WAR DRUMS: North Korea says it will continue preparing ‘pre-emptive attacks with nuclear force’

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 North Korea promised on Saturday to continue preparing “pre-emptive attacks with nuclear force” in the face of U.S. “blackmail,” according to The Associated Press.

“Do not expect any change in its policy,” the state’s official media arm, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Saturday. “Its entity as an invincible power can neither be undermined nor be stamped out.”

KCNA said North Korea has been working toward “bolstering the capabilities for self-defense and pre-emptive attacks with nuclear force,” in response to ongoing “nuclear threat and blackmail and war drills” by the U.S.

North Korea has tested missiles at least 16 times in 2017, and threatened the use of a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit on a missile. More than one North Korean missile flew into the air space of neighboring Japan, and new models have flown to heights that some military analysts predict could reach the mainland U.S.

Increased provocations from North Korea have led to the implementation of crippling sanctions from the United Nations in the form of trade and crude oil bans, and bombastic rhetoric from President Trump.

Trump in August said he would unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if it continued to threaten the U.S. (Click to Source)

GOG AND MAGOG WATCH: Turkey and Russia sign deal on supply of S-400 missiles

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and Russia on Friday signed an accord for Moscow to supply Ankara with S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries, Turkish authorities said, finalizing a deal set to deepen military ties between NATO member Turkey and the Kremlin.

Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

The S-400 deal, reportedly worth some $2.5 billion and in the works for more than a year, has worried the West because the system cannot be integrated into NATO’s military architecture.

As part of NATO’s collective defense pledge, the allies integrate their ships, planes and weapons systems to make them work together, as well as sharing command across the alliance.

The accord is the latest in a series of moves by Ankara to boost its defense capabilities as it faces threats from Kurdish and Islamist militants at home and conflicts across its borders in Syria and Iraq.

In a statement late on Friday, Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) said that Moscow would supply the S-400 missile batteries to Ankara in an initial delivery planned for the first quarter of 2020.

On Wednesday, Sergei Chemezov, head of the Russian state conglomerate Rostec, told the Kommersant daily that Russia would supply Turkey with four batteries of S-400s under the deal.

However, the SSM said Turkey would buy two S-400 batteries from Russia under the agreement, with one being optional, and added the systems would be used and managed “independently” by Turkish personnel, rather than Russian advisors.

It said the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) would have full control over the systems, and added that the accord signed earlier on Friday included clauses on cooperation for technologic gains and joint development.

Turkey’s purchase of the systems has unnerved NATO member countries, who are already wary of Moscow’s military presence in the Middle East, as the system is incompatible with the alliance’s systems.

NATO officials have warned Turkey about unspecified consequences of purchasing the S-400, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said ties with NATO remain strong.

Chezmezov said Moscow was expected to begin the first deliveries in March 2020 and that Turkey was the first NATO member state to acquire the advanced S-400 missile system.

Earlier on Friday, Turkish newspapers cited Erdogan as saying Turkey would borrow in the Russian currency in a loan deal under the accord.

BORROWING “IN RUBLES”

“We will not borrow in dollars in this loan, we will borrow in rubles,” Hurriyet newspaper quoted Erdogan as telling reporters on his plane, returning from a trip to Africa.

According to Chemezov, Turkey would pay 45 percent of the cost of the agreement up front, with Russia providing loans to cover the remaining 55 percent.

The Russian Finance Ministry will finance a deal from the state treasury, while Russian banks will take part solely in the transfer of funds in the deal, a Russian banking source said.

Relations between Moscow and Ankara deteriorated sharply in 2015 after Turkey shot down a Russian air force jet that it said had crossed into Turkish airspace, but they have since repaired ties despite having backed different sides in the Syrian war.

They are now cooperating on Syrian peace efforts as well as projects in the defense industry and energy sectors.

While pushing ahead with the S-400 project, Ankara has sought to secure defense deals with other countries as well.

In November, Turkey signed a letter of intent with France and Italy to strengthen cooperation on joint defense projects. As a first step, the Franco-Italian EUROSAM consortium and Turkish companies will look into a system based on the SAMP-T missile systems.

