who presides over a cabinet of twenty-five members, where 80% of its members are from the royal family. In a region experiencing an oil boom, Bahrain has the fastest growing economy in the Arab world, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia found in January 2006. Bahrain also has the freest economy in the Middle East according to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal, and is tenth freest overall in the world.

BASRA has a major role in H.G. Wells‘s 1934 future history “The Shape of Things to Come” “where the Iraqi city is at the center of a world state emerging after a collapse of civilization and becomes in effect the capital of the world.” Basra is home to all of Iraq’s six ports; Umm Qasr is the main deep-water port with 22 platforms, some of which are dedicated to specific goods (such as sulfur, seeds, lubricant oil, etc.) The other five ports are smaller in scale and more narrowly specialized. Fishing was an important business before the oil boom. The city also has an international airport, with service into Baghdad with Iraqi Airways—the national airline.

Qatar – Since 1995, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has ruled Qatar, seizing control of the country from his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani while the latter vacationed in Switzerland. Under Emir Hamad, Qatar has experienced a notable amount of sociopolitical liberalization, including the endorsement of women’s suffrage or right to vote, drafting a new constitution, and the launch of Al Jazeera, a leading English and Arabic news source which operates a website and satellite television news channel.The International Monetary Fund states that Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world, followed by Luxembourg. The World Factbook ranks Qatar at second, following Luxembourg.  Doha, is the capital city of Qatar.

 
An aerial view shows Doha's diplomatic area
 DOHA

America –  is not mentioned in the Bible. It would be reasonable to assume then America has no role in the ‘last days’ playing out. Thus, if America were to prosper and continue affecting the governments, politics and wars it would never play out the way God purposes it to be. Therein the results of American politics has well played into the purpose of God. Americans must take joy in knowing the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is imminent.  Pray for strength, courage and each other to endure whatever plays out till our Lord Jesus Christ returns.  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/27/russian-minister-says-us-must-abandon-claim-to-eternal-uniqueness/  America use to be a Christian Country! 

EU – 2/24/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/nuclear-deal-at-hand-says-eu-foreign-policy-chief/  “We have a series of internal domestic political dynamics we have to handle with care,” she said, listing “tensions” in the US Congress, Israel’s elections and Sunni-Shiite rivalry in the Gulf region. The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Tuesday said an Iran nuclear deal was “at hand. 3/9/15 http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/06/eu-defense-integration-undermining-nato-transatlantic-relations-and-europes-security  European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). CSDP decouples U.S. from European security n ultimately ends NATO?  11/17/14  http://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-eu-calls-to-recognize-palestine-push-peace-backwards/  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that European calls and efforts to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state have only pushed peace further away

UN – 12/30/14  http://www.timesofisrael.com/  PA resolution failed to pass!!!! Nigeria changed their vote!  12/30/14 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4609565,00.html  The Palestinians claim they have secured a majority of nine votes in the UN Security Council. It also calls for a peace deal within 12 months, “ending Israeli occupation” by the end of 2017. 1/29/15  The French have offered this resolution, “responsibility not to veto” (RN2V) that would apply in situations of mass atrocities.
Since the UN High Level Event that endorsed R2P in 2005, the United States has used the veto three times with reference to Israel and the Occupied Territories. In all likelihood, it will feel the need to do so in the future. despite unanimous endorsement by all UN member states of their individual and collective responsibility to protect (R2P) all people from crimes against humanity. Since 2011, Russia and China have cast four vetoes to block international action in Syria, where more than 200,000 have been killed since the conflict began. Wednesday in Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius repeated [in French] France’s determination to overcome this paralysis by establishing a new international norm to accompany R2P: a “responsibility not to veto” (RN2V) that would apply in situations of mass atrocities. The French proposal includes a trigger—a request by some subset of UN member states (perhaps fifty) to the secretary-general that (s)he (namely the PA and friends) determine whether atrocities are being committed. It also includes an important caveat—and potential Achilles heel: P5 members can still use a veto when they perceive a “vital national interest” at stake. http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2015/01/how-un-members-want-bypass-security-council-veto/103608/?oref=d-channelriver

GCC – 12/21/14 http://www.debka.com/article/24305/Saudi-brokered-reconciliation-between-Egypt-and-Qatar-marred-by-emirate%E2%80%99s-hosting-of-Meshaal
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and top Qatari envoys went through the motions of formalizing the Saudi-brokered reconciliation between them, when they met in Cairo Saturday, Dec. 20.The Saudis hailed the first meeting between Sisi and Qatari officials, since the Egyptian ruler took office last summer, as the turning of a new page between the two Arab states. And Shekh Mohammad bin Abdel Rahman al Thani, the Qatar Emir’s special envoy, expressed support for “a leading role for Egypt in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

UAE – The UAE, a federation of seven sheikdoms.  the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), AjmanDubai,FujairahRas al-KhaimahSharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch who jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates.

P5+1 – USA, Britain, France, Germany, China (+1 – Russia)

See:  https://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/emmanuel-revelation/isis-daniel-revelation/rapture-the-time-of-the-rapture-end-of-time/   

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THE SCARLET COLOURED BEAST – Waiting for the “Leader” to be made known:
The Scarlet Coloured Beast! Full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns, is every nation/state of the Middle East and the US, has united against Israel, with plans for her destruction! 7 heads, 10 horns, all of them united! The struggle amongst the nations/states of ‘The Scarlet Coloured Beast’ is ‘who‘ will be their ‘leader’!

Rev 13:18  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and  six. Note: In the Codex Sinaiticus there are three Greek symbols that have been interpreted to be 666. 

The P5+1  (USA, Britain, France, Germany, China (+1 – Russia)) AND Iran (3/9/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-presidential-adviser-whole-mideast-is-iranian/  Iran declares themselves, today,  to be leader) (http://www.debka.com/article/24449/Iranian-Al-Qods-chief-on-landmark-visit-to-Amman-as-guest-of-Jordan%E2%80%99s-national-intelligence-director )  and the kings of the south – Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia,  scrambling to have meetings, and the nuclear bomb discussions so stressed. Iran moving a great number of troops to battle ISIS. Obviously, our Lord’s return is imminent. Be in prayer, be ready, comfort one another with our hope of the Lord’s return!
Turkey wants to be leader! 4/5/15 http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/muslims-praise-key-mideast-leader-like-god/ Headline reads: MUSLIMS PRAISE KEY MIDEAST LEADER ‘LIKE GOD’ Supporters say he has ‘all the attributes of Allah. Reports continue to pop up in Middle East publications that Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is seen within his ruling AK Party as more than just a president. Joel Richardson, author of “The Islamic Antichrist” and director of the documentary film “End Times Eyewitness,” does not believe Erdogan is the Antichrist

8/29/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24847/Resolving-the-Syrian-war-is-not-the-silver-bullet-for-stopping-ISIS- The war to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has entered a dark tunnel
6/3/15 http://www.timesofisrael.com/anti-is-fight-may-take-generation-or-more-us-envoy/ General John Allen conceded: “Defeating Daesh’s ideology will likely take a generation or more. But we can and we must rise to this challenge. In an age when we are more interconnected that at any other time in human history, Daesh is a global threat.” In a wide-ranging speech, Allen added that IS also poses a new type of threat because of its “depravity.”
Fleeing demonic driven ISIS!

In a wide-ranging speech, Allen added that IS also poses a new type of threat because of its “depravity.”

In a wide-ranging speech, Allen added that IS also poses a new type of threat because of its “depravity.”

6/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24619/No-army-in-Mid-East-is-challenging-ISIS-Iran-regroups-to-defend-S-Iraqi-Shiites-Assad-to-save-Damascus- and 6/1/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24637/ISIS-arrives-in-Gaza-Supporters-of-the-%E2%80%9CIslamic-State-of-Jerusalem%E2%80%9D-sighted-on-Israeli-border Followers of the (ISIS)Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were spotted for the first time in the Gaza Strip this week, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Their arrival on Israel’s border was confirmed as a division-strength IDF force launched its large-scale “Turning Point 2015” exercise for repelling Islamist cross-border incursions. The Islamist group which has established a substantial anti-Hamas presence in the Gaza Strip is Ansar al Dawa al-Islamia, renamed “Supporters of the Islamic State of Jerusalem.” Qatar, Turkey, ISIS all working together? 

