The sixth shake before the sixth seal: Revelation 6

The sixth earthquake in four days rocks the SC Midlands. What to know

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Another earthquake shook up the South Carolina Midlands Thursday morning.

The earthquake hit at around 7 a.m. about 20 miles outside of Columbia, according to the United States Geological Survey. The 2.5 magnitude had it’s epicenters near Elgin.

This is the sixth earthquake since Dec. 27 when a 3.3 magnitude quake was reported. People reported feeling shaking and hearing a loud boom during some of the other quakes. All the seismic activity has been centered near Elgin or neighboring Lugoff. The other four earthquakes have been 2.5 magnitude or lower.

An earthquake of 2.5 magnitude is considered minor, according to seismologists. For the most part quakes that register 2.5 magnitude or less go unnoticed and are only recorded by a seismograph. Any quake less than 5.5 magnitude is not likely to cause significant damage.

Earthquakes can happen in clusters, seismologist say.

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How Antichrist’s retirement from political life reflects on Iraq’s political spectrum

How Al-Sadr’s retirement from political life reflects on Iraq’s political spectrum

  • How Al-Sadr’s quit of political life reflects on Iraq’s political spectrum

Following Iraq’s powerful cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr’s announcement of quitting political life on August 29, his supporters stormed the presidential palace in the Green Zone, which later turned into clashes that rocked Baghdad for two days, killing 30 people and injuring over 700 others, according to Iraqi medical sources on August 30.

Ruba Ali Al-Hassani, an Iraqi-Canadian and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lancaster University and Project SEPAD – an acronym for “Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianization” – said that Moqtada Al-Sadr’s resignation from political life is “performative.”

“It was his way of trying to wash his hands of responsibility for what would take place next,” Al-Hassani told Al Mayadeen English in an interview. “His supporters would not raise arms in battle without his consent or orders.”

The clashes that rocked Baghdad stopped by noon on August 30 after Sadr delivered a speech at a press conference during which he apologized for the violence and told his supporters to leave the Green Zone.

“The party is disciplined and obedient, and I wash my hands of those who do not withdraw from parliament building within 60 minutes,” Sadr said in a televised speech broadcast by several news outlets including Al Mayadeen.

Asked if Al-Sadr’s clashes-ending call was late, Al-Hassani said “of course it was late, but it was also calculated and intended to arrive late, to show his counterparts what he and his followers are capable of.”

Al-Sadr also in his speech thanked “the security forces that took a neutral stance with all parties,” and added that the Popular Mobilisation Unit (PMF) that has integrated with the Iraqi security forces has nothing to do with what is happening.


Sadr’s decision to quit political life came after he reached a political deadlock with his rivals, a decision that propelled his supporters to storm the presidential palace in the Green Zone, leading the army to swiftly order a curfew on August 29.

Asked why Sadr didn’t call on his followers to leave the Green Zone before his resignation to avoid violence, Al-Hassani said “because his goal was for them [Sadrists] to storm parliament, as they did weeks ago, to storm the High Judicial Council, which they did last week, to storm the Republican Palace, as they did today [August 30].”

“It is a pattern, and it is not new. His followers have stormed parliament several times before,” Al-Hassani told Al Mayadeen English.

Sadr supporters stormed parliament in late July to prevent the Coordination Framework from forming a new cabinet after the Sadrist bloc resigned en masse from Parliament in June.

“They enjoy a level of impunity no one else does. The government doesn’t dare to challenge them, as [caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa] Al-Kadhimi is a Sadrist ally, as he has shown several times over the past two years,” she explained.

According to France 24, “Sadr says he simply wants a new election. The Coordination Framework says it wants a government to be formed first — and then for elections to be held, under conditions.”

Repercussions of resignation 

The clashes between groups in Baghdad’s Green Zone and elsewhere prompted Iran to close its air and land borders with Iraq on August 29 before it reopened them following Sadr’s speech. The UAE also suspended flights to and from Baghdad over security reasons.

“Sadr uses his resignation frequently as leverage over his counterparts to posture and remind them that they cannot function politically without him,” Al-Hassani told Al Mayadeen English. “He has a large followership, and he has an unpredictable nature which puts his counterparts at a disadvantage.”

“If they cannot predict his next move, they cannot act accordingly. This time, however, his counterparts predicted that he would act impulsively, especially in response to Al-Haeri’s resignation, which came at a curious time. He also seems to have lost some leverage after stating in his press conference that ‘both the killer and the killed will go to hell’, thereby angering some of his own followers. This may just be the inevitable moment when Al-Sadr shot himself in the foot,” said Al-Hassani.

