History Expects the Sixth Seal in NYC (Revelation 6:12)

According to the New York Daily News, Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.

A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884.

Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published.

He adds: “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

“I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes.

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale. (ANI)

The Most Dangerous Nuclear Horn Presently is Pakistan

Mattis says the number one most dangerous country in the world is Pakistan

Ellen Ioanes

While the world has its fair share of hot spots, from Afghanistan to Venezuela to Yemen, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that Pakistan topped his list of most dangerous countries at an event in New York on Tuesday.

“Of all the countries I’ve known, I consider Pakistan to be the most dangerous,” Mattis wrote in his latest book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.”

“This is a much worse problem, I think, than anyone is writing about today,” he said.

Mattis’s career took him to Afghanistan, which shares a porous border with Pakistan. In his book, he writes that Pakistan “views all geopolitics through the prism of its hostility toward India,” which has shaped its policy in Afghanistan to the detriment of Afghanis and the rest of the world. Many detractors, however, say Pakistan has provided safe haven to members of the Afghan Taliban, and it also harbored al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and has provided material support to al-Qaeda.

Read more: Here’s what life is like on the border between India and Pakistan, one of the world’s most disputed regions

Pakistan has its own share of extremist groups, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which aims to overthrow the Pakistani government and establish a caliphate.

“We can’t have the fastest-growing nuclear arsenal in the world falling into the hands of the terrorists breeding in their midst,” Mattis writes in “Call Sign Chaos.”

“So when you take the radicalization of society, and you add to it the fastest-growing nuclear arsenal, I think, in the world, you see why one of the points I would make that we need to focus on right now is arms control and non-proliferation efforts,” he said.

Former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morrell expressed the same concerns to Axios last year, saying “This anti-state jihadist extremism is growing in Pakistan, creating the nightmare society down the road — an extremist government in Islamabad with nuclear weapons.”

While US President Donald Trump recently hosted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, “It’s a very twisted relationship” between Pakistan and the US, Mattis said.

Under the Trump administration, the US has relied on Pakistan to keep withdrawal talks in Afghanistan going, NPR reports, but also pulled millions of dollars in military funding and accused Pakistan of harboring terrorists, further eroding the relationship between the two countries.

Israel Prepares For War Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Yamina Party leader and former justice minister Ayelet Shaked speaks at a press conference in Efrat in the West Bank, July 22, 2019. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Shaked: Israel must launch massive military operation in the Gaza Strip

Yamina Party leader Ayelet Shaked says Israel must evacuate Gaza border towns for “maximum flexibility” and then “change the situation on the ground” in the coastal enclave.

(September 3, 2019 / JNS)

Israel must undertake a large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip, Yamina Party leader Ayelet Shaked said on Monday.

Speaking at an election event in Beit Shemesh, the former justice minister told the audience that Israel should not be tolerating the missiles, and incendiary kites and balloons, being launched from Gaza or the violent weekly Friday demonstrations along the Gaza border.

“We must choose the time that is best for us, evacuate the Israeli citizens who live in towns along the Gaza [border] to give us maximum flexibility, and we must uproot the terror from within Gaza,” she said.

She pointed to two examples that should serve as the basis for the proposed military operation. The first was Israel’s 2002 “Operation Defensive Shield,” which aimed to uproot Palestinian terrorist cells in the West Bank; the second was Syria.

“Israel acts to make sure that Iran does not establish itself and a base for terror against Israel in Syria,” said Shaked. “We act every time we see them beginning to take root in Syria,” and “must change the situation on the ground in Gaza so that we can do the same thing there as well.”

Palestinians Trampled Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Palestinian medics carry an injured man after Israel attacked protesters during the Great March of Return in Gaza on 14 June 2019 [Mohammad Asad/Middle East Monitor]

1,000 Palestinians shot by Israel in Gaza have ‘severe bone infections’

September 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

More than 1,000 Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip “are suffering from severe bone infections developed in the aftermath of being shot by the Israeli army”, according to a new update by global medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

MSF said it is “dealing with immense challenges” treating those shot by Israeli forces during protests in the Gaza Strip, including bone infections that add “to the already complicated path to recovery that these injured people must tread”.

More than 7,400 Palestinians have been injured by live ammunition during the protests, MSF stated, “with around half suffering from open fractures, where the bone is broken near the wound”.

“Gunshot wounds by their very nature are prone to infection,” MSF said.

With injuries such as those in Gaza, where the wounds are huge, bones are splintered, and treatment is difficult, many wounds stay open long after the injury, meaning the risk of infection is drastically higher.