Turkey has also invested heavily in the development of its domestic defense industry, with projects encompassing areas including combat helicopters, tanks, drones and warships. (Click to Source)

North Korea Begins Tests to Load Anthrax Onto ICBMs, Report Says

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North Korea has begun tests to load anthrax onto intercontinental ballistic missiles, Japan’s Asahi newspaper reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korea’s intelligence services.

 The report said the testing involves ensuring the anthrax survives the immense temperatures generated during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. North Korea has a stockpile of between 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, and is capable of producing biological agents such as anthrax and smallpox, South Korea has previously said.

The Asahi report comes a day after the White House published its National Security Strategy, a document that said Pyongyang is “pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile.”

“North Korea — a country that starves its own people — has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland,” the report said.

North Korea claimed it had completed its nuclear force after it fired a new Hwasong-15 ICBM in late November. South Korea assessed the missile — North Korea’s largest yet — could potentially fly 13,000 kilometers (about 8,000 miles) and reach Washington, though additional analysis was needed to determine whether it was capable of re-entry. (Click to Source)

PROPHECY WATCH: President Of Turkey Threatens To Wipe Out Israel! – Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to wipe out Jews

Invokes Islamic text in response to Trump’s Jerusalem move

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President Obama praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “a man of action” and one of the five world leaders with whom he had the strongest bond. President Trump met with him at the White House last spring.

And certainly Erdogan has tried to portray himself to Western leaders as a pragmatist with whom they can work.

But at a convention of his ruling party Sunday, Erdogan invoked a Muslim hadith — a collection of the accounts and sayings of Muhammad — that made clear his view of Jews and the state of Israel, according to dissident Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported.

“Those who think they own Jerusalem better know that tomorrow they won’t be able to hide behind trees,” Erdogan said, according to Bozkurt.

That statement essentially is an affirmation of a prophecy that all Jews will one day be destroyed, the journalist said.

Bozkurt explained Erdogan was making “a veiled threat of killing each and every Jew with a shocking reference to apocalyptic prophecy of tree story.”

The Turkish leader was responding to President Trump’s decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Bozkurt said anti-Semitism has always been in the background in Turkish society, but this marks the first time Turkey’s head of state has publicly fueled it.

Last year, Erdogan shut down Bozkurt’s former newspaper, Today’s Zaman, which had Turkey’s largest circulation, IPT noted.

The full hadith that Erdogan referenced says:

The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.

Erdogan invoked the hadith during a Justice and Development Party gathering Sunday in which he also accused Israel of being a terrorist state.

Turkey, under Erdogan, has harbored and funded Hamas terrorists, provided covert support to ISIS and other jihadists in Syria, and bombed civilians belonging to his own Kurdish minority, IPT said.

IPT pointed out that the Turkish Youth Foundation, run by Erdogan’s son, Bilal, participated in anti-Israel and anti-U.S. rallies calling on Muslims to unite against Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.

On Friday, protesters in Istanbul chanted “Jerusalem is ours and will remain so!” along with “Down with America” and “Down with Israel.”

‘An approach typical of the Russians or Chinese’

In May, as WND reported, Erdogan watching his security officials beat protesters outside Turkey’s embassy in Washington. Members of his security team also clashed with demonstrators in 2016 outside the Brookings Institution in Washington, where he was giving a speech.

Brookings issued a statement at the time saying the security team “behaved unacceptably — they roughed up protesters outside the building and tried to drag away ‘undesired’ journalists, an approach typical of the Russians or Chinese.”

WND reported many geopolitical analysts are concerned the NATO nation, once regarded as a potential member of the European Union, is being systematically transformed into an anti-Western power. Fifteen years into his rule, Erdogan is abandoning the secular tradition of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in favor of Islamic nationalism.

In April, Erdogan declared victory in a referendum to grant him sweeping powers in a vote opponents charged was marred by irregularities.

The measure, with 51.5 percent of the vote, replaced Turkey’s parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency and abolished the office of prime minister.

A week before his visit to the U.S., Erdogan urged Muslims to swarm the Temple Mount to act as a counter to the “insult” of “occupied Jerusalem.”

He called Israel a “racist and discriminatory” state that is reminiscent of apartheid in South Africa.