“Mind you, he is just as guilty as all other parties of corruption and violence. Reform should begin from within his party,” explained Al-Hassani.

However, following Sadr’s speech, his supporters started to leave the Green Zone area immediately in response to his call, and the nationwide curfew which went into effect on August 29 has been lifted by the government, raising hopes that there might be an end to the violence.

“He [Al-Sadr] continues to be their leader, and his press conference today and ensuing withdrawal of Sadrists from the Green Zone is a prime example of that,” Al-Hassani said. “There is no Sadrist movement without Al-Sadr.”

Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) welcomed Al-Sadr’s call for protesters to end protests in the Green Zone.

Al-Kadhimi also hailed Al-Sadr as a patriot for calling to end the bloodshed and said in a tweetthis call placed a “moral duty” on all Iraqis to engage in dialogue. 

‘Reason for this crisis’

Following Sadrists withdrawal from the Green Zone, the Coordination Framework called on its supporters to end their protests and leave Baghdad’s Green Zone.

“Return to your homes safely and be fully prepared to answer the nation’s call,” the Framework said in a message to supporters who started an “indefinite sit-in” on August 12 in the Green Zone demanding a new government to be formed as quickly as possible.

“The Coordination Framework has the options of forming a government, removing the Sadrist movement from all its positions, and not allowing it to interfere in any of the state’s files,” said Ghalib Aldaamy, Professor of Media at Ahlul-Bayt University.

The Sadrists started an open-ended protest first inside and then outside parliament to prevent the Framework from forming a government and demanding dissolving parliament and holding fresh elections.

“I do not think that the framework is with the dissolution of parliament at all, and the reason for this crisis is the unwillingness of the Framework to dissolve the parliament,” Aldaamy told Al Mayadeen English.

Iraq’s President Barham Salih said later on August 30, that “holding new, early elections according to a national understanding represents a way out of the stifling crisis instead of political squabbling or clashing and fighting each other.”

‘A pressure card’

“I don’t think that Al-Sadr is serious about withdrawing from political life, as he took such a decision more than once and has always returned to politics under the pretext of defending,” Iraqi journalist Ahmed Adel told Al Mayadeen English. “This withdrawal is nothing but a pressure card.”

Adel said the policy of the Sadrist movement is “a unipolar policy, that it is related to the person of Al-Sadr, and no one can take his place in managing the political work of the Sadrist movement.”

Adel pointed out that during the negotiation process of the electoral alliances, Sadr changed committees more than once, but in the end, he is the one who comes up with the political decision through a tweet or word away from these committees.

The journalist believes that “the first one responsible for the clashes is the [caretaker] Prime Minister as he allowed these groups to enter the Green Zone and he was aware of all kinds of weapons they entered.” 

“Those responsible for protecting the Green Zone are the special squad that is protecting the government buildings, so these clashes were between the Saraya Al-Salam militias and the official government forces, and today [August 31] a funeral was held for the sons of the Iraqi army [killed] in Baghdad,” said Adel.


It is not clear if Sadr will backtrack his decision of quitting political life, as Reuters reported: “he has often returned to political activity after similar announcements although the current deadlock in Iraq appears harder to resolve than previous periods of dysfunction.”

Dr. Ghalib Aldaamy, professor of Media at Ahlul-Bayt University in Iraq, said the “political process in Iraq is one that is not governed by regulations, standards, or foundations; it relies on improvisational rules.”

“It is difficult to say that the Sadrist movement has retired from political life,” Aldaamy told Al Mayadeen English.

“Sadr withdrew in the sense that he will not interfere with the trends of his followers in the demonstrations, and this was confirmed August 30 when he delivered a clear statement calling for the movement to be withdrawn from the demonstrations permanently,” Aldaamy said.

“As long as Mr. Muqtada Al-Sadr is alive, the Sadrist movement will remain politically active.

“I think that Al-Sadr will deputize one of the people in managing the most important files, but he will remain interfering in critical circumstances that need him to send a message to the Sadrist movement,” added Aldaamy.

Al-Hassani, the Postdoctoral Research Associate at Lancaster University, told Al Mayadeen English that “he [Sadr,] is the boy who cried wolf, as he has resigned at least 6 times in the past, and 2 times over the past year.”

“His resignation won’t last long, and in the meantime, they will continue to mobilize, just like last summer. He resigned in August 2021, yet his party continued to mobilize voters for the October elections and developed a mobile app for their registration…and when he ‘returned’ to politics, everything was ready to win the election,” Al-Hassani noted.

