Iraq Stands by the Iranian Horn (Daniel 8)

“I did not say we would abide by the sanctions“ (Image: GETTY )

Iran news: Iraq DEFIES Trump as country announces it may IGNORE US sanctions against Iran

James Bickerton

| UPDATED: 03:29, Tue, Aug 14, 2018

IRAQI Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has dramatically refused to say that Iraq will honour new US sanctions on Iran, despite saying last week that it would.

Speaking at a news conference in Baghdad, Mr al-Abadi said: “I did not say we would abide by the sanctions.

“I said we abide by not using dollars in transactions.

“We have no other choice.”

Asked whether Iraq will halt imports of equipment and commodities from Iranian state-owned companies, he said: “We honestly have not made any decision regarding this issue until now.”

However just last week Mr al-Abadi suggested Iraq would abide by the sanctions, despite disagreeing with them.

He explained: “Can I, the Prime Minister of Iraq, endanger the interests of Iraq just to make a stand?

“We don’t sympathise with the sanctions, we don’t think they are appropriate, but we are committed to protect our people.”

Mr al-Abadi had been due to visit Iran for an official visit later this month, but the visit was abruptly cancelled by the Iranian government.

“Can I, the Prime Minister of Iraq, endanger the interests of Iraq just to make a stand?“ (Image: GETTY)

According to a senior Iraqi official this was in direct response to Mr al-Abadi’s earlier suggestion that Iraq would obey US sanctions.

US President Donald Trump announced the US was pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal in May.

The accord was designed to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

The US leader claimed Iran wasn’t honouring the spirit of the deal and was continuing to back terror groups across the Middle East.

This move was condemned by other signatories of the deal, with the UK, France and Germany issuing a joint statement expressing “regret and concern”.

The US has since reinstated sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation, with one round being reapplied earlier this month, while a second will come into effect in November.

US President Donald Trump announced the US was pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal in May (Image: GETTY )

The US has warned that it will restrict trade with any country which ignores the sanctions.

President Trump Tweeted: “Anyone doing business with Iran will not be doing business with the United States.”

The Sixth Seal Is Past Due (Revelation 6:12)

New York City is Past Due for an Earthquake

by Jessica Dailey, 03/22/11

filed under: News

New York City may appear to be an unlikely place for a major earthquake, but according to history, we’re past due for a serious shake. Seismologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say that about once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks the Big Apple. The last one was a 5.3 tremor that hit in 1884 — no one was killed, but buildings were damaged.

Any tremor above a 6.0 magnitude can be catastrophic, but it is extremely unlikely that New York would ever experience a quake like the recent 8.9 earthquake in Japan. A study by the Earth Observatory found that a 6.0 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and a 7.0 magnitude hits about every 3,400 years.

There are several fault lines in New York’s metro area, including one along 125th Street, which may have caused two small tremors in 1981 and a 5.2 magnitude quake in 1737. There is also a fault line on Dyckman Street in Inwood, and another in Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. The New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation rates the chance of an earthquake hitting the city as moderate.

John Armbruster, a seismologist at the Earth Observatory, said that if a 5.0 magnitude quake struck New York today, it would result in hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars in damages. The city’s skyscrapers would not collapse, but older brick buildings and chimneys would topple, likely resulting in casualities.

The Earth Observatory is expanding its studies of potential earthquake damage to the city. They currently have six seismometers at different landmarks throughout the five boroughs, and this summer, they plan to place one at the arch in Washington Square Park and another in Bryant Park.

Won-Young Kim, who works alongside Armbuster, says his biggest concern is that we can’t predict when an earthquake might hit. “It can happen anytime soon,” Kim told the Metro. If it happened tomorrow, he added, “I would not be surprised. We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where.”

Armbuster voiced similar concerns to the Daily News. “Will there be one in my lifetime or your lifetime? I don’t know,” he said. “But this is the longest period we’ve gone without one.”

