The science behind the sixth seal: Revelation 6:12

The science behind the earthquake that shook Southern New England

Did you feel it? At 9:10 am EST Sunday morning, a Magnitude 3.6 earthquake struck just south of Bliss Corner, Massachusetts, which is a census-designated place in Dartmouth. If you felt it, report it!

While minor earthquakes do happen from time to time in New England, tremors that are felt by a large number of people and that cause damage are rare.

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The earthquake was originally measured as a magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale by the United States Geological Surgey (USGS) before changing to a 3.6.

Earthquakes in New England and most places east of the Rocky Mountains are much different than the ones that occur along well-known fault lines in California and along the West Coast.

Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts fall nearly in the center of the North American Plate, one of 15 (seven primary, eight secondary) that cover the Earth.

Earth’s tectonic plates

Tectonic plates move ever-so-slowly, and as they either push into each other, pull apart, or slide side-by-side, earthquakes are possible within the bedrock, usually miles deep.

Most of New England’s and Long Island’s bedrock was assembled as continents collided to form a supercontinent 500-300 million years ago, raising the northern Appalachian Mountains.

Plate tectonics (Courtesy: Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Fault lines left over from the creation of the Appalachian Mountains can still lead to earthquakes locally, and many faults remain undetected. According to the USGS, few, if any, earthquakes in New England can be linked to named faults.

While earthquakes in New England are generally much weaker compared to those on defined fault lines, their reach is still impressive. Sunday’s 3.6 was felt in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and New Hampshire.

USGS Community Internet Intensity Map

While M 3.6 earthquakes rarely cause damage, some minor cracks were reported on social media from the shaking.

According to the USGS, moderately damaging earthquakes strike somewhere in the region every few decades, and smaller earthquakes are felt roughly twice a year.

The largest known New England earthquakes occurred in 1638 (magnitude 6.5) in Vermont or New Hampshire, and in 1755 (magnitude 5.8) offshore from Cape Ann northeast of Boston.

The most recent New England earthquake to cause moderate damage occurred in 1940 (magnitude 5.6) in central New Hampshire.

Khan and the Pakistani Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

Dawood’s nexus, AQ Khan’s black market raised concern that terrorists may get hold of Pak’s nuclear arms

By Sanjeev Sharma

New Delhi, Nov 27 (SocialNews.XYZ) The nexus between fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and terrorist organisations, and the nuclear arms black market run by Pakistani nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, had become the source of concern in the US Senate hearings in 2009 after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

During the hearings at that time on the lessons learnt from Mumbai attacks for the US, Senator John McCain was told that the danger is that terrorist organisations within Pakistan might be able to obtain the nuclear weapons that everybody knows Pakistan has.

To this, McCain, a counter-terrorism expert, replied, “I think it is a real concern. We do receive regular reassurances from the Pakistani authorities that they have the nuclear weapons under tight control, but one does worry.

“When we look at the nexus in Pakistan between organised crime figures like Dawood Ibrahim and terrorist organisations, and we look at the black markets that were created to support Pakistan’s own nuclear programme through A.Q. Khan, I mean, this is a set of connections between organised crime, government authorities, and terrorist organisations that does raise the specter of the possibility of large-scale finance and real concerns if they move into weapons of mass destruction.”

“I don’t want to exaggerate the threat because I still do believe that terrorists get a tremendous amount of mileage out of doing low-tech things without attempting to do some of the more technologically challenging things, and the Mumbai attacks were, as I mentioned before, an example of basically small-unit infantry tactics that paralysed a city of 20 million people for the better part of threedays.”

On Pakistan’s response to rein in terrorists, he said, “We do have the reality that the civilian elected government’s authority over the Pakistan military and intelligence services is limited. So we can keep on pressing them, as we should, but I think we have to accept that this is going to be a long-term diplomatic slog before we really can enlist Pakistan as being fully cooperative against terrorism.”

