Iran Shall Respond With Fire (Daniel 8:4)

World War 3: Iran will respond with ‘HELLFIRE’ to Israeli attacks in Lebanon and Gaza

IRAN will respond to Israeli attacks in Gaza and Lebanon with “hellfire”, according to the country’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani.

By Abbie Llewelyn 02:04, Wed, Jan 30, 2019 | UPDATED: 08:09, Wed, Jan 30, 2019

Israel: Tensions with Iran ‘rapidly escalating’ warns expert

The close aide of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei branded the attacks “acts of stupidity”. He claimed his country will continue supplying proxies with high-precision missiles, according to Ynetnews. Mr Shamkhani added that the slow discovery of Hezbollah tunnels brings “shame” on Israel’s “intelligence capabilities”.

The Israeli military is attempting to expose and destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels along its border with Lebanon.

He also referred to former Israeli minister, Gonen Segev, who was found guilty of spying for Iran and will serve 11 years in prison.

The top Ayatollah ally said: “There is no greater shame to the Zionist entity, which claims to have superior intelligence capabilities, than the fact that tunnels – hundreds of kilometres long – had been dug under this entity’s nose, and the fact that one of their ministers turned into an Iranian spy.”

He added: “Iran has no scientific or operational restriction for increasing the range of its military missiles, but based on a defensive doctrine, it is continuously working on increasing the precision of the missiles.”

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani (Image: GETTY)

His comments come after a massive air attack on Iranian targets in Syria last week.

The bombardment was in response to the surface-to-surface rocket launched at Israeli territory by Iranian Quds Force.

Mr Shamkhani made the bold statement at the National Conference on Space Technologies.

He said the accuracy of missiles is working to be improved upon, but there were no plans to increase range.

A picture taken on January 21 – Syrian air defence batteries responding to alleged Iraeli missiles (Image: GETTY)

Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts rockets launched from Gaza strip

In 2015, the Iran signed a nuclear deal that restricts their right to develop nuclear weapons.

The UN Security Council resolution pinned to it asked Tehran to stop working on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

However, Iran said the call was not binding and denied that its missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The US also instructed that Iran should stop developing satellite-launching technology amid fears it could be used for nuclear weapons.

Babylon and Trump Build a Bigger Nuke

img_4133Trump Administration Reportedly Building New Nuclear Weapon To One-Up Russia

The low-yield weapon is being developed as the U.S. considers pulling out of a major arms treaty with Russia.

By Amy Russo

01/29/2019 07:34 AM E

The Trump administration has reportedly begun developing a new nuclear weapon, inching the U.S. closer to the possibility of a renewed arms race with Russia.

The low-yield weapon, called W76-2, is being built at the Pantex plant in Texas, according to NPR, which confirmed the Department of Energy’s work on the project via an email Monday. The weapon is a variation of the Navy’s submarine-launched W76-1.

The new weapon may yield from 5 kilotons to 7 kilotons, Hans Kristensen, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ nuclear information project, told NPR. That would be just under half the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, which yielded roughly 15 kilotons.

The development of the new nuke is especially significant, since President Donald Trump stated in October that he intends to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 arms-control pact made with the then-Soviet Union. The U.S has accused Moscow of breaking the agreement by using ground-launched intermediate-range missiles, which are prohibited. Russia has denied allegations of non-compliance.

A decision to suspend U.S. obligations under the treaty could arrive by this weekend, according to a White House official who spoke to Bloomberg News. A pullout, if announced, would take place over a six-month period.

The Antichrist’s “New Iraq”

It remains to be seen whether this so called ‘new Iraq’ is as post-sectarian as some academics and journalists claim.

Iraqis protest against unemployment and lack of public services in Baghdad, 27 July 2018. Picture by Ameer Al Mohammedaw/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved. Iraq arguably entered a new phase of ‘post-sectarianism’ since 2015. This was evident during the popular protests that began in the summer of 2015 and returned significantly in the summer of 2018 – when Iraqi political activism transformed from identity politics to being issue based. This showed that the protests are driven by frustration and demands for improving the poor public services and the high unemployment figures, rather than the usual politically led religious and ethnic differences. Specifically, the transition was motivated by the failure of the ethnic-sectarian political class in providing efficient public services, education, health care, security and development necessary for society. Is this enough to say that we are in an era of ‘post-sectarianism’?