Aulio Castillo, MSF’s Medical Team Leader in Gaza, explained that for many of their patients who have been shot, “the severity and complexity of their wounds – combined with the severe shortage of treatments for them in Gaza – means they have now developed chronic infections.”

Treating these infections is made all the more difficult because of “a health system reeling from the effects of more than a decade of Israeli blockade, Palestinian political in-fighting and Egyptian restrictions on movement,” MSF stated.

“We have worked with the Ministry of Health to upgrade a laboratory so that it can analyse bone samples, a crucial part of diagnosing correctly these bone infections and knowing which antibiotics will work,” said Castillo.

According to MSF, this is “the first laboratory able to analyse bone samples in Gaza,” since “previously, each sample had to be sent to labs in Israel for testing”.

Iran Shows Its True Intent (Daniel 8:4)

The Arak nuclear plant, an Iranian 40-megawatt (thermal) heavy-water reactor. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Report: Iran stonewalling IAEA on secret nuclear facility

Tehran is refusing to answer the nuclear agency’s questions regarding a secret site in Tehran first exposed by Israel, according to “The Wall Street Journal.”

(September 3, 2019 / JNS)

Iran has refused to answer International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) questions regarding its nuclear stockpiles for the first time since IAEA oversight went into effect in the country in 2016, wrote The Wall Street Journal.

According to unnamed diplomats quoted in the report, Iran has not responded to requests for clarification regarding the alleged rebuilding of a dismantled site in Tehran that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed is being used to resume nuclear activity using materials Iran had previously developed.

Netanyahu first raised the allegations in April 2018 in a dramatic, televised reveal of a huge collection of secret documents smuggled out of Tehran by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, which purported to detail Iran’s military nuclear program.

The documents detailed a secret Iranian nuclear program called “Project Amad” that ran from 1999 to 2003, the goal of which was to create five 10-kiloton-yield warheads for integration into a ballistic missile. Iran denied the existence of such a program when it agreed to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, also called the Iran nuclear deal.

News of Iran’s noncompliance with the IAEA casts further doubts on the future of the JCPOA, from which the United States withdrew in 2018.

The Iran and Iraq Horns Promise to Kill US Troops

Following the August 20 attack on PMU’s Balad air force base. Source: Almaalomah.com, August 20, 2019)

Iraqi Shi’ite Militias: U.S. Is To Blame For Attacks On Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi (PMU) Positions; U.S. Interests In Iraq Are Within Range Of Our Weapons

N. Mozes

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI’s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here.

In recent weeks, there have been a series of attacks in Iraq on operatives, positions, and weapons depots of Iran-backed Iraqi Shi’ite militias. These have included a July 19, 2019 attack on the Al-Shuhada base in the Amerli region, some 100 km from the Iranian border, in which 30 people were killed, and an August 25 attack, apparently aerial, on a convoy of the Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi (Popular Mobilization Units, PMU) militia’s 45th Brigade in the Al-Qaim region near the Syrian border, in which at least two people were killed. One of those killed was the brigade’s logistical support chief, Kazem ‘Ali Muhsen, aka Abu ‘Ali Al-Dabi.

Militia officials are blaming the U.S. and Israel for the attacks and have threatened to respond forcefully, including against the U.S. Embassy and consulates and other U.S. interests in the country. Demonstrating the seriousness of this threat, militias have reported in the past few days that they are firing at suspicious drones flying over their positions.

Further, the Qom, Iran-based Iraqi Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Kazem Hosseini Haeri issued a fatwa prohibiting any further U.S. presence in Iraq, and stating that the only option is “resistance, defense, and confronting the enemy.” He added he would take up arms himself were he capable of doing so.

It appears that the Iraqi government is seeking to prevent an escalation on its soil and to balance its relations with Iran and the militias it backs against its relations with the U.S. Thus, it has announced that it will act through diplomatic channels to prevent more attacks, and that its armed forces are ready to respond to them if they do occur. At the same time, messages were conveyed to the militias to rein in their reactions to attacks. For example, an announcement released following a meeting among Iraqi President Barham Salih, Prime Minister ‘Adel ‘Abd Al-Mahdi, and parliamentary speaker Muhammad Al-Halbousi called the August 25 attack on the PMU’s 45th Brigade convoy “aggression against Iraqi sovereignty” and referred to those killed as “Iraqi martyrs,” but added, “The state’s source of authority” – that is, the Iraqi government – “must be respected,” and that circumventing it caused “harm to the national interest and the law.” Likewise, it stressed that “we must not be drawn into the policy of [either] the [Iranian or the Western] axis, and we must resist turning Iraq into an arena of war and prevent a situation in which Iraq becomes a base for attacking its neighbors.”[1]

Prime Minister ‘Abd Al-Mahdi announced on August 27, at the conclusion of a government meeting, that Iraq was ready to respond with determination and using all means at its disposal to any aggression originating either within or outside of Iraq, and that Iraqi armed forces were on high alert “to defend Iraq, its citizens, and the state, and all diplomatic representations operating in it”[2] – possibly referring to the Shi’ite militias’ threat to harm U.S. representations.