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

3/31/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24500/Khamenei-sends-Iranian-navy-to-Bab-el-Mandeb-Straits-Iran-arms-store-for-Hamas-bombed-in-Libya Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian Yemeni forces   US joined the World against Israel today: 3/23/15  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/19/white-house-eyeing-un-to-pressure-israel-on-peace-deal/ US threatening Israel with ‘No Veto’ in UN.  and  2/29/15 http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2015/01/how-un-members-want-bypass-security-council-veto/103608/?oref=d-channelriver UN seeking ways to bypass a Security Council Veto.  and 3/16/15    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/192664#.VQYfAo7F-So EU taking a more robust stance on Israel’s conduct. 5/11/15 http://www.debka.com/article/24592/Saudi-king-followed-by-GCC-rulers-snubs-Obama-on-summit-US-fails-to-isolate-Netanyahu-on-nuclear-deal  DEBKAfile’s Gulf sources note that had Kerry been able to build Saudi and Gulf support for this deal, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would have been left hanging alone. By refusing to attend the summit convened by Barack Obama, Saudi King Salman is signaling that he is not going to default on the Middle East front lined up against the US president’s Iranian venture

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority Rev 9:2,11; 13:1,5,12-15; Eze 26:7; 38:6; Dan 2:39-41; 7:19-26; 8:23-26; 11:40-45; Zech 1:19;

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/saudi-cleric-isis-soldiers-must-kill-their-commanders/  Saudi Muslim cleric has bad news for members of the Muslim terror gang ISIS, also called Islamic State: They’re going to “hellfire.” The cleric warns that ISIS members are “apostates.”

8/8/14 “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,”  http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2014/08/08/we-dont-understand-real-evil-organized-evil-very-well-this-is-evil-incarnate-n1876441?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl  Ryan Crocker said, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2552589/The-real-life-DEATH-STAR-US-researchers-developing-laser-powerful-Earths-power-stations-combined.html ELI –  Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Beamlines project is an EU-funded lab being developed with experts from around the world, including  Lawrence Livermore lab in the US, and being built in the Czech Republic.Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Dan 11:40And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 41He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many [countries] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, [even] Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

HAS THE DRAGON GIVEN ISIS HIS POWER, HIS THRONE, AND GREAT AUTHORITY?
Following the News of the Scarlet Coloured Beast:

