History Warns New York Is The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Friday, 18 March 2011 – 9:23pm IST | Place: NEW YORK | Agency: ANI

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.Based on historical precedent, Armbruster says the New York City metro area is susceptible to an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 once a century.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.

There’s another fault line on Dyckman St and one in Dobbs Ferry in nearby Westchester County.

“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.”

“Considering population density and the condition of the region’s infrastructure and building stock, it is clear that even a moderate earthquake would have considerable consequences in terms of public safety and economic impact,” says the New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation on its website.

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.

The Iraqi Horn Condemns Babylon the Great

KERBALA, Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) –Iraq condemned overnight U.S. air strikes on Friday, saying they killed six people, and warned of dangerous consequences for what it called a violation of sovereignty and targeted aggression against the nation’s regular armed forces.

President Barham Salih said repeated such violations could cause Iraq to unravel into a failed state and revive the Islamic State militant group. Iraq’s foreign ministry announced plans to bring a complaint to the United Nations.

The United States defended the air strikes, saying all five targets were legitimate and stored Iranian-supplied weapons used by the Kataib Hezbollah militia to attack the U.S.-led coalition. Washington launched the strikes in retaliation for a rocket attack on Wednesday on a base north of Baghdad that killed U.S. and British troops.

“These locations that we struck are clear locations of terrorist bases,” said Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the U.S. military’s Central Command.

“If Iraqis were there and if Iraqi military forces were there, I would say it’s probably not a good idea to position yourself with Kataib Hezbollah in the wake of a strike that killed Americans and coalition members,” he told a Pentagon news briefing.

The Iraqi military warned the air strikes would have consequences while the foreign ministry said it summoned the U.S. and British ambassadors.

Long-standing antagonism between the United States and Iran have mostly played out on Iraqi soil in recent months, stoking deep-seated tensions between elements of Iraqi society who oppose the U.S. military presence and those who see U.S.-led coalition support as vital to preventing the resurgence of Islamic State militants.

McKenzie said the death toll from the strike appeared limited. Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement that three soldiers, two policemen and one civilian were killed, according to an initial toll, and that four soldiers, two policemen, a civilian, and five militiamen were injured.

“The pretext that this attack came as a response to the aggression that targeted the Taji base is a false pretext; one that leads to escalation and does not provide a solution,” Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

The civilians killed and wounded were construction workers at an airport building site in the Shi’ite Muslim holy city of Kerbala, Iraqi religious authorities said.

McKenzie acknowledged that a structure had been hit near the Kerbala airfield but said it was being used to store weapons.

“That was a clear target,” he said.

PROXY WAR

Around 5,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, most in an advisory capacity, as part of a wider international coalition formed to help Iraq drive back and defeat Islamic State militants.

But the Iraqi military said the new U.S. air attack went against “any partnership” under the coalition. “It will have consequences that subject everyone to the most serious dangers.”

Iran’s foreign ministry said on Friday that the “presence and behavior” of U.S. and allied forces in Iraq was to blame for attacks against them.

Iranian-backed paramilitary groups have regularly rocketed and shelled bases in Iraq that host U.S. forces and the area around the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The United States, which believes Iran wants to drive it from the region, has conducted several strikes inside Iraq, killing top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah founder Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January.

Many Iraqis say it is they who stand to suffer most from U.S.-Iranian tensions and some, including caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, have called for U.S. troops to withdraw.

McKenzie said he was confident the United States would be able to keep troops in Iraq.

He added that while the latest U.S. strikes would deter militia from waging similarly deadly rocket attacks, the risk from Iran and the groups it backs remained high.

“I think the tensions have actually not gone down,” he said.

Parliament passed a resolution calling for all foreign troops to leave after Soleimani was killed. The recent air strikes could see those calls renewed.

Iraq has suffered decades of war, sanctions and sectarian conflict, including the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Iraq is grappling with anti-government unrest in which almost 500 people have been killed since Oct. 1.

It also faces an unprecedented power vacuum after Abdul Mahdi stood down from most of his duties and his designated successor withdrew his candidacy.

The Iraq Horn Aligns with Iran Against The US (Daniel 8:8)

Iraqi parties, politicians condemn US airstrikes against multiple PMU positions

TEHRAN, Mar. 13 (MNA) – The recent US airstrikes against multiple locations across the country have caused a lot of reaction among Iraqi politicians and parties and have faced a wave of condemnation.

Mehr News Agency

TEHRAN, Mar. 13 (MNA) – The recent US airstrikes against multiple locations across the country have caused a lot of reaction among Iraqi politicians and parties and have faced a wave of condemnation.

The United States has carried out a series of airstrikes against multiple locations of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, only a day after more than a dozen of the Iraqi fighters were killed by airstrikes targeting an area in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The early Friday US airstrikes were carried out about 24 hours after at least 18 PMU fighters were killed in air raids targeting an area southeast of the city of al-Bukamal in eastern Syria and near the border with Iraq.

That deadly attack was conducted hours after the US-led military coalition announced that three of its personnel – two Americans and one Briton – had been killed in a rocket attack on Iraq’s Taji military camp, located some 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Baghdad.

Following the recent US airstrike against multiple locations across the country, Iraqi President, Foreign Ministry, and some other groups and parties reacted, condemning the aggression of US forces.

In this regard, Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the airstrikes, stressing that such attacks are a violation of national sovereignty and a systematic weakening of the country’s capabilities.

According to the statement released on Friday, the Iraqi President called on the international community to respect Iraq’s national sovereignty and its decisions.

Iraq’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also summoned the US and British ambassadors to Baghdad in response to Washington’s recent aggression against the headquarters of Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Fatah Alliance, a political coalition in Iraq also reacted to the US aggression, stressing that there is no solution except the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq.

It also emphasized that Washington’s intention is to destroy Iraq’s infrastructure, saying that the recent US attacks represent an egregious, overt and repeated aggression on the Iraqi people and armed forces.

Condemning the US attacks on Iraqi military and civilian positions, the leader of the Sadr movement Muqtada al-Sadr called for restraint and for the spread of peace in all areas of Iraq and the abandonment of violence.

The spokesman of Kata’ib Hezbollah called the US attack on the headquarters of Hashd al-Sha’abi in line with its efforts to undermine the legitimate resistance of the Iraqi people to the American occupiers, stressing that the United States is seeking to bolster its presence in Iraq by all means.

Al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance also reacted to US aggression by issuing a strong statement, saying, “The United States continues to commit crimes and attacks on the headquarters of Hashd al-Sha’abi, the Iraqi army and Karbala civilian airport by its illegal occupier forces in Iraq.”

“Continuation of American stupidity and arrogance will lead to a conflict in the region where the rules of conflict will change,” it added.

In reaction to Friday airstrike, Leader of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Seyyed Ammar al-Hakim also called on the government to defend its sovereignty in the face of US aggression.

He also condemned the US airstrike against multiple locations across Iraq, warning that Iraq will become a place for political and military conflict during these invasions.

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Babylon the Great Escalates War Against the Shi’a Horn

Iraqi officers said that the retaliatory strikes against pro-Iranian militias instead hit regular forces, police officers and a civilian.

By Alissa J. Rubin and 

BAGHDAD — Iraqi military officials strongly condemned the United States military on Friday for airstrikes launched overnight that they said killed three Iraqi soldiers, two police officers and a civilian worker, and damaged an unfinished civilian airport.

American officials said on Friday that the strikes had hit sites where rockets and other weapons were stored by an Iranian-backed militia, Kataib Hezbollah. But according to multiple Iraqi military officials, who so far have been largely supportive of the U.S. role in Iraq, the bombings killed members of the Iraqi military and police. It was not clear whether they had killed any Kataib Hezbollah fighters.

The strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack on Wednesday that killed two Americans and a British soldier and injured 14 others at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, American officials said.

In a statement released on Friday morning, the Iraqi Joint Command described the attack as “an aggression” that “targeted Iraqi military institutions violating the principal of partnership” between the Iraqi security forces and the Americans.This attack “cost the lives of Iraqi fighters while they were doing their military duty,” the statement said.

In Karbala, officials for the Imam Hussein shrine who are involved in the airport’s construction because millions of pilgrims come to Karbala every year to visit its holy sites, said that a civilian worker at the airport was killed and that several others “who were working on building the airport” were wounded.

“This airport is totally civilian and the holy Husseini shrine is constructing it by agreement with several Iraqi companies and using totally Iraqi civilian workers,” the statement said.

At a news conference at the Pentagon on Friday, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the military’s Central Command, said the American strikes were in self-defense to destroy rockets and other weapons that he said had been supplied by Iran and that could be used against American and allied troops in Iraq.

General McKenzie said that American officials had consulted with their Iraqi counterparts after the fatal strikes on Wednesday and knew an American response was coming.

