China nuclear horn growing (Daniel 7)

 
China rapidly upgrading nuclear arsenal with MIRVed missiles

Published time: May 17, 2015 14:50
RT

China is fast refurbishing its arsenal of silo-based long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple independently targetable warheads, defense experts say. The move comes decades after Beijing acquired the technology, indicating a strategy change.

It has been speculated on for years that the Chinese military is upgrading some of its bigger ICBMs with Multiple Independently-targeted Reentry Vehicle technology (MIRV), which allows a single missile to carry multiple warhead across the globe and deploy them to aim at individual targets.

The assessment was endorsed by the US government in the latest Pentagon report on Chinese military might, which marked Dongfeng-5 missiles, China’s large liquid-propellant rocket capable of reaching the US, as MIRV-capable. The same report said Dongfeng-41, smaller solid-propellant road-mobile ICBMs were “possibly capable of carrying MIRVs.”

According to The New York Times, as many as half of China’s 20 DF-5 missiles may have been upgraded by now. With a conservative estimate that each missile would carry three individual warheads, it increased the number of warheads that Beijing may fire at an enemy to 40, up from 20, the newspaper said, citing a number of defense experts.

“China’s little force is slowly getting a little bigger, and its limited capabilities are slowly getting a little better,” Hans M. Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, told NYT.

In an earlier report on the development, Kristensen said China is probably upgrading its arsenal in response to the buildup of the global antiballistic missile system by the US. Washington says it needs the system to protect itself and its allies from an attack by nations such as Iran and North Korea. But strategists in Moscow and Beijing see it as threat to the national security of their respective countries.

“If so, how ironic that the US missile defense system – intended to reduce the threat to the United States – instead would seem to have increased the threat by triggering development of MIRV on Chinese ballistic missiles that could destroy more US cities in a potential war,” Kristensen said.

The Pentagon report says China is developing a number of technologies to penetrate antimissile shields.

“China is working on a range of technologies to attempt to counter US and other countries’ ballistic missile defense systems, including maneuverable reentry vehicles (MaRV), MIRVs, decoys, chaff, jamming, and thermal shielding,” it said.

China reportedly had technology needed to miniaturize nuclear warheads enough to fit several of them on a missile for decades, but chose not to upgrade its arsenal. Beijing’s nuclear deterrence strategy is to have just enough weapons that they could survive a nuclear attack and deliver monumental damage to the aggressor.

“This is obviously part of an effort to prepare for long-term competition with the United States,” Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration, told NYT. “The Chinese are always fearful of American nuclear advantage.”

The beef-up of China’s small but punchy nuclear arsenal may trigger similar efforts from other nuclear powers in the region – India and Pakistan. So far only the US, Russia, Britain and France have deployed MIRVed ICBMs.

US make nuclear reduction senseless

Moscow indicated it may see fit to stockpile more nuclear weapons depending on US foreign policies. The warning came from Mikhail Ulyanov, chief of the non-proliferation department in the Russian foreign ministry, who is attending a UN conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The Russian diplomat was speaking about the New-START nuclear reduction treaty signed by the US and Russia in 2010, saying Moscow is sticking to its commitments, but would not go any further due to US behavior.

“As of now there are no factors that would make our continued participation in the [New START] treaty counter to Russia’s interest, but hypothetically such a situation may arise from US actions, which we would not want to see,” he added.

The US and Russia have parity in nuclear weapons, but America has far more conventional forces. With Russia relying on its nuclear arsenal to safeguard it from a massive US attack, the development of the US anti-missile system is viewed as a dangerous threat to national security in Moscow.

Antichrist controlling Iraqi weapons (Rev 13)

 By Josh Smith
Stars and Stripes
Published: May 17, 2015

New recruits in the fight against the Islamic State group listen to a lesson at a training camp in northern Iraq. Waves of volunteers arrive every three weeks, but leaders say they don’t have enough weapons to arm the new forces.

IRBIL, Iraq — At a military base among the rolling hills of Kurdistan, thousands of volunteers have been trained to fight Islamic State militants just 10 miles from the group’s stronghold of Mosul.
As the base expands, it’s preparing to train thousands more. Yet many of the recruits — mainly Sunni Muslims, Christians, Kurds and other minorities — are no closer to the battlefield than when they began drilling. Without enough weapons to fight, they are sent home after an average of three weeks of training.

The fighters, whose role could prove crucial in the effort to rout the Islamic State group, are at the center of a debate over whether the United States and other Western countries should send weapons directly to Iraq’s minority groups instead of channeling them through the Shiite-dominated central government.

The volunteers’ leaders say that Baghdad, which has expressed fear that the Sunni volunteers might turn on the government after an Islamic State defeat, has been funneling most of the arms provided by international backers to its Shiite militia allies. Though some Republicans in Congress favor sending weapons straight to the Sunnis and Kurds so as to bypass Baghdad, the Obama administration firmly opposes such a move out of fear it could deepen the country’s ethnic divide.

We have about 10,000 fighters who are well-trained to fight, but so far we don’t have enough weapons or equipment for them,” said Atheel al-Nujaifi, a Sunni and the exiled governor of Nineveh province, which includes Mosul. “The central government hasn’t given us weapons for the volunteers, and even for the police, they have only given 20 percent of what they need. It’s a real problem for us.”

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense declined to comment for this article.

With herds of sheep grazing on sweeping hillsides, the peaceful setting at the camps in northern Iraq is far removed from the horrors these recruits are preparing to face. They run through their exercises with a variety of old Russian-designed weapons, many of which are missing parts.

“We have only been given enough weapons to train with,” said the camp’s commander, Gen. Mohammed al-Talib. He, like most of the men he helps train, is a refugee from territory ravaged by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Capable of accommodating 1,000 trainees at a time, the camp has already graduated about 5,000 fighters since late last year. But without enough weapons to fight, most are sent home after training until they can be called up when more weapons are available.

Turkey — a contributor to the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State — is financing an effort to make the camp into a more permanent establishment. About two dozen Turkish soldiers lead the training. But the facility is being operated separately from coalition training programs. British Brigadier Christopher Ghika, deputy commander of the international coalition, said his forces, who train police officers and Kurdish security forces at nearby bases, have nothing to do with the camp.
The question of how best to arm the volunteers is inseparable from Iraq’s religious and ethnic divisions. The debate has ramifications not only for the fight against the Islamic State but for the country’s future unity.

Since the 2003 invasion, many Iraqis are convinced that the U.S. goal is to carve up the country along sectarian lines. Those suspicions have cast a shadow over current American efforts to reach out to Sunni tribes, which provided fertile recruiting grounds for the Islamic State after years of feeling marginalized by the Shiite-led government.

Working with the Sunnis directly is complicated. Most of the Islamic State’s fighters are Sunni. Saddam Hussein’s Baath party was largely Sunni, and the tribes were among many groups that fought a bloody insurgency against the American occupation.

The camp’s leader, al-Talib, for example, served as a commander in the Iraqi army until 2003, when the American provisional government disbanded the force and barred Baath party officials from most government positions.

The volunteers will be critical to taking back Mosul from the Islamic State, said al-Nujaifi. If the Shiite-dominated militias are called in, then many local fighters who hate the Islamic State could end up fighting the Shiite militias and other government forces.

Al-Nujaifi blames the militias, officially known as Popular Mobilization Units, for preventing the government from providing weapons to minority groups with the intent of keeping such groups weak.
“The central government wants to provide us with weapons, but there is another power in Baghdad.” he said. ”The Shiite militia has new power in Baghdad, and they put pressure on the central government. The Shiite militia wants to come to Mosul. Of course, they want to fight ISIS, but they also want to create a situation after the liberation.”

The U.S. has called upon Baghdad to give Sunni volunteers more weapons and training, contending that Iraq must work with Sunni tribes in the north and the west to try to prevent sectarian divisions. In Anbar province, American advisers are training thousands of Sunni fighters, but Sunni sheiks say they too face a significant shortage of weapons.

Last month, the House Armed Services Committee approved legislation to require that 25 percent of the $715 million in military assistance to Iraq next year go to the Kurds and Sunnis. The measure has been sent to the full House. A bipartisan proposal in the Senate would authorize President Barack Obama to provide weapons and training directly to the Kurds.

Such proposals have drawn outrage from some Shiite leaders, including Muqtada al-Sadr, whose forces fought against the Americans after the 2003 invasion. Al-Sadr has threatened to attack U.S. interests in Iraq and abroad if Congress approves arming the Kurds and Sunnis.

