The Sixth Seal Will Be On The East (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes

Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances

Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2 from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

Israel Threatens Large Scale Operation Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Netanyahu Threatens Large Scale Operation Against Hamas

December 23, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his optimism over United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s retweet of a journalist’s analysis about “an Arab-Israeli alliance…taking shape in the Middle East.”

“I welcome the closer relations between Israel and many Arab states. The time has come for normalization and peace,” Netanyahu tweeted in a dual-language English-Arabic tweet.

Sheikh Abdullah’s tweet linking to an analysis in The Spectator garnered media attention on Saturday, including 1,600 retweets and over 4,000 likes. The article he linked to, written by former Tony Blair advisor and ex-council on Foreign Relations fellow Ed Husain, argued that Netanyahu’s 2018 Oman visit could be seen as a watershed moment for Israel’s traditionally difficult relations with many of its Middle Eastern neighbors.

“A new narrative is emerging in the Middle East. New maps of the Muslim mind are being drawn and old hatreds are on the run. The anti-Semitic craze to destroy Israel was powerful in the 1960s, uniting Egypt’s President Nasser with his fellow Arabs. But now, Sunni Arab neighbors are changing course,” Husain wrote.

In the article, the journalist commented on improving relations between Islam in Judaism throughout the Gulf states and elsewhere, and argued that part of the warming attitudes may be the joint feeling by leaders in both Israel and the Sunni Arab states about “the need to stand firm against Iran.”

Babylon the Great in One Hour (Revelation 17)

Nuclear-bomb simulation shows how blast would destroy 6 US cities

Aria Bendix Dec 23, 2019, 4:06 PM

An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

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• A nuclear attack on US soil would most likely target one of six cities, according to one expert: New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington, DC.

• Simulations show how each of the cities would be affected by a 15-kiloton blast – the kind detonated over Hiroshima.

• New York City would have the most fatalities. San Francisco would have the least.

It’s the disaster for which no city is prepared: A nuclear bomb strikes the US, triggering a blinding flash of light, a giant orange fireball, building-toppling shockwaves, and dangerous nuclear fallout.

“There isn’t a single jurisdiction in America that has anything approaching an adequate plan to deal with a nuclear detonation,” Irwin Redlener, a public-health expert at Columbia University who specializes in disaster preparedness, told Business Insider.

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has some simple advice for those catastrophic circumstances: Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.

But Redlener said the overall federal guidelines weren’t enough.

He thinks even the six most likely targets – New York, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC – wouldn’t be ready with a sufficient response. Those cities would be particularly at risk, he said, because they’re some of the largest and densest in the country. They’re also home to critical infrastructure like energy plants, financial hubs, government facilities, and wireless transmission systems.

To help people understand how a nuke would affect large cities around the world, the nuclear-weapons historian Alex Wellerstein created an interactive tool called NukeMap that allows users to simulate the consequences based on customizable variables. Using updated Cold War models of nuclear explosions, Wellerstein’s simulator can roughly predict the number of casualties and injuries from a nuclear bomb in a given place, big or small. The data is meant to be “evocative, not definitive,” he wrote on the simulation website, since nuclear attacks are difficult to model.

The following images created using Wellerstein’s simulation tool show how each of the six cities Redlener named would be affected by a 15-kiloton blast – the kind detonated over Hiroshima during World War II.

Wellerstein’s NukeMap tool lets you detonate a hypothetical nuclear bomb over any major city in the world.

The simulations use data from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (which is sponsored by the US Department of Energy) that shows how many people are likely to inhabit an area within a 24-hour period.

Wellerstein previously told Business Insider that his tool was meant to give people “a realistic understanding of what nuclear weapons can and can’t do.” But it comes with some limitations. The models, for instance, don’t take into account weather conditions, which can affect the altitude of a mushroom cloud.

Here’s a key to help you understand his tool:

Yellow: Fireball (590-foot radius) – Less than one-millionth of one second after a bomb exploded, it would emit a giant orange fireball filled with hot air and weapon debris. Any buildings, objects, and people caught within this radius would likely burst into flames.

Green: Radiation (0.74-mile radius) – Within at least 15 minutes of a blast, clouds of dust and sandlike radioactive particles – what’s referred to as nuclear fallout – would reach the ground. Nuclear fallout can expose people to radiation poisoning, which can damage the body’s cells and prove fatal. Wellerstein estimated that between 50 and 90% of people within this radius could die from the acute effects of radiation.

