ISIS Attacks Antichrist’s Men (Rev 13:18)

 

ISIS claims truck bomb in Baghdad’s Sadr City, dozens dead

At least 200 wounded in attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City district

Aug 13, 2015 4:34 PM ET
The Associated Press

In one of the deadliest single attacks in postwar Baghdad, a truck bomb shattered a popular fruit-and-vegetable market in a teeming Shia neighbourhood Thursday, killing dozens of people and wounding more than 150 others.

The Associated Press had the death toll at 67, while Reuters reported 76 had died.

Militants from the self-described Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the bombing that incinerated much of the Jameela market in the district of Sadr City. The dead and wounded were carried away in blood-soaked blankets and garbage bags amid the charred and twisted stalls and spilled produce.

The Sunni extremist group, which holds about a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, said it targeted a gathering place for Shias and vowed more attacks. It often attacks military checkpoints or predominantly Shia areas with the goal of undermining confidence in the government’s security efforts.

When it launched its major onslaught across northern Iraq last year, ISIS vowed to continue on to Baghdad, but a mobilization of volunteer Shia fighters deterred any significant attacks on the capital at that time.

For the past two weeks, thousands of Iraqis have staged protests calling on the government to take a firm stance against corruption and reckless spending. Many see the corruption in the security forces as a major cause for its failures.

This week, the government approved a reform plan by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that includes taking some money that was to go to individual officials and redirecting it to strengthening the Interior and Defense ministries.

Deadliest Baghdad attack in years

While attacks are common in Baghdad, Thursday’s was the deadliest single bombing in the capital since the height of Iraq’s sectarian bloodletting in 2006-07. More than 200 people were killed in a 2006 attack by a series of car bombs and mortar rounds that struck Sadr City. That prompted the government to implement a 24-hour curfew in Baghdad that remained in effect, on-and-off, until earlier this year, when al-Abadi lifted it to try to return some semblance of normal life in the capital.
In another major attack in Sadr City in 2013, two suicide bombers hit a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families, killing 72 people. Another 20 people were killed elsewhere in Iraq that day.
In Thursday’s attack, police said the attackers put the explosives in a refrigeration truck so that it fit in with other vehicles delivering supplies to the market, the main center for produce and food sales in Baghdad. The bomb was detonated shortly after dawn.

Hassan Hamid said he was driving his minibus near the area when the force of the blast threw his vehicle about 10 metres away and onto the sidewalk.

“This is the strongest explosion I’ve ever seen in my life,” said the 37-year-old father of three, speaking from his hospital bed where he was treated for shrapnel wounds. “I saw some cars were thrown into the sky and a fire erupted all over the place.”

Ambulances and private cars ferried the wounded to hospitals. Long after the explosion, emergency vehicles remained at the scene, where firefighters doused the smoldering ruins.

Two police officers and four hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures of 67 dead and 152 wounded. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
The market is especially crowded on Thursdays because shoppers from other provinces stock up on food for the weekend, one of the officers said.

In a message posted on an IS-affiliated Twitter account, ISIS said it detonated the truck bomb in order to have the “rejectionists (Shias) experience the same harm as their bombardments cause to our Muslim people.” The Sunni militant group, which seeks to establish a “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, views Shia Muslims, as well as other religious minorities, as apostates.
Parliament’s security committee denounced the bombing, saying it “shows the ugliness and brutality” of the attackers.

Shia lawmaker Hakim al-Zamili, who heads the committee, reiterated demands for a security review and for improving Iraq’s intelligence services.

World leaders condemn attack

Al-Zamili also urged forming neighbourhood groups that would keep Iraqi forces updated on the local situation, and he called for the firing of security officials whose failures may have led to the Sadr City attack, saying this was their “last warning.”

Gyorgy Busztin, the acting chief of the U.N. mission in Iraq, called Thursday’s attack “heinous and cowardly.”

French President Francois Hollande also condemned the attack and said he spoke with al-Abadi by telephone to express his support.

Sadr City, previously known as Saddam City before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, is home to some three million, with most of them Shia Muslims. The district saw some of the worst fighting in the early days of the war. In 2004, coalition troops engaged in bloody battles in Sadr City and elsewhere with members of the Mahdi Army — fighters loyal to radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.

ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing Monday at a marketplace in Baquba, the capital of eastern Diyala province, that killed 34. The militants also targeted a market in Diyala last month, killing more than 115 people in one of the worst-single attacks to tear through the country in a decade.

The Iraqi military launched a large-scale operation last month to retake the western province of Anbar from the extremists.

A U.S.-led coalition has been bolstering Iraqi troops in their efforts to claw back territory from the militants for the past year. But while security forces successfully managed to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit in April, operations elsewhere have stalled as government-backed forces struggle to dislodge the extremists from Iraq’s biggest Sunni strongholds.

with files from Reuters
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A Premonition Of The Upcoming Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

  

Small Earthquake Rattles Bernardsville, New Jersey

BERNARDSVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A small earthquake rattled parts of central New Jersey and its residents early Friday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-2.7 quake hit around 3:41 a.m., roughly 2 miles north of Bernardsville at a depth of 31/2 miles.

Initially the quake was rated at magnitude-2.5.