Via Metro and NY Daily News

Images © Ed Yourdon

Parliament Tries in Vain to Stop the Antichrist

Iraqi political parties appeal election recount results

Lawmakers have three days to submit their complaints to the electoral commission

Mina Aldroubi

Ballot boxes are seen after a fire at a storage site in Baghdad, housing the boxes from Iraq’s May parliamentary election, Iraq June 10, 2018. Reuters

Iraqi political parties on Sunday appealed the results of a nationwide election recount, citing corruption and a lack of confidence in government institutions.

Complaints of fraud and vote rigging prompted a nationwide recount that showed almost no difference from the initial tally. Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Al Sadr retained his victory, after his Sairoon (marching forward) bloc kept all of its 54 seats. The cleric is now in a dominant position to form the country’s next government.

The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced Sunday that political parties have three days to appeal the results.

The results will then be ratified by the Supreme Court. Once that is done, the current president, Fuad Masum, has three months to convene parliament to elect a new prime minister, president and speaker and then to form a cabinet.

Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi’s National Alliance bloc described the outcome of the recount as „another disappointment“.

„We are calling for the cancellation of the results, we were the first to call for a boycott because there were clear violations of voter fraud that can no longer be hidden,“ the bloc’s spokesman told The National.

In June, parliament had ordered the manual recount in response to concerns about the voting system, which used machines to read ballots digitally linked to each voter’s ID registration card and fingerprint.

Various lawmakers and voters complained of machines breaking down and alleged wide-scale fraud in the initial election results, which triggered protests calling for the recount. Yet, the results remained the same in 13 of the country’s 18 provinces.

The IHEC’s leadership was suspended and replaced with a panel of judges to monitor the process.

The judges then announced that a recount of ballots would „only be carried out in areas where there were complaints of corruption and ballot stuffing“. This included several overseas voting posts and local electoral offices in seven provinces: Kirkuk, Sulaymaniyah, Erbil, Dohuk, Nineveh, Salahuddin and Anbar.

The results of the recount results were „absurd,“ Arshad Al Salehi, head of the Turkmen Front in Kirkuk, told The National.

„There was clear evidence that ballot stuffing took place in Kirkuk. The issue is politicised and those counting had a hidden agenda, it will create further instability to the country,“ the lawmaker said.

Although Mr Al Salhi gained four seats in parliament, the lawmaker is adamant that May’s elections were rigged.

„We will appeal the results, we were counting on the judges appointment by the government to ensure that the recount would have been conducted in a fair and accurate way,“ he said.

Hoshyar Omar Ali, head of diplomatic relations for the Gorran Movement in Kurdistan, told The National that the recount results are going to create instability across the country.

“This is a cover-up of the massive fraud that happened in May’s elections, it was a disaster by all measures. We will appeal the final results,” Mr Ali said.

Also unchanged was voter turnout, which remained at 44.5 per cent, the lowest participation since the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that toppled former dictator Saddam Hussein.

„We expect a rise in instability because the election saw a low voter turnout and the results do not reflect the will of the voters,“ Mr Ali said.

The uncertainty over the election outcome has fuelled tensions at a time when public impatience is growing over a lack basic services, unemployment and the slow pace of rebuilding after a three-year war with ISIS that cost billions of dollars.

“Iraq is going to become a battleground for regional and international rivalry and the escalating tensions,” Mr Ali said.

The Rising of the Pakistani Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:8)

5 reasons why Pakistan has the potential to be one of the most powerful countries of the world – Daily Times

Geographical Perfection

Pakistan’s unique location makes it as one of the more essential paths to many key areas of the globe.

This includes Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia and China. This geographical importance leads to Pakistan being recognised by the top most nations of the world which does and can in the future too, lead to healthy relations with said nations if cooperation prevails.

Nuclear Power

Not only is Pakistan the only Muslim Country with nuclear power but also the world’s 7th largest source of it.

Its competence levels reach the point where it is capable of launching nuclear missiles on a short notice of just 10 minutes.

Diversity of weather and landscapes

Pakistan is one of the very few countries in the world, which due to its geographical location, experiences all 4 weathers throughout the year.

Not only that, but it also consists of a wide variety of topographies. Ranging from the seaside in Karachi, to the city life throughout Punjab, it goes all the way to the varied landscapes of the mountainous areas in the North.

World’s largest salt mine

Pakistan’s salt mine is not only breathtaking in the way it has been naturally structured, it is also the largest in the world.

It consists of 300 million tons of reserves, which will not be exhausted even if mined and consumed for over hundreds of years, consistently.

Agriculture

Pakistan is an agricultural country. If it puts its resources to use efficiently, it is not only self-sufficient in agricultural products like cotton, wheat and all sorts of vegetables but can also produce huge amounts of surplus for export with ease.

Russia Threatens US „Space Force“

Russia Claims to Be Developing New Aircraft that Can Disable U.S. Satellites

by Michael Peck

If Russia can in fact disable the electronics on American satellites, and the NPR does reflect U.S. policy, then turning off a satellite could be construed as an act of war sufficient to justify a nuclear response. Whether a U.S. president would in fact risk thermonuclear war over a disabled satellite is another matter. Nonetheless, Russia’s new toy could have dangerous implications.

Russia says it is developing a new aircraft that can disable the electronics on U.S. satellites.

Could this new development trigger a nuclear war?

The electronic warfare aircraft “will be capable of turning off the electronics installed on military satellites,” according to Russia’s Sputnik News . The conceptual work has been completed and design and development will begin soon.

The work is currently underway to develop an aircraft equipped with jamming systems that will replace Il-22PP Porubshchik [electronic warfare aircraft], which are currently being delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces,” an unnamed Russian defense industry source told Sputnik News. “This machine will receive a fundamentally new on-board equipment, which will allow to conduct electronic suppression of any targets—ground, air, sea—and disable enemy satellites that provide navigation and radio communication on the ground.”

Russia currently operates three electronic warfare aircraft based on the Ilyushin Il-22, according to Sputnik News. The Il-22PP versions are variants of the Il-22 (NATO code name Coot B) airborne command post, which is itself derived from the Il-18 airliner, which first flew in the 1950s.

The Il-22PP was first flown publicly in 2016. The aircraft, described as an “escort jammer” to support other aircraft, was intended to disrupt radars, surface-to-air and cruise-missile guidance systems, and tactical data networks such as Link 16.

“The problem of Porubshchik 1 is in the aircraft platform itself, as Russia has about 10 Il-22 planes and this machine cannot be reproduced,” the defense industry source told Sputnik News.

“The new aircraft will be named Porubshchik 2, but most likely, this machine will join the Aerospace Forces under a different name,” the source added. “There definitely will be a new air-frame. There is a possibility of developing such an aircraft on the basis of Tu-214 or Il-76 plane.”

None of this is particularly noteworthy. Electronic-warfare aircraft, such as the EA-18G, have become a fixture of aerial warfare since World War II. Jamming radars, missile-guidance systems and communications networks has become par for the course. For that matter, the Pentagon worries about Russian and Chinese capabilities to jam or spoof GPS links that are key to accurate navigation and targeting.

But disabling the electronics on satellites? This would seem to be a different challenge, and how Russia plans to tackle it is unclear. For example, what does it mean to “turn off” a military satellite? Convince the satellite to shut down its systems, perhaps by spoofing a command signal from ground control? Or does it mean hitting the satellite with some kind of powerful beam that fries its electronics or disrupt its systems? And how powerful a system could be mounted on what is essentially a medium-sized airliner?

However, the most interesting question isn’t about aircraft or satellites. It’s about who is willing to risk nuclear war. The Trump administration’s draft Nuclear Posture Review , released in January, suggests that America could respond with nuclear weapons to a kinetic or cyberattack on U.S. satellites. “The President will have an expanding range of limited and graduated options to credibly deter Russian nuclear or non-nuclear strategic attacks, which could now include attacks against U.S. NC3 [nuclear command, control and communications], in space and cyber space,” states the NPR.

If Russia can in fact disable the electronics on American satellites, and the NPR does reflect U.S. policy, then turning off a satellite could be construed as an act of war sufficient to justify a nuclear response. Whether a U.S. president would in fact risk thermonuclear war over a disabled satellite is another matter. Nonetheless, Russia’s new toy could have dangerous implications.

Michael Peck is a contributing writer for the National Interest. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook .