Seismic Activity Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

Reported seismic-like event (likely no quake): Manhattan, 1.1 mi south of Brooklyn, Kings County, Nueva York, USA, Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm (GMT -4)

Reported seismic-like event (likely no quake): Manhattan, 1.1 mi south of Brooklyn, Kings County, Nueva York, USA, Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm (GMT -4) – 1 day 1 hours ago

Event status: disregarded [?]

Updated: Thu, Jul 21, 2022 19:31 GMT – just now

20 Jul 18:59 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeJul 20, 2022 18:54:37 UTC – 1 day 1 hours agoLocal timeWednesday, Jul 20, 2022 at 2:54 pm (GMT -4)StatusdisregardedMagnitudeunknown (3?)Depth10.0 kmEpicenter40.63402°N / 73.94743°W   (KingsNueva YorkUnited States)ShakingWeak shakingFelt1 reportPrimary data sourceVolcanoDiscovery (User-reported shaking)Nearby2 km (1 mi) S of Brooklyn (pop: 2,300,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
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327 km (203 mi) NE of Washington (District of Columbia) (pop: 601,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearbyWeather at epicenterClear Sky 34.4°C (94 F), humidity: 48%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from S

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China Expanding Nuclear Arsenal To Threaten Babylon the Great

 ‘China Expanding Nuclear Arsenal To Threaten U.S.’

‘China Expanding Nuclear Arsenal To Threaten U.S.’

China is developing its nuclear forces to threaten the United States and shield its authoritarian ambitions, according to the Biden administration’s newly published National Defense Strategy. The strategy highlights China’s communist regime as “the most comprehensive and serious challenge to U.S. national security” and directs political and military leaders to “act urgently to sustain and strengthen U.S. deterrence” against the regime. Of particular note is the document’s advisory that China is developing new nuclear weapons in order to threaten the United States, possibly by preparing for a nuclear first strike, reports The Epoch Times. “The PRC (People’s Republic of China) is increasing its capability to threaten the United States and our allies and partners with nuclear weapons,” the strategy said. “The PRC has embarked on an ambitious expansion, modernization, and diversification of its nuclear forces and established a nascent nuclear triad,” the strategy said. “The PRC likely intends to possess at least 1,000 deliverable warheads by the end of the decade.”

Nuclear war threat: Revelation 16

Nuclear war threat: Russian nukes would destroy UK and US, military expert warns

By Will Stewart and Jack Newman and Chris Pleasance for MailOnline 09:28 27 Oct 2022, updated 14:48 27 Oct 2022

Huge Russian nuclear drills watched over by Vladimir Putin were a rehearsal for wiping Britain and America off the map, a state media stooge declared last night.

Colonel Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of Russia’s National Defence magazine, saidyesterday’s missile, submarine and bomber drillswere to demonstrate his country’s ability to carry out an overwhelming retaliatory strike if it were ever to come under attack using nukes.

Mr Korotchenko made it clear who the drills were aimed at, telling state TV: ‘Who could launch a first nuclear strike on Russia? The US and the UK. I don’t know if [French President] Macron is someone who would join this adventure… It is very important that we have shown who our main enemies are and what awaits them.’

If the strike were carried out for real, Mr Korotchenko boasted, Britain would be submerged beneath the Atlantic Ocean and instead of the United States there would be a new naval strait named after Joseph Stalin. 

‘There is no compromise,’ he added. ‘The signal has been sent [to the US and UK]. This [should make them] sober up and clear their minds. This is not nuclear blackmail. This is what we would really do [if] we get hit.’

And adding to tensions, Russia today warned that it could attack the West’s commercial satellites in ‘retaliation’ to the US and its allies using them to aid Ukraine’s war effort.

Konstantin Vorontsov, deputy director of the Russian foreign ministry’s department for non-proliferation and arms control, told the United Nations that use the use of Western satellites to help Ukraine was ‘an extremely dangerous trend’.