He and other American military officials were dismissive of the Iraqi complaints given that Iraqi soldiers and police officers are often located on bases with Iranian-backed militias like Kataib Hezbollah.

“I don’t know whether the Iraqis are happy or unhappy,” General McKenzie said. “These locations that we struck are clear locations of terrorist bases. If Iraqi military forces were there, I would say it’s probably not a good idea to position yourself with Kataib Hezbollah in the wake of a strike that killed Americans and coalition members.”

General McKenzie also acknowledged that a weapons storage site at an airfield in Karbala had been destroyed. He said he did not yet have details on the overall numbers of casualties from strikes at the five locations, mostly south and southeast of Baghdad.

More broadly, the threat from Iran and its proxies remained “very high,” General McKenzie said, adding that tensions “have actually not gone down” since the killing in early January of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top Iranian general.

General McKenzie said the risk remained greatest from Iran’s proxies, including Kataib Hezbollah, and that the United States was poised to strike additional militia weapons storage sites and other targets should attacks continue.

He blamed Kataib Hezbollah for about a dozen rocket attacks against American troops based in Iraq in the past six months, with Wednesday’s volley of more than a dozen 107-millimeter rockets being one of the largest.

To increase American firepower and deterrent strength, General McKenzie said, two American aircraft carriers — the Eisenhower and the Truman — will remain in the Middle East region for the foreseeable future. Patriot antimissile batteries and other weaponry are also flowing into Iraq in the coming weeks, he said.

 

Separately, the Pentagon identified the two Americans killed in Wednesday’s rocket attack as the Army’s Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, Calif., and the Air Force’s Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Okla.

There was no comment from Kataib Hezbollah.

The Iraqi joint command warned that the latest American attacks not only meant that Iraqi soldiers and police officers had lost their lives, but risked undermining the relationship between the Iraqi military and the Americans, which is primarily focused on the fight against the Islamic State.

It could worsen the overall security situation by encouraging retaliation against the United States in revenge for the deaths of Iraqi service members and put the Iraqis in a difficult situation.

The attack on Iraqi forces “presents no solution to control the situation,” but will “lead to escalation and deterioration of the security situation in the Iraq, and expose all to more risks and threats,” the military statement said. “It is an act against the Iraqi state and an aggression on its sovereignty which strengthen the unlawful tendencies.”

According to the Iraqis, the airstrikes killed three soldiers from Iraq’s Commando Brigade 19 who were at a base near Karbala, and wounded four more. Also killed were two members of the an emergency police brigade in Babil Province. Five members of the Popular Mobilization militias were wounded as well, according to the Iraqi Joint Command.

It was unclear if the Popular Mobilization forces in Babil Province were Kataib Hezbollah members and might have been among those the Americans intended to target.

The Iraqi military has long looked at groups like Kataib Hezbollah and the other pro-Iranian armed groups with suspicion and worried about their sway within the security forces, so officials have previously offered restrained, pro forma condemnation when the U.S.-led coalition targets them.

The Iranian Horn Escalates War with Babylon the Great (Daniel 8:4)

Why Iran just escalated against America in Iraq

Very likely directed by Iran, Iranian proxies on Wednesday launched a rocket attack on a U.S. base northwest of Baghdad. Two Americans and one British service member were killed.

This incident signifies two things. First, thatIran remains determined to exact new costs on America over its killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in early January. Second, that Iran is increasingly unrestrained in its foreign security policy.Retaliating against Iran’s proxies, U.S. and perhaps also British fighter jets struck bases in eastern Syria, killing around 20 fighters.

We shouldn’t view this as a one-off, short, sharp exchange.

While Iran remains determined to spill American blood over the killing of Soleimani, that agenda fits within a broader portfolio of Iranian actions designed to undermine international security.

Now led by Soleimani’s protégé,Esmail Ghaani, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s Quds Force has found new operational latitude from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Personally grieving over Soleimani’s fate and facing what he views as a U.S. regime-change policy, Khamenei is increasingly willing to test President Trump’s red lines against attacks on U.S. citizens. To be clear, Khamenei knows that if he continues on this course of action, the U.S. may target Ghaani as it did Soleimani. He’s willing to take that risk.

It’s also notable that Iran carried out these strikes in Iraq.