“Iraqis expect his return, but we’re not sure when exactly.”

Clashes Between Antichrist’s Men, Opponents Left Five People Killed in Basra

Clashes Between Sadrists, Opponents Left Five People Killed in Basra

Clashes Between Sadrists, Opponents Left Five People Killed in Basra

Security tensions in Iraq spread to the southern province of Basra, where five people were killed in clashes between supporters of the “Sadr movement-known also as Sadrists” Muqtada al-Sadr and their opponents belonging to “Asa’ib (groups) Ahl al-Haq” led by Qais Khazali.

The Iraqis express their concern that the crisis remains open.

They refuse the expansion of the battles that took place in the first confrontation in the Green Zone in central Baghdad, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries a few days ago.

Observers in Iraq no longer bet on the withdrawal of Sadrists from the Green Zone, after last Monday’s clashes.

They do not expect that the withdrawal of the Sadrists will put an end to the possibility of an armed clash with their rivals of the  “Coordinating Framework”, which is loyal to Iran.

There are indications that the relative calm that has occurred on the “fronts” of Baghdad is a space for organizing ranks in preparation for intermittent clashes.

And Iraqi politicians believe that this double tactic of the Shiite factions may be a prelude to a possible strike against al-Sadr, after receiving advice from Iran, “outraged at the uprising of al-Sadr.”

Antichrist’s Men call for removal of militias from Baghdad Green Zone

Iraq’s Sadrist Movement has called for militias, including factions of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (Hashd al-Shaabi), to be removed from”sensitive” areas, including Baghdad’s Green Zone, after a week of particularly deadly violence.

Five people were killed in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Thursday when Saraya Al-Salam, a militia affiliated with the Sadrist Movement, clashed with Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, a PMF faction.

Two of those killed were from Saraya al-Salam, while three were from Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, a senior security official in Basra told The New Arab‘s Arabic-language sister site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. Theyadded that the situation had since calmed after the heavy deployment of state security forces.

Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to many state institutions, witnessed heavy bloodshed on Monday when supporters of the Sadrist Movement stormed the area in violence that killed 30 people after its leader, Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said he would quit politics.

Salih Mohammad al-Iraqi, a shadowy figure on Twitter believed to be a senior adviser to Muqtada Al-Sadr, urged caretaker prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi to have state forces take over “sensitive” areas and remove all PMF militia factions from the Green Zone.

Al-Iraqi also called for al-Kadhimi to remove Falih al-Fayyadh from his position as chairman of the PMF, saying he was unfit to hold the role.

The PMF is a state-sanctioned umbrella group of militias backed by Iran. Some have been accused of grave human rights violations, including the killing and kidnapping of prominent figures in Iraq’s popular protest movement that began in October 2019.

Iraqi leaders have failed to hold the factions accountable for such abuses.

Some of the militias are linked to members of the Coordination Framework, the umbrella group of Iran-backed political parties that are the main opponents of Sadr and his party.

The two sides have been engaged in a political deadlock that has left Iraq without a government for almost a year.

The Sadrists won the largest share of seats in the October election but failed to form a majority government. MPs belonging to Sadr’s bloc later resigned from parliament, and his supporters last month stormed the parliament building in Baghdad.

Sadr has demanded that parliament be dissolved and early elections held, while the Coordination Framework said that parliament would have to convene to dissolve itself.

Iraq’s top court said it would give a ruling on parliament’s dissolution next week

The Russian and Chinese Nuclear Horns Join Forces: Daniel 8

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping bolster ties. 

Putin to attend war games with China and other allied nations, expert warns of ‘dangerous’ time

Russia expert warns Moscow and Beijing could be planning a ‘surprise’ during drills like a simulated nuclear weapons release

September 2, 2022 11:45am EDT

China and Russia team up for 'war games' in light of US sanctions

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the Vostok-2022 war games that Russia is hosting in coordination with China and other Moscow-allied nations, reports said Friday.

According to Russia state owned broadcasting network RT, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Putin will visit the active phase of the military drills on Sept. 6.

The trip will come ahead of his impending travel plans to Central Asia in mid-September, when he may meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other nation’s leaders for a regional summit. 

“He will work in Vladivostok itself,” Peskov said, referring to an area along the Sea of Japan and just north of North Korea. “The strategic command and staff exercises of the armed forces Vostok-2022 begin there.”

Russia’s defense ministry said this week that the exercises will be held Sept. 1-7 in several locations across Russia’s Far East.