‘Quasi-civilian infrastructure may be a legitimate target for a retaliatory strike,’ Vorontsov told the United Nations First Committee, adding that the West’s use of such satellites to support Ukraine was ‘provocative’.Russia rehearsed its response to a nuclear attack yesterday in an exercise involving nuclear submarines, strategic bombers and ballistic missiles at a time when tensions are high over a ‘dirty bomb’ allegation it has made against UkraineRussia’s Tu-95MS strategic bomber is seen landing during exercises held by the country’s strategic nuclear forces at an unknown locationVladimir Putin watches over the drills ¿ a yearly preparedness exercise dubbed ‘Grom’ or ‘Thunder’ ¿ from Russia’s nuclear command centre joined by his security chiefs in a virtual meetingColonel Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of Russia¿s National Defence magazine, told state TV last night that the drill was to rehearse the destruction of the UK and US

‘We are talking about the involvement of components of civilian space infrastructure, including commercial, by the United States and its allies in armed conflicts,’ Vorontsov was quoted as saying at the United Nations.

Vorontsov did not mention any specific satellite companies though Elon Musk said earlier this month that his rocket company SpaceX would continue to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, citing the need for ‘good deeds.’

Vladimir Putin watched over yesterday’s drills – a yearly preparedness exercise dubbed ‘Grom’ or ‘Thunder’ – from Russia’s nuclear command centre. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said they were designed to rehearse a ‘massive strike’.

The drills involved the test-firing of a Yars land-based intercontinental ballistic missile from the northern Plesetsk spaceport and the launch of a Sineva ICBM by a Russian nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea, just ten miles away from the shores of Nato member Norway.

As part of the exercise, Tu-95 strategic bombers also launched cruise missiles at practice targets.

Footage shows a large nuclear submarine in the water during the test.

The large team were filmed making preparations for the simulation nuclear strikes and following launch protocol as they took part in the annual exercise.

Clips also showed them flicking switches, running up stairs, speaking to each other on radios and monitoring the missiles before they were fired. 

As the test began, the Russian Sineva was seen soaring through the air from the water and disappearing into the clouds.

Meanwhile the Yars later shot into the air after switches were flicked and a sound indicated that it was about to go off.

After it was launched, a huge ball of flames engulfed the sky and left a cloud of smoke in its wake as a loud bang was also heard. 

The drills were monitored remotely by Putin, who also spoke to some of his military chiefs afterwards. 

The manoeuvres followed Putin’s warning about his readiness to use ‘all means available’ to fend off attacks on Russia’s territory in a reference to the country’s nuclear arsenals.

The Kremlin said that all tasks set for the exercise were fulfilled and all the missiles that were test-fired reached their designated targets.Test launch of the Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles at Plesetsk in western Russia yesterdayThe Russian despot monitors the drills from the Kremlin yesterday as the country’s strategic nuclear forces practised multiple launches of ballistic and cruise missilesSuch drills involving land, sea and air components have taken place on an annual basis to train the country’s nuclear forces and demonstrate their readinessAs part of the exercise, TU-95 strategic bombers also launched cruise missiles at practice targets

Such drills involving land, sea and air components have taken place on an annual basis to train the country’s nuclear forces and demonstrate their readiness.

The Biden administration said on Tuesday that Russia gave notice it intended to stage routine tests of its nuclear capabilities.

The Pentagon and US State Department said Russia had complied with the terms of the last US-Russia arms control agreement in notifying Washington of the upcoming tests. 

It comes amid Moscow’s warnings of a purported Ukrainian plot to detonate a radioactive device commonly known as a ‘dirty bomb’ in a false flag attack to blame Russia. 

Ukraine and its allies strongly reject the allegation, and yesterday Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: ‘This is absurd. Allies reject this blatantly false accusation, and Russia must not use false pretexts to escalate the war further.’

Mr Stoltenberg underlined that the 30-nation military organisation ‘will not be intimidated or deterred from supporting Ukraine’s right to self-defence for as long as it takes.’

Putin told a meeting of intelligence officials from the CIS group of ex-Soviet countries that the West was ‘pumping’ Ukraine with heavy weapons, adding: ‘There are also plans to use a so-called ‘dirty bomb’ for provocations.’

Shoigu today called his counterparts from India and China to convey Moscow’s concern about the purported Ukrainian plan.Putin has told intelligence officials from ex-Soviet countries that the potential for conflict in the world remained high

He voiced Moscow’s concern about ‘possible Ukrainian provocations involving a ‘dirty bomb” in the calls with his Indian counterpart, Rajnath Singh, and China’s Wei Fenghe, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

The conversations followed Shoigu’s calls with British, French, Turkish and US counterparts on Sunday in which he made the same claim. Britain, France, and the United States rejected it as ‘transparently false.’

Poland’s government said it is preparing for the Kremlin’s potential use of nuclear or chemical weapons after its warnings on Ukraine.