What is ‘sectarian Iraq’?

Sectarian Iraq refers to post-2003 when the country fell to the US-led invasion and witnessed the installation of a political class which appoints its high-profile governmental posts and cabinet based on an ethnic-sectarian quota: a Shiite Arab Prime Minister, a Kurdish President and a Sunni Arab Speaker of Parliament, to satisfy the power determinations of the leading common political parties of the three largest communities.

The ethnic-sectarian quota-based governance in Iraq had a number of consequences throughout the years. It turned Iraq into a sectarian regional battlefield between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey when it comes to issues related to the Kurds and Turkmens. Furthermore, political parties used ethnic-sectarian differences to mobilize communities against one another, which directly harmed the Iraqi societal relations. This was mainly witnessed during the height of the sectarian conflict between 2006-2008 and during the 2014 fall of Mosul in the hands of the extremist group known as the Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Daesh.

Apart from the failure of sectarian political parties in serving their own communities, they also failed to maintain unified fronts within their own communal political circles – and that in itself exposed how these sectarian political parties were motivated by political and not sectarian interests. A common and strong reflection of that are the internal divisions within the ethnic-sectarian political fronts. A good example would be the decades old Iraqi Kurdish rivalry between the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party or even, the enmity between the former prime ministers Haider al-Abadi (2014-18) and Nouri al-Maliki (2008-14) following the Islamic Da’wa party’s breakup in 2014 when al-Maliki failed to gain an unconstitutional third term.

‘Post-sectarian Iraq’

Iraq’s post-sectarian phase could be noticed when the main attention of Iraqi politics moved from being about sectarian identity to becoming about demands and specific issues related to services and rights. There are several important incidents that must be noted when talking about the fragile post-sectarian Iraq. One such incident is the announcement by the Iraqi Army that all Iraqi cities were liberated from ISIL in 2017, and the second was the failure of the Kurdish independence referendum on September 25, 2017 and the Iraqi army’s retaking control of Kirkuk after years of Kurdish Peshmerga rule. Those two events among others provoked a sense of social hope and reconnected people to a unified and sovereign homeland. However, it should be noted that the Kurdish reaction differed towards the outcome of the referendum – as it consisted of more losses than gains. Apart from Kirkuk being the most strategic and disputed area between Erbil and Baghdad on the Kurdish issue – the Iraqi government also demanded re-control of the airports and the borders.

But it was the protests of 2018 that mark an era of a post-sectarian Iraq. The protests that began in the Southern province of Basra to then include the entire southern region until they reached the capital Baghdad in July 2018, reflected two new indicators of post-sectarianism. The first was that the protests took place in the Shiite-majority region despite the political class in Baghdad and most southern municipalities being dominated by Shiite political parties. It is crucial to note that this was different from the former protests that commonly erupted in Sunni majority provinces. The other indicator was that the protests were being driven by frustration at the government’s failure in improving the economy and in providing efficient public services such as education, health care, clean water and electricity, away from any sectarian-driven discourse.

Signs of social harmony during the protests arose when Sunni Arab tribes and Kurdish protesters also expressed cross-communal support and sympathy from across Iraq for the protests in the southern provinces as they “all suffer from the same pain of lack of basic services and entrenched corruption.”

Furthermore there was the formation of the trans-sectarian coalition Sairoon, between the nationalist Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr and non-religious parties including the Iraqi Communist Party. The coalition gained the most votes during the elections and for the first time since 2003, the Shiite Islamist Da’wa Party did not dominate the election results. Sairoon was considered the most popular and influential non-sectarian parliamentary coalition during the May 2018 elections – however, their inability to form a government or an opposition independently from any interferences from the classic ethnic-sectarian coalitions such as the Iranian-backed al-Fatah, showed how the ethnic-sectarian quota prevails and asserts its dominance.