Erdogan also met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to work on “unifying efforts to protect Jerusalem against attempts of Judaization,” the independent Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

In December 2016, as WND reported, hacked emails released by WikiLeaks showed Erdogan’s son-in-law was tied to the company accused of importing oil from ISIS. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov previously told journalists in Moscow that Erdogan and his family were “involved” in ISIS’ illegal oil trade and personally benefiting from it.

Turkey also has been accused of training ISIS fighters and of providing direct support to ISIS.

‘Strong’ relationship

At the White House in May, President Trump and Erdogan described the relationship between the two countries as strong but avoided the differences over strategies for confronting ISIS in northern Syria.

The previous week, the Trump administration decided to supply heavy weapons to Syrian Kurdish rebel militias, the YPG, fighting ISIS. Turkey is in an ongoing battle with Kurdish separatists in its southeast.

The Turkish embassy claims the protesters at the embassy Tuesday were affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the leading Kurdish separatist group, which has been banned in Turkey.

The case of Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been imprisoned in Turkey without formal charges since October 2016, was brought up three times during Trump’s meeting with Erdogan, twice by Trump and once by Vice President Mike Pence, CBN reported.

A former member of Turkey’s Parliament who has advocated for Brunson’s release, Aykan Erdemir, told CBN that Brunson, improbably accused of “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” is now “a pawn, kind of a trump card in Erdogan’s hand.”

“There’s absolutely no rule of law, no due process in that case, it’s a completely bogus case. Anyone who has looked at the case knows that these are trumped up charges,” he said. (Click to Source)

 

US will take N. Korea ‘into our own hands’ if China doesn’t do more – Haley

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China must do more to counter North Korea or the US will take things “into our own hands,” America’s Ambassador to the UN has said.

 

Nikky Haley told Fox News Sunday that Beijing and the rest of the international community are following through with sanctions against Pyongyang for developing its nuclear weapons programme. She then commended Washington for leading the charge.

“But to be clear, China can do more,” Haley said. “And we’re putting as much pressure on them as we can. The last time they completely cut off the oil, North Korea came to the table. And so we’ve told China they’ve got to do more. If they don’t do more, we’re going to take it into our own hands and then we’ll start to deal with secondary sanctions.”

Haley explained that Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping  have a “very good relationship,” but Trump “is really starting to put the pressure on, saying that they’ve got to do more.”

“Now it’s time for China to respond,” she said.

Later in the interview, Haley was asked about her “sometimes undiplomatic talk for a diplomat,” in reference to her promise that North Korea would be “utterly destroyed,” in a war.

“It’s the truth,” she said. “I mean the reality is, if North Korea even attempts to try and threaten the United States or any one of our allies, they will be utterly destroyed. You know, diplomacy is great in some respects, but you have to also be honest. North Korea has pushed the envelope to an extreme level.”

Haley’s comments come in the wake of Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealing North Korea wants to engage directly with the US to protect its security. Lavrov said he briefed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the matter at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meeting in Vienna Thursday.

The US, South Korea and Japan are meanwhile gearing up for two days of missile tracking drills off the coast of Japan, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the country’s Maritime Self-Defense Force announced. The maneuvers come on the heels of large-scale military exercises held by the US and South Korea in a show of force against Kim Jong-un. (Click to Source)

Nationwide civil unrest coming… and city dwellers are the LEAST prepared to survive

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(Natural News) As I reveal in this podcast, below, military contractors are being told to prepare for domestic deployment inside the United States to prevent cities from being burned to the ground by raging, lunatic mobs. Yes, mass social unrest is in our near future, according to the people who run military contracting operations.

We don’t yet know exactly what event might set off such widespread civil unrest, but it’s not difficult to make some informed guesses about possible scenarios: An EMP attackfrom North Korea (which is suddenly very real thanks to recent ICBM testing by the Norks), an attempted left-wing revolution to overthrow America, a deep state coup attempt to remove President Trump from office, the collapse of the global debt pyramid, mass arrests of left-wing pedophiles in positions of power, and so on.

The point is that military contractors — i.e. former military personnel who are hired back on as private contractors — are well equipped to operate as domestic “special forces” to carry out specific missions on U.S. soil without violating posse comitatus. For the record, I happen to know a lot of these men, and the ones I know are 100% pro-America patriotswho are upstanding citizens. They are well prepared to help defend America against those who are desperately trying to destroy it from within.