This government policy prompted criticism from militia officials and militia representatives in the Iraqi parliament; they said that the Iraqi government was not doing enough to deter the U.S. and Israel from attacking them and threatened widespread protests in the country.

Clear evidence of the tension between the Iraqi government and the Shi’ite militias that are part of the PMU, which by law is subordinate to the government, can be found in a dispute that erupted between PMU chief Falih Fahad Al-Fayyad and his deputy Abu-Mahdi Al-Muhandis. When the latter blamed the U.S. for the attack on the PMU, Al-Fayyad, who is also national security advisor to the prime minister and was appointed PMU chief by the government, said that Al-Muhandis’ statements do not represent the PMU’s position.

This report will review reactions in the Shi’ite militias and their supporters to these events:

Deputy PMU Chief: U.S. Forces Are To Blame For What Happened; We Will Down Aircraft Circling Above Our Bases

On August 21, one day after an attack on the PMU’s Balad air force base in Salah province, PMU deputy commander Al-Muhandis, as noted, blamed the U.S. for the attack and threatened to fire upon any foreign aircraft  circling over PMU bases. He stated: “We have accurate information that the Americans have in the past year sent four Israeli drones into Iraq via Azerbaijan to operate as part of the U.S. forces, in order to carry out sorties against Iraqi Army positions. We have information, maps, and lists of all the types of American aircraft that have taken off, when they have landed, and how many hours they spent in Iraqi skies.

“Recently they conducted surveillance against our positions, instead of against the Islamic State [ISIS], and collected information about PMU brigades, weapons depots, and equipment… The American forces are the main culprits in what is happening… Our only option is to defend ourselves and our positions by using the weapons now [in our possession] and advanced weaponry… We see every foreign aircraft circling above our positions without Iraqi government authorization as enemy aircraft, and we will use all means of deterrence to prevent strikes on our positions.”[3]

Al-Muhandis’ announcement appears to have stirred resentment in Prime Minister Al-Mahdi, since by law the PMU is under his control, and he fears an escalation of tensions and damage to Iraq-U.S. relations. PMU chief Al-Fayyad hastened to clarify that the statements “attributed to the PMU deputy chief… do not represent the PMU’s official position. It is the armed forces’ commander in chief [i.e. the prime minister] or his proxy who express the official position of the Iraqi government and its armed forces.”[4]

Hizbullah Brigades: All U.S. “Fortresses” In Iraq “Are Within Range Of Our Missiles”

Despite PMU head Al-Fayyad’s announcement, deputy head Al-Muhandis is supported by many PMU-member Shi’ite militias, which brings into question the Iraqi government’s ability to enforce its authority over these militias. An August 22, 2019 Hizbullah Brigade announcement stated: “We blame the Americans for the attack on the Iraqi military positions, and we know that they are planning more attacks, either direct attacks or by encouraging the Zionists to carry them out… It is not out of the question that they are planning to assassinate fighters and strike national figures, even holy sites…”

Threatening retaliation against U.S. interests in Iraq in the event of any further attack, the announcement continued: “We address a final warning to the American enemy: Any new strike on any Iraqi position will be met with a firm and harsh response, giving you a taste of cruel and sudden death. Your fortresses will not protect you, because they are all within range of our missiles… We keep our word and do what we say we will do. Be assured that if a clash begins, it will end only with your final expulsion from the region, and you will know what price you will pay.”[5]

Hizbullah Brigades’ emblem

Hizbullah Brigades spokesman Muhammad Muhyi called on the U.S. to take this warning seriously, “because there will be a genuine, determined, and harsh response to any future U.S.- or Israel-backed attack on any security forces’ position. The U.S. is to blame, and it will bear the responsibility for what will follow… The fight will continue until it reaches its final stage, that will lead those involved in idiotic deeds to a direct conflict that will [in turn] lead… to the final battle that will end in the eradication of Israel.“[6] He added that the recent attacks were planned in advance and were carried out following U.S. or Israeli drone surveillance.[7]