While Iraqi popular opinion is manifestly opposed to foreign interference, these latest attacks show Iran is increasingly confident about its political position in Baghdad. Iran has successfully forced the withdrawal of reform-minded prime ministerial nominee Mohammed Allawi, and at least for the moment, has earned the support of top power broker Muqtada al Sadr. But these rocket attacks should also be seen as a veiled warning to Iraqi President Barham Salih against appointing Iraqi National Intelligence Service Director Mustafa al Kadhimi as the new prime minister. Iran despises al Kadhimi because he and his agency oppose Iran’s use of Iraq as an imperial sectarian playground. It wants everyone to know that al Kadhimi’s premiership will lead to new chaos.

Iran’s escalation also takes another form. Iran is now more resolute in expanding its nuclear program. Again, Iran knows that doing so risks Israeli or U.S. military action. But Khamenei has evidently decided to roll the dice in a last-ditch effort to blackmail America into sanctions relief. The supreme leader’s escalation-reflex is likely exacerbated in an Iranian interest point of view by the Saudi decision this week to boost its oil export scale and send oil prices plummeting. U.S. sanctions have annihilated Iran’s oil economy, so what little Tehran is still able to export is critical to the regime’s finances.

Where does this leave us?

Well, with the high probability of new and escalating Iranian aggression in the days ahead.

Antichrist Accuses UK, US Of Demoralizing Iraqis For Welcoming Iraqi Government’s Decision To Recognize LGBT Community

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Shi’ite Cleric In Iraq Accuses U.K., U.S. Of ‘Demoralizing’ Iraqis For Welcoming Iraqi Government’s Decision To ‘Recognize LGBT Community’

March 11, 2020

Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8621

In a March 3, 2020 tweet, the U.K. Embassy in Iraq welcomed the Iraqi government’s decision to acknowledge the rights of the LGBT community and commended the role of a local human rights organization that contributed to the development. “We recognize the significant work IraQueer has done to advance the rights of homosexuals. We welcome the recent recognition by the Iraqi government of the right of individuals to live, regardless of their sexual orientation. Live and let others live,” said the tweet.[1]

The tweet sparked controversy among Iraqi conservatives, who often view gays as sexual deviants and call for their persecution. The tweet, which was later deleted from the embassy’s Twitter account, came amid a campaign by pro-Iran clerics and militias to discredit the anti-government protesters who took the streets of Baghdad and cities throughout the Shi’ite-majority south of Iraq since October 2019, calling for a new political system.

As part of this campaign, adversaries have accused young protesters of sedition and even tried to link them to the U.S. and Britain to delegitimize them. Clerics such as Muqtada Al-Sadr often slam the protests as being rife with “nudity, promiscuity, drunkenness, immorality, debauchery… and non-believers.” Hence, Iran-backed clerics and militias used the U.K. Embassy tweet as an opportunity to claim that the U.K., the U.S., and the protesters were seeking “to demoralize” the Islamic nature of Iraqi society.

A day after the tweet, pro-Iran social media users shared a video claiming that IraQueer, the organization that the U.K. Embassy tweet commended, is a “secretive” organization that receives funding from the U.K. for the purpose of “demoralizing Iraqi society and corrupting its conservative Islamic values.”[2] According to its official website, IraQueer is “Iraq’s first national LGBT organization,” was founded in March 2015, and is connected “with Iraqi and international partners.” Local reports indicated that the organization is based in the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.

Commenting on the U.K. Embassy tweet, Shi’ite controversial cleric Jawad Al-Khalisi, who believes in Iran’s velayat-e faqih (“Guardianship of the Jurists”), called on March 8 for the expulsion of the British and U.S. ambassadors from Iraq, describing them as “aggressors,” and claiming their embassies promote “obscenity and homosexuality.”[3]

In his tweet, Al-Khalisi called on clerics and intellectuals to condemn “the behavior of the sinful British and American embassies for their call of deviation.” He further denied that the Iraqi government recognized the rights of homosexuals, saying that the both embassies have “violated Iraq’s sovereignty” when they tried to attribute this “offense” to the Iraqi government.

The Iraqi government issued no denial or confirmation on whether it has recognized the rights of the LGBT community, however social media users in Iraq exchanged excerpts from the sixth periodic report that Iraq submitted to the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on August 5, 2019.

Under Article 3 Paragraph 12 of the covenant, the report indicated that “Iraqi law has no provisions that discriminate against persons of any specific category on the basis of sexual orientation or gender, and it does not sanction or approve the use of violence of any kind against them. Indeed, domestic law protects the rights and freedoms of all persons, including the right to life and to physical integrity.”[4]

The report further highlights that Iraqi authorities are committed to holding accountable those who use violence against LGBT community. “To guard against impunity, the Iraqi courts investigate all violations committed against any category of persons. It should be noted, moreover, that private prosecutions in cases of murder are unacceptable and that persons who commit such offences are liable to punishment under the law.”