10/24/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-to-launch-year-long-campaign-against-crime-of-balfour-declaration/ The Palestinian Authority has announced a year-long campaign to commemorate 100 years since the “crime” of the Balfour Declaration, official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported Monday. Netanyahu: “That’s almost 100 years ago,” said Netanyahu. “Talk about being stuck in the past! The Palestinians might as well sue Iran for the Cyrus declarations, or file a class action suit against Abraham, for buying land in Hebron,” he added, referencing a Persian edict allowing Jews to return to Judea in 539 BCE and the Biblical patriarch.” “This conflict is not about the settlements, it never was,” he said. “It’s always been about the existence of a Jewish state.
“If the Palestinians had said yes to a Jewish state in 1947 there would have been no war… and when they do finally say yes to a Jewish state we will be able to end this conflict once and for all,” Netanyahu said.”
10/24/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/219303 The “Color Red” siren for incoming rockets sounded Monday morning around 6:30 AM in several Gaza Belt communities, within the Sha’ar Hanegev region.
The siren sounded after a rocket launch from Gaza was identified.
The IDF said, however, that no rocket strike was identified on Israeli soil and that no one had been hurt.
Shortly after the alarm sounded, an IAF aircraft struck a Hamas terror infrastructure in northern Gaza. The IDF Spokesman stressed that Israel sees Hamas as being exclusively responsible for what happens in Gaza.
10/23/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4869426,00.html BEIRUT- Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah cast the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar Assad as a facade designed to weaken Iran’s regional access and make “changes to the map”, vowing to stay in the country until it could “defeat the apostate project.”
Nasrallah in a speech Sunday afternoon said the Syrian rebellion is “not about the fall of the regime, but about targeting the axis of resistance,” a reference to the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah alliance. Assad, whose Alawite sect is on offshoot of Shia Islam, has long provided a corridor for Iranian weapons shipments to the Lebanese Shiite militant group. Thousands of Hezbollah fighters are on the ground in Syria in defense of Assad’s government and senior commanders in Iran’s powerful Republican Guard are in advisory positions.
10/21/16 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37313 Iraq: Islamic State launches surprise attack on Kirkuk. Jihadi group declares it has captured the northern Iraqi city’s after storming at least five of neighborhoods • Initial reports in Arab media count 16 dead in assault • Attack believed a ploy to divert security forces’ attention from the battle in Mosul.
10/20/16 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/18582/ISIS-claims-its-forces-in-Syria-downed-US-A-10-Warthog-fighter The Islamic State organization claimed Thursday afternoon that its forces had shot down an American A-10 fighter in the area of the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria, but did not show wreckage or any other evidence to back up its claim. The Rmeilan air base, now being operated by the US military, is in a Kurdish-controlled area not far from Hasakah. The A-10, nicknamed the “Warthog”, is a one-seat, two-engine fighter used for short-range, low altitude ground attacks that was introduced in the 1970s. It can serve as a flying control tower by helping coordinate heavy military air traffic in combat zones.
10/20/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4868651,00.html Turkey bombs Syrian Kurdish militia allied to US-backed forces.
Displaying the incredible complexity of the war in Syria, Turkey hit Kurdish rebels in northern Syria, who are reportedly aligned with the US; the Kurdish forces that were hit had previously captured villages outside the city of Aleppo from ISIS.
10/20/16 http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=37269 Russian naval deployment to Syria ‘largest since Cold War.’ NATO diplomat says Moscow is deploying all of its Northern fleet and much of the Baltic fleet to assist Syrian force’s in battle of Aleppo. “This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks, we will see a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo,” he says.
10/20/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-sends-warships-to-watch-russian-vessels-in-english-channel/ ritain has deployed warships to monitor a Russian aircraft carrier group and other vessels Thursday as they sailed through the North Sea and the English Channel reportedly en route to Syria’s coast.
The frigate HMS Richmond escorted the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its task group in the Norwegian Sea north of the UK between Iceland and Norway. The Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has sailed from Portsmouth to monitor the group as it heads south toward the North Sea.
The Royal Navy regularly shadows ships, and is being supported in this instance by the Royal Air Force. But this Russian deployment is somewhat different, in that only a few countries have the capability to deploy such a force — an aircraft carrier and supporting warships.
“It’s a clear and military signal that Russia is back on the international stage,” said Peter Roberts, a senior research fellow for sea power and maritime studies at the Royal United Services Institute.
The ships are sailing in international waters, so NATO forces such as those of Norway, the Netherlands and Britain will simply watch them go past without challenge.
**10/20/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25723/Obama-vs-Baghdad-on-Sunni-cleansing-of-Mosul- A major dispute on combat tactics which has sprung up between Washington and Baghdad hangs over the coalition’s Mosul offensive after three days of combat. Thursday, Oct. 20, President Barack Obama and US commanders challenged Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and is generals over a 500km long route, the Ba’aj Road, which does not appear on maps, but is pivotal for the offensive’s continuation, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources report.
This route is a kind of “Burma road” developed by the Islamic State as a private corridor between Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa, the terrorist group’s Syrian capital, during the terrorist group’s two years of control. It runs through the Iraqi town of Tal Afar before crossing into Syria and passing south of areas controlled by Syrian Kurdish militias, among which US special operations forces are embedded.
The argument flared over a demand by President Obama and US commanders that Iraqi government forces turn to the Syrian border and block the Ba’aja Road, and so cut off the ISIS fighters’ escape route from Mosul to Syria. The Americans can’t bomb the corridor because it is also packed with a stream of refugees in flight from the fighting in Mosul.
So long as it is open, ISIS is free to move thousands of fighters and masses of weapons, ammunition and other supplies between its two strongholds. This freedom of action, Obama warned Al-Abadi, would prolong the Mosul operation beyond the Dec. 20 deadline set by the coalition for its termination.  However, according to our sources, the Iraqi prime minister countered this demand with a proviso unacceptable to Washington. He was prepared to order Iraqi forces to block the Ba’aja Road provided Mosul’s entire population of 750,000 Sunni Muslims was expelled from the city. He argued that ISIS could not be defeated until then because the Sunnis were supporting and collaborating with the Islamist terrorists.
Obama fiercely opposes the mass Sunni expulsion, seeing it as an attempt by the Shiite Iraqi prime minister to cleanse Iraq’s second city of its Sunni inhabitants and using the Mosul offensive against ISIS as a pretext for such action.
EXCLUSIVE: Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani greets Shiite fighters outside Mosul.
DEBKAfile’s sources add that Al-Abadi has found support for his side of the argument with the arrival of the Iranian Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani at the command posts of the pro-Iranian Iraqi Shiite militias, who have not yet been thrown into the Mosul battle.
The Mosul offensive came up in the third US presidential debate in Las Vegas early Thursday. The Republican candidate Donald Trump, who appeared to have been updated on the state of play there, commented that the big winner from that offensive would be Iran.
Our military sources report that three days of combat have not brought any major coalition forces advances against ISIS. On some sectors Iraqi forces are moving forward slowly, backed by US air strikes and rocket artillery fire; on others, they are stalled by Islamist resistance.
*10/19/16 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/19/iraqi-general-calls-on-isis-fighters-in-mosul-to-surrender.html  The secretive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is believed to be holed up in the terror group’s hub of Mosul, as Iraqi and U.S. forces close in this week ahead of what could be a climactic fight.
Senior Kurdish official Hoshiyar Zebari said his forces had “solid” intelligence al-Baghdadi was somewhere in the Iraqi city of more than a million people and up to 6,000 ISIS fighters. The ISIS leader is likely with the group’s bomb maker Fawzi Ali Nouimeh, Kurdish officials told Reuters.
Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, fell to ISIS in the summer of 2014 as the militants swept over much of the country’s north and central areas. Weeks later, al-Baghdadi announced the formation of a self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria from the pulpit of a Mosul mosque.
Zebari said ISIS was “disoriented, they don’t know whether to expect attacks from the east or west or north.”
If successful, the liberation of Mosul would represent the biggest blow yet to ISIS. After a string of victories by Iraqi ground forces over the past year, the terror group now controls less than half the territory it once held, and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has pledged the fight for Mosul will lead to the liberation of all Iraqi territory from the militants this year.
Iraqi Lt. Gen. Talib Shaghati on Wednesday called on Iraqis fighting for ISIS in Mosul to surrender as a wide-scale operation to retake the militant-held city entered its third day.
So far, the militants have put up fierce resistance in villages surrounding the city, where most of the fighting has been concentrated. ISIS has sent trucks loaded with explosives careening toward the front lines and fired mortars to slow the Iraqi forces’ advance.
**10/19/16 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/russia-taunts-us-with-biggest-military-offensive-since-the-cold/ Russia has begun its biggest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War as it aims to effectively end the war in Syria on the eve of the US election, Nato officials warned last night. The Kremlin is sending the full might of its Northern Fleet and part of the Baltic Fleet to reinforce a final assault on the city of Aleppo in a fortnight, according to Western intelligence.
The final bombardment is designed to shore up the Assad regime by wiping out rebels – paving the way for a Russian exit from the civil war.