Siding with PMU deputy leader Al-Muhandis, PMU official Hadi Al-Jazaeri stated that the PMU factions’ response to any future attack would be as described by Al-Muhandis, “because he is the true PMU leadership.” He reiterated that any aircraft flying over PMU positions without Iraqi government authorization would be considered hostile.[8]

Vehicle destroyed in August 25 attack on PMU’s 45th Brigade convoy in Al-Qaim (Source: Almaalomah.com, August 25, 2019)

Muhammad Mahdi Al-Bayati, chief of the Badr organization’s northern sector, criticized the Iraqi government and called on it to “take a bold stand in light of the Zionist attacks on PMU positions and commanders.” He warned: “The government’s silence will push the masses opposing the foreign presence into the streets, in large protest demonstrations, to compel Prime Minister ‘Adel ‘Abd Al-Mahdi and parliament to expel the American forces from the country.”[9]

Firing At Drones Circling Above PMU Positions

In recent days, the militias have actualized their threat to fire on drones flying over PMU positions. On August 23, it was reported that shots were fired at a drone above the PMU’s 12th Brigade’s position in the Baghdad region. According to the report, the drone was “forced to leave before completing its mission.”[10]

On August 25, it was reported that a drone was downed near the PMU’s 50th Brigade base in Nineveh.[11]

Militias’ Parliamentary Representative: We Can Expel U.S. Forces By Diplomatic And Military Means

Similar threats were expressed by Iraqi MPs representing the Shi’ite militias. Hassan Salem, MP from the Sadiqoun faction and senior official in the ‘Asaeb Ahl Al-Haq movement, which is designated a Foreign Terror Organization by the U.S., pointed at the U.S.-Israel connection and called for closing the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and ending the U.S. military presence in Iraq. He said:

“The Zionist entity has an embassy within the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and it has a security-intelligence-espionage arm that carries out various missions, including assassinations, explosions, and bomb placement… There will be no security in Iraq without the closure of this Embassy, that is in essence two embassies, not one… There is no option but to end the American coalition’s presence, which is the main reason for the infiltration of Iraqi airspace.”[12]

On another occasion, Salem said: “Iraq can expel the American forces by both military and political means. We will begin to act within parliament but if we do not succeed at this for any reason then we will turn to the armed option that Washington knows so well. The Iraqi government’s silence is unwarranted, and perhaps even increases the Israeli attacks. We in the resistance factions have both a political and military option, and we have the armed capability to strike at American interests in the country.”[13]

The Al-Fath Coalition, which is headed by Hadi Al-‘Amari, announced following the August 25 attack on the PMU convoy: “We reserve the right to react to these Zionist attacks, and lay full blame for this aggression on the international coalition, particularly the U.S. This is a declaration of war on Iraq… There is no need for an American presence [here]…”[14]

Qom, Iran-Based Iraqi Shi’ite Cleric: Continue The Resistance, Expel All U.S. Forces From Iraq

The militias’ threats to respond to additional attacks on them were supported by Qom, Iran-based Iraqi Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Kazem Hosseini Haeri. On August 22, 2019, he called for responding to the aggression and acting to expel the U.S. forces from Iraq in an announcement to Shi’ite militia fighters, stating:

“…I have been informed of the recurring attacks on your bases and weapons depots in recent days by foreign hostile aircraft that, according to the results of an investigation by my sons [i.e. the Shi’ite militias], have turned out to be Zionist, and supported by the American forces in the region… We, like others, know that the American politicians are not blessed with the necessary courage and capability to learn their lesson from their defeats in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, and Palestine, where they lost billions [of dollars’ worth] of their country’s resources and spilled the blood of their own citizens in failed adventures and perverse schemes in the Islamic world and the rest of the world. [Therefore they came] to the point where they recruited their agents and their bases in the region and in the world to attack Al-Qaeda and the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

“Today we see that they are investing most of their efforts in sitting down with some of these entities and directly negotiating with them in order to leave with an agreed-upon plan. Who among us does not know, for example, that [deposed Iraqi president] Saddam [Hussein] was one of their perversities, and they were forced in the end to bring him down, at great cost, and that the ISIS project is [also] directed by them and that they even openly transported its [i.e. ISIS’s] leaders from the battlefield in their [i.e. the Americans’] helicopters after they lost the confrontation with our sons from the brave [Iraqi] armed forces. This was after they [i.e. the Americans] had spent huge amounts and made tremendous efforts to establish it [ISIS]…