These “contractors” are courageous, highly capable men who are experts in hand-to-hand combat, land navigation, assault tactics and long-range target shooting. Every one of them is a survivalist by nature, and they are hardy, intelligent, dedicated individuals. Do not take my article as implying in any way that these are bad people. In fact, my belief is that you will beg for their protection against the out-of-control left-wing mobs and militant groups (such as Antifa) that are trying to burn this country to the ground.

As a quick example, check out this story about a Trump supporter who was viciously attacked and beaten almost to death just yesterday by left-wing Antifa terrorists in Boston.

Special missions, including rescue operations, guarding infrastructure and overwatch protection for police

These military contractors are capable of carrying out all sorts of special missions, including:

  • Guarding key infrastructure against terrorists (power distribution hubs, power plants, railroads, etc.).
  • Taking out terror cells (Antifa, etc.) and their leadership with precision assaults or sniper missions.
  • Manning key transportation checkpoints such as those leading in and out of cities.
  • Providing overwatch protection for local law enforcement who are attempting to quell crazed left-wing mobs.
  • Running rescue operations to retrieve individuals who have been kidnapped or trapped by left-wing terrorists.
  • Extracting people from live shooting scenarios, even while the battle is still raging.
  • Sabotaging infrastructure being used by left-wing terrorists for their anti-America operations.
  • Destroying supply hubs (ammunition depots, fuel depots, etc.) of domestic enemies.

Trust me when I tell you these highly-trained men are fully capable of carrying out such missions with speed, precision and remarkable adaptability. Just ONE of these “operators” is worth at least 1,000 Antifa losers in terms of battlefield assets. Comprised of former Marines, Special Forces and even Navy Seals operators, these individuals are hard as hell to kill, and determined as hell to get their missions accomplished no matter what.

U.S. cities will become war zones, yet city people are the least prepared for disruptions

The upshot of all this is that if events unfold as we are being warned, large sections of many U.S. cities will be transformed into “war zones,” complete with arson, looting, gunfire and dead bodies. This, of course, means severe disruptions in:

  • Food deliveries to grocery stores
  • Fuel deliveries to gas stations
  • Internet connectivity (which affects food stamps)
  • Transportation and commuting routes
  • Emergency services, including hospitals, fire and police

Disruptions in all these services and supplies will only worsen the degree of panic and desperation among city dwellers. As I point out in the following podcast, city people tend to be the least prepared of all. This will add to the panic and cause the situation to escalate rapidly.

City egress routes will be blocked in some cases… not everyone will be allowed to LEAVE

The realization behind all this is even more shocking when you consider the fact that local law enforcement units have been told over the last year or so that when inner cities collapse into chaos and rioting, police units will NOT be sent in to deal with many situations. Instead, in some cases the strategy will simply be to “contain” the chaos and prevent it from spreading. This means manning roadblock checkpoints while allowing certain sectors of some cities to burn to the ground.

In much the same way that a viral pandemic must be contained to avoid it spreading, civil unrest will also be “firewalled” off to prevent its spread. This is the inevitable result of too few cops in most cities, where the cops are outnumbered by violent gang-bangers by at least a thousand to one. Any sufficiently large catalyzing event that causes angry left-wing mobs to spill onto the streets will immediately cause police and sheriff’s deputies to shift the focus of their activities to “containment” rather than “intervention.” (Trust me, they’ve told me this themselves.)

Why does this matter to you? Because if you’re stuck in a war zone section of the city, you may very well be on your own for some time, unable to exit the city because all the egress routes are blocked as part of the containment strategy. Certainly, special people will be allowed to leave, such as the Mayor and her family, or high-level officials of all kinds. But if you don’t have this special permission, you may find yourself literally trapped in your own city zone, unable to receive any help from calling 9/11… all while having to deal with armed, violent left-wing lunatics on your own (with no help from the outside).

My question to you is simply this: If you still live in a city, are you prepared to survive such a scenario?