Sejm member Marcin Ociepa told Polish state broadcaster TVP1 the government believes Putin ‘may reach for nuclear or chemical weapons’ because his country’s forces are struggling in Ukraine and that Poland ‘must be prepared for all scenarios.’

Polish president Andrzej Duda, prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, national security ministers and leaders of Poland’s armed forces met on Tuesday to discuss aid for Ukraine and the course of the war, including Russia’s nuclear threats.

The head of Poland’s National Security Bureau, Jacek Siewiera, said after the meeting that the leaders discussed the risks and consequences associated with the use of any type of nuclear weapons in light of the changing characteristics of the war as well as the approaching winter. 

Despite the Western dismissal of the Russian claims, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted that ‘we have the information that there is an ongoing preparation in Ukraine for such a terror attack’.

‘We will continue to energetically inform the global community about what we know to persuade it to take action to prevent such irresponsible action by the regime in Kyiv,’ Peskov told reporters.

Moscow also took its accusation to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, voicing its concerns during a closed-door meeting.A destroyed car is seen in the town of Balakliia in east Ukraine, liberated by the Ukrainian Armed ForcesA view of the damaged gas station after the Russian missile attacks in Dnipro, Ukraine, yesterday

Russia has not made public the evidence that it asserts it has, but says it has prepared its troops to work under conditions of nuclear contamination.

Its deputy UN ambassador, Dmitry Polyansky, told reporters after the Council meeting that it had passed intelligence information to Western counterparts with the ‘necessary level of clearance’.

Britain’s Deputy UN Ambassador, James Kariuki, called the allegations ‘pure Russian misinformation of the kind we’ve seen many times before’.

Russia targeted more than 40 villages around Ukraine over the past day, Ukrainian officials said yesterday, killing at least two people and sustaining the terror that forces people into air raid shelters each night.

Russian forces launched five rockets, 30 air strikes and more than 100 multiple-launch rocket system attacks on Ukrainian targets, the Ukrainian armed forces general staff said.

A Ukrainian official reported that a Russian strike hit a gas station in the city of Dnipro, killing two people, including a pregnant woman. 

The governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentyn Reznichenko, said four of the wounded were hospitalised.

Mykolaiv, a southern port city near the war’s frontline, is among the places where residents have lined up to receive rations of bread and canned food as increases in food prices and losses of income add to the war-time burdens of low-income households in Ukraine.

Several buildings and neighborhoods were struck in Mykolaiv on Tuesday, though it was still unclear if there were any casualties, according to local authorities.

Missiles continued early yesterday morning.

The sole food distribution point in Mykolaiv allows each person to receive free bread once every three days. Many must walk long distances to collect the essential food items for their family.

Iraq is in Trouble Without the Antichrist

Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s former foreign minister and senior politburo member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), speaking to Rudaw in Washington D.C. on September 29, 2022. Photo: Screenshot/Rudaw

Former Iraqi FM says a government without Sadr will ‘not enjoy stability’


ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Any Iraqi government formed without the participation of powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will be unstable, the former foreign minister of Iraq told Rudaw on Thursday, while describing the withdrawal of the Sadrist Movement from the legislative body as a “strategic mistake.”

Iraq’s political scene has witnessed a series of developments over the past week which came after months of inactivity. The government formation process took a step forward after the pro-Iran Coordination Framework, the ruling Kurdish parties, and the Sunni blocs formed Running the State Coalition.

The coalition seeks to form Iraq’s next cabinet and put an end to the prolonged political deadlock that has plagued the country over the past year. If successful, the cabinet would become Iraq’s first government without the participation of the Sadrists, the kingmaker of three out of Iraq’s five parliamentary elections since 2005.

“A delegation of the main parties were supposed to visit Muqtada al-Sadr to make another attempt at convincing him to approve the government, to not stand against it, or to be a part of it, because any government without him [Sadr], take it from me, will not enjoy any stability, and I stand by that opinion,” Hoshyar Zebari, Iraq’s former foreign minister and senior politburo member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), told Rudaw’s Diyar Kurda on Thursday in Washington.

The Sadrist Movement formed a tripartite alliance with the KDP and the Sunni Sovereignty Alliance following the early elections of October 2021, seeking to form a national majority government. The alliance was disbanded once the Sadrist MPs resigned from their positions in June.

“We believe the decision was a strategic mistake. They should not have walked out. They have great popular power, and they could have protected that power in the parliament,” said Zebari, adding that the KDP does not regret its previous alliance with the Sadrists and the Sunnis.

Rejecting the Coordination Framework’s attempts at forming a government based on national consensus, Sadrist supporters stormed Baghdad’s Green Zone in late July, staging a sit-in for over a month to protest the candidacy of Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani for Iraq’s premiership. The protests culminated in deadly clashes between Sadrist supporters and loyalist Iran-backed militias, which killed at least 30 in the span of 24 hours.

Fresh demonstrations have been held by Sadrist supporters over the past week, attempting to block the Iraqi parliament from holding its first session in three months, and rejecting the Running the State Coalition’s efforts toward forming a government without Sadr.

The former foreign minister stressed that the government which the new coalition is attempting to form will not reign for long, but rather its only purpose will be to make preparations for early elections and approve of a 2023 budget, or at least a budget for the snap vote.

Disagreements within the Kurdish camp are another factor in halting the political process in Iraq, as the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have been unable to agree on a single candidate for Iraq’s presidency, a position which the latter has held since 2005.

Zebari stated that the two parties have not been able to reach an agreement on a candidate as of yet and that Reber Ahmed remains the KDP’s sole candidate.

“The post is for the Kurdish component. It is not owned by the PUK, the KDP, or the New Generation Movement…. if it were according to the results of the elections, the KDP is the number one [Kurdish] party,” Zebari added.

The inability to agree on a single candidate for Iraq’s next president, suggests the possibility of repeating the 2018 scenario where the KDP and the PUK fielded different candidates and the position was settled in a vote in the parliament, in which the PUK’s Barham Salih emerged victorious over the KDP’s Fuad Hussein.

US Accelerates Plan To Deploy ‘High-Accuracy’ Nuclear Weapons To European Homs: Daniel 7

Prototype of B61-12 nuclear bomb
A prototype of the B61-12 bomb with the GPS-guided tail kit. (via Twitter)

US Accelerates Plan To Deploy ‘High-Accuracy’ Nuclear Weapons To Europe Amid Flaring Tensions With Russia

October 28, 2022

The US has accelerated the delivery of the upgraded nuclear bombs to Europe amid escalating tensions with Russia, as per a US Diplomatic Cable cited by a recent Politico report.

According to the cable, the US officials told NATO allies during a closed-door meeting in Brussels this month that the upgraded B61-12 thermonuclear bomb that was initially scheduled to arrive in Europe next year could be deployed as early as December 2022.

This new and more accurate version of the B61-12 bombs will replace the older weapons in various NATO countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Turkey.

Additionally, the Biden administration has added the UK to the list of countries that will store US nuclear weapons, as earlier reported by EurAsian Times.

The US Air Force (USAF) used to store nuclear gravity bombs at RAF Lakenheath near the village of Lakenheath in Suffolk, England, UK, which in the 1990s had 33 underground storage vaults.

By the early 2000s, the vaults at Lakenheath had 110 B61 nuclear gravity bombs for delivery by F-15E aircraft of the 48th Fighter Wing of the USAF in Europe (USAFE).

In 2008, it was reported that nuclear weapons had been withdrawn from RAF Lakenheath. The US wants to return the weapons to those bunkers after 14 years of standing empty.

The weapons storage sites in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and the UK have undergone an infrastructure upgrade as part of a 13-year NATO investment program to store the new upgraded B61-12 bombs.

B61-12 is the latest variant of the B61 family of air-launched nuclear gravity bombs, which the US military has been operating since 1968.

The new variant, which is developed as part of the $10 billion B61-12 Life Extension Program, managed by the US Department of Energy, is aimed at enhancing the nuclear capabilities of the US and allied nations.

The bomb can be air-launched by the aircraft platforms such as B-2A, F-15E, F-16C/D, F-16 MLU, PA-200, F-35, and B-21.F-35 with B61 nuclear bomb via Twitter

In December 2021, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that the first production unit of the B61-12 had been completed.

Full-scale manufacturing was expected to begin in May 2022, and production is to be completed sometime in 2026, according to the NNSA. The project is expected to cost $8.4 billion in total.

The B61-12 is based on the B61-4 warhead with the new tail kit guidance assembly, which combines the new guided freefall capability with the existing ballistic (unguided) delivery capability of the B61 bomb. Equipped with four maneuverable fins, the tail section offers high levels of accuracy and limited stand-off capability over the previous variants.