Blue-gray: Air blast (1.04-mile radius) – Air blasts are powerful enough to topple residential buildings. There would likely also be widespread injuries and fatalities within this radius.

Orange: Thermal radiation (1.18-mile radius) – People caught within this radius could experience third-degree burns, severe scarring, or disablement.

In the event of a 15-kiloton blast, 64,000 people in San Francisco could die — but that’s the smallest number of any city on this list.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Earth/Business Insider

The city could also see about 172,00 injuries – more than Houston, LA, or Washington, DC.

If a fireball were to hit the city’s Mission District, the Golden Gate Bridge would remain standing.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Maps

That blast would also miss two of the city’s iconic waterside landmarks: the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf.

If Houston were attacked, 90,000 people could die.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Earth/Business Insider

About 65,000 Houston residents could also be injured from a Hiroshima-like blast – the smallest total of injuries on this list.

The Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston would both be safe from damage if the bomb were detonated near the city’s downtown.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Maps

The Houston Zoo would likely escape air blasts as well.

In Los Angeles, 100,000 people would be killed.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Earth/Business Insider

About 151,000 people would be injured.

In the simulation below, LA’s historic center is directly within the fireball, so everyone there would likely be killed.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Maps

Since Los Angeles is a sprawling city, Beverly Hills and neighborhoods like West Hollywood would be relatively safe in this simulation.

A 15-kiloton explosion could cause 120,000 deaths in Washington, DC.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Earth/Business Insider

Nearly 169,000 people would be injured.

The Pentagon and Ronald Reagan Airport might escape thermal radiation if a bomb were detonated over the National Mall.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Maps

The air blast could be strong enough to damage the White House and Washington Monument, according to Wellerstein’s simulation.

In Chicago, a nuclear bomb could kill 151,000 people — almost as many as Houston’s and San Francisco’s death counts combined.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Earth/Business Insider

About 209,000 residents would be injured.

People at the University of Chicago and Willis Tower would be exposed to severe doses of radiation under this simulation, according to an explosion simulation above the South Loop neighborhood.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Maps

Those visiting the Cloud Gate sculpture (better known as “The Bean”) could experience third-degree burns.

A nuclear bomb dropped on New York City could kill 264,000 people — the most of any city on this list.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Earth/Business Insider

The city’s total injury count would also be harrowing: About 512,000 people would be hurt.

If the blast were to strike lower Manhattan, most of Brooklyn and Queens would be safe, but some windows there might still shatter.

Nukemap 2.65/Alex Wellerstein/Google Maps

If the fireball were centered near SoHo, as shown above, Chinatown and the area around Washington Square Park would be exposed to radiation. Parts of the Financial District would also see thermal radiation.

The Might of the Russian Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is probing for gaps in the UK’s defences, said Mr Ballantyne (Image: GETTY)

Russia nuclear threat: ‘Putin could wipe UK out with a single strike’, warns expert

RUSSIA is developing terrifying nuclear-armed submarines capable of “wiping the UK of the face of the planet in a single strike” – underlining the importance of a new generation of specialised aircraft to plug a yawning hole in UK defences”, a defence analyst has warned.

By CIARAN MCGRATH

PUBLISHED: 07:00, Sun, Dec 22, 2019

UPDATED: 10:52, Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Led by President Vladimir Putin, the Russians are constantly probing UK defences in search of gaps and weaknesses. Consequently the first of nine P8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), produced by US-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security and delivered to the RAF earlier this year – have arrived not a minute too soon, defence expert Iain Ballantyne said. He told Express.co.uk: “There has been a yawning hole in UK defences since the catastrophic coalition defence review of 2010, which discarded key military capabilities including scrapping the RAF’s entire Nimrod long-range Maritime Patrol Aircraft force.

“This meant when Russians subsequently came snooping around British waters – including trying to detect and trail Trident missile submarines – the UK Government had to call on allies such as the USA, France, Canada and Norway to help try and find those intruders.”

As a result, NATO allies have supplied the UK’s maritime air patrols since 2011, monitoring the seas around Britain for submarine intruders.