South Los Angeles, East St. Louis, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, Phoenix, Baltimore and Boston… all potential WAR zones

Due to incessant fake news propaganda and “journo-terrorism” by the left-wing media — which has become a clear and present danger to this nation — the Left in America has been transformed into a mob of deranged, violent lunatics who openly call for murder and violence to crush their political foes. Even now, the deranged Left is celebrating the utterly fake news that claims Trump ordered Flynn to “talk to the Russians,” thereby proving some sort of collusion where none exists. In reality, all presidential transition teams engage in international diplomacy by talking to the Russians, the Chinese, the Brits and everyone else. There’s no conspiracy here, it’s just that left-wingers are too stupid to understand how the executive branch of government actually operates, and the media is exploiting their stupidity to try to paint a “collusion” picture where none exists.

If you want a fantastic example of the complete idiocy of lunatic Leftists, check out this Joy Behar hyperventilation episode on The View, from Friday, where she parrots utterly fake news (that was later retracted by ABC News) to lie to her low-IQ audience, convincing them all that Trump has been “caught” in a collusion crime of some sort. (Seriously, anyone who watches The View has an IQ of roughly room temperature and should probably be barred from attempting to participate in a Constitutional Republic.)

By pushing hatred, derangement and sheer lunacy, the left-wing media has whipped up the Left into a frenzy / mania that abandons logic and reason. Now, the Left is poised to unleash mass chaos across America — and some are even calling for it, such as Antifa, now widely known to be a domestic terrorism organization. The fact remains that this nation stands one trigger event away from nationwide civil war.

Similarly, any attempt by the deep state to carry out its criminal coup against President Trump would also initiate nationwide civil action in defense of America. The criminal deep state, run by Robert Mueller, James Comey, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, is right now attempting a criminal takeover of the country. To protect America, all those deep state criminals needs to be arrested and tried for treason, yet if such a round of arrests were to take place, that could also set off nationwide civil unrest.

In other words, almost no matter what happens in the near future, half the country erupts in one way or another. That’s because the Left has managed to divide America into those who love this country vs. those who hate it. The Left has become anti-capitalism, anti-America, anti-Constitution, anti-law and anti-Trump. Pursuing ever-increasing radicalization, the Left now wants a communist revolution to throw Trump out of office, install a radical left-wing totalitarian regime in Washington, and round up all conservatives for executions or “re-education” camps. (This is the long-time goal of the so-called “Weathermen Underground,” which has transformed Democrats into a modern-day hate group and terrorist organization.)

The left-wing media is part of radical left-wing terrorism, of course, as they continue to fuel the anger, hatred and violence of the Left with an ever-more-insane menu of fake news.

If you live in the city, what’s your BUGOUT plan?

What’s the upshot of all this? In my view, the No. 1 thing you need to be working on right now is getting out of the city. If you’re already living well outside these urban chaos zones, you’re better prepared than 95% of the population, even if you do nothing else at all. The most dangerous scenario in these potential events is being trapped in the city with no escape, no supplies and no means of self-defense. By simply acquiring a water supply, some basic food items, a legal handgun and one afternoon of gun training, you will put yourself into a better-prepared position than 99% of the U.S. population.

Naturally, left-wing cities tend to criminalize firearms ownership by law-abiding citizens (because that’s how stupid the radical Left has become these days). So if you’re in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, New York City or other anti-gun cities, you have no legal means of defending yourself even when the police decide your city is so far beyond hope that they’re not going to come help you either. But guess who definitely owns guns? The gang-bangers, of course. They’re well armed because, by definition, they don’t follow anti-gun laws. Only law-abiding citizens follow the laws and turn in their guns, so gang-bangers will have free reign to rape, pillage and murder their way across the urban landscape. Ironically, for the most part they will be targeting anti-gun people who will suddenly discover they can’t call 9/11.

Bugging out of a city, by the way, is nearly impossible if you wait for things to hit the fan. You’ll be stuck in traffic with all the other last-minute people trying to bug out, too. Most likely, you’ll end up stalled on the freeway. Personally, I carry a folding bicycle in the back of my vehicle for precisely this purpose, ready to bug out of my vehicle on a bike, carrying a backpack of supplies. I know that I can easily bike 20 – 40 miles in an afternoon, but walking 20 – 40 miles takes more like a day or two. I also carry a bugout bag with compass, cordage, camp stove and all the other items you might suppose a prepper should have. I’ll cover more details on proper vehicle bugout bags in a future article.