It has a length of 3.6 meters and weighs approximately 375 kilograms. It can be fired at the target in ballistic gravity or guided drop modes.B6-12 nuclear bomb (Federation of American Scientists)

Notably, the missile is armed with one of the most versatile warheads in the US arsenal, as its explosive power can be moved up or down depending on the target, making it either a low- or medium-yield weapon.

Located in the bomb’s middle section, the warhead has four yield options, including 0.3kt, 1.5kt, 10kt, and 50kt.

The bomb uses an inertial navigation system (INS) to achieve high kill probability while improving the survivability of the launch platform. The weapon is expected to have an accuracy of approximately 30 meters.

As reported by EurAsian Times, the USAF was scheduled to begin training the nuclear units in Europe within the next year to receive the new B61-12 guided nuclear bomb. The first B61-12 bombs were expected to be shipped to Europe in 2023.

However, the new timeline for arrival suggests the Pentagon has determined the weapon is ready earlier than planned, according to Hans Kristensen, the Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

Kristensen said that the Defense Department (DoD) Inspector General was expected to complete a review of the weapon’s performance before the beginning of training for aircrews.

The USAF conducted flight tests of the new bomb design on the F-35A in October last year and certified it on the F-15E in 2020. However, the Pentagon said in February that it intended to “complete nuclear design certification of the B61-12 with the F-35A before January 2023, after which the [US Air Forces in Europe] will be able to start certification training,” noted Kristensen.

“I thought those two things were going to happen before you saw the physical arrival,” Kristensen continued.Notably, the news of expedited delivery of these air-dropped nuclear bombs to Europe has come amid heightened tensions over Russia’s repeated threats to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine, which has been a cause of concern for the West.However, US officials have maintained that upgrading the B61 bombs and replacing old bombs in NATO-member countries with new ones ensures the stockpile is modernized and safe.“Modernization of US B61 nuclear weapons has been underway for years, and plans to safely and responsibly swap out older weapons for the upgraded B61-12 versions is part of a long-planned and scheduled modernization effort. It is in no way linked to current events in Ukraine and was not sped up in any way,” Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told Politico.According to experts, the accelerated delivery in December may be directed more at European allies that feel particularly vulnerable to Russia’s aggression.“My guess is it is aimed more towards NATO than Russia,” said Tom Collina, Director of Ploughshares Fund, a disarmament group. “There are [older] B61s already there. The Russians know that. They work just fine. The new ones will be newer, but it’s not that much of a difference. But it may be a way to assure the allies when they feel particularly threatened by Russia,” he said.

The Lions’ Den and the Future of Militant Activity Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

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Analysis: The Lions’ Den and the Future of Militant Activity in the West Bank

By Joe Truzman | October 28, 2022 | | @JoeTruzman

In a joint Israeli security forces’ operation, a founder of the The Lions’ Den (TLD) was killed in the old city of Nablus on Oct. 25. The Lions’ Den commander, Wadee al-Houh was wanted for several acts of terrorism, including his role in the killing of Sgt. Ido Baruch on Oct. 11.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) published a statement saying security forces targeted a “hideout” in the Old City of Nablus that served as the group’s headquarters where explosives were also manufactured.

While the IDF did not mention al-Houh in its statement, an Israeli military official confirmed to FDD’s Long War Journal that he was the target of the operation. 

Following the killing of al-Houh, Israeli security forces launched another operation against TLD militants and arrested Muhammed al-Nabulsi, the brother of TLD co-founder Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, who was killed on Aug. 9 in armed clash with IDF troops.

The IDF stated Muhammed al-Nabulsi was suspected of “possessing weapons, manufacturing explosive devices, and involvement in the Lions’ Den”. 

The Rise of The Lions’ Den

The rapid ascension of the Nablus-based organization caught many in the Israeli defense establishment by surprise including other Palestinian militant organizations. Of course, there were already militant organizations in the northern West Bank that preceded TLD such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. However, TLD is unique because it wasn’t created by a foreign actor or another Palestinian faction. It’s mostly comprised of militants from different organizations and unaffiliated gunmen attracted the group’s cause. 

What has largely driven the group’s popularity is its use of social media platforms. TLD’s Telegram channel was created in Aug. and has been used to publish statements including videos of attacks on IDF troops and Israeli settlements. The channel’s popularity has grown so much that its follower count (~240k) has surpassed Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades, Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Saraya al-Quds and other well-known groups that have been using the platform to spread militant propaganda for years.