USGS geophysicist Zachary Reeves says 78 people reported feeling it. Officials in neighboring Morris County said they also got calls from people in Morristown, Randolph and other areas, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported.

Danielle Carlson and her husband had no idea at first an earthquake woke them up when it hit Bernardsville, Grymes reported.

“In the middle of the night we both looked at each other and said what the heck was that?,”Carlson said.

“Kind of just like a thunder clap, like a rumble. I woke up because the windows were shaking,” resident Tom Wood told Grymes.

“As my wife and I were having coffee this morning, I said ‘I think I felt it.’ She slept through it,” resident Matt Shermna told Grymes.

Reeves says such small earthquakes usually don’t cause damage, but people will usually feel a little bit of shaking on higher floors.

“No reports of damage, however about an hour later we did have a transformer fire, but we don’t know if that was related to the earthquake or not,” said Bernardsville Police Lt. John Gardner.
Jersey Central Power & Light says the issue knocked out power to about 40 customers this morning. As for the earthquake, local barber Art Leardi said he is glad it wasn’t worse.

“I went around I checked my house I woke everybody up and everything was fine,” Leardi said.
The USGS says smaller earthquakes are felt in the region every two to three years.

The last earthquake reported in New Jersey had a magnitude of 1.9 and happened about 17 miles east-southeast of Trenton on Dec. 13, 2014.

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No More Close Nuclear Calls (Revelation 15:2)


U.S. Came Within Seconds Of Launching Nuclear Strike On Russia

According to a Gallup poll, Russia’s anti-American sentiment has reached the highest level since the end of the Cold War. In April, Moscow threatened nuclear war to drive NATO out of Baltics. Russia is concerned about NATO’s growing influence, especially in the Baltic states like Estonia. The U.S. is deploying heavy military equipment in Estonia to counter any Russian aggression.

The precursor to World War 3

Western policymakers fear that Russia could do the same thing in Estonia that it did in eastern Ukraine last year. Estonia, though a NATO member, has a large Russian minority served by Russian state media. If things in Estonia escalate, it could spiral out into a full-fledged World War 3. Javier Zarracina of Vox has illustrated all the possibilities, the decisions that Russia and the U.S. might make, and where these decisions would take the world.

If Moscow stirs up ethnic Russian minority in Estonia, NATO will have two options: either deploy military muscle to deter Russian invasion or stay calm. In either case, there is possibility that the pro-Russian protests would dissipate, leading to peace. But what if Russia warns of impending genocide? Clashes may lead to more violence. The pro-Russian minority could take over the city of Narva.

NATO will be treaty-bound to protect Estonia’s sovereignty and retake Narva. The violence could escalate into an open conflict. In that case, Germany may veto any NATO action due to fear of World War 3. Inability to protect its member states would dissolve NATO. Earlier this year, the U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges said Russia wanted to destroy NATO, not by attacking it, but by splintering it.

NATO may eventually invade Russia

The end of NATO alliance will allow Russia to dominate Eastern Europe once again. But the United States, arguably the most powerful member of NATO, is not going to give in to Russians. And Russian President Vladimir Putin has proved that he is not the one to back off. Putin revealed in March that Russia was fully prepared to use nuclear weapons against any country that came in its way of annexing Crimea.

So, Russia could overtly invade and seize Estonia even before the U.S. troops arrive in sufficient numbers to defend it. Such a move could trigger a direct war between NATO and Russia. Sensing the Western military alliance’s conventional superiority, Moscow may attack NATO from within Russia. In response, NATO may invade Russia. And then Moscow may deploy tactical nuclear weapons. What’s next? World War 3. It may turn into a full-blown nuclear war with destructive consequences.

Antichrist Threatens Us General (Revelation 13:11)

 

Baku-APA. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has strongly condemned a top US military commander over his remarks on the possibility of the disintegration of Iraq, APA reports quoting Press TV.

The remark by US Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno was “an irresponsible statement and reflects an ignorance of the Iraqi reality,” Abadi’s media office said on Thursday.

Abadi’s condemnation came after Odierno said on Wednesday that partitioning the countryis something that could happen” and “might be the only solution.”

Some lawmakers in the US Congress have been pushing for the division of Iraq through a controversial bill.

The draft of the US annual defense bill, which was released in April by the House Armed Services Committee, called on the US government to recognize separate Kurdish and Sunni states and provide them with at least 25 percent of the USD 715-million aid money allegedly planned to be given to the Iraqi government to help it fight the Daesh terrorist group.

The draft bill also stipulates the figure could even amount to 60 percent of the money, about USD 429 million.

The bill mandates that “the Kurdish Peshmerga, the Sunni tribal security forces with a national security mission, and the Iraqi Sunni National Guard be deemed a country,” adding that doing so “would allow these security forces to directly receive assistance from the United States.”

Iraqi politicians and clerics are opposed to the idea, saying only the Iraqi people can decide the future of their country.

In May, Abadi denounced the bill in a phone conversation with US Vice President Joe Biden, saying he is opposed to such a plan which is aimed at weakening the unity of Iraq.

The influential Iraqi Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has warned against the bill, saying that if it is passed, Iraq will no longer be a safe place for the US, and its interests will become the target of attacks by the Iraqis who will never accept the “division of their country.”