So in addition to having a bugout route with your vehicle, you should also have a bugout plan that involves abandoning your vehicle and bugging out on bike or foot. This means you’d better have a compass, a map, some cordage, water, food, self-defense, light source and so on. And you probably don’t want to hike along the highway, or you’ll be attacked and robbed by violent mobs in no time. Your best bet in many scenarios is to get off the main roads and traverse the terrain on foot, far away from the crowds clogging the roads. Remember: Most city people have been indoctrinated with socialism or communism, and that embodies the idea that your stuff should be shared with everyone else. In other words, the fact that government already robs people of their money and redistributed it to those who didn’t earn it serves as a dangerous philosophy during any collapse. People who didn’t prepare will demand your stuff! (Question to you: How do you plan to defend your stuff? Or are you going to give all your stuff away to those leftists who refused to prepare?)

Bookmark this website to stay informed as stuff hits the fan

Finally, bookmark this website. Check back often (we publish news throughout each day), and especially make a point to check back as chaos events being to unfold across America.

The mainstream media can’t be trusted. They knowingly lie about almost everything, and they hate America, to boot. In contrast, we are a pro-America, pro-survival website that tells the truth and helps save lives. When it all hits the fan, you’ll want our analysis of events and guidance on how to navigate uncertain times.

Stay informed and you’ll stay alive. Be safe, everyone. History is about to catch up with us all, and the future of our world is highly uncertain. The left-wing media is a journo-terrorism organization, and they’ve convinced nearly half the country that they have to commit mass violence to overthrow the government and execute Trump supporters. We are one spark away from a raging forest fire that will sweep across this nation and cause mass chaos, suffering and death. My aim is that you survive this… and that the United States of America survives intact, too. (Click to Source)

DEVELOPING: Israel Strikes Near Damascus Again! Second Strike In Days

SYRIAN MEDIA SAYS ISRAEL STRUCK NEAR DAMASCUS FOR SECOND TIME IN DAYS

Foreign media outlets reported an attack in Damascus Monday night by Israeli fighter jets

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BEIRUT, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside, adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missiles.

“Our air defenses are confronting an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs and three of the targets were downed,” state news agency SANA said, adding the attacks happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday.

A witness told Reuters late on Monday three strong explosions were heard from the direction of Jamraya, west of Damascus. Another witness said thick smoke could be seen rising over the area.

Jamraya contains a military research facility which was hit by what was believed to have been an Israeli attack in 2013.

Israel in the past has targeted positions of Lebanon’s powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iran-backed group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army.

On Saturday Syrian state media said Israeli missiles struck a military position south of Damascus, and in September Israel attacked a Syrian military site believed to be linked to chemical weapons production.

Satellite images of the base released Monday show rubble left over from a previous airstrike.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said they do not comment on foreign reports.

War monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, from its sources, said planes believed to be Israeli had fired missiles into the Jamraya area.  (Click to Source)

Drumbeats Of Ezekiel 38 – Israel Bombs Iranian Base In Syria

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Israel’s air force has bombed a military target thought to be an Iranian military base outside Damascus, Syria December 2. The hit was reported by Arab media outlets. An arms depot was destroyed in the strike, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Iran is a staunch ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and provided him with military and financial assistance during the long Syrian civil war.
Arabic media reported the target was an Iranian military base 9 miles south of Damascus and just 30 miles from the Israeli border that was revealed by the BBC three weeks ago. It is the first time reports have emerged of Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria.

 

“At half past midnight [2230 GMT Friday], the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles at a military position in Damascus province,” Syria’s state SANA news agency reported, according to The Times of Israel.
An account on the Telegram messaging app linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps reported that 12 Iranians were killed in the strike, according to Lebanon’s Al-Mustaqbal TV and the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network.
Israel repeatedly warned it will not allow Iran to develop a military presence in Syria. Iranian leaders have long threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” In June 2017, demonstrators set up a countdown clock to Israel’s destruction in the center of the capital Tehran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning in a video announcement on November 30, before the strike.
“Let me reiterate Israel’s policy: We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. “We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.”
Netanyahu is said to have conveyed a warning to Assad via a third party just days ago that Syria will be targeted if it allows Iran to develop a permanent military presence in Syria.
With all the events taking place in Syria right now, many people are asking, “What does the Bible have to say about Syria and the end times?
Chapter 17 in the Book of Isaiah paints a sobering picture. In it, the city of Damascus is a pile of rubble. The Bible says it will disappear from the face of the earth and become a heap of ruins (Isaiah 17:1).
At the same time, large parts of northern Israel will also lie in ruin (Isaiah 17:3). Now, before you say this prophecy was fulfilled during Old Testament times, keep this in mind… This passage says Damascus will cease to be a city (Isaiah 17:1).