“And, by the way, the problem didn’t begin with this government or even the previous government. It was recognised by the National Commission on Terrorism in 1999 and 2000 that Pakistan was not fully cooperating against terrorism,” the experts added.

On cooperation not forthcoming from the Pakistani government or military, the experts said, “Pakistan has been somewhat schizophrenic. At times, it has tried to make deals in some of these turbulent areas and negotiate ceasefires. That hasn’t worked. At times, it has gone in with military force, and its own forces haven’t fared well. We think we can do a lot more in terms of creating with military assistance some new relationships and a long-term effort to create some new capabilities. We have put billions of dollars into this and it is slow going.”

(Sanjeev Sharma can be reached at Sanjeev.s@ians.in)

Source: IANS

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The Pakistani Terrorist Nuclear Horn: Revelation 8

After acquiring nuclear weapons, Pakistan became more aggressive in using terrorist groups

New Delhi, Nov 28 (IANS): After becoming an overt nuclear power, Pakistan became emboldened to prosecute conflict at the lower end of the spectrum, confident that nuclear weapons minimise the likelihood of an Indian military reaction, The Rand Corporation said in a report in 2009 post the Mumbai attacks of 26/11.

In the wake of nuclearisation, substate conflict expanded dramatically. In 2001, a RAND analysis of the aforementioned Kargil crisis found that the Pakistani operation was enabled by the protective nuclear umbrella ensuring that India’s conventional response would be constrained. Similarly, groups that were previously limited to the Kashmir theatre expanded into the Indian hinterland following the 1998 nuclear tests, the report said.

It added that the connections between LeT and Pakistan’s Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are well known, as are LeT’s various camps and offices in Pakistan.

Moreover, India has been victimised by a host of militant groups based in and supported by Pakistan for decades. With the possible exception of the militant groups associated with Jamaat-Islami, the so-called Kashmir tanzeems have been raised, nurtured, assisted, and trained by the ISI. As such, these groups are not strictly nonstate actors but rather extensions of the state intelligence apparatus, albeit with some degree of plausible deniability, the report had said.

Compelling Pakistan to roll up Lashkar-e-Taiba’s terrorism infrastructure was identified as a key priority in US Senate hearings in 2009 in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks of 26/11.

US officials testified that LeT’s vast infrastructure of terrorism within Pakistan is directed not only at India, but fundamentally today against US operations in Afghanistan, secondarily against US operations in Iraq, and finally against Pakistan itself.

“We have to work with both the civilian regime, the Zardari government that detests the LeT and detests extremist groups in Pakistan, as well as the Pakistani military with whom we cooperate in our operations in Afghanistan, but regrettably still seems to view support to groups like LeT as part of its grand strategy vis-a-vis India,” the testimonies said.

Pakistan continues to play a prominent and problematic role in the overlapping armed conflicts and terrorist campaigns in India, Afghanistan, and in Pakistan itself, the hearings noted. Al Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT, and other insurgent and terrorist groups find sanctuary in Pakistan’s turbulent tribal areas. Historically, some of these groups have drawn on support from the Pakistan government itself, officials said.

Indeed, some analysts suggest that Pakistan, since it acquired nuclear weapons, has been willing to be more aggressive in the utilisation of these groups, confident that with nuclear weapons, it can deter or contain violence from going to the higher levels. On the other hand, Pakistan’s principal defence against external pressure may not be its nuclear arsenal but its own political fragility, that is, that its government’s less than full cooperation may be preferable to the country’s collapse and descent into chaos.

Officials said the attackers were able to exploit India’s vulnerabilities and create a political crisis in India. They also sought to create a crisis between India and Pakistan that would persuade Pakistan to deploy its forces to defend itself against a possible action by India, which in turn would take those forces out of the Afghan frontier areas and take the pressure off Al Qaeda, Taliban, and the other insurgent and terrorist groups that operate along the Afghan frontier.

“On the diplomatic front, we clearly must redouble our efforts to persuade and pressure states like Pakistan that tolerate terrorist safe havens. It is particularly important in Pakistan, given that many of the attacks against the United States and our allies, both failed and successful, have had links to Pakistani-based groups, particularly Pakistani-based training camps,” officials said.

Israeli Navy Abducts Two Fishermen Outside the Temple Walls

Israeli Navy Abducts Two Fishermen In Gaza

Israeli navy ships attacked on Friday at night, a Palestinian fishing boat with live fire and water cannons, near Gaza city, and abducted five fishermen, before releasing three.

Media sources said the boat was nearly six nautical miles from Gaza city shore and is owned by Palestinians from the local al-Hassi family.

They added that the soldiers abducted Mohammad Nihad al-Hassi, Ahmad Rashad al-Hassi, before taking them to an unknown destination.

The Navy also detained Jamal Jihad al-Hassi, Mohammad Rashad al-Hassi, and Nour Rajab al-Hassi, but released them a few hours later.

The army frequently attacks farmersshepherds, workers, and fishermen across the eastern parts of the coastal region and in Palestinian territorial waters, leading to dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to preventing the Palestinians from tending to their lands and from fishing to provide for their families.

In March of this year, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

Iraqi army: Babylon the Great to leave Iraq soon

US soldiers stand guard in the south of Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020.
AP Photo/Ali Abdul HassanUS soldiers stand guard in the south of Mosul, Iraq, March 27, 2020.

Iraqi army: US forces to leave Iraq soon

In 2014, the US established an international coalition in Iraq to combat Islamic State forces

The Iraqi army’s spokesman announced Thursday that United States combat troops stationed in Iraq are scheduled to leave in 15 days. 

In July 2021, Baghdad and Washington said that the full withdrawal of American combat troops from Iraq would be finished by 2022, although training and advising missions would continue, The National News (The National) reported.

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Currently, there are 2,500 US troops in Iraqassisting local units to counter Islamic State (IS) forces, with the majority of US troops training the Iraqis. 

“Foreign forces are expected to leave Iraq within 15 days, except for those whose mission has turned to advise and support the Iraqi security forces,” Maj. Gen. Tahsin Al Khafaji, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, told Iraq’s state news agency. 

“Most of the combat forces have left Iraq, and only advisers and those working in the field of intelligence, training, and advice remain.”

He added that the two countries are abiding by the agreed-upon deal, The Nationalreported.

Al Khafaji explained that the relationship between the US and Iraq will continue to be based on “advisory in the fields of training, armament, intelligence, and security information against the terrorist organization ISIS.”https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1463238517631471626 …

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In 2014, the US established an international coalition in Iraq to combat IS.

But in an interview with The National, Iraq’s Foreign Affairs Minister Fuad Hussein claimed that his country’s security forces were ready to withstand IS alone.

“The American presence in Iraq is very small, in fact, the existence of American combat forces will not affect the whole security situation,” he said.

