Antichrist Vehemently Opposed Al-Maliki

Sadr opposes Maliki’s presidency over anti-ISIS Shia militias

 
Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr 

Iraq’s powerful Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr expressed his unequivocal opposition to allowing former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki take control of the popular troops, a group of Shia volunteers setup to fight the Islamic State (ISIS), arguing that Al-Maliki’s leadership of the Shia militias is contrary to the new Iraqi government’s vision, the Anadolu Agency reported.In a statement released by his office yesterday, Al-Sadr warned in his statement of the imminent dangers that will face the country if Al-Maliki takes control of the Shia militants.

He pointed out that such a move was incompatible with top Shia cleric Ali Al-Sistani’s call for jihad.
The statement emphasised that such an attempt would inflame sectarianism in the country, threatening to withdraw the Saraya Al-Salam Shia fighters who emerged from the Sadrist movement if Al-Maliki took the position.

Babylon the Great: Our Fukushima Is Coming (Rev 15)

  • We estimate the contamination risks from the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides released by severe nuclear power plant accidents… We present an overview of global risks… [These] risks exhibit seasonal variability, with the highest surface level concentrations of gaseous radionuclides in the Northern Hemisphere during winter [Fukushima crisis began with 10 days left in winter].
  • The model setup was evaluated… using emission estimates from… Fukushima
  • The risk posed from nuclear power plant accidents is not limited to the national or even regional level, but can assume global dimensions. Many nations may be subjected to great exposure after severe accidents.
  • Our model shows increased surface-level concentrations throughout the Northern Hemisphere during the boreal winter months compared to the summer… Not only the expected risk magnitude is higher, but the geographical extent of the high concentrations of transported radionuclides is more pronounced towards the northHorizontal advection [i.e. transfer] is more efficient in winter due to relatively stronger winds, and the concentrations are highest near the surface [and] surface level concentrations in the summer tend to be more localized in the emission region.
  • Our results illustrate that accidents… could have significant trans-boundary consequences. The risk estimate [shows] increased surface level concentrations of gaseous radionuclides in the Northern Hemisphere during winter and a larger geographical extent towards the north and the east… This is related to the relatively shallow boundary layer in winter that confines the emitted radioactivity to the lowest part of the atmosphere close to the surface…It is the view of the authors that it is imperative to assess the risks from the atmospheric dispersion of radioactivity from potential NPP accidents [for] emergency response planning on national and international levels.

JAMSTEC, Univ. of Tokyo, etc.: We show a numerical simulation for the long-range transport from the [Fukushima] plant to the US… Large-scale updraft [over] Japan from March 14 to 15 was found effective in lifting the particles [to the] jet stream that could carry the particles across the Pacific within 3 to 4 days [See study: On Mar. 15, Fukushima reactors emitted 100 quadrillion Bq of cesium into air — This one day was equal to total lifetime release from Chernobyl]… Some of the particles [had a] long-range atmospheric transport over — 10,000 km within 3 to 4 days… [R]adioactive materials were detected in that period over the east and west coasts of the U.S… In order for the particles to be transported with the jet stream, they must be lifted up from the surface boundary layer to the mid- or upper troposphere. Large-scale updraft was indeed observedon March 14 through 15[T]he westerlies in mid-March were thus particularly effective in the trans-Pacific transport of the radioactive materials…

Revolutionary Guards Leads The Shia Horn (Daniel 8:3)

Iranian Revolutionary Guards at a military parade in Tehran (22 September 2013)
Over the past few years Iran has emerged as a key player in some of the major trouble spots in the Middle East.

Syria, Iraq and now Yemen all have an Iranian connection, and it is becoming increasingly clear that this new more pro-active foreign policy is being driven by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

By sending weapons to far-flung countries, providing military training and advice, and funnelling money to client politicians, groups and militia, the Guards appear to be pursuing a new doctrine: in order to protect the Islamic Republic at home, Iran must confront threats abroad.

The most recent example of this policy came with the surprise news this month that one of those killed in an Israeli air strike on a Hezbollah convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights, was an Iranian general.

“We will fight to the end to destroy Israel,” vowed the Guards’ commander-in-chief Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari in one of a number of defiant speeches in response to the incident.
“The liberation of Jerusalem is near,” he added.

Khamenei in chargeThe Iranian foreign ministry handed a note to the Americans through their interest section at the Swiss embassy in Tehran saying Israel had crossed Iran’s “red lines” with the killings and that it had to understand there would be consequences.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran (9 December 2014)
Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani have taken a back seat on foreign policy

Bellicose statements, particularly against Israel, from Iranian leaders and officials are nothing new, and for the most part they are ignored as mere rhetoric for domestic consumption – to paint a powerful image of the country at home.

But there is something new in all this too: the Guards are increasingly driving and advancing Iran’s foreign policy.

The Guards – set up after 1979 revolution to defend the country’s Islamic system and to provide a counterweight to the regular armed forces – are now effectively the executive arm of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

He appears to have taken all but full charge of Iran’s foreign policy in much of the world.
By doing so he has cut off the relatively-moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani from international politics, relegating the foreign ministry to a supporting role for his policies, which are implemented by the Guards.

One striking sign of the shift in the way Iran is conducting its foreign policy is the increasingly visible role of Gen Qasem Soleimani.

Gen Qasem Soleimani (17 September 2013)
The shadowy Gen Qasem Soleimani has played an important role in countering Islamic State in Iraq

The charismatic commander of the Guards’ overseas operation arm, the Quds Force, Gen Soleimani has suddenly emerged from the shadows after years quietly working to increase Iran’s influence and power in neighbouring Iraq.

These days, Iranian websites and newspapers are full of photographs of him attending meetings and rallies. It appears that the Guards are keen to exploit his larger-than-life reputation to lend more legitimacy to their expanding role.

Gen Soleimani is widely credited with saving Baghdad from the onslaught of Islamic State forces last summer.

There is evidence that he personally visited the front-lines and advised Iraqi security forces on how to defend the capital as well as mobilising Iraq’s pro-Iranian Shia militia – by organising them as well as funnelling money and weapons to them.

The militia are now a major power in Iraq and control many districts north of the capital, despite the deep concerns of Iraq’s Sunni Arab population.

Gaining influenceIn Syria, Gen Soleimani and the Guards have pumped the Assad regime with money and arms.

They have also helped establish a pro-government militia modelled on Iran’s Basij Resistance Force – a part-time, mostly youth-orientated wing of the Guards.

They have also encouraged the Lebanese Shia Islamist movement, Hezbollah, to engage militarily in Syria in support of the government.

Iranians carry the coffin of Revolutionary Guards Gen Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi, who was killed in an Israeli air strike in the Syrian Golan Heights on 18 January 2014
Revolutionary Guards Gen Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights

Last week, at the time of the Israeli air strike in the Golan Heights, the Guards commander who was killed in the attack was allegedly overseeing an attempt by Hezbollah to set up a missile battery aimed at Israel.

Through Syria, Iran has been arming Hezbollah with thousands of missiles of different range and types. Iranian leaders see Hezbollah-dominated southern Lebanon virtually as an extension of Iran.
Ayatollah Khamenei is now keen to open a new front against Israel in the West Bank.

He openly says so, and Guards commanders have repeated in the recent weeks that arming militants in the area is on their agenda.

The Sunni Islamist movement Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, is already a client of Iran’s – receiving financial support as well as missile-building know-how.

The latest challenge is Yemen, where the Zaidi Shia Houthi rebels have taken over in the capital, Sanaa.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) waves while standing next to Guards' commander-in-chief Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari in Tehran (26 November 2007) 
Guards commander Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari is implementing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s policies abroad

There is no direct evidence of Iran’s hand in the ascendance of the Houthis, but their worldview – their vehement opposition the US and to Israel – is similar to that of Tehran.

And there has been evidence of Iran smuggling weapons into Yemen before.

There is also evidence that the Guards have been smuggling arms to war-torn countries in West Africa. They also have a presence in Latin America, where for now the focus appears to be on economic and humanitarian projects.

The Guards’ main role in the region is to confront Israel, prop up and save Bashar al-Assad in Syria, maintain high degree of influence in Iraq, and counter the influence of the US and regional Sunni power Saudi Arabia in the region.

Ayatollah Khamenei has never been more influential.