 

It will be utterly and completely destroyed. Yet, Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on record. Its history goes back more than 5,000 years. At 2,600 years old, the Book of Isaiah itself is new compared to Damascus! This prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.
Current events in Syria are also setting the stage for the Gog of Magog War. More than 2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel warned of a future time when a vast coalition of nations will attack Israel.
Ezekiel identifies these nations as “Magog, Rosh, Meschech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah” (Ezekiel 38:1-6). These nations have since come to be known as the Gog of Magog alliance.
Now, with the exception of Persia and Cush, I realize most people have never heard of these nations.
But keep in mind Ezekiel used the names of these nations as they were known in his day. Each one is a clearly identifiable nation today. So who are these nations in our day and time?
Below is a list. The Old Testament name is listed first, followed by its modern day equivalent:
Rosh = Russia
Magog = Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan
Persia = Iran
Cush = Sudan
Put = Libya
Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah = Turkey
Collectively, these nations have never attacked Israel. In fact, in the history of the world, such an alliance of nations has never existed.
But today we see it coming together right in front of us. Since 1989, Russia and Iran have gradually strengthened their diplomatic, military, and economic ties.

 

Yet, in the first 2,600 years after Ezekiel recorded his prophecies, the nations of Russia and Persia (Iran) had never been part of any alliance of any sort. Never. Cooperation between Russia and Iran, especially military cooperation, didn’t take place.
This led many people to claim Ezekiel’s prophecy was symbolic. Why? Because the idea of the Gog of Magog war seemed absurd. After all, at the dawn of the 20th Century, Russia was an orthodox Christian nation and Israel didn’t exist!
But those who believed in a literal interpretation of the Bible knew otherwise.  They knew all prophecy would come to pass. Because bible prophecy doesn’t come from mere humans. It’s God’s Word (2 Peter 1:19-21).
In the years since, the stage has been set for the literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39. A 1917 communist revolution transformed Russia from a Christian nation to an atheist nation.
In 1948, Israel once again became a nation. And earlier this year, Russia and Iran issued a joint statement vowing to respond with force to any aggressor.
And Turkey? For decades, people have wondered how Turkey could be a part of this alliance. After all, Turkey is a member of NATO.
And in late 2015, Turkey shot down a Russian jet when it strayed into Turkish airspace. Russia and Turkey seem to be at odds.
So how could Turkey be a part of this alliance? At first glance, it seems unlikely. But in the summer of 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan jailed thousands of political opponents. And now has Turkey voted to eliminate its parliamentary form of government and give expanded powers to Erdogan.
Ultimately, this could be what pushes Turkey into the Russian sphere of influence. Erdogan is an anti-Western, pro-Islamist leader, and he’s worked hard to strengthen Turkey’s ties with Russia.
In light of these developments, we can see the Gog of Magog alliance coming together for the first time in history.
For the first time since Israel re-emerged on the world scene in May 1948, the main players of the Ezekiel 38-39 alliance are all working together. Even more important, they all have military personnel on Israel’s northern border. The stage is set for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39. (Click to Source)

 

Zechariah 12 Scenario Unfolds: World Votes To Divide Jerusalem

The Coming Deliverance of Judah

The burden of the word of the Lord against Israel. Thus says the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’ In that day I will make the governors of Judah like a firepan in the woodpile, and like a fiery torch in the sheaves; they shall devour all the surrounding peoples on the right hand and on the left, but Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place—Jerusalem.

“The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall not become greater than that of Judah. In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Mourning for the Pierced One

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.  And the land shall mourn, every family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and their wives by themselves; all the families that remain, every family by itself, and their wives by themselves.  (Zechariah 12:1-14  New King JamesVersion (NKJV)Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

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Nearing the one year anniversary of the passage of Security Council Resolution 2334 which formally called for the dividing of God’s covenant land, the United Nations General Assembly has just overwhelmingly passed Resolution 11982, a document simply entitled “Jerusalem.”  The vote was 151 to 6, with 9 abstentions.  At the heart of the resolution is this unequivocal rejection of Israel’s sovereignty over its eternal capital, Jerusalem (source):

[The General Assembly] reiterates its determination that any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever, and calls upon Israel to immediately cease all such illegal and unilateral measures.