Babylon the Great threatens escalation with Iran in nuclear row

US threatens escalation with Iran in nuclear row

US threatens escalation with Iran in nuclear row

Updated 27 November 2021 

Reuters 

November 27, 2021 00:28

VIENNA: The US has threatened to confront Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency next month if it does not cooperate more with the watchdog — an escalation that could undermine talks on reviving a 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
Tehran is locked in several standoffs with the IAEA, whose 35-nation board of governors is holding a quarterly meeting this week.
Former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the JCPOA, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, that lifted sanctions on Tehran in return for restrictions on its atomic activities.
Trump reimposed debilitating sanctions, after which Tehran expanded its nuclear work and reduced cooperation with the IAEA.
Iran is currently denying the agency access to re-install surveillance cameras at a workshop at the TESA Karaj complex.
The IAEA also wants answers on the origin of uranium particles found at apparently old but undeclared sites, and says Iran continues to subject its inspectors to “excessively invasive physical searches.”
In a statement, it said: “If Iran’s non-cooperation is not immediately remedied … the board will have no choice but to reconvene in extraordinary session before the end of this year in order to address the crisis.”
It added it was referring “especially” to re-installing IAEA cameras at the Karaj site, which makes parts for advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium.
That workshop was struck by apparent sabotage in June, which Iran says was an attack by Israel. Israel has not commented on the incident.
One of four IAEA cameras installed there was destroyed and its footage is missing. Iran removed all the cameras after the incident.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said on Wednesday that he did not know if the workshop was operating again, and that time was running out to reach an agreement, adding no progress had been made on several other disputes.
An extraordinary board meeting would most likely be aimed at passing a resolution against Iran, a diplomatic escalation likely to antagonize Tehran.
That could jeopardize indirect talks between Iran and the US on reviving the JCPOA, due to resume on Monday.
Iran wants the lifting of all sanctions in a verifiable process, its Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Friday.

Antichrist demands revealing, arresting perpetrators of attempt on PM’s life

According to preliminary results of Iraq's October election, the biggest winner of the vote was the movement of Shia cleric and political maverick Muqtada al-Sadr. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye, AFP)
According to preliminary results of Iraq’s October election, the biggest winner of the vote was the movement of Shia cleric and political maverick Muqtada al-Sadr. (Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye, AFP)

Iraq’s Sadr demands revealing, arresting perpetrators of attempt on PM’s life

   2021/11/26 21:12

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Senior Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Friday called for revealing the perpetrators of the recent assassination attempt on Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Early Nov. 7, Three explosive-laden drones struck the Iraqi premier’s residence in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone. The international community was swift to condemn the attack.

After the attack, Kadhimi stated he knew the perpetrators and affirmed his government would “expose them.” Though no group claimed responsibility for the brazen assault, suspicion quickly fell on Iranian-backed paramilitary forces.

The attack came as the political wings of pro-Iran militias contested the results of Iraq’s October election, having failed to garner as much support as the last vote, with affiliates leading violent protests outside the Green Zone.

Sadr at the time described the attempt on Kadhimi’s life as a “terrorist attack” and later called on the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) to purge their ranks of “undisciplined elements,” an apparent reference to Tehran-aligned armed groups.

A self-styled nationalist, Sadr has now called for making the investigation into the assassination attempt public and arresting the suspected perpetrators.

He stressed that the State’s “prestige” must be defended, referring to the attack on Kadhimi’s residence as “a blatant violation” of Iraq’s sovereignty, one that stirs “sedition” and destabilizes the country.

Sadr added that if the government does not disclose the probe results, “we may have to reveal it in the future.”

Iran Rejects European Nuclear Horns Criticism

Mohammad Reza Ghaebi, Iran's representative at the IAEA. FILE PHOTO

Iran Rejects European Criticism Of Its Expanded Nuclear Program

Iran has criticized the three European members of the JCPOA in Vienna on Thursday for their statement on Wednesday raising alarm over its nuclear activities.

Mohammad Reza Ghaebi, Tehran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spoke at the ongoing meeting of the agency’s Board of Governors saying that the United Kingdom, France and Germany (E3) have failed to stand up to US maximum pressure sanctions and instead criticize his government.

Ghaebi defended Iran’s decision to reduce IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities and Tehran’s accelerated uranium enrichment process, insisting that purifying fissile material to 60 percent is within Iran’s rights under international conventions.

The E3 in their statement had warned that the higher-degree enrichment has no civilian purpose and demanded that Iran immediately return to its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action, or JCPOA, which allows only 3.65 percent enriched uranium.

Ghaebi reiterated Iran’s position that the only reason for the current crisis is the actions of the United States by withdrawing from the JCPOA and imposing sanctions. He also repeated Tehran’s demand that sanctions should be “verifiably” removed before there can be a new deal. He said as along as US sanctions remain in place no one should expect continence by Iran.