10/19/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-army-head-hezbollah-ally-aoun-tipped-for-lebanon-presidency/ BEIRUT, Lebanon – Lebanon’s powerful ex-premier Saad Hariri is expected to endorse Hezbollah ally Michel Aoun for president, a post that has been vacant for almost 30 months, a senior politician said Wednesday.
Lebanon has been without a president since May 2014 when the mandate of Michel Sleiman expired amid deep rivalries among Christian and Muslim politicians exacerbated by the conflict in Syria.
Since then parliament, which has twice extended its mandate, has met on 45 occasions to elect a president but deep rivalries and disagreements saw most deputies boycott the sessions.
The assembly is due to convene next week for the 46th time amid high expectations that a president will be elected and that the job will go to Aoun, a Maronite Christian and former army commander.
“Since Hariri has decided to endorse him, and save any last minute change, Michel Aoun will be elected by parliament on October 30,” said the senior politician, who declined to be named.
According to a source close to Hariri, the ex-prime minister struck a deal with Aoun to endorse him in exchange for his return as premier.
Under Lebanon’s constitution, the country’s president is elected by parliament, and the post is always reserved for a Maronite Christian under a power-sharing agreement.
The post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni Muslim, while the speaker of the parliament is a Shiite Muslim.
10/19/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25721/The-big-Mosul-offensive-is-stuck-halted-by-ISIS- Less than a day after its launch, the big Mosul offensive prepared for more than a year by the US, the Iraqi army, Kurdish forces and others, ground to a halt Tuesday Oct. 17, DEBKAfile’s military sources report – although none of the parties admitted as much.  Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi said his troops were busy opening up corridors for some million civilians to escape, while US sources suggested that the Islamic State would use primitive chemical weapons against the advancing Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
The Iraqi anti-terror force withdrew from the village of al-Houd outside Mosul, a move which left the Kurdish Peshmerga no option but to stop its sweep of the villages around the city or expose their flanks to ISIS suicide and car bomb assaults.
Tuesday night, both Iraqi and Kurdish commanders announced a pause in their advance and said they would meet Wednesday to decide how to proceed.
The Kurdish Peshmerga’s role in the battle of Mosul has run into a further major impediment, which likewise has not been publicly aired. It turned out Tuesday that at least 3,000 of the 12,000 Kurdish fighters taking part in the offensive came from the banned Turkish underground PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) which is fighting the Turkish government. They came down from their northern Iraqi strongholds in the Sinjar and Qandil mountains. Ankara thereupon warned Washington and Baghdad in a strong ultimatum that unless those fighters were pulled off the field, Turkish troops would step in to attack them
10/18/16 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/18541/Iraqi-and-Kurdish-commanders-pause-Mosul-offensive The frontlines to the east of Mosul were largely quiet Tuesday, a day after Iraqi Kurdish forces advanced amid a barrage of United States-led airstrikes and heavy artillery.
“We are just holding our positions,” said Colonel Khathar Sheikhan of the Kurdish Peshmerga, which captured a handful of villages east of Mosul on Monday. An Iraqi special forces commander said his troops had delayed an advance following a request from Kurdish forces for more time to achieve their goals.
Iraqi Brig. Gen. Haider Fadhil said his men had planned to move at dawn, but postponed the operation until Iraqi army and Kurdish commanders meet later on Tuesday.
10/18/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-announces-72-hour-truce-for-yemen/ A cessation of hostilities that first went into effect in April “will re-enter into force at 23:59 Yemen time (2059 GMT) on 19 October 2016, for an initial period of 72 hours, subject to renewal,” the UN’s special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said in a statement.
The announcement comes after Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi agreed to the ceasefire in a statement earlier on Monday, a day after international calls for a truce.
Ahmed on Sunday said he had been in contact with the Houthi militia’s lead negotiator and Hadi’s government.
The United States, Britain and the UN peace envoy to Yemen on Sunday urged the warring parties in the country’s civil war to declare a ceasefire.
Saudi Arabia’s impoverished neighbor has been rocked by a deadly war since pro-Iran rebels overran the capital Sana’a in September 2014.
However, the conflict escalated after an Arab coalition, led by Riyadh, launched a bombing campaign against the Shiite Houthi rebels and their allies in March 2015.
The conflict in Yemen has killed almost 6,900 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since March last year, according to the United Nations.
On Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met in London with the UN envoy and his opposite numbers from Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the Yemen conflict.
10/17/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4867058,00.html Syrian rebels seize ‘doomsday’ village where Islamic State promised final battle.
ISIS has stated that Dabiq will be the site of an apocalypse-heralding battle between Islamic and Western forces; the village was a stronghold of the terrorist organization, and a subject of much of its propaganda.
Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.
The rebels, backed by Turkish tanks and warplanes, took Dabiq and neighboring Soran after clashes on Sunday morning, said Ahmed Osman, head of the Sultan Murad group, one of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions involved in the fighting.
“The Daesh myth of their great battle in Dabiq is finished,” he told Reuters, using a pejorative name for Islamic State.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said that Dabiq’s liberation was a “strategic and symbolic victory” against Islamic State.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter also welcomed the retaking of Dabiq as both a military and symbolic blow to the Islamic State and thanked Turkey for the role it played. “Its liberation gives the campaign to deliver ISIL a lasting defeat new momentum in Syria,” Carter said, using an alternative name for the group.
The Free Syrian Army is an umbrella group for rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions, dragging in regional and global powers and creating space for jihadists.
An Islamic prophecy names Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday, a message Islamic State used extensively in its propaganda, going so far as to name its main publication after the village.
However, it has appeared to back away from Dabiq’s symbolism since advances by the FSA groups backed by Turkey had put it at risk of capture, saying in a more recent statement that this battle was not the one described in the prophecy.
10/17/16 http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Industry/2016/10/17/British-energy-supplier-SSE-loosens-grip-on-gas-business/3191476706461/?spt=sec&or=bn The Abu Dhabi investor had no statement on the acquisition. In an annual letter from July, it said prudence would steer its activities as the global economy, the energy sector in particular, shows slow growth. Any forward momentum, the company said, must come from the realization that extraction of basic commodity resources alone won’t suffice. Moving into distribution and refining may help drive gains through diversification, it said.
10/17/16 http://news.sky.com/story/the-battle-for-control-of-mosul-will-be-a-major-challenge-for-iraq-10620133 So in real terms the Mosul operation is a major challenge before we even consider the myriad fighting groups represented in the Mosul task force, many of whom are only ever one step from openly fighting each other.
The lead will be taken, unsurprisingly, by the Iraqi forces with their own and United States special forces.
Two Sunni militia groups in the immediate region can easily muster 10,000 men and will be used, but they are fierce rivals and are already vying for power in the liberated Mosul.
The Kurdish Peshmerga and the elite Counter Terrorism Group are determined to be involved and are needed.
But Kurdish eagerness to strengthen control in predominantly Arab regions is a concern for Baghdad.
10/17/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/mosul-offensive-a-decisive-moment-in-anti-is-campaign-us-defense-secretary/ Saud Masoud, also with the special forces, said that after the Kurdish troops “take the area that they want,” the special forces would then move to the new front and continue the push into Mosul.
10/17/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-rebels-capture-emblematic-is-stronghold-dabiq/ BEIRUT (AFP) Syrian rebels dealt a major symbolic blow to the Islamic State group on Sunday by capturing the town of Dabiq where the jihadists had promised an apocalyptic battle.
The defeat for IS came as the United States and Britain warned they were considering imposing sanctions against economic targets in Syria and Russia, which is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, over the government-imposed siege of second city Aleppo.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkish state media and a rebel faction said opposition fighters backed by Turkish warplanes and artillery seized control of Dabiq.
The town, in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, is of little strategic value. But Dabiq holds crucial ideological importance for IS and its followers because of a Sunni prophecy that states it will be the site of an end-of-times battle between Christian forces and Muslims.
The Observatory, a Britain-based monitoring group, said rebel forces “captured Dabiq after IS members withdrew from the area.”
The Fastaqim Union, an Ankara-backed rebel faction involved in the battle, said Dabiq had fallen “after fierce clashes.”
Fastaqim said rebels then went on to seize several nearby towns, including Sawran, Ihtimaylat, and Salihiyah.
**10/16/16 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/world/americas/village-mythologized-by-isis-is-recaptured-syrian-rebels-say.html?ref=world&_r=0 Village Mythologized by ISIS Is Recaptured, Syrian Rebels Say. Syrian rebels said Sunday that they had captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State fighters forcing the group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.
“The Daesh myth of their great battle in Dabiq is finished,” he told Reuters, using an Arabic term for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
An Islamic prophecy identifies Dabiq as the site of a battle between Muslims and infidels that will presage doomsday. The Islamic State has used that message in its propaganda, going so far as to name its main publication after the village.

10/16/16 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/18525/More-Iranian-missiles-target-US-warships-from-Yemen The third round in a week of Iranian C-802 shore-to-ship missiles Saturday night targeted US Navy ships in the Red Sea from the Yemeni coast. US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters that the three vessels patrolling the Bab al-Mandeb strait “seemed to have come under attack in the Red Sea, again from coastal defense cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen.” Last Thursday, after a previous C-802 attack, the US flotilla hit back with Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Yemen-based radar stations.
DEBKAfile: Iran this month supplied the Yemeni Houthi rebels with the C-802 missiles as a means of asserting  its control of the strategic Red Sea strait. Revolutionary Guards are operating the radar stations used to guide them to target.
10/16/16 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/16/iraqi-pm-announces-start-military-offensive-to-retake-mosul-from-isis.html Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced late Sunday the start of a military offensive to retake Mosul, the country’s second largest city, from the Islamic State group.
State TV showed a brief written statement announcing the start of the widely anticipated military offensive to drive the terror group out of the northern city.
Mosul fell to the Islamic State group in June of 2014, when the extremist group blitzed across northern and western Iraq, overrunning nearly a third of the country and plunging Iraq into its most critical political and security crisis since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
“Godspeed to the heroic Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga, and Ninewa volunteers,” Brett McGurk, US Envoy to the coalition against ISIS, said in a tweet. “We are proud to stand with you in this historic operation.”
10/16/16 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-amps-space-program-race-challenge-u-s-n666391 Last month, China completed the world’s biggest $180-million radio telescope, which is the size of 30 soccer fields — Xi referred to it as China’s “eye in the sky.” It will help map the universe and can receive signals from 13.7 billion light years away. This would give China’s leaders the first chance to potentially receive communication from far-flung extraterrestrial civilizations.
To bolster this effort, China has built the world’s fastest supercomputers to process the massive data involved with receiving this information.
10/16/16 http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/10/17/greg-gutfeld-guilty-sins-wikileaks-and-our-wicked-approval.html The third round in a week of Iranian C-802 shore-to-ship missiles Saturday night targeted US Navy ships in the Red Sea from the Yemeni coast. US Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters that the three vessels patrolling the Bab al-Mandeb strait “seemed to have come under attack in the Red Sea, again from coastal defense cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen.” Last Thursday, after a previous C-802 attack, the US flotilla hit back with Tomahawk cruise missiles against the Yemen-based radar stations.
DEBKAfile: Iran this month supplied the Yemeni Houthi rebels with the C-802 missiles as a means of asserting  its control of the strategic Red Sea strait. Revolutionary Guards are operating the radar stations used to guide them to target.
10/16/16 http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/uss-mason-fired-again-coast-yemen-officials-n666971 The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason was fired on again in international waters off the coast of Yemen, but the ship deployed countermeasures and the vessel was not struck, two U.S. officials said.
The incident occurred late Saturday or early Sunday local time. At least one missile was fired, the officials said.
“The Mason once again appears to have come under attack in the Red Sea, again from coastal defense cruise missiles fired from the coast of Yemen,” Navy Admiral John Richardson, chief of naval operations, told reporters at an event in Baltimore Saturday.
The destroyer was targeted by missiles fired from rebel-controlled areas in Yemen twice earlier this week, prompting the U.S. military to launch cruise missiles that destroyed three radar sites in response.
After the earlier attempted missile attacks this week, a Defense Department official warned that those who fire on U.S. vessels do so at their peril.
The missiles were fired on the USS Mason this week as it was in the area of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, officials said.
After the U.S. strikes in Yemen, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement: “The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic, as appropriate, and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandeb, and elsewhere around the world.”
10/15/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25719/Russia-Turkey-carve-anti-US-enclaves-in-Syria US President Barack Obama told Pentagon and military chiefs he met Friday, Oct. on Oct. 14, that instead of arming anti-Assad rebel groups in Syria, Washington was going back to negotiations with Moscow for cooperation in achieving a cessation of hostilities in the Syrian war.
US Secretary of State John Kerry therefore scheduled his umpteenth meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for Saturday in Lausanne. This time, the foreign ministers of Turkey, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and possibly Qatar, tagged along.
DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources reveal that under discussion is the installation in Turkey of a system of advanced Russian missiles linked to the Russian anti-air missile shield under construction in Syria.
Turkey would thus become the first member of NATO to arm itself with a Russian anti-air missile shield.
How was this allowed to happen?
According to our sources, Putin and Erdogan are moving fast to cash in on President Obama’s repugnance for military intervention in Syria and his waning powers at the tail end of his presidency.
Furthermore –
a) Neither is configuring Syrian President Bashar Assad into their calculations. They are going forward with their plans while ignoring him and his drastically diminished army as factors worth consideration.
b)  Their objectives are similar and interlocking:  Both are intent on developing their respective enclaves in northern Syria, Moscow for a long-term military presence in the country: likewise, Ankara.
Up until now, the Obama administration stood firm against the two goals, which is why Washington and Moscow were unable to achieve any real cooperation over a secession of hostilities in the war-torn country;  even when Kerry and Lavrov struck a truce accord on Sept 9, it never held up beyond a few hours.
Most recently, Putin and Erdogan tried signaling the US president that their sole ambitions with regard to Syria’s future lie in the two military enclaves now under construction.
Obama saw this as a sufficient basis to continue withholding advanced arms from Syrian rebel groups and to go for another round of diplomacy with Russia – with Turkey hitching a ride this time on the opposite side of the table.
10/15/16 http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4866725,00.html Russia warns citizens to prepare for attack on homeland.
The citizens of Russia received a televised message from their government telling them to prepare bomb shelters and gas masks in case of a war on the Russian home front; US President Obama reportedly weighing whether or not to launch massive cyber attack against Russian leaders.
10/15/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-saudi-arabia-joining-us-russia-in-latest-syria-truce-push/ Iran, Saudi Arabia join US, Russia for latest Syria truce push.
Talks in Switzerland include officials supporting both sides in bitter 5-year war, as regime continues onslaught in Aleppo.
With violence still raging in Aleppo, US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and top diplomats from the UN and regional powers in Lausanne. Kerry and Lavrov will be joined by UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, along with the top diplomats of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar — all backers of Syrian opposition forces. Iran, a key supporter of Assad’s regime, has said its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will take part as well.
10/15/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-targets-sinai-jihadists-following-deadly-is-attack/ Around 100 said killed as Egypt strikes jihadists in Sinai
Hours of airstrikes take out fighters, weapons in north of peninsula day after 12 soldiers killed; Sissi: War on jihadists will be long.
**10/14/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25717/Iran%E2%80%99s-34th-fleet-faces-US-flotilla-opposite-Yemen Iran’s Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced Thursday, Oct. 13, that the Iranian 34th Fleet had deployed warships to the Bab al-Mandeb strait opposite the shores of Yemen. He made no mention of the US Tomahawk attack two days ago that destroyed three Iranian radar stations set up on Yemen’s Red Sea shore in rebel Houthi territory. This was US retaliation for Iranian missile attacks on American warships.
All the Iranian admiral said was: “The fleet will provide security to seaways for Iranian vessels and protect Iran’s interests on the high seas.”
DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose the new Iranian fleet deployment consists of the Bushehr logistical command helicopter carrier, the largest warship in its navy, and the Alboz guided missile destroyer.
Their capabilities are far from matching the US flotilla brought in to secure strategic Red Sea waters after Iranian missile attacks from the Yemeni coast. The Americans posted two guided missile destroyers the USS Mason and the USS Nitze, and theUSS Ponce floating forward stage base. However, Tehran’s unwillingness to terminate Iran’s first sea clash with the US in the waters off Yemen without a response is a clear sign that rather than backing down, the Iranians are gearing up for more rounds of engagement.
Tomahawk cruise missiles launched by US Navy destroyer USS Nitze early Thursday, Oct. 13, destroyed three Iranian-Yemeni coastal radar stations, after C-802 anti-ship missiles supplied by Iran to Yemeni Houthi rebels were fired at US naval vessels off the Yemeni coast. The stations were built and  operated  by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) for their Yemeni proxies to back up a threat to blockade the Red Sea.
From Oct. 9, the new missiles four times targeted the US flotilla shortly after it arrived to patrol the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb Strait. Neither the US nor Iran has acknowledged their mounting confrontation over control of these strategic waters, which Tehran is waging through its Yemeni proxy.
DEBKAfile was first to disclose this confrontation in a special report Wednesday. (see below)
Iran’s Guards are repeating the mode of operation they employed a decade ago at another Middle East flashpoint. On July 14, 2006, Hizballah used an earlier version of the C-802 to attack and cripple the Israeli Hanit missile ship on the day this Iranian Lebanese proxy launched the Second Lebanese War against Israel. Rev Guards seized control of Lebanese shore radar station to guide their aim.
A highly advanced radar installation is required for the use of the C-802. Two radar stations set up outside Yemen’s two principal Red Sea ports, Mokha and Hudaydah earlier this month were operated by Rev. Guards missile and radar teams until they were destroyed Thursday, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. The third station was added for triangulation. The destruction of all three by a US Tomahawk has knocked out the Houthis’ ability to use C-802 missiles and Iran’s threat to blockade the Red Sea.
To drive this lesson home, the US Pentagon issued the following statement:
“Destroying these radar sites will degrade their ability to track and target ships in the future. These radars were active during previous attacks and attempted attacks on ships in the Red Sea, including last week’s attack on the USA-flagged vessel “Swift-2”, and during attempted attacks on USS Mason and other ships as recently as yesterday.
The official was referring to the United Arab Emirates US-flagged transport ship that was badly damaged last week in the Bab al-Mandeb strait by a Houthi missile.
DEBKAfile reported earlier:
Contrary to Tehran’s assurance to Washington in August that Iranian arms supplies to Yemeni Houthi rebels had been suspended, the rebels took delivery last week of the largest consignment of Iranian weapons to date.
According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the shipment included highly sophisticated Scud D surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 800km; and C-802 anti-ship missiles (an upgraded version of the Chinese YJ-8 NATO-named CSS-N-8 and renamed by Iran Saccade).
They came with Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and radar systems to fine-tune the targeting of these missiles by Iran’s Yemeni proxies.
The Scuds were given to the Houthi forces fighting in northern Yemen on the Saudi border, while the C-802s were delivered to the Houthis’ Ansar Allah faction, which is under direct Iranian Rev Guards command.
The missiles were posted at special launch bases constructed by Iran outside Yemen’s two principal Red Sea ports of Mokha and Hudaydah.
Since no more than 62km of Red Sea water divides the Saudi and African coasts, the Iranian missiles are well able to block shipping and tanker traffic plying to and from the Gulf of Suez and the Persian Gulf. Therefore, the threat of blockade hangs imminently over one-third of Saudi and Gulf Emirate oil exports.
The same threat hangs over Israeli civilian and naval shipping from its southern port of Eilat through the Gulf of Aden and out to the Indian Ocean.
One of the most troubling aspects of this pivotal new menace to an international waterway was that US, Saudi, Egyptian and Israeli intelligence agencies missed the huge consignment of Iranian missiles as it headed towards Yemen. Neither did they pick up on the construction by Iranian military engineers of three ballistic missile bases – one facing Saudi Arabia and two Red Sea traffic.
Tehran’s Yemeni proxies moreover landed large-scale military strength on Perim island in the mouth of the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the chokepoint for ingress and egress from the Red Sea.
Since the strait is just 20km wide, control of this island empowers this force to regulate shipping movements through this strategic strait.
Tehran wasted no time after all its assets were in place to begin using them:
1. On Oct. 1, Iran’s Houthi surrogates launched C-8-1 missiles against a United Arab Emirates transport HSV-2 Swift logistics catamaran as it was about to pass through the strait. The ship, on lease from the US Navy, was badly damaged. No information was released about casualties.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources discerned that the aim of this attack was to choke off the movements of UAE warships from the southern Yemeni port of Aden, where large Emirate and Saudi forces are concentrated, to the Eritrean port of Assab, where the UAE has established a large naval base.
This attack did finally evoke a US response. The guided missile destroyers, USS Mason and USS Nitze, were dispatched to the Red Sea, along with the USS Ponceafloat forward staging base, to patrol the strait opposite the Yemeni coast.
2. This did not deter Tehran or its Yemeni pawns: On Oct. 9, they fired an additional barrage of C-802 at the American flotilla, which according to a US spokesman, missed aim.
The Mason hit back with two Standard Missile-2s and a single Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missile.
There has been no official word about whether these weapons destroyed a Yemeni launching site. But the event itself was a landmark as the first direct Iranian-Houthi attack of its kind on an American naval vessel.
3. That same day, the Houthis fired Scud-D missiles at the Saudi town of Ta’if, 700 km from the Yemeni border and only 70km from the Muslim shrine city Mecca. This was meant as a direct assault on the Saudi royal house and its claim to legitimacy, by virtue of its role as Guardian of the Holy Places of Islam.
In America’s heated presidential campaign, the Democratic contender Hillary Clinton boasts repeatedly that as Secretary of State she helped “put the lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”
That is factually true. America did not fire a single shot. Iran did the shooting and still does, constantly upgrading its arsenal with sophisticated ballistic missiles.
10/14/16 http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-From-Yemen-to-Turtle-Bay-470097  ‘If Donald Trump triumphs next month, assuming he wishes to reassert US power in the region, he won’t have an easy time undoing the damage that Obama has caused. . .’ http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-From-Yemen-to-Turtle-Bay-470097  ‘Since 2001, the US has spent more than a trillion dollars on its failed wars in the Middle East. That investment came in lieu of spending on weapons development. Today Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missiles in Syria reportedly neutralize the US’s air force.’
10/13/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/btselem-under-fire-for-planned-un-presentation-on-settlements/  B’Tselem under fire for planned UN presentation on settlements.
Israeli group will ‘lay out the reality of the occupation’ at meeting for representatives of all 15 Security Council members.
The meeting, set to be held on Friday at the United Nations headquarters in New York, is titled “Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution,” and will include presentations from B’Tselem executive director Hagai El-Ad, Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now and Prof. Francois Dubuisson of the Free University of Brussels.