What remains to be seen is whether this so called ‘new Iraq’ is as post-sectarian as some academics and journalists claim. The discourse has undeniably changed as we have witnessed a growing interest and attention towards issues that transcend identity politics. Nonetheless, the direct implications of a sectarian state are still significantly present in reality – ethnic-sectarian quotas remain in place, and the regional influences still drive most politicians. Most importantly, we are continuously witnessing a lack of governmental effort to improve the country’s economy and public services. While it might perhaps be too soon to speak of a new post-sectarian era, one thing is certain, that there is a new discourse that has appeared and destabilized the old sectarian reality of Iraq.

Palestinian critically wounded outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Palestinian said critically wounded amid clashes on Gaza border

Army says 1,000 Gazans riot along security fence in northern Strip, but Hamas health ministry says injured man was not taking part

By TOI staff and Judah Ari Gross

Today, 5:35 pm

A Gazan man was critically wounded from Israeli fire during a violent protest on the border in the north of the coastal enclave, Palestinians said Tuesday.

Approximately 1,000 Palestinians rioted along the northern Gaza border, across from the Israeli community of Zikim, the Israeli army said.

The demonstrators threw stones at Israeli troops on the other side of the security fence. The soldiers responded with tear gas and, in some cases, live fire, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

At sea, approximately 20 boats made their way toward the limits of the permitted fishing zone in a weekly naval protest. They were being turned back by Israeli naval vessels, the army said.

The Hamas-run health ministry said a Palestinian man, 45, was seriously injured after he was shot in the knee by Israeli security forces.

The ministry said he was working land in the northern Gaza Strip and not taking part in the protests.

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Separately, the ministry in Gaza said Samir al-Nabaheen, 47, died Tuesday from wounds he sustained during clashes Friday with Israeli forces. He was the second fatality reported by the ministry during Friday’s riots.

Since last March, the Gaza border has seen large-scale weekly clashes on Fridays, and smaller protests along the northern Gaza border on Tuesdays as well as periodic flareups between the Israeli military and Palestinian terror organizations.

Gaza is controlled by Hamas, a terror group sworn to Israel’s destruction.

The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)



Updated | An earthquake is long overdue to hit New York and America isn’t prepared, author and environmental theorist Kathryn Miles told Trevor Noah on Tuesday’s Daily Show.

Miles is the author of a new book, Quakeland, which investigates how imminently an earthquake is expected in the U.S. and how well-prepared the country is to handle it. The answer to those questions: Very soon and not very well.

“We know it will, that’s inevitable, but we don’t know when,” said Miles when asked when to expect another earthquake in the U.S.

She warned that New York is in serious danger of being the site of the next one, surprising considering that the West Coast sits along the San Andreas fault line.

“New York is 40 years overdue for a significant earthquake…Memphis, Seattle, Washington D.C.—it’s a national problem,” said Miles.

Miles told Noah that though the U.S. is “really good at responding to natural disasters,” like the rapid response to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida, the country and its government is, in fact, lagging behind in its ability to safeguard citizens before an earthquake hits.

“We’re really bad at the preparedness side,” Miles responded when Noah asked how the infrastructure in the U.S. compares to Mexico’s national warning system, for example.

“Whether it’s the literal infrastructure, like our roads and bridges, or the metaphoric infrastructure, like forecasting, prediction, early warning systems. Historically, we’ve underfunded those and as a result we’re way behind even developing nations on those fronts.”

Part of the problem, Miles says, is that President Donald Trump and his White House are not concerned with warning systems that could prevent the devastation of natural disasters.

“We can invest in an early warning system. That’s one thing we can definitely do. We can invest in better infrastructures, so that when the quake happens, the damage is less,” said the author.

“The scientists, the emergency managers, they have great plans in place. We have the technology for an early warning system, we have the technology for tsunami monitoring. But we don’t have a president that is currently interested in funding that, and that’s a problem.”

This article has been updated to reflect that Miles said New York is the possible site of an upcoming earthquake, and not the likeliest place to be next hit by one.