“The United States government and coalition position is that we do not support directly arming the tribes,” said Ghika, the coalition’s deputy commander. “This rightly has to be a government of Iraq issue to resolve. They are the only people who can rightly and properly do it. That being said, we are working with the government to find ways to support the tribes.”

Kurdish security forces face similar difficulties in obtaining weapons. The Kurds have generally been strong allies of the West, but their dream of independence complicates many efforts to provide them support. Officials in Baghdad fear that any arms provided to them could end up being used against the government. NATO member and Iraqi neighbor Turkey, home to its own large and restive Kurdish population, is also suspicious of the Kurds’ intentions.

Michael Rubin, a Pentagon official under former President George W. Bush, also said these groups should not be armed directly.

“The Iraqi government should be the legal recipient for defense deals,” he said. “I can understand the Kurdish desire for direct dealing for arms, but the reality is they have both received arms from Baghdad and from European partners and, rather than use them against the Islamic State, [Kurdish] President Massoud Barzani has stockpiled them for his own party’s use.”

As for Sunnis, Rubin argued that the idea that they will be safe allies for the West is probably delusional.

With Baghdad reluctant to arm Kurdish and Sunni fighters, leaders of this training camp in northern Iraq are looking for other options.

Al-Nujaifi said he had formally asked the international coalition for weapons but was told he could get them only through the central government. “We think we need more pressure on Baghdad or we need to get the weapons separately,” he said. “We are trying to get weapons any way we can, from the black market for example, but it’s a difficult way.”

Related efforts to integrate the volunteers into the Popular Mobilization Units haven’t been much more successful, al-Nujaifi said, with only 1,000 fighters accepted so far into the Shiite-dominated militias.

For 22-year-old recruit Jamal Mansour Talib, volunteering offers a way to reunite his family and reclaim his old life.

“ISIS killed my cousins, took away my livelihood, and scattered my family,” he said. “Part of my family is still in Mosul. This is the only way to be together again.”

At a Christian camp for internally displaced people in Irbil, 17-year-old Aseel Faraj Todia, is waiting for his chance, too. He says American volunteers trained him, then told him to go home — in his case, back to the squalor of a temporary refugee camp.

“They told me they [would] call me when they were ready,” he said. “We want weapons, and we want to fight.”

Iraqi Horn Takes Ramadi (Dan 8:5)

  
ISIS takes Ramadi as reinforcements surge into city

By Hamdi Alkhshali and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
Updated 5:02 PM ET, Sun May 17, 2015

(CNN)The key Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS on Sunday after government security forces pulled out of a military base on the west side of the city, the mayor and a high-ranking security official said.
The ISIS advances came after militants detonated a series of morning car bomb blasts, Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisy and a high-ranking Iraqi security official said. The explosions forced Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters to retreat to the city’s east, they said.

Clashes have raged in the beleaguered capital of Anbar province for months as Iraqi and allied forces battle ISIS militants for control of the strategically located city, which is just 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad.

Ramadi, the largest city in western Iraq, is just a few miles from an Iraqi army headquarters that ISIS blew up in March.

ISIS took over parts of the city in the first half of last year, placing it at the heart of a deadly tug of war ever since.

And officials said Sunday that the fight for the city is far from over.

Even as ISIS took control, pockets of resistance remain inside the city, said Muhannad Haimour, a spokesman for the Anbar governor.

While ISIS declared victory and claimed full control of the city, the Iraqi Federal Police vowed to stamp out ISIS in the region. In a statement, police said Brig. Gen. Raid Shakir Joudat was on the way “commanding a huge force consisting of various weapons to cleanse Anbar province from terrorist gangs.”

State TV: Iraqi forces on the way

Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, is also preparing to send in reinforcements, according to a statement read on Iraq’s state-run Iraqiya TV Sunday.

He’s ordered the al-Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force to prepare for deployment against ISIS militants in Anbar province. It will be joined by Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribal volunteers. The decision to mobilize the paramiltary force, which is Iranian-backed and predominantly Shiite, follows a request for help from the Anbar provincial governor, provincial council, tribal leaders and religious clerics.

On Thursday, ISIS pushed into Ramadi, using armored bulldozers and at least 10 suicide bombings to burst through gates and blast through walls, according to a security source who has since left the city.

Dozens of militants followed them into the city center and ISIS raised its trademark black flag over the provincial government building.

On Friday, the United States announced that it was “expediting” weapon shipments to Iraq because of the current fighting in Ramadi.

What are the implications of an ISIS takeover?

Whether or not Ramadi will stay in the hands of ISIS remains to be seen, analysts said Sunday.

Some U.S. officials have tried recently to downplay the significance of Ramadi, saying they are not focused on the city.

But retired Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, said the situation in Ramadi is a significant sign that forces fighting ISIS need to take a different tack.

“Ramadi’s a bad news story, period,” he said. “It’s not going well. The military units we’ve trained in the Iraqi army are basically laying down their guns and running.”

But the significance of the city falling may have less to do with the militant group, and more to do with the strength of Iraqi forces, CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd said.

“This is not about ISIS. This is about whether the Iraqi military has the capability, and more importantly, the will to face up with ISIS,” he said. “They’ve had some successes, the military has. This is a setback. It’s going to take years to figure out who will prevail.”

CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh, Jim Sciutto, Fredricka Whitfield, Barbara Starr, Ralph Ellis, Pat St. Claire and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

Study Confirms The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Study: Large Earthquake Could Strike New York City

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Robert Roy Britt | August 21, 2008 02:20pm ET

The New York City area is at “substantially greater” risk of earthquakes than previously thought, scientists said Thursday.

Damage could range from minor to major, with a rare but potentially powerful event killing people and costing billions of dollars in damage.

A pattern of subtle but active faults is known to exist in the region, and now new faults have been found. The scientists say that among other things, the Indian Point nuclear power plants, 24 miles north of the city, sit astride the previously unidentified intersection of two active seismic zones.
The findings are detailed in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Shaky history

While earthquakes are typically thought of as a West Coast phenomenon in the nation, strong quakes do occur in the Eastern United States, just much less frequently. Importantly, the geology of the East — lots of hard rock leftover from glacial times — makes any rumbling travel a lot farther and with greater intensity from the epicenter.

A 5.0 temblor in 1737, for example, knocked down chimneys in New York City and was felt from Boston to Philadelphia. A magnitude-5.5 quake in 1884 did similar damage in a wider region around New York. Another quake in this range struck in 1783.

The new study involved an analysis of past quakes, plus 34 years of new data on temblors, most of them perceptible only by modern seismic instruments. The scientists looked at 383 earthquakes from 1677 to 2007 in a 15,000-square-mile area around New York City, using newspaper records in some cases to estimate temblor magnitudes.

“The evidence charts unseen but potentially powerful structures whose layout and dynamics are only now coming clearer,” the scientists said. And even though eastern quakes are infrequent, the risk is high, because of the overwhelming concentration of people and infrastructure, said lead researcher Lynn R. Sykes of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

“The research raises the perception both of how common these events are, and, specifically, where they may occur,” he said. “It’s an extremely populated area with very large assets.”

Based on history, the researchers say quakes at least 5.0 in magnitude should be expected, on average, about every 100 years.

“Today, with so many more buildings and people, a magnitude 5 centered below the city would be extremely attention-getting,” said John Armbruster, also from the observatory. “We’d see billions in damage, with some brick buildings falling. People would probably be killed.”

Even more serious quakes are possible. The scientists said that the fault lengths and stresses suggest magnitude-6 quakes, or even 7 — which would be 10 and 100 times bigger than magnitude 5 — are “quite possible.” They calculate that magnitude-6 quakes take place in the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 temblors every 3,400 years.

Evidence mounts

Previous studies have hinted at the potential.

The New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation put the cost of theoretically possible large earthquakes in the metro New York area at $39 billion to $197 billion. A separate 2001 analysis for northern New Jersey’s Bergen County estimated that a magnitude-7 event could destroy 14,000 buildings and damage 180,000 in that area alone.

The new study revealed a significant previously unknown active seismic zone running at least 25 miles from Stamford, Conn., to the Hudson Valley town of Peekskill, N.Y., where it passes less than a mile north of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Several small quakes are clustered along its length. It is “probably capable of producing at least a magnitude-6 quake,” the researchers said in a statement.

Many eastern quakes are not visible at the surface, so a large quake could hit from a fault no one even knows about.

“The probability is not zero, and the damage could be great,” said study co-author Leonardo Seeber. “It could be like something out of a Greek myth.”