“In the clash with our sons in the sacred PMU,  the U.S. is taking advantage of the permission [to operate given it by the Iraqi] government to carry out aerial intelligence operations in the country, and [is also taking advantage of] the senior [Iraqi] officials’ decision to disregard the attack on the country’s sovereignty and airspace…

“In this context, I say clearly and out of religious responsibility that no U.S. military force or its ilk must be left remaining, on any pretext whatsoever – whether it be for training, advisory, or military purposes, or for fighting the terrorism  that it trained … Our devoted men in the armed forces must continue their honorable and legitimate defense of Islam and of the state and its honor in the face of any aggression against its territory or airspace or the positions of its brave forces. Oh my sons, you have but one choice: [to continue your] resistance, defense, and clashing with the enemy that is so lowly and defeated that the tyrant Trump could not enter your land openly.[15] If I were only capable… of taking up arms, I would do so and fight in your ranks…”[16]

Excerpt from Haeri’s announcement (Source:Alhaeri.org, August 22, 2019)

Following Grand Ayatollah Haeri’s Announcement, Shi’ite Militias Declare: All U.S. Embassies, Consulates, And Positions In Iraq Are Within Range Of The Resistance

Shi’ite militia members treated Grand Ayatollah Haeri’s announcement like a fatwa, and called for implementing it. ‘Asaeb Ahl Al-Haq senior official and MP Hassan Salem said: “Following Kazem Hosseini Haeri’s announcement, we must act to expel the American forces from the homeland. The Iraqi government must announce to the American forces that they have a short time to clear out their equipment and withdraw their troops, and that afterwards they – their embassies, consulates, and all their positions – will be within range of the sons of the Islamic resistance. Their excuses will no longer be accepted. We want no training, support, or transfer of knowhow.”[17]

Nasr Al-Shamari, assistant secretary-general of the Al-Nujaba militia, designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, said: “The Iraqi resistance is present and will carry out its job and role as long as necessary. We now have a clear fatwa by the religious authority [Haeri] regarding the continued presence of the American forces in Iraq, and we will act to implement it by every political and military [means] at our disposal. It is the Americans who imposed the terms of the new confrontation after the attack on the PMU positions and depots. We are committed to defending ourselves.”[18]

On August 27, a Shi’ite group called Jund Al-Imam Al-Hujja[19] posted a two-minute video in which a masked fighter threatens to implement the fatwa regarding the U.S. interests in Iraq, saying: “We heed the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Kazem Haeri, who called to strike the forces of the American occupation… Let Trump know that [America’s] sites, bases, and interests – both military and civilian – are legitimate targets, at the mercy of the weapons of our mujahideen, who, with Allah’s help, will bring Hell upon them and shake the ground beneath them. We will not rest until we drive out every last soldier of the infidel occupation.”[20]

To view a MEMRI TV clip of this video, click below:

* N. Mozes is a Research Fellow at MEMRI.

 

[1] Almaalomah.com, August 26, 2019.

[2] Almaalomah.com, August 27, 2019.

[3] Central-media.org, August 21, 2019.

[4] Iraqnewspaper.net, August 21, 2019.

[5] Kataibhezbollah.com, August 22, 2019.

[6] Alahednews.com.lb, August 23, 2019.

[7] Alansaar.net, August 24, 2019.

[8] Almaalomah.com, August 25, 2019.

[9] Almaalomah.com, August 26, 2019.

[10] Almayadeen.net, August 23, 2019.

[11] Aalansaar.net, August 25, 2019.

[12] Alansaar.net, August 22, 2019.

[13] Alansaar.net, August 26, 2019.

[14] Almaalomah.com, August 25, 2019.

[15] This apparently refers to U.S. President Donald Trump’s December 26, 2018 visit to American troops at the Ain Al-Assad military base in Iraq, which was publically announced only after it took place.

[16] Alhaeri.org, August 22, 2019.

[17] Almaalomah.com, August 24, 2019.

[18] Baghdadtoday.news, August 24, 2019.

[19] According to its Facebook page, the group was founded in April 2018 to fight “the American occupation in Iraq” (page was accessed on August 28, 2019, is now defunct). So far there have been no reports of the group’s activity and it is unclear whether it is part of the PMU.

[20] Youtube.com/watch?v=7b-hH3y3ooY, August 27, 2019.

The True Threat of the Iranian Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8)

In this April 9, 2018 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark “National Nuclear Day,” in Tehran, Iran. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

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