In July 2017, local reports said that the pro-Iran Asa’ib Ahl Al-Haq militia, which is part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), was behind the torture and murder of Karar Noshi, an Iraqi actor and model who was often mocked on social media for his androgynous looks and who some suspected was gay.[5]

 

[1] 7al.net, March 6, 2020.

[2] Twitter.com/sayd_hydar, March 4 2020.

[3] Twitter.com/JKhalesi, March 8, 2020.

[4] Tbinternet.ohchr.org, accessed on March 10, 2020.

[5] Nesannews.org, May 5, 2017.

Iran’s Uranium Stockpile on the Rise

Iran’s Uranium Stockpile on the Rise, Says UN—Here Are Its Potentials

March 12, 2020

Collapse of iran nuclear deal leads to increased uranium enrichment

By Jonny Lupsha, News Writer

According to The Washington Post,Iran’s production of enriched uranium has increased “dramatically.” The shift occurred after President Trump canceled the Iran nuclear deal that limited Iran’s nuclear pursuits. Nuclear weapons involve energy density and dirty bombs.

Uranium ore itself is over two orders of magnitude lower in content than the enriched uranium needed for weapons-grade uranium used by nations to build nuclear bombs. Photo by solarseven / Shutterstock

The article in The Washington Post said that Iran’s uranium program has ramped up over the last several months. “Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency reported a near-tripling of Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium just since November,with total holdings more than three times the 300-kilogram limit set by the nuclear accord,” the article said. “Iran also substantially increased the number of machines it is using to enrich uranium, the agency said, allowing it to make more of the nuclear fuel faster.”

Nuclear weapons are incredibly intricate and involve advanced knowledge of chemistry, but some of their fundamentals are understandable to anyone.

Nuclear Bombs: Why and How

Nuclear bombs are called “nuclear” because they rearrange the nuclei of atoms. The main reason we develop nuclear bombs is because of their energy density.

“One kilogram of chemical explosives can liberate four million joules,” said Dr. Lawrence Weinstein, Professor of Physics at Old Dominion University. “That’s 10 times less than the energy in gasoline, but that’s because chemical explosives don’t need oxygen from the air and can release their energy much more rapidly than gasoline.”

Dr. Weinstein said this is where we get the definition of a “kiloton,” a unit of measurement in nuclear physics. A kiloton is 1,000 tons of chemical explosive. “That’s a million kilograms, so that’s 4 x 1012 joules,” he said.

In terms of energy density, one kilogram of uranium-235 contains 3 x 1024 nuclei. “We get 200 million electron volts of energy released from each nuclear fission, so we multiply that by 200 MeV, and that gives us 6 x 1026 MeV, which is about 1014 joules,” Dr. Weinstein said. “That’s 30 million times more energy released than is released from a kilogram of TNT. Now, not all of the uranium is going to fission, so we have to divide by a little, but that’s still a lot more.”

Dirty Bombs 101

As forceful as chemical explosions are, not all nuclear weapons are used solely for their release of energy. Dirty bombs have also been developed. For purposes of this discussion, a radioactive substance’s activity is measured in a unit called a curie and a dose of absorbed radiation is measured in rems.

“A dirty bomb is not a nuclear explosion; it uses conventional explosives to disperse radioactive material, spread the radiation over a large area, and contaminate the ground,” Dr. Weinstein said. “For example, if we had 1000 curies of caesium-137 and dispersed it over about a square kilometer—so about 20 football fields—then the dose that we would get would be about 20 millirem a day, or about 10 rem a year.

“Now, of course, it wouldn’t be spread out evenly, but if we just say 10 rem a year, that increases the probability of getting a fatal cancer by 0.5% during your lifetime for each year that we’re exposed.”

This number may seem small, but Dr. Weinstein pointed out that the high dosage isn’t always the only cause for concern.

“The worst effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima were due to evacuation and disruption of life, so it’ll cause lots of fear and panic,” he said. “These are weapons of mass disruption, not mass destruction.”

Dr. Lawrence Weinstein contributed to this article. Dr. Weinstein is a Professor of Physics at Old Dominion University (ODU) and a researcher at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his doctorate in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.