Prophetic News 2020
 
Two horns on the Ram- getting aggressive:
 
ANALYSIS: Iranian axis in Iraq preparing for war with US

Iran is not scaling back support for terrorists across Middle East despite astronomic death toll within the Islamic Republic from COIV-19.

3/30/2020

A staggering 67.000 Iranians have contracted the COVID-19 virus while Radio Farda puts the death toll on almost 4.300 a possible “conservative estimate,”

This doesn’t mean, however, that Iran is scaling back its operations in countries that it regards part of the emerging Shiite Crescent it is trying to establish in Iraq, Syria and, Lebanon.
 
Then there is Iraq where both the US army as well as the Iranian-backed Shiite militias are gearing up for a long-anticipated confrontation.

Almost two weeks ago the Iraq-Iran issue led to a heated debate at the White House where Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and other Administration officials wanted to escalate military action against Iran .

Esper claimed there wasn’t enough evidence that Iran’s most important Iraqi proxy Khata’ib Hezbollah had been behind a spate of rocket- and mortar attacks on American targets in Iraq.

Trump has now to decide if he will deal Iran another devastating blow by building up enough forces to confront al-Hashd al-Sha’abi. The predominantly Shiite paramilitary organization has become an important player in Iraq and was integrated into the Iraqi army in 2017 to make it more difficult for the US and its allies to take action against the Iranian axis.
 
 
 
 
The "falling away from the faith has begun:
 
 Europe Leaves Christianity for 'Paganism'

March 2020

Europe today has more empty church buildings than it knows what to do with because Europe is, by and large, no longer Christian.

You could say these churches are the remnants of a "lost civilization." Christian civilization. It was once at the very heart of Europe's life and culture. Those days are over. God is still moving in Europe, but the larger culture has been lost, and while some governments might still be officially Christian, they are now openly persecuting Christians.

it will probably get worse for Christians, as Europe returns to its pagan roots. "The end of that road, culturally, I think is eighty, ninety percent 'no religion,'

Europe has "not just left Christianity but has left religion, to convince them of the need for religion again is a challenge."

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2020/march/europe-leaves-christianity-for-paganism-nbsp
 
 
 Pestilence and Famine - Words of the Day:
 
 
‘Extremely Alarming’: New Swarms of Locusts Ravage Africa, Middle East
 
03-26-2020
 
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday the situation is “extremely alarming” in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia “where widespread breeding is in progress and new swarms are starting to form, representing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods at the beginning of the upcoming cropping season.” New swarms are also forming in South Sudan, Yemen, and Iran. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the situation because it is slowing down the delivery of pesticides that can kill the insects.  
 
 
 
 
Ram is pushing – The Great Horn Taking Notes - Daniel 8:

Deadly Assault as Iranian-Backed Militias Attack US Troops in Iraq

March 19, 2020
 

March 11 saw the deadliest assault to date in the tit-for-tat attacks since America’s targeted killing of Iranian arch terrorist General Soleimani, who was directing the attacks against the U.S. troops in the region. An American soldier, an American contractor and a British soldier were killed in that attack.

In the latest in a series of attacks against American troops in Iraq, Iranian-backed militias shot two rockets on March 17 at a base south of Baghdad which houses U.S.-led coalition troops and NATO trainers. Since the beginning of 2020, Clarion Project has tracked 13 such assaults.
 
 
 
 
 Two Horns- Larger Nation comes into the conflict last - they get together and war:

Iran’s Khamenei Rudely Claws to Re-Dominate Iraq

14 March 2020


In October, Khamenei deployed the slain chief of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force (IRGC-QF) Qassem Soleimani to Iraq to prevent the collapse of al-Mahdi. Soleimani contributed his best to halt Iran-backed prime minister from resignation. However, he eventually failed, and the Iraqi people succeeded to bring Khamenei’s appointee and his government down, which was synonymous with a “strategic failure” for the entire Iranian regime.