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon slammed B’Tselem’s planned presentation at the forum, saying the group would be “providing moral cover for anti-Israel activities at the UN.” In a separate statement, Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid described the group’s participation as “a declaration of divorce” from Zionism.

The forum will be hosted by Malaysia along with Egypt, Senegal, Angola and Venezuela, and will focus on “a wide range of issues emanating from or caused by the Israeli settlement activities,” according to Malaysian media sources. The meeting was reportedly requested by the Palestinian delegation to the UN.
10/13/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-iran-missiles-idUSKCN12D0Z2 Russia has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russia’s state arms export agency as saying on Thursday.
Russia’s agreement to provide Iran with S-300 has sparked concern in Israel. Moscow canceled the contract to deliver S-300s to Iran in 2010 under pressure from the West.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted that self-imposed ban in April 2016, following an interim agreement that paved the way for last year’s full nuclear deal.
Russia delivered the first parts of S-300, the missile tubes and radar equipment, to Iran in April 2016.
10/13/16 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/13/iran-deploys-warships-off-yemen-after-us-houthis-trade-fire.html  Iran deployed two warships off Yemen threatening to further escalate tensions after the U.S. fired Tomahawk cruise missiles destroying three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
Iran sent the ships to the Gulf of Aden, one of the world’s most vital shipping routes, “to protect trade vessels from piracy,” Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
Still, analysts warn the move could ratchet up the danger to U.S. forces in the region. U.S. intelligence has linked Iran to the funding of Yemen’s Shiite rebels, who have also waged a series of attacks against Saudi Arabia, a longtime U.S. ally.
The U.S. official said the Houthis indeed fired missiles targeting American ships twice over just four days. The ships were not hit. The U.S. destroyed the coastal radar sites early Thursday.
Fox News is told one of the Iranian ships carries the same type of anti-ship missiles the Houthis were suspected of firing this week, and the other ship carries a helicopter. White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the U.S. would not speculate on the Iranians’ intentions.
A U.S. official told Fox News a Chinese warship and Russian intelligence ship were in the same region Thursday.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said President Barack Obama authorized the strikes at the recommendation of Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford. He added that these were limited self-defense strikes conducted to protect U.S. personnel, ships and freedom of navigation.
The USS Nitze launched the missiles, Cook added.
Meanwhile, the state news agency Saba — under Houthis’ control — quoted an unnamed military official as saying that U.S. accusations that a U.S. destroyer had come under attack from areas under control of Houthis were false.
Sharaf Loqman, spokesman for the Yemeni Army, called it an “American farce to find a reason to interfere in Yemen directly after failure of the Saudis.”
He said that the army never targets ships outside the territorial waters and only those that enter the Yemeni waters come under attack.
The missile attacks came on the heels of two other attacks against Saudi sites. A ballistic missile fired from Yemen apparently targeted a Saudi air base near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, the deepest strike yet into the kingdom by Shiite rebels and their allies. The rebels fired another two missiles into the Saudi Jizan region along the border on Monday, wounding two foreigners who worked there, the local civil defense said in a statement.
The Houthis and their allies have offered no reason for the launches, though they came after a Saudi-led airstrike targeting a funeral in Yemen’s capital killed more than 140 people and wounded 525 on Saturday.
The U.S. cruise missile launches come as the U.S. considers withdrawing its support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis following Saturday’s airstrike on the funeral and other troubling incidents of civilian casualties as a result of the Saudi bombing campaign.
10/13/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/218945 PM Netanyahu responded sharply to the scandalous UNESCO decision denying any Jewish connection to Temple Mount by inviting UNESCO members to visit the Arch of Titus and see for themselves which treasures were plundered 2000 years ago from the Temple.
Netanyahu was speaking at a Bible forum which took place at his house. He said that “The UNESCO theater show goes on. Today it took a ridiculous decision denying the connection between the Jewish people and the Western Wall.
10/13/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/full-text-of-new-unesco-resolution-on-occupied-palestine/ Full text of UNESCO resolution on “Occupied Palestine” approved by 24 votes to 6, with 26 abstentions, in Paris on October 13, 2016.
10/12/16 http://www.debka.com/article/25717/First-Iranian-Yemeni-missile-attack-on-US-flotilla Contrary to Tehran’s assurance to Washington in August that Iranian arms supplies to Yemeni Houthi rebels had been suspended, the rebels took delivery last week of the largest consignment of Iranian weapons to date.
According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, the shipment included highly sophisticated Scud D surface-to-surface missiles with a range of 800km; and C-802 anti-ship missiles (an upgraded version of the Chinese YJ-8 NATO-named CSS-N-8 and renamed by Iran Saccade).
They came with Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and radar systems to fine-tune the targeting of these missiles by Iran’s Yemeni proxies.
The Scuds were given to the Houthi forces fighting in northern Yemen on the Saudi border, while the C-802s were delivered to the Houthis’ Ansar Allah faction, which is under direct Iranian Rev Guards command.
The missiles were posted at special launch bases constructed by Iran outside Yemen’s two principal Red Sea ports of Mokha and Hudaydah.
Since no more than 62km of Red Sea water divides the Saudi and African coasts, the Iranian missiles are well able to block shipping and tanker traffic plying to and from the Gulf of Suez and the Persian Gulf. Therefore, the threat of blockade hangs imminently over one-third of Saudi and Gulf Emirate oil exports.
The same threat hangs over Israeli civilian and naval shipping from its southern port of Eilat through the Gulf of Aden and out to the Indian Ocean.
One of the most troubling aspects of this pivotal new menace to an international waterway was that US, Saudi, Egyptian and Israeli intelligence agencies missed the huge consignment of Iranian missiles as it headed towards Yemen. Neither did they pick up on the construction by Iranian military engineers of three ballistic missile bases – one facing Saudi Arabia and two Red Sea traffic.
Tehran’s Yemeni proxies moreover landed large-scale military strength on Perim island in the mouth of the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the chokepoint for ingress and egress from the Red Sea.
Since the strait is just 20km wide, control of this island empowers this force to regulate shipping movements through this strategic strait.
Tehran wasted no time after all its assets were in place to begin using them:
1. On Oct. 1, Iran’s Houthi surrogates launched C-8-1 missiles against a United Arab Emirates transport HSV-2 Swift logistics catamaran as it was about to pass through the strait. The ship, on lease from the US Navy, was badly damaged. No information was released about casualties.
DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources discerned that the aim of this attack was to choke off the movements of UAE warships from the southern Yemeni port of Aden, where large Emirate and Saudi forces are concentrated, to the Eritrean port of Assab, where the UAE has established a large naval base.
This attack did finally evoke a US response. The guided missile destroyers, USS Mason and USS Nitze, were dispatched to the Red Sea, along with the USS Poncea float forward staging base, to patrol the strait opposite the Yemeni coast
2. This did not deter Tehran or its Yemeni pawns: On Oct. 9, they fired an additional barrage of C-802 at the American flotilla, which according to a US spokesman, missed aim.
The Mason hit back with two Standard Missile-2s and a single Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missile.
There has been no official word about whether these weapons destroyed a Yemeni launching site. But the event itself was a landmark as the first direct Iranian-Houthi attack of its kind on an American naval vessel.
3. That same day, the Houthis fired Scud-D missiles at the Saudi town of Ta’if, 700 km from the Yemeni border and only 70km from the Muslim shrine city Mecca. This was meant as a direct assault on the Saudi royal house and its claim to legitimacy, by virtue of its role as Guardian of the Holy Places of Islam.
In America’s heated presidential campaign, the Democratic contender Hillary Clinton boasts repeatedly that as Secretary of State she helped “put the lid on Iran’s nuclear program without firing a single shot.”
That is factually true. America did not fire a single shot. Iran did the shooting and still does, constantly upgrading its arsenal with sophisticated ballistic missiles.
10/10/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-usa-ship-idUSKCN12A082 A U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer was targeted on Sunday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, a U.S. military spokesman told Reuters, saying neither of the two missiles hit the ship.
The attempted strike on the USS Mason, which was first reported by Reuters, came just a week after a United Arab Emirates vessel came under attack from Houthis and suggests growing risks to the U.S. military from Yemen’s conflict.
The U.S. government, which has become increasingly vocal about civilian casualties in the war, this weekend announced a review of its support to a Saudi Arabia-led coalition battling the Houthis after a strike on mourners in the capital Sanaa that killed up to 140 people.
The failed missile attack on the USS Mason began around 7 p.m. local time, when the ship detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period in the Red Sea off Yemen’s coast, the U.S. military said.
“Both missiles impacted the water before reaching the ship,” Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said. “There were no injuries to our sailors and no damage to the ship.”
Saudi Arabia and the United States blame Shi’ite Iran for supplying weapons to the Houthis. Tehran views the Houthis, who are from a Shi’ite sect, as the legitimate authority in Yemen but denies it supplies them with weapons.
10/09/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19591 Whatever lies ahead of us in the new year is determined during the period of the High Holydays, when the Book of Life – and that of Death – are opened in the Heavens. The Book of Death does not only name those who will die but by what means each will meet his end:  by the sword, by falling prey to wild beasts, from hunger, pestilence  or other horrors that the fruitful mind of the human beast has managed to invent.
Apparently there are cultures whose main occupation is self destruction and the destruction of others, to whom the quality of life and the business of living are uninteresting at best. What counts in these cultures is honor, the ruler, power and the state – even when it is an artificial one – and these are much more important that the lives of a peaceful and quiet population that wants only to survive.
The state of Syria is taking its last gasping breaths, but there are those in Russia and Syria who feel that since some of the anti-Assad rebels have chosen the eastern sectors of Aleppo as their headquarters, the city’s close to a quarter of a million men, women and children do not deserve to live. Putin and Assad believe that the lives of 250,000 citizens are less important than the elimination of a few hundred rebels, and much less important than the rule of Assad in Aleppo.
10/09/16 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20161009/1046159919/syria-bombing-airstrike-nusra-idlib.html The Syrian Air Force struck critical strongholds of Al-Nusra Front terrorists on Sunday in a stunning bombing barrage pushing the al-Qaeda affiliate on its heels.
Syrian fighter jets struck the positions of al-Nusra Front terrorists in the provinces of Idlib, Hama and Homs in a severe escalation of the fight against the al-Qaeda affiliate that has been the vanguard in recent months of the effort to topple the Assad government reports Syria’s SANA news agency.
Additionally in Ezzeddin district in the province of Homs, two senior terrorist commanders – Mohammad Mounir Dabbous and Rakan Abu Abdu al-Homs – were killed and five vehicles were destroyed after the Syrian Air Force bombed their compound.
The aggressive air assault against Al-Nusra Front came after Russia was forced to veto the French draft of a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for a halt in airstrikes by the Syrian government and Russia in East Aleppo, but that patently ignored the growing scourge of the terrorist group Al-Nusra Front.
10/09/16 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20161009/1046160240/syria-isis-nusra-rebels-war.html Daesh (ISIS) offshoot Jund al-Aqsa paid allegiance to Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front in an effort to halt attacks from US-backed rebel groups aligned with the terrorist organization.
In an official statement released earlier today by the extremist Jund al-Aqsa terror group, a prominent affiliate of the Daesh (ISIS) terrorist network, the radical organization has merged with Al Nusra Front – formerly al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate that fights with US-backed rebel groups including Ahrar al-Sham under the umbrella group The Army of Conquest.
The merging of the terror groups follows intense fighting between extremists with US-backed Ahrar al-Sham, joined by Al-Nusra Front in the fight, waging a series of bloody offensives against the Daesh affiliate leading the group to give in and pursue the path of least resistance by joining arms with the al-Qaeda-linked terrorists against the Syrian government.
The statement was written by hand and signed by Emirs from both Jund al-Aqsa and Al-Nusra Front cementing the relationship that represents Washington’s worst nightmare as terrorist groups in Syria on both sides of the line are joining forces after the so-called moderate rebels had already joined up with Al-Nusra terrorists under the Army of Conquest banner to repel the siege of Aleppo.
10/09/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-saleh-idUSKCN1290G8 Yemen’s powerful ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the country’s dominant Houthi movement, called for an escalation of attacks against their common enemy Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Saleh, a politician who retains influence over Yemen’s military, spoke a day after an apparent Saudi-led air attack on a meeting hall in the capital Sanaa killed at least 140 people, according to local health officials cited by the United Nations.