Mr Ballantyne added: “Creating a ten-year MPA gap was a cavalier and reckless act. At the same time as the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition got rid of the Nimrods, it also cut Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW) frigates while Merlin helicopters numbers also fell.

“But force levels across the Navy, including submarines, have under successive governments – including Labour – declined to a dangerous degree.

“To truly defend the UK from all manner of security threats at sea, on the surface of the sea and under it, the country needs aircraft like the Poseidon, frigates and destroyers, along with helicopters and also hunter-killer submarines.

“The Poseidon restores just one key element of those defences. Much urgent work remains to be done across the board to maintain, and boost, the UK’s maritime defences.”

Once deployed, the P8s will provide a vital role in tracking down Russian vessels, “cueing in” submarines, frigates or Merlin helicopters to launch an attack if necessary if they are unable to do so themselves.

Mr Ballantyne said their acquisition serves as a clear indication of current international tensions, especially with respect to Russia.

Russia could launch a devastating strike on the UK from a submarine (Image: GETTY)

He added: “There are some in the political and military leadership in the UK who continue to ignore the scale of the the Russia threat at sea – who do not take it seriously – but they are so wrong.

“The Kremlin is investing in certain undersea capabilities that enable it to, for example, interfere with, or even cut off, UK internet connections with the world – by severing or tapping into seabed communications cables upon which the web relies.

“The Russians are also constructing new nuclear missile submarines that could wipe the UK off the face of the planet with a single strike.

Russian submarines are probing UK defences (Image: GETTY)

The P8A Poseidon MPA (Image: GETTY)

“There are also attack submarines joining the Russian fleet that are armed with long-range missiles capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads and that’s just the offensive element of the undersea threat.

“The Russians remain determined also to probe UK defences and, if they can, to trail and expose the UK’s own Trident missile submarines.

“They aim to rip a hole in the nuclear umbrella, to humiliate and defang a key NATO power.

A factfile about Russian submarine the Pskov (Image: GETTY)

“Combined with ruthlessly pursued unconventional warfare, the submarine forces of Russia pose an existential threat to the UK.

“It’s a good idea to know where their submarines – and also submersible-carrying spy ships – are and what they are up to.

“Poseidon along with the frigates, attack submarines and ASW are essential – and we need more of them.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (Image: GETTY)

“Working with NATO allies is fine, but is it is time for the UK to pick up the challenge again of leading the ASW effort in the North Atlantic.

“There are new technologies, such as air, sea and sub-sea drones that will help, but those technologies have limitations and have yet to mature.”

Iain Ballantyne is the Editor of the monthly goal naval news magazine WARSHIPS International Fleet Review www.warshipsifr.com and also author of ‘The Deadly Trade’, which tells the story of submarine warfare from ancient times to the present and also ‘Hunter Killers’ which tells the story of the Royal Navy’s submariners in their struggle with the Russia foe during the Cold War

The Hegemony and Harshness of the Iranian Horn

Special Report: Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest – ‘Do whatever it takes to end it’

(Reuters) – After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them.

That order, confirmed by three sources close to the supreme leader’s inner circle and a fourth official, set in motion the bloodiest crackdown on protesters since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 15. The toll, provided to Reuters by three Iranian interior ministry officials, included at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police.

The toll of 1,500 is significantly higher than figures from international human rights groups and the United States. A Dec. 16 report by Amnesty International said the death toll was at least 304. The U.S. State Department, in a statement to Reuters, said it estimates that many hundreds of Iranians were killed, and has seen reports that number could be over 1,000.

The figures provided to Reuters, said two of the Iranian officials who provided them, are based on information gathered from security forces, morgues, hospitals and coroner’s offices.

The government spokesman’s office declined to comment on whether the orders came from Khamenei and on the Nov. 17 meeting. Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

What began as scattered protests over a surprise increase in gasoline prices quickly spread into one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

By Nov. 17, the second day, the unrest had reached the capital Tehran, with people calling for an end to the Islamic Republic and the downfall of its leaders. Protesters burned pictures of Khamenei and called for the return of Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of the toppled Shah of Iran, according to videos posted on social media and eye witnesses.

That evening at his official residence in a fortified compound in central Tehran, Khamenei met with senior officials, including security aides, President Hassan Rouhani and members of his cabinet.