The former commander of coalition troops General David Petraeus already mentioned Soleimani’s massage through the then-Iraqi president, saying, “General Petraeus, you should know that I, Qassem Soleimani, control the policy of Iran for Iraq, and also for Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and Afghanistan.”

https://irannewsupdate.com/news/middle-east/6937-iran-s-khamenei-rudely-claws-to-re-dominate-iraq.html
 
 Showdown Coming:
 
Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander says coronavirus may have been caused by US biological attack
March 5, 2020

The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the coronavirus might be the result of a biological attack from the United States, according to a local news agency. Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, who has previously vowed to "cleanse the planet from the filth" of Israel and the U.S., according to The Jerusalem Post.

The Iranian Student's News Agency reported Salami said that the virus may be the product of an "American biological invasion." Iran and Italy have the world’s highest death tolls outside of China. Iran has recorded 2,922 cases, 92 of which have been fatal, according to the latest World Health Organization figures.
 
Iran last week tried to play down concerns over the virus, but as things have gotten worse officials now say the government may have to mobilize 300,000 soldiers and volunteers to confront the virus,  
 
 
 
 Pestilence:
 
 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE, MAP AS DEATH TOLL PASSES 3,000, OUTBREAK SPREADS TO OVER 60 COUNTRIES

March 3, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 virus cases continue to rise across the globe, with Thailand and Australia reporting their first deaths, while the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jordan and Tunisia reported their first cases. Australia also reported its first case of community spread, where a patient with no known link to the virus is infected.

The total death toll has reached 3,048 globally and the virus has spread to more than 60 countries, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

New cases have also been reported in Ecuador, Monaco, Ireland, Qatar and Azerbaijan, according to the latest report on March 1 by the World Health Organization.
 
 More Earthquakes:

Earthquake kills at least 9 in Turkey, injures many in Iran

23 February 2020

At least nine people including three children are dead in eastern Turkey after an earthquake with its epicenter in neighboring Iran.

At least 37 people were injured after houses collapsed, Turkey's interior minister said. The magnitude-5.7 quake centred on the Iranian border village of Habash-e Olya. At least 75 were injured and houses damaged in 43 villages in Iran's West Azerbaijan province.

Around 1,066 buildings collapsed in Sunday's quake, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. "There were children under the debris. We thought we heard their voices. Then something happened. We didn't understand what happened exactly and we pulled out three bodies," a villager told Reuters news agency.
 
 
 
 Airstrikes destroy IRGC Quds Force HQ, warehouse at Damascus airport

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sites at Damascus International Airport were heavily damaged due to airstrikes.

FEBRUARY 17, 2020

According to the ISI assessment, a series of satellite photos show damage to buildings around the airport. The damage included a headquarters and warehouse near a runway. In addition, another warehouse was completely destroyed and a shelter was partially damaged.

In total, three different areas were struck. Iran has warned Israel that it will “regret” continued attacks and face a “crushing response.” Israel has warned Iran that it must not entrench in Syria, and that Syria could become Iran’s Vietnam.

Iran has around 900 IRGC members in Syria and it has supported some 20,000 Shi’ite militias in the country. It has also sent precision-guided munitions via Syria to Hezbollah. Pro-Iranian militias have worked with Iran to build a base at Albukamal near the Iraqi border as part of Iran’s attempt to create a “road to the sea” via Syria to arm Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Last January, former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot said Israel had carried out more than 1,000 airstrikes in Syria against Iranian targets.

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Airstrikes-destroy-IRGC-Quds-Force-HQ-warehouse-at-Damascus-airport-617882
 
 
 
Lovers of Pleasure-over lovers of God:
 
Mainline Protestant pastors driving support for same-sex marriage: LifeWay study
 

FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Support among self-identified mainline Protestant pastors for same-sex marriage has jumped from a third (32 percent) in 2010 to almost half (47 percent) in 2020.

The study suggests that Presbyterian or Reformed (49 percent), Methodist (47 percent), Lutheran (35 percent) and Christian/Church of Christ pastors (20 percent) are more likely to see nothing wrong with same-sex marriage than Baptist (3 percent) or Pentecostal pastors (1 percent).

Last week, the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan consecrated its first openly lesbian bishop, the Rev. Bonnie A. Perry. Anna Stania, director of Communications for the diocese, said that Perry’s candidacy received no opposition because of her sexual orientation. “We have experienced an overwhelming outpouring of joy, grace and excitement since her election and consecration.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The "pushing" Ram will push too much one day:
 
Iran’s Hajizadeh: We must unite to expel the Zionists and Americans
 
The Iranian commander was speaking to pro-Houthi media in Yemen, which means his comments were also directed at Saudi Arabia. Iran has sent technology to the Houthis to aid their fight against Riyadh

FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Iran’s Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s elite Aerospace force, has said that the region must unite to expel “Zionists” and Americans. In what have been daily statements by Iran’s leadership, the regime is claiming it will destroy Israel and get the US to leave Iraq and Syria.

Hajizadeh’s comments matter because his units are involved with missiles, drones and air defense, and have been involved in attacks on US forces using ballistic missiles and the exporting of Iran’s technology that can target Israel.

“Today we are not only an Iranian axis of resistance,” he said. Today the “axis of resistance extends from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, from Ansarullah in Yemen to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”

He sketched out a 3,000 km. arc of Iranian influence and allies that all work in concert against the US, Israel and their allies. In short, Hajizadeh laid all of Iran’s cards on the table and admitted what is well known: Iran’s proxies and allies are not just local forces, but part of Iran’s search for hegemonic rule in the Middle East.
 
 
 
Daniel 8:
 
 Iran's Zarif: We were close to war with US after Soleimani assassination

Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US and Iran were "very close to a war" and that, at the moment, the black box of the crashed Ukrainian airliner is not being touched

February 15th, 2020

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US and Iran “were very close to a war” in an interview with NBC on Friday on the sidelines of the 2020 Munich Security Conference.

He explained that he thinks US President Donald Trump “was misled to believe that the United States would get away” with assassinating IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.

“It worked the other way around,” Zarif claimed. “It was the beginning of the end of the US in the region and we were very close to a war, because the United States initiated an act of aggression against Iran in a very, excuse the language, cowardly way.”

He claimed that the reason the US “hit him in the dark of the night through a drone attack on a car carrying him on a peace mission” is because the US “couldn’t confront Soleimani in the battlefield.”

“It came very close to war,” he insisted. “Iran responded in a proportionate way against the base from which the operations against Soleimani were carried out. We wanted to show to the United States that they cannot bully Iran. That actions against Iran will have repercussions.”
 
 
The coming Prophetic Showdown: Iran, Israel, and the West:
 
 Adviser to Iran’s Khamenei is looking to 'raze Tel Aviv to the ground'

In a recent interview, Mohsen Rezaei said that Iran would use any US activity as a pretext to attack Israel.

February 12, 2020

An Iranian politician who advises the supreme leader said his nation was looking for an excuse to obliterate Tel Aviv. Rezaei is the secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council and a former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander-in-chief.

Rezaei said: “We would raze Tel Aviv to the ground for sure. We have been looking for such a pretext. If they do something, we can use it as a pretext to attack Israel, because Israel played a role in the martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani. It was the Israelis who reported about the martyr Soleimani’s trip from Damascus to Baghdad. We were waiting for the Americans to give us a pretext to strike Tel Aviv, just like we attacked Ain al-Asad.”

He claimed that “Iran will be the standard-bearer of America’s exit from the region.” The regime in Tehran frequently declares “Death to America” and is the worst state sponsor of terrorism, according to the US State Department.

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Adviser-to-Irans-Khamenei-is-looking-to-raze-Tel-Aviv-to-the-ground-617318
 
 
 War words coming out of Iran/Iraq:
 
Iranian Armed Forces spokesman: Zionist state will disappear from Earth

Commemorating fighters from various units and the Basij on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, he spoke with passion about how Iran’s “resistance” was confronting the US and Israel.

FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Israel will soon disappear from the Middle East, Brig.-Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi of the Iranian army’s public relations sector said on Tuesday. He was speaking to veterans in northeastern Iran.

Commemorating fighters on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, he spoke with passion about how Iran’s “resistance” was confronting the US and Israel. He discussed the missile attack by Iran on Ayn al-Assad base in Iraq, where up to a hundred US soldiers are now suffering from traumatic brain injuries. He said it represented Iran’s abilities to defeat enemies.

He reminded those present of the “resistance forces, including Hezbollah, Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq, Hamas and others.” In his estimation, the “Zionist regime” will soon “disappear.”

https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-armed-forces-spokesman-Zionist-state-will-disappear-from-earth-617208
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The aggressive two horns on the Ram:

Inside Iran’s push to get Hezbollah to take a role in Iraq

Why is Hezbollah the go-to, with thousands of fighters and support base barely in the hundreds of thousands, when Iraqi Shi’ites number in the millions?

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Since the US killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Hezbollah militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iran has been feeling a vacuum in its “axis of resistance.” Tehran must now reach out to Hezbollah for help to shore up its role in Iraq, according to recent reports.

Middle East Eye first reported on January 14 that Iran had tasked Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah to begin “uniting Iraqi proxies” after Soleimani’s death. Now Reuters has followed up on those rumors from a month ago regarding Hezbollah’s role in Iraq: “Two additional sources in a pro-Iran regional alliance confirmed that Hezbollah... has stepped in to help fill the void left by Soleimani in guiding Iraqi militias.” The mystery surrounds the “Hezbollah will manage Iran’s affairs in Iraq” story, and must be understood as relating to Iran’s trust in Hezbollah.
 
 
 
 
 
 What will make the Goat with the Great Nation mad enough - to bother coming across the surface of the whole Earth from the West in violent anger?

109 US troops suffer brain injuries from Iran attack on Iraqi base

US officials say military is preparing to report a jump in cases of traumatic brain injury from Iran missile attack on base in Iraq.

February 11, 2020

The Pentagon confirmed on Monday that 109 US service members had been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury stemming from Iran’s missile attack on a base in Iraq last month.

No US troops were killed or faced immediate bodily injury when Iran fired missiles at the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq. The attack was in retaliation for the US killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at the Baghdad airport on January 3.

Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last month that the service members suffering from traumatic brain injuries had been diagnosed with mild cases. He added the diagnosis could change as time went on.
 
 
 Plague, Famine:
 
 Africa locust invasion spreading, may become ‘most devastating plague’ in living memory, UN warns

February 11, 2020

As an outbreak of billions of locusts continues to swarm parts of East Africa and devour its vital farmland, the United Nations warned Monday that the region, already suffering from extreme hunger, “simply cannot afford another major shock."

The horde of desert locusts has been destroying crops in Kenya in the worst infestation to hit the nation in 70 years. The insects invaded Kenya last month from neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia, which haven’t seen an outbreak on this level in a quarter-century.

“Also over the weekend they moved into northeastern Uganda,” he told a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York. “We’re expecting any day they will move across the border into the southeast corner of South Sudan,” where another several million people face hunger as the country struggles to emerge from civil war.

A single swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometer of farmland, an area the size of almost 250 football fields, regional authorities have said.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/africa-locust-invasion-spreading-united-nations
 
 
 "You will be hated by all nations for My Name's Sake":
 
 A Global Catastrophe: "260 Million Christians Experience High Levels of Persecution"

February 2, 2020

Dictatorial paranoia continues to make North Korea (#1) the worst nation. "If North Korean Christians are discovered, they are deported to labor camps as political criminals or even killed on the spot." — World Watch List 2020, Open Doors.

Otherwise, as has been the case in all statistics and reