Antichrist Vows to Fight Israel (Revelation 13)

Iraqi cleric al-Sadr vows to be ‘the first soldier’ to defend Jerusalem


Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim leader Moqtada al-Sadr gestures as he delivers a speech over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Baghdad, Iraq December 7, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Provoked by the recent US decision, al-Sadr vowed to create a new brigade to defend Jerusalem, Kurdish media reports

Iraqis are invited to volunteer to a new brigade that will attempt to defend Jerusalem after the recent US decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital sparked rage across the Arab and Muslim world, reported the Kurdish media network Rudaw.

The spokesperson for Saraya al-Salam, Safa Tamimi, claimed that “we will arm, train, and categorize the volunteers according to their specialty” during an interview on Rudaw TV.

Saraya al-Salam is the armed wing of the Sadrist Movement, a political party led by the Shiite cleric al-Sadar that was created in 2003 and enjoys wide support across Iraqi society.

While the future brigade will not be a part of the Saraya al-Salam, Sadar warned in a speech delivered on Thursday that: “We can reach Israel through Syria,” and said he was ready to be the first soldier in such an attack.

The Iranian-backed Iraqi militia Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba said the recent US decision justifies targeting US forces, of which there are thousands in Iraq.

If such a brigade were to be created and mobilized it would be the first time Iraqis attempted to attack Israel directly using ground troops since the creation of the Arab Salvation Army by the Arab League during the war of 1948.

Led by the Nazi sympathizer Fawzi al-Qawuqji , the ASA recruited a few hundred Iraqis. The ASA took part in the fighting in what is today northern Israel.

USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (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

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.

“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.

This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.

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.”

The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

Antichrist Condemns Trump Decision

Iraq demonstrations condemn Trump decision


BAGHDAD – Hundreds of followers of the Sadrist movement and many others demonstrated Friday in several provinces, condemning Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The demonstrators carried Iraqi and Palestinian flags and pictures of the Dome of the Rock.

In the capital Baghdad, tens of thousands of worshipers took to the public squares after Friday prayers, protesting Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The representative of Sadr’s office in the province of Karbala Ahmed al-Husseini said in a statement today (December 8, 2017), “The demonstrations came under the guidance of the leader of the Sadrist movement, Moqtada al-Sadr, to condemn the US decision to take Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, ignoring the feelings of Muslims.”

The demonstrators chanted slogans condemning Israel and calling for a unified Arab and Islamic stance in response to what they called “the American overt and flagrant Israeli bias.”

A number of clerics, politicians, academics, elders and tribal elders participated in the demonstrations that began from the neighborhoods of Karkh and Rusafa, amid tight security.

A correspondent for NRT Arabic in Baghdad reports that the Palestinian ambassador in Iraq, Ahmed Aql, attended Friday prayers in Sadr City.

Trump signed a resolution to recognize Washington as Jerusalem’s capital and to begin steps to move the U.S. Embassy there.

Demonstrations are underway across the region and U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East are warning citizens to use caution and exert extra safety measures.

Dozens of Arab, Muslim, and non-Muslim states and as many Christian leaders, have rejected Trump’s decision.

Antichrist Fights for Jerusalem

The leader of the Sadrist Movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, condemned the US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy there. He called on Saudi Arabia to direct the Islamic alliance it leads to liberate Jerusalem.

In a news conference he held in Najaf on Thursday in response to Trump’s decision, Al-Sadr said, “The declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of (Israel) came on the day of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and this constitutes a challenge for Muslims, and I hope Muslims can really understand that.”

Al-Sadr called on the Jihadi Iraqi factions to an urgent meeting in any place they want to discuss the matter of Jerusalem, pointing out that “if the factions are serious in fighting (Israel) I will be the first soldier and not a leader,” according to Al-Sumaria Iraqi channel.

He stressed the need for “the return of Jerusalem to the majority and not to the minority,” and called “the Palestinians not to bow in any way after Trump’s decision, and to reinitiate the Palestinian Intifada,” according to HuffPost Arabi.

Al-Sadr also called on Saudi Arabia to “immediately end the war in Yemen, Bahrain and Syria, and direct the Islamic alliance it leads to liberate Jerusalem. Otherwise, this will bring nothing but humiliation and disgrace for us and for it as well in case it fails to do so.”

Al-Sadr called on the Arab and Islamic countries to “temporarily close American embassies and to permanently close the Israeli embassies.” He urged them to “reject all Arab and Islamic differences and unite against such attacks.”