At the meeting, described to Reuters by the three sources close to his inner circle, the 80-year-old leader, who has final say over all state matters in the country, raised his voice and expressed criticism of the handling of the unrest. He was also angered by the burning of his image and the destruction of a statue of the republic’s late founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

“The Islamic Republic is in danger. Do whatever it takes to end it. You have my order,” the supreme leader told the group, one of the sources said.

Khamenei said he would hold the assembled officials responsible for the consequences of the protests if they didn’t immediately stop them. Those who attended the meeting agreed the protesters aimed to bring down the regime.

“The enemies wanted to topple the Islamic Republic and immediate reaction was needed,” one of the sources said.

The fourth official, who was briefed on the Nov. 17 meeting, added that Khamenei made clear the demonstrations required a forceful response.

“Our Imam,” said the official, referring to Khamenei, “only answers to God. He cares about people and the Revolution. He was very firm and said those rioters should be crushed.”

Tehran’s clerical rulers have blamed “thugs” linked to the regime’s opponents in exile and the country’s main foreign foes, namely the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, for stirring up unrest. Khamenei has described the unrest as the work of a “very dangerous conspiracy.”

A Dec. 3 report on Iran’s state television confirmed that security forces had fatally shot citizens, saying “some rioters were killed in clashes.” Iran has given no official death toll and has rejected figures as “speculative.”

“The aim of our enemies was to endanger the existence of the Islamic Republic by igniting riots in Iran,” said the commander-in-chief of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, Hossein Salami, last month, according to Iranian media.

The Revolutionary Guards declined to comment for this report.

Iran’s interior minister said on Nov. 27 more than 140 government sites had been set on fire along with hundreds of banks and dozens of petrol stations, while 50 bases used by security forces were also attacked, according to remarks reported by Iran’s state news agency IRNA. The minister said up to 200,000 people took part in the unrest nationwide.

“SMELL OF GUNFIRE AND SMOKE”

For decades, Islamic Iran has tried to expand its influence across the Middle East, from Syria to Iraq and Lebanon, by investing Tehran’s political and economic capital and backing militias. But now it faces pressure at home and abroad.

In recent months, from the streets of Baghdad to Beirut, protesters have been voicing anger at Tehran, burning its flag and chanting anti-Iranian regime slogans. At home, the daily struggle to make ends meet has worsened since the United States reimposed sanctions after withdrawing last year from the nuclear deal that Iran negotiated with world powers in 2015.

The protests erupted after a Nov. 15 announcement on state media that gas prices would rise by as much as 200% and the revenue would be used to help needy families.

Within hours, hundreds of people poured into the streets in places including the northeastern city of Mashhad, the southeastern province of Kerman and the southwestern province of Khuzestan bordering Iraq, according to state media. That night, a resident of the city Ahvaz in Khuzestan described the scene by telephone to Reuters.

“Riot police are out in force and blocking main streets,” the source said. “I heard shooting.” Videos later emerged on social media and state television showing footage of clashes in Ahvaz and elsewhere between citizens and security forces.

The protests reached more than 100 cities and towns and turned political. Young and working-class demonstrators demanded clerical leaders step down. In many cities, a similar chant rang out: “They live like kings, people get poorer,” according to videos on social media and witnesses.

By Nov. 18 in Tehran, riot police appeared to be randomly shooting at protesters in the street “with the smell of gunfire and smoke everywhere,” said a female Tehran resident reached by telephone. People were falling down and shouting, she added, while others sought refuge in houses and shops.

The mother of a 16-year-old boy described holding his body, drenched in blood, after he was shot during protests in a western Iranian town on Nov. 19. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she described the scene in a telephone interview.

“I heard people saying: ‘He is shot, he is shot,’” said the mother. “I ran toward the crowd and saw my son, but half of his head was shot off.” She said she urged her son, whose first name was Amirhossein, not to join the protests, but he didn’t listen.

Iranian authorities deployed lethal force at a far quicker pace from the start than in other protests in recent years, according to activists and details revealed by authorities. In 2009, when millions protested against the disputed re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an estimated 72 people were killed. And when Iran faced waves of protests over economic hardships in 2017 and 2018, the death toll was about 20 people, officials said.

Khamenei, who has ruled Iran for three decades, turned to his elite forces to put down the recent unrest — the Revolutionary Guards and its affiliated Basij religious militia.

A senior member of the Revolutionary Guards in western Kermanshah province said the provincial governor handed down instructions at a late-night emergency meeting at his office on Nov. 18.

“We had orders from top officials in Tehran to end the protests, the Guards member said, recounting the governor’s talk. “No more mercy. They are aiming to topple the Islamic Republic. But we will eradicate them.” The governor’s office declined to comment.

As security forces fanned out across the country, security advisors briefed Khamenei on the scale of the unrest, according to the three sources familiar with the talks at his compound.

The interior minister presented the number of casualties and arrests. The intelligence minister and head of the Revolutionary Guards focused on the role of opposition groups. When asked about the interior and intelligence minister’s role in the meeting, the government spokesman’s office declined to comment.

Khamenei, the three sources said, was especially concerned with anger in small working-class towns, whose lower-income voters have been a pillar of support for the Islamic Republic. Their votes will count in February parliamentary elections, a litmus test of the clerical rulers’ popularity since U.S. President Donald Trump exited Iran’s nuclear deal — a step that has led to an 80% collapse in Iran’s oil exports since last year.

Squeezed by sanctions, Khamenei has few resources to tackle high inflation and unemployment. According to official figures, the unemployment rate is around 12.5% overall. But it is about double that for Iran’s millions of young people, who accuse the establishment of economic mismanagement and corruption. Khamenei and other officials have called on the judiciary to step up its fight against corruption.

“BLOOD ON THE STREETS”

Officials in four provinces said the message was clear — failure to stamp out the unrest would encourage people to protest in the future.

A local official in Karaj, a working-class city near the capital, said there were orders to use whatever force was necessary to end the protests immediately. “Orders came from Tehran,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Push them back to their homes, even by shooting them.” Local government officials declined to comment.

Residents of Karaj said they came under fire from rooftops as Revolutionary Guards and police on motorcycles brandished machine guns. “There was blood everywhere. Blood on the streets,” said one resident by telephone. Reuters could not independently verify that account.

In Mahshahr county, in the strategically important Khuzestan province in southwest Iran, Revolutionary Guards in armored vehicles and tanks sought to contain the demonstrations. State TV said security forces opened fire on “rioters” hiding in the marshes. Rights groups said they believe Mahshahr had one of the highest protest death tolls in Iran, based on what they heard from locals.

“The next day when we went there, the area was full of bodies of protesters, mainly young people. The Guards did not let us take the bodies,” the local official said, estimating that “dozens” were killed.

The U.S. State Department has said it has received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr. And that when protesters fled to nearby marshlands, the Guards pursued them and surrounded them with machine guns mounted on trucks, spraying the protesters with bullets and killing at least 100 Iranians.

Iran’s authorities dispute the U.S. account. Iranian officials have said security forces in Mahshahr confronted “rioters” who they described as a security threat to petrochemical complexes and to a key energy route that, if blocked, would have created a crisis in the country.

A security official told Reuters that the reports about Mahshahr are “exaggerated and not true” and that security forces were defending “people and the country’s energy facilities in the city from sabotage by enemies and rioters.”

In Isfahan, an ancient city of two million people in central Iran, the government’s vow to help low-income families with money raised from higher gas prices failed to reassure people like Behzad Ebrahimi. He said his 21-year-old nephew, Arshad Ebrahimi, was fatally shot during the crackdown.

“Initially they refused to give us the body and wanted us to bury him with others killed in the protests,” Ebrahimi said. “Eventually we buried him ourselves, but under the heavy presence of security forces.” Rights activists confirmed the events. Reuters was unable to get comment from the government or the local governor on the specifics of the account.

Editing by Michael Georgy, Cassell Bryan-Low and Jason Szep

Saudis Anticipate Mutual Assured Destruction (Revelation 16)

Iran threat: Saudi prince warns of ‘universal destruction’ if war with Tehran goes ahead

IRAN’s “provocative” military stance could spark an extensive conflict in the Middle East resulting in “universal destruction,” Saudi Prince Turki al Faisal warned amid rising tensions with Tehran.

By Aurora Bosotti 16:10, Sun, Dec 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 16:12, Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Iran: Chance of conflict is ‘very concerning’ says Saudi prince

Threats of an all-out war between Iran and other actors in the Middle East are “not receding” amid Tehran’s refusal to give up the “very negative” military posturing adopted over the past few years. The Islamic Republic was accused of using or supplying ballistic missiles to be used against its regional rivals in a joint Saudi Arabia-US report. The “provocative” position Iran has been maintaining against the international community prompted Saudi diplomat Prince Turki al Faisal to warn a war with Tehran could result in “universal destruction.”

Speaking to Sky News after the report was released, Prince al Faisal said: “We have seen no sign from Iran that they are pulling back on their very negative and provocative military posture.

Not just towards Saudi Arabia but also the rest of the countries in the area.”

Asked about his level of concern regarding the Iran threat, the Saudi prince said: “Very concerned.

“Nobody wants war, that’s for sure because nobody would be a winner in a military conflict.

Turki al Faisal admitted to feeling “very concerned” about the chances of war with Iran (Image: SKY NEWS)

The destruction would be universal.”

The Saudi-US claims are the result of a drone attack on the Abqaiq-Khurais oil processing facility in the Red Sea which saw Riyadh’s oil output severely damaged.

Both countries have claimed Iran coordinated the strike, an accusation Tehran has repeatedly denied despite the Saudi Ministry of Defence claiming debris found at the scene of the attack “proved Iran is behind them.”

However, efforts from Washington and Riyadh to solicit international support to censure Iran’s military were thwarted earlier this month when the United Nations released a new report saying their claims of Iranian involvement in the Abqaiq-Khurais attack could not be corroborated.

Riyadh and the US accused Iran of attacking the oil facilities at Abqaiq-Khurais (Image: GETTY)

The report said: “At this time, it is unable to independently corroborate that the cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles used in those attacks were of Iranian origin and were transferred in a manner inconsistent with resolution 2231.”

The decision came as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani bragged his country is now testing advanced centrifuges for the enrichment of uranium – a move which would be in breach of the Iran Nuclear Deal struck in 2015.

In accordance with the landmark Joint Plan of Comprehensive Agreement (JPOCA), Iran is committed to strict limits on uranium enrichment.

Mr Rouhani boasted about the success of Iran’s centrifuge model and the testing of a new prototype, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

The Iranian President said: “We have had great achievements and today, Iranian new IR-6 centrifuges are working and models IR-9 are currently being tested.”

US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal earlier this year, citing repeated violations, and imposing stringent sanctions targeting the country’s oil exports.

Last month, Iran started injecting uranium into more than one thousand centrifuges at a nuclear facility built inside a mountain, which nuclear watchdogs have described as a “fortified, underground bunker.”

The move represents a direct breach of the JPOCA rules, with Tehran saying it would halt the process if other signatories to the deal found a way to allow Iran to sell oil on foreign markets.

Iran is currently enriching uranium up to 4.5 percent, above the 3.67 percent limit imposed by the JPOCA, but well below weapons-grade levels of 90 percent.

Hamas Escalates Battle Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Hamas: Escalate ‘battle’ against Jews in Judea and Samaria

Terror group calls for attacks on Israeli civilians, says any retaliatory attacks are ‘dangerous escalation,’ show Israeli ‘extremism.’

The Hamas terror group has called to escalate the armed “battle” against Israel in the “occupied West Bank” – their name for Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods.

Abad al-Latif al-Qanoa, a Hamas spokesperson, called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to end its security coordination with Israel.

He also warned against retaliation for the escalation in the form of “attacks” by “settlers” against PA Arabs, including on agriculture, damage to homes, graffiti, and fires.

He called harm to PA Arabs “a dangerous escalation which shows the terror of the State of the [Zionist] enterprise and its extremism.”

“The wild behavior of the herds of settlers demands that we deal with them using every means and provides a green light to the battle against them, in order to protect our nation,” al-Qanoa said.

Israeli attacks on Arab civilians are rare, but whenever such an attack is suspected, the Jewish suspect is arrested. However, Arabs hurl firebomb and rocks at Jews on a daily basis, but most of these attacks go unpunished.

On the rare occasion a terrorist or his accomplice are brought to trial, their punishments are usually limited to a few years in prison and fines which Israel cannot force them to pay.