The Sunni versus the Shia Horn

Imam Khamenei: Saudi Killing of Yemeni People Worst Type of Terrorism
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei says Saudi Arabia’s killing of Yemenis is “the worst type of terrorism.”
“Terrorism is not defined as terror acts committed by some groups only, but massacres at the hands of certain governments, such as the Saudi attack on people in a mourning procession in Yemen which left hundreds killed and injured, is the worst type of terrorism,” the Leader said in a meeting with visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinistö in Tehran on Wednesday.
Ayatollah Khamenei also described terrorism as one of the “painful” sufferings gripping the human society, and called for a sincere fight against the scourge.
“Countering terrorism needs the serious resolve of all those who have an influence within global powers,” the Leader said, calling on world pundits and governments to take measures to deal with the phenomenon.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said the US and certain Western countries are not sincere in the fight against terrorism.
“These governments calculate all issues based on their own interests, and they do not think about eradicating the malady of terrorism in Iraq or Syria,” the Leader added.
Ayatollah Khamenei further criticized UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s failure to end and condemn the Saudi war on Yemen.
“The UN secretary general said explicitly that it is not possible for the body to condemn the killing of Yemeni children as the UN depends on the Saudi government’s money,” the Leader said, stressing this approach is indicative of the “wretched ethical status” of politicians at the helm of international organizations.
Source: Press TV

A Closer Look At The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

A Look at the Tri-State’s Active Fault Line

Monday, March 14, 2011
The Ramapo Fault is the longest fault in the Northeast that occasionally makes local headlines when minor tremors cause rock the Tri-State region. It begins in Pennsylvania, crosses the Delaware River and continues through Hunterdon, Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Bergen counties before crossing the Hudson River near Indian Point nuclear facility.
In the past, it has generated occasional activity that generated a 2.6 magnitude quake in New Jersey’s Peakpack/Gladstone area and 3.0 magnitude quake in Mendham.
“There is occasional seismic activity in New Jersey,” said Robinson. “There have been a few quakes locally that have been felt and done a little bit of damage over the time since colonial settlement — some chimneys knocked down in Manhattan with a quake back in the 18th century, but nothing of a significant magnitude.”
Robinson said the Ramapo has on occasion registered a measurable quake but has not caused damage: “The Ramapo fault is associated with geological activities back 200 million years ago, but it’s still a little creaky now and again,” he said.
“More recently, in the 1970s and early 1980s, earthquake risk along the Ramapo Fault received attention because of its proximity to Indian Point,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.
Historically, critics of the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County, New York, did cite its proximity to the Ramapo fault line as a significant risk.
“Subsequent investigations have shown the 1884 Earthquake epicenter was actually located in Brooklyn, New York, at least 25 miles from the Ramapo Fault,” according to the New Jersey Geological Survey website.

The Rising Saudi Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7:7)

By Webmaster – October 27, 201604
Astana—An agreement of cooperation in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy was signed by President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy Dr. Hashim Yamani and Kazakhstan’s Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev.
The signing comes following Kazakhstan’s official visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday where King Salman and President Nursultan Nazarbayev reviewed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) and three agreements between the two governments.
The MoU, in the fields of agriculture and livestock, was signed by Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture Abdurrahman Al-Fadhli and Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture Askar Myrzakhmetov. An agreement in the fields of extradition of wanted persons and another one in the transfer of prisoners were signed by Deputy Interior Minister Abdulrahman Al-Rubaian and Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor Zhaqip Asanov.
Nazarbayev held separate talks with Iyad Madani, secretary general of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Bandar Hajjar, president of Islamic Development Bank. Their talks mainly figured issues of common interest.—Agencies

ISIS Versus The Antichrist (Daniel 8:4)

Mona Alami
IS will rely on its usual tactics, retreating when needed before regrouping [Anadolu]
Date of publication: 26 October, 2016
Comment: Islamic State may soon be on the back foot in Mosul, but deep-rooted divisions among its enemies will play in its favour, writes Mona Alami.
As Iraqi forces advance on Mosul, generals such as Serwan Barzani predict the city’s capture in two months.
Evidence of the growing weakness of the Islamic State comes to light on a daily basis: According to the website IHS Jane, IS has lost over 30 percent of its territory in the past two years in Syria and Iraq.
In Syria, it has lost Kobani, Tell Abyad, Palmyra, Jarabulus, Manbij and more importantly the symbolic town of Dabiq – known as the city where the organisation would vanquish all its enemies – which carries the eponymous title of its glossy publication. In Iraq, it has lost Tikrit, Falluja, Ramadi, Sinjar and Qayara.
Yet despite such significant losses, IS may benefit in the longer run from several factors. The ongoing chaos in Iraq has divided its enemies and countries involved in the war on IS have diverging if not opposing goals.
In addition, IS is already resorting to desperate and lethal measures including chemical weapons. Finally it will certainly rely on its usual tactics, retreating when needed before regrouping and launching further exhausting attacks on its enemy in protracted insurgent warfare.
Despite the defining battle its forces are fighting in the north, the Baghdad government and the parliament are divided by deep-seated rivalries.
The ministries of defense and the interior, two instrumental positions in the “War on terror” are still awaiting to be filled. Iraq’s ethnic groups are not only pitted against one another but also internally disunited.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who lost office in 2014, is working on discrediting the Abadi administration while emboldening the pro-Iran Popular Mobilization Force (PMF). This includes heavyweights such as Hadi al-Ameri from the Badr Organization, Qais Khazali from Asaib ahl al-Haq and Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis from Kataib Hizballah.
The Shia community is not alone in its divisions as Kurds are equally entrenched at opposite sides of the divide. In the past year the Kurdish parliament has been paralysed by rivalry and members from the Gorran party including the speaker, have been banned from the Kurdish capital Erbil, by the powerful Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).
In addition, inter-community rivalry may hinder the fight against IS. When the organisation surged in Iraq, it was supported by many among the Sunni community who felt disenfranchised. This is no longer the case, say Iraqi Sunni activists such as Ghanem Abed, and tribal members such as Sheikh Ahmad Samarai who are fed up with the organisation.
However, mounting religious narrative counterbalances this positive trend. This month, al-Khazaali said that capturing Mosul would avenge the death of Imam Husayn, a revered figure in Shia Islam.
Countries involved in the offensive against IS boast often diverging if not opposing agendas. The Iraqi government made clear that it did not want the Turks on its territory and has threatened Istanbul. Turkey appears nonetheless to have helped Kurdish Peshmerga this week to make significant advances into IS territory around Bashiqa by directing artillery fire at jihadist positions.
On the military level, IS is resorting to lethal techniques, such as setting light to a sulphur plant sending toxic smoke into the skies around Mosul. The Peshmerga also claim IS has already used chemical weapons on them at least 19 times and according to the US intelligence community, IS has been using chemicals such as mustard and chlorine agents in Iraq and Syria since the first half of 2015.
Finally, IS may decide to avoid a doomsday battle in Mosul, retreating from it after booby trapping the city and re-establishing new defensive lines or hiding in the desert. In an recent opinion piece, analyst Hassan Hassan quoting IS spokesperson Abu Mohamad Adnani referred to this tactic as “Inhiyaz”.
The Islamic State would find refuge in the Wilayat al-Furat desert that crosses the Iraq-Syria border, from where it can launch attacks on isolated Iraqi bases around the country.
Thus the real battle may unfold later in time, and it will require an organised counter-offensive to break the never-ending cycle of IS retreat and resurgence in Iraq.
Mona Alami a non-resident fellow with the Atlantic council covering Middle East politics with a special interest in radical organizations. Follow her on Twitter: @monaalami
Opinions expressed in this article remain those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The New Arab, its editorial board or staff.

Preparing For The "Micro" Nuclear War (Rev 8)

India-Pakistan Conflict News: Hundreds Of Nuclear Weapons Could Be Produced By India Claims New Study

ON 10/26/16 AT 12:50 PM
A new study by a Pakistan think tank;claims India has the capacity to produce between 356 and 492 nuclear bombs. The study, titled “Indian Unsafeguarded Nuclear Program,” comes amid growing hostilities between India and Pakistan, which continues to result in the loss of lives along the boundary dividing the disputed region of Kashmir.
Published on Monday by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) and authored by four nuclear scholars, the study states that previous estimates of India’s nuclear capabilities have been far too conservative.
“A groundbreaking research study reveals that India already has sufficient material and technical capacity to make 356 to 492 nuclear bombs,” read a press release to accompany the study’s release. “This work is in contrast to several earlier studies which took a much more modest view of the Indian nuclear bomb making potential.”
Like Pakistan, India is not party to the United Nation’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. And the study asserts that its nuclear program is now the largest of all non-signatories to the 1956 treaty, which has a stated objective of preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
“The purpose of this study was to provide an understanding of the true history, size, extent and capabilities of the different aspects of the complex Indian nuclear program, which New Delhi has kept outside the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards,” read the release. “It includes compelling evidence that India has the largest and oldest unsafeguarded nuclear program in the entire developing world and amongst states not party to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).”
India officially has between 100 and 120 nuclear warheads, almost identical to the estimate for Pakistan of between 110 and 130, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri). It is those nuclear capabilities that have caused particular alarm during the rising tensions between two countries that have already fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir.
The latest troubles escalated when an Indian army base in Kashmir was attacked by militants, killing 19, on Sept. 18. India then claimed it retaliated by carrying out “surgical strikes” on a terrorist stronghold on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control that divides the area into Indian and Pakistani rule.
On Wednesday, Pakistan summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a protest over what it called “unprovoked firing” by Indian forces. In recent days, civilians and military personnel have been killed on both sides in firing across the border.
In the past, Pakistan has not been afraid to make nuclear threats against its neighbor.
“We haven’t kept the devices that we have just as showpieces,” defense minister Khawaja Asif said in a television interview last month, according to The Times of India. “But if our safety is threatened, we will annihilate them [India].”