He also called on “Arab young people to be aware of the weightiness of the issue and renew the Islamic Jihad spirit in order to liberate Jerusalem before it is too late.” He stressed that the “Arab Spring must be against Israel, the traitorous rulers and megalomaniacs.”

Muslims must liberate Jerusalem not fight each other - Cartoon [Arabi21News]

Iranian Hegemony in the Middle East (Daniel 8:4)


Iran’s role and aims in the Middle East—often described as expansionist—are more complicated than what typically appears on the surface.

Iran’s political elites are endorsing the assassination of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh and signalling that Tehran’s expansionist aims in the region are widely supported across the Iranian political spectrum.

The assassination, presumably carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on December 4, was condoned by Iranian president Hasan Rouhani, the chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohammed Ali Jafari, and the editor-in-chief of Kayhan, a newspaper close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. In referring to the killing, Jafari went as far as to declare that the benefits Iran sees in the aftermath of Saleh’s assassination are a step toward fulfilling the goals of the 1979 Islamic revolution. “Iran’s allies in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain have taken inspiration from the experiment of the Iranian revolution,” he was quoted on the website Tasnim, a news agency close to the IRGC.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a long-time confidant of Khamenei remarked: “The Saudi Emirati conspiracy (after the Saleh assassination) has failed in Yemen. The Yemeni people have resisted for two years Saudi barbaric bombing.”

This overarching consensus among all factions within the political system is a departure from Iran’s public face on regional affairs. In the past, the president and foreign minister generally offered more measured opinions and reactions on issues regarding violence and extremism associated with Iran and its proxies in the Middle East. But a combination of factors converging at the same time have shifted Iran’s posture. The regime has chosen to put forward a united front and no longer believes it is in its interest to either downplay its support for Shia militias and societies in the region or to renounce violence that works to its strategic advantage.

There are other factors that are also contributing to Iran’s changing calculation: The key military role played by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, along with Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah in Syria, has secured Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s power in that country for the foreseeable future. Assad’s victory in Syria is also a victory for Iranian hardliners, likely tilting the balance of power in Tehran in favor of military expansionism. Even if the more moderate President Rouhani held different views—and this is unknown—he would not have the political capital to voice them openly in contradiction to the hardliners position. Rouhani said during a nationally televised speech on December 5: “The dedicated people of Yemen will make aggressors regret their actions.”

Second, Iran perceives itself as winning in the geopolitical conflict with its rival Saudi Arabia in four Arab countries: Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq. In responding to Saleh’s death, Jafari also said that the assassination “foiled a plot against the Houthis,” a reference to Saleh’s December 2 decision to shift his allegiances from support for the Houthis, and effectively Iran, to backing Saudi Arabia. Analysts in the Middle East and in the West believe this shift prompted his assassination.

In Lebanon, the recent crisis over Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned briefly under pressure from Saudi Arabia, shows that Hariri’s coalition is fracturing in the face of a relatively united Shia front led by Hezbollah, which holds vast political power inside the government. In lockstep with Iran’s position on the Saleh assassination, Hezbollah’s satellite station, Al Manar, commented December 5: “The killing of Ali Saleh (who was a knife into the people) will bring calm to the Yemeni fight.”

And in Iraq, parts of the state and clerical establishment have tried to make independent decisions, despite Tehran’s dominance of Baghdad.

Iran’s role and aims in the Middle East—often described as expansionist—are more complicated than what typically appears on the surface. In some countries, such as Lebanon and Syria, Tehran’s military intervention is proactive. But in a country like Yemen, Iran’s involvement was probably opportunistic.

Ryan Crocker, a seasoned diplomat who has negotiated directly with Iranian officials over issues such as Iran’s involvement with Al Qaeda operatives and was a chief architect of U.S. policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, certainly believes this is the case. “Yemen and the Houthis were a gift that fell into the lap of the Iranians,” Crocker said in an interview December 4. “Iran always keeps all options open. Everyone is welcome,” he said, referring to Iran’s historic cooperation with Sunni groups in the Middle East.

Although Iran’s involvement in the Arab world can be viewed from a Shia-Sunni fault line, Iran is known to support Sunni groups if there is a strategic advantage to doing so.

It is far too early to know if Iran’s satisfaction with Saleh’s assassination in the long term will serve its interests in the Middle East. But clearly the Islamic Republic has changed its public posture. Apparently, the fragmentation in the region that has worked to Tehran’s advantage has emboldened the regime. Now, the pretense has been lifted.

Geneive Abdo is a resident scholar at the Arabia Foundation, a veteran expert on contemporary Iran and the author of The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi’a—Sunni Divide.