The Canadian Nuclear Horn (Rev 15:2)

  
On this day in Canadian history

By Rev. Eric Strachan

Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:53:18 EDT PM

Although science and technology open up boundless opportunities, they also present great perils because Satan employs these marvelous discoveries to His great advantage. JAMES E. FAUST
It was on this day, May 16, back in 1930, 85 years ago that Gilbert Labine, a 40-year-old avid prospector, discovered pitchblende at Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories.

Labine, who was born in Westmeath in Renfrew County, Ontario, in 1890, had first seen the brownish-black mineral ore in the hands of a lecturer when he was 17, and as he uncovered the rare shining mineral in the wilderness around the great lake that day, he knew as he recalled the lecture 23 years previous that he had discovered the rare ore from which comes radium and uranium. Such discoveries as James E. Faust once noted, have amazing potential for good, but the same unlimited potential for peril.

Modern technology has given us the Internet with all its incredible ability to accomplish good, but with it has come a proliferation of pornography, hacking, cyberbullying and the current ISIS recruitment. Modern science has produced many wonder drugs that cure, ease pain and sustain life, but the availability of the same drugs have led many to overdose, commit suicide and date rape. For certain, virtually every new discovery has the power to be used for either good or evil, and on that day back in 1930 Labine had absolutely no idea what he held in his hands or what it would be used for in the hands of others in the days ahead.

Uranium of course has many uses. It is used in glass and ceramics, used as ballast in boats, material for armour and of course for nuclear energy, but it is from this same rich ore that there comes the refined product that creates nuclear reactions, the splitting of the atom, the release of extraordinary energy and the atomic bomb. Not long after Labine’s discovery he and his brother Charles opened up the Eldorado uranium mine at Great Bear Lake, employing mostly the Dene (pronounced DEN-ay) people, an aboriginal group living in the Northwest Territories. This was followed soon after with the opening of a refinery in Port Hope, Ont. where both radium and uranium were produced.

As the world moved into the late ’30s it became known to many that German scientists were busily engaged in attempting to build an atomic bomb, and as a counter measure the race for the bomb began with the United States government engaging its own scientists in what was called ‘The Manhattan Project“. In essence the project’s chief aim was to produce an atomic bomb and with so much uranium required for its production and required quickly, the Americans came North to Canada to buy the much needed resource. But on Dec. 7, 1941 something happened that caught the United States by complete surprise, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, the American naval base in Hawaii, with bombers, fighter planes and submarines, and completely devastated the American navy. The Americans were therefore thrust into the Second World War, the massive loss of life at Pearl Harbour and the blow to the nation’s pride and patriotism demanded some sort of retaliatory response, an eye for an eye. While the war with Japan continued scientific research in The Manhattan Project was moving along.

Meanwhile in 1944 Eldorado Mines became a Crown Corporation now owned by the Canadian government. It was in July of 1945 that American scientists believed the day had come for them to test the atomic bomb at Los Alamos in New Mexico. History records that on that day, July 16, Robert Oppenheimer the American physicist who oversaw the project and the development of the bomb remarked as he saw the characteristic mushroom cloud, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of the worlds. Now we are all sons of bitches.”

The intensity of the light dispersed from the detonation was so strong that day that a blind girl saw the flash 120 miles away. It took the United States less than a month to respond to Japanese aggression and the ignominy of Pearl Harbor. On Aug. 6, 1945 the monster of the atomic bomb was let loose on Hiroshima, and three days later Nagasaki experienced the same frightful horror. While the uranium was being produced and sold to the United States, the Dene people had absolutely no knowledge of what the uranium was being used for, and when they suddenly discovered it was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki they were in complete shock. For to these aboriginal peoples the land is a sacred trust, and they hold themselves responsible for both its preservation and what it’s used for. The discovery that what was extracted from the mine on their land, by their hands, was a shock to them.
So in 1998 a Dene delegation left their homeland in the Northwest Territories and travelled to Hiroshima to attend the anniversary of the 1945 dropping of the bomb and the accompanying peace ceremonies. There in a filmed and documented emotional exchange they humbly apologized to the Japanese for their involvement in the process that ultimately led to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The course of history sometimes weaves a mysterious and complicated pathway. If inventors, scientists and discoverers could somehow see prophetically into the future and envision the results of their discovery, many would chose not only anonymity but would wish, I’m sure, that their discovery had remained a complete mystery to humankind. But on this day on May 16, 1930, a middle-aged man made a discovery . . . and the rest is now history.