Hamas, Hezbollah and other Iranian-aligned militant organizations have recognized the value of the Lions’ Den in fomenting unrest in the West Bank. Hamas routinely publishes statementslionizing the group and its martyred militants. Additionally, it is suspected that Hamas funds the TLD’s activities, but proof has yet to be published substantiating this claim.

Hezbollah has also employed a similar strategy to boost the TLD’s propaganda efforts by publishing their statements on its online propaganda channel.

Israel Attempts to Neutralize The Lions’ Den

In recent weeks Israeli security operations have made significant achievements against TLD’s operations. On Oct. 22, a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) killedsenior TLD member Tamer al-Kilani in Nablus. TLD accused Israel of planting TNT inside a motorcycle rigged to detonate when Kilani walked by. While the Israeli military did not comment on Kilani’s death, his killing is consistent with previous targeted killing operations by the Israeli defense establishment.

Then on Oct. 25, Wadee al-Houh was killed by Israeli security forces in Nablus. 

On Oct. 26, senior TLD member Mahmoud al-Bana surrendered to Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces, reportedly due to concerns he would be targeted by Israeli security forces. Al-Bana was also wounded on the night of the Israeli operation targeting al-Houh.

Future Militant Activity in the West Bank

It appears that recent Israeli military operations have affected TLD activity in the West Bank. The last officially claimed attack was on Oct. 19 when the group said it targeted IDF soldiers patrolling near Mount Gerizim. 

Asked by FDD’s Long War Journal whether the IDF believed Israeli security operations against TLD was having a substantial affect, an Israeli military official answered in the affirmative. 

The lack of operations claimed by TLD is a positive sign for the Israeli military, but it is too soon to predict how the elimination and surrender of senior members will translate on the ground. While attacks against IDF troops and Israeli settlements may decrease in the West Bank, it’s reasonable to believe the uptick in militant-led violence since last year will not subside with the possible demise of TLD. 

Organizations that spearheaded the violence in the West Bank remain present. Palestinian Islamic Jihad, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades continue to claim attacks. In one example, Katibat Jenin (PIJ) claimed a shooting attack on the northern West Bank settlement of Shaked earlier today. 

Lastly, it is important to note there is a trend of copycat groups emerging in the West Bank with no apparent affiliation to established militant organizations. Some of these organizations have produced evidence supporting claims of attacks on Israeli targets. For example, previously unknown groups such as Saqour al-Quds (recently underwent a rebranding) and Saraya al-Sayyad have published statements and videopurportedly showing attacks on Israeli targets. Though it is unlikely these groups will become a persistent threat in the West Bank.

Joe Truzman is a contributor to FDD’s Long War Journal.

The Iranian Horn is an ever more ‘relevant’ problem

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi exits the podium after giving his remarks to the media at the United Nations headquarters in New York
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi exits the podium after giving his remarks to the media after attending a close door meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, U.S., October 27, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Iran is an ever more ‘relevant’ problem, nuclear watchdog chief says

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VIENNA, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Iran is a problem that is ever more “relevant”, the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s chief, Rafael Grossi, said on Friday, in an apparent reference to the growing number of advanced centrifuges the Islamic Republic is using to enrich uranium.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said in recent confidential reports to member statesseen by Reuters that Iran has been installing and enriching with more cascades, or clusters, of advanced centrifuges at its underground enrichment plants at Natanz and Fordow.

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At the same time, indirect talks with the United States on reviving a largely hollowed-out 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are stalled, with officials saying one important sticking point has been Iran’s demand that the IAEA end an investigation into uranium traces found at undeclared sites.

Asked in an on-stage discussion in Washington how he sees the world today, Grossi started with Iran rather than Ukraine and said it “continues to be a problem”.

“I see every day through my inspectors how this problem is getting more and more relevant, and I’m choosing a word which is neutral. It’s an even more relevant problem every day,” Grossi told the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, without elaborating.

He added later that he would not cave to political pressure over his investigation of the uranium traces and his efforts to obtain explanations from Iran on how they came to be there.

“I will never do anything in the verification area under political pretences or for political reasons. The IAEA has to do what it has to do. I say it here publicly and I’ve said it to my Iranian counterparts many times when they request that we look elsewhere.”