The drills will involve more than 50,000 troops and participation from several former Soviet nations, China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Syria.

The exercises will take place at seven different firing ranges and utilize over 5,000 weapons units, 140 aircraft and 60 warships.

The massive military drills signify not only an expanding relationship between Russia and China amid heightened tensions with the U.S., but are intended to demonstrate Russia’s ability to send tens of thousands of troops to engage in military drills amid its war in Ukraine, one expert told Fox News.

“It’s a strategic messaging campaign,” former intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Rebekah Koffler said, adding it signifies “business as usual for Russia, despite the fact that war is raging on.”

In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, Chinese soldiers arrive to the Grodekovo railway station to participate in war games drills, in Grodekovo, Primorsky Krai, Russia. 

The Russia expert said Putin is letting Western nations know that Moscow is not as isolated as the U.S. and its allies would like to think amid its war in Ukraine.

“This is a multi-lateral war-game with China having 2,000 troops participating – plus 12 other countries, including Syria, and possibly India,” she added. 

Koffler said Putin could be planning some sort of stunt to “surprise” the U.S. and Western allies, like a simulated “nuclear weapons release.”

The former DIA intelligence officer pointed to the 2010 military exercises when Russian forces simulated a tactical nuclear strike against an invading force. 

The 2018 exercises saw China’s first ever participation in the coordinated trainings, which were presided over by Putin and Xi during live-fire drills.

Soldiers attend strategic military exercise "Vostok-2022" in Moscow, Russia on Sept. 1, 2022.

“These sorts of things are prone for misunderstanding, miscalculation and unintended escalation, especially during an active conflict as the relations between both Russia and the U.S., and China and the U.S. are extremely tense,” she said.

Koffler pointed out that though this year’s drills are much smaller than in previous years, she warned, “We are in a very dangerous zone.” 

“Both Russia and China are behaving recklessly, and they have no respect for the current U.S. administration,” she added.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said this week that as part of the coordinated training operations, the Russian and Chinese navies will “practice joint action to protect sea communications, areas of marine economic activity and support for ground troops in littoral areas” in the Sea of Japan.

The naval exercises come as Western defense officials are increasingly concerned by China’s aggressive behavior directed at Taiwan.

It remains unclear if Xi will be officially be traveling to the regional conference to meet with Putin, but reports last month suggested the Chinese president was considering the trip following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei earlier in the month – which sparked outcry from Beijing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Caitlin McFall is a Fox News Digital reporter. You can reach her at or @ctlnmcfall on Twitter.

The Russian Horn may use nuclear weapons if existence is threatened

Ryabkov: We may use nuclear weapons if our existence is threatened


Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia can use nuclear weapons if its existence is threatened, and this is found in the Russian military doctrine.

“Let me remind you that the Russian military doctrine, as well as a document such as the “Basics of State Policy in the Field of Nuclear Deterrence”, comprehensively defined all the scenarios in which we can theoretically use nuclear weapons. Such scenarios of aggression against Russia and its allies using weapons of mass destruction.”. Ryabkov said.

He added that Russia and other countries have expressed concern about the proliferation of nuclear weapons, as well as their concerns about the transfer of nuclear weapons by the United States outside Europe, which has been happening for decades.

“We call on the United States and its NATO allies to take a different approach and be guided by responsibility in this area, as Russia does,” he added.

USGS Confirms Pair of Earthquakes Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

USGS has confirmed that two earthquakes hit New Jersey yesterday, just west of the metro New York City area.  Image: USGS
USGS has confirmed that two earthquakes hit New Jersey yesterday, just west of the metro New York City area. Image: USGS

USGS Confirms Pair of Earthquakes in New Jersey; Dozens Report Shaking in Northern Portion of the State

August 31, 2022

USGS has confirmed that two relatively weak earthquakes struck New Jersey yesterday in northern New Jersey, confirming what many people had reported on social media. USGS received more than 5 dozen reports of shaking from the stronger of two earthquakes which struck Morris County.

The first earthquake, a magnitude 2.3 event, struck at 5:14 pm at a depth of 5 kilometers near White Meadow Lake.  According to a USGS, an aftershock from that initial earthquake struck nearby at 6:37 pm at a depth of 5 km. The aftershock was rated a magnitude 1.7 event.

While many people reported shaking, there were no confirmed reports of any damage.

Earthquakes, albeit weak ones, do strike the Garden State from time to time. A much more substantial earthquake struck Freehold, New Jersey in September 2020. That quake, a magnitude 3.1 event, rattled a larger portion of New Jersey and generated shaking reports within the New York City metro area.