Don’t downplay the significance of this historic vote.  It may only have symbolic affect, but God takes these votes seriously and this may very well be regarded by Him as the world’s final answer to His claim over the Promised Land.  In December 2016 the United Nations voted to sever Judea and Samaria from Israel.  In November 2017 the United Nations has voted to sever Jerusalem from Israel.  This overwhelming vote may be the catalyst for Zechariah 12:3:

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Prophecy continues to move towards a soon and climactic conclusion and this vote brings us ever closer to that conclusion.

Just several hours ago the Trump Administration began lifting the veil on its Middle East peace plans with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner delivering a historic speech at the Saban Forum:

You can find telling highlights from the speech here.  In short, Kushner has revealed that the Trump Administration is planning to push hard for a final status agreement between Israel and Palestine and thus the United States’ defiant attempt to divide God’s land brings the country and world ever closer to global judgment.  There is even a hint that the United States may not move the embassy to Jerusalem until progress is made on a final peace agreement.

This judgment may already be playing out as we see airwaves consumed with the news of Michael Flynn’s charges in the FBI’s “Russian collusion” case.  The statements in question from Flynn pertained to the December 2016 vote against Israel (of all topics!).

While the Middle East situation is nearing a crescendo, North Korea has just successfully tested a new ICBM called the Hwasong-15 that puts the entire continental United States within range.  Geopolitical and military analysts are coalescing around the belief that the North Korean situation is nearing the point of no return, where the war of words cannot be taken back.  Agreement is building that war is now inevitable and this war will be unlike anything modern Americans are familiar with.

In the midst of all of this, another possible sign in the heavens has appeared: the longest-lasting rainbow ever recorded.  The double rainbow appeared over Taiwan and lasted for nine hours, beating the previous record by a full three hours.

Remember that the rainbow is a sign that God will never again judge the entire world with a flood.  However, the second global cataclysm is a judgment by fire.

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.

Compare God’s promise in Genesis to what the apostle Peter prophesies will happen at the end of the age:

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.  They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (Click to Source)

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Israel strikes Syrian ‘military targets’ near Damascus – reports

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The Israeli Defense Forces launched several missiles at a strategic target close to the Syrian capital Damascus, Israeli and Arab media reported, saying it was an airstrike. Syrian state TV said “military positions” were targeted by surface-to-surface missiles.

Several missiles were reportedly fired toward a target in the countryside south of Damascus, with some intercepted by the Syrian Air Defense and others hitting their intended target.

Arab outlet Al-Masdar News, citing its sources, reported that the target was an ammunition depot of the Syrian Army, located between the towns of Kiswah (Kesweh) and Sahnaya. “Loud explosions” were heard as the missiles hit their target, the news service said.

Other sources, however, claim the target was an alleged Iranian military base in the Kiswah area, some 13 kilometers (8 miles) from the city of Damascus. Reports on the alleged airstrikes in some Israeli outlets were then taken down for several hours.

The warplanes reportedly launched the missiles from Lebanese airspace.

The engagement of Israeli missiles by Syrian anti-aircraft troops was confirmed by some Syrian media, although their reports claimed that they had been fired not by Israeli aircraft but rather from ground positions. According to the state-owned Al-Ikhbariya TV channel, two missiles were shot down.

Videos have emerged on social media purporting to show the moment one of the Israeli missiles was intercepted by Syrian Air Defense.

Israel has previously carried out airstrikes targeting Syrian territory, either claiming to be targeting positions of the militant group Hezbollah or retaliating in response to stray projectiles that occasionally cross the border into the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights.

However, in early November an Israeli attack hit a copper factory in the Syrian province of Homs, prompting Damascus to urge condemnation of Israel’s actions at the UN.

Israeli officials have long accused Iran of trying to establish a military foothold in Syria, where Tehran has been supporting Damascus’s fight against ISIS and other terrorists. According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, the goal is “using Syria as a base from which to destroy Israel.” (Click to Source)

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