Sources in the Saudi-led coalition denied any role in the attack.
10/09/16 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20161009/1046159575/yemen-saudi-bombing-us-backing.html Saudi Arabia is “out of control,” and only withdrawal of US support can stop its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen, Alexander Azadgan, a Professor of Strategic Global Management and International Political Economy, told Radio Sputnik.
“In light of this and other recent incidents, we have initiated an immediate review of our already significantly reduced support to the Saudi-led Coalition,” a US National Security Council spokesman said.
Azadgan told Radio Sputnik that the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen will continue until the US exerts “serious pressure” on Saudi Arabia. The “new cadre” in the Saudi Arabian government, especially the son of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, “thought they could pursue their own policy in the Middle East,” the expert said.
“The US is going to jump at this opportunity, where 140-150 people were butchered at this funeral, in order to force Saudi Arabia to watch its foreign policy. The Saudis seem to be out of control.”
Up until four or five years ago, they were a proxy state for US foreign policy. Now, ever since this new king came to power, they are running head to head with the US,” Azadgan said. “Yemen is part of a bigger prize, a bigger geo-sectarian conflict that’s going on in the Middle East.” The situation in Yemen escalated further on Sunday when ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the dominant Houthi movement who commands soldiers that defected from his successor’s government, called for revenge attacks on Saudi Arabia. “All of our sons and fighters must head immediately to take revenge by escalating armed attacks in the borders with Saudi Arabia,” said Salah, a former ally of Riyadh who left power in 2011 as a result of a Saudi-brokered initiative to restore order amid popular protests.
Salah was replaced by his Vice-President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who was in turn toppled in February 2015 after the Shiite Houthi movement took control of the capital, Sanaa, and some other major cities.
The ousted, Saudi-backed president fled to Riyadh. In order to restore Hadi to power, Saudi Arabia launched a devastating bombing campaign with the military support of nine Arab states, and US backing.  In August the UN stated that over 3,700 civilians had been killed and over 6,500 injured since March 2015 as a result of the ongoing civil war in Yemen.
**10/09/16 https://sputniknews.com/military/20161009/1046159504/us-russia-war-killer-weapons.html A leading think tank founded by the godfather of neoconservatism Irving Kristol, father of Iraq War architect Bill Kristol, gets hot and heavy in a recent publication talking about the top ten “killer weapons” in the war hawks next project – war against Russia. In a publication by the Center for the National Interest, a leading US war hawk think tank, the staff of their editorial pages laid out their belief that a war against Russia is increasingly inevitable and began to game plan what weapons would ultimately kill the most people in such an ensuing combat in one of the most grotesque examples of warmongering in recent memory.
“Between the never ending conflict in Ukraine, the crisis in Syria and now allegations that Russia has engaged in cyber hacking against America, relations between Moscow and Washington have reached a low not seen since the darkest days of the Cold War,” said The National Interest, the think tank’s glossy magazine.
In predicting the possibility for “some sort of open conflict,” the publication is careful to denounce the idea that they are openly advocating for some sort of military incursion in what reads like a wink and a nod – “While no one certainly dares wish for such an eventuality, taking stock of America and Russia’s military assets (in a magazine and online publication available for the public?) is important,” reads the editorial.  the $2 trillion F-35,
10/8/16 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20161008/1046123476/unsc-vote-syria.html  The Security Council met, at Russia’s request, on Friday to discuss conditions in Syria.
Afterward, Council President Vitaly Churkin urged support for a proposal, presented Thursday, from UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to escort militants from the group Jabhat Fatah al Sham — formerly al-Nusra Front — out of Aleppo. Syrian President Bashar Assad has said he would support amnesty for rebel fighters who agree to relinquish their weapons and leave the city. In contrast to de Mistura’s plan, Churkin said the French proposal was hastily put together and seemed designed to cause a Russian veto in the Security Council.
10/8/16 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20161008/1046123476/unsc-vote-syria.html  The Security Council met, at Russia’s request, on Friday to discuss conditions in Syria.
Afterward, Council President Vitaly Churkin urged support for a proposal, presented Thursday, from UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to escort militants from the group Jabhat Fatah al Sham — formerly al-Nusra Front — out of Aleppo. Syrian President Bashar Assad has said he would support amnesty for rebel fighters who agree to relinquish their weapons and leave the city. In contrast to de Mistura’s plan, Churkin said the French proposal was hastily put together and seemed designed to cause a Russian veto in the Security Council.
10/08/16 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/218761 WikiLeaks exposes Hillary Clinton’s real dreams
WikiLeaks exposes 180 degree difference in Clinton’s public and private opinions, shows her true aims in becoming president.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has also announced Hillary Clinton and her State Department were actively arming Islamic jihadists, which includes the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

Though Clinton has repeatedly denied these claims, including during multiple statements while under oath in front of the United States Senate, WikiLeaks now has proof. A cache of over 1,700 emails connect Hillary directly to Libya and Syria, and directly to Al Qaeda and ISIS.
10/06/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-official-obamas-settlement-critique-an-alibi-for-planned-anti-israel-moves/  Israeli official: Obama’s settlement critique ‘an alibi’ for planned anti-Israel moves
After Washington castigates plans for 300 new West Bank homes, senior source tells Israeli TV US president is preparing one-sided action
An Israel official on Thursday deepened the latest dispute with the Obama administration over settlement-building by charging that “disproportionate criticism” from Washington over the latest construction plans is “an alibi” to cover plans by President Barack Obama to take anti-Israel actions in the final weeks of his presidency.
10/06/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Russia-dispatches-one-more-missile-corvette-to-Mediterranean-469508 MOSCOW – A Russian missile corvette left its Black Sea Fleet base of Sevastopol on Thursday and is heading to join a group of Russian warships in the Mediterranean, Russian news agencies cited a fleet spokesman as saying.
The Mirazh, armed with Malakhit cruise missiles, follows another two Black Sea Fleet missile corvettes, The Serpukhov and The Zelyony Dol equipped with Kalibr long-range cruise missiles, which had been due to reach the Mediterranean on Wednesday.
10/06/16  http://themeshreport.com/2016/10/the-latest-un-syria-envoy-some-8000-rebels-left-in-aleppo/   At a press conference in Geneva, de Mistira sharply revised downward his earlier estimate announced at the U.N. Security Council last month that more than half of all fighters in the northern city were from the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, formerly known as the Nusra Front.
The Russian defense minister says the military will rely on its experience in the Syrian conflict to further improve its weapons.
Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that new Russian weapons have “shown their reliability and efficiency” in Syria. The military has used the campaign to test some of its new weapons for the first time in combat.
Shoigu particularly mentioned the X-101 cruise missiles, which have been launched by Russian strategic bombers at targets in Syria, as well as long-range cruise missiles which have been fired by Russian surface ships and submarines.
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing in a northwestern Syrian village that killed at least 20 people, including many Turkey-backed opposition fighters.
The IS-linked Aamaq news agency says a suicide car bomber struck a convoy of rebels on the Syrian side of a border crossing point in the village of Atmeh.
10/06/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Syrian-goverment-forces-seize-half-of-rebel-held-quarter-in-Aleppo-469509 BEIRUT – Syrian government forces seized around half of a key opposition-held neighborhood in Aleppo on Thursday in a new advance against rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.
The British-based Observatory said fighting had been raging in the residential Bustan al-Basha quarter near the city center, one of the front lines in Aleppo which has been dived for years between government and opposition areas of control.
10/05/16 ? Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after none of the five U.N. Security Council veto-powers voted against him in a sixth secret ballot on Wednesday, diplomats said.
The 15-member Security Council cast secret ballots for each of the 10 candidates with the choices of: encourage, discourage or no opinion. UNITED NATIONS – Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after none of the five U.N. Security Council veto-powers voted against him in a sixth secret ballot on Wednesday, diplomats said.
The 15-member Security Council cast secret ballots for each of the 10 candidates with the choices of: encourage, discourage or no opinion.
For Guterres to be formally recommended to the 193-member General Assembly for election, the Security Council still needs to adopt a resolution behind closed doors. The resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes to pass.

(1)Babylon (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13″. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917.) The city, Babylon is not in view here, as the immediate context shows. It is important to note the significance of the name when used symbolically. “Babylon” is the Greek form: invariably in the O.T. Hebrew the word is simply Babel, the meaning of which is confusion, and in this sense the word is used symbolically. (1) In the prophets, when the actual city is not meant, the reference is to the “confusion” into which the whole social order of the world has fallen under Gentile world-domination. (See “Times of the Gentiles,” Luke 21:24Revelation 16:14Isaiah 13:4 gives the divine view of the welter of warring Gentile powers. The divine order is given in Isa. 11. Israel in her own land, the centre of the divine government of the world and channel of the divine blessing; and the Gentiles blessed in association with Israel. Anything else is, politically, mere “babel.” (2) In Revelation 14:8-1116:19 the Gentile world-system is in view in connection with Armageddon; Revelation 16:1419:21 while in Rev 17, the reference is to apostate Christianity, destroyed by the nations Revelation 17:16 headed up under the Beast ; Daniel 7:8Revelation 19:20 and false prophet. In Isaiah the political Babylon is in view, literally as to the then existing city, and symbolically as to the times of the Gentiles. In the Revelation both the symbolical- political and symbolical-religious Babylon are in view, for there both are alike under the tyranny of the Beast. Religious Babylon is destroyed by political Babylon Revelation 17:16 political Babylon by the appearing of the Lord Revelation 19:19-21. That Babylon the city is not to be rebuilt is clear from ; Isaiah 13:19-22Jeremiah 51:24-26,62-64. By political Babylon is meant the Gentile world-system. (See “World,” ; John 7:7Revelation 13:8) It may be added that, in Scripture symbolism, Egypt stands for the world as such; Babylon for the world of corrupt power and corrupted religion; Nineveh for the pride, the haughty glory of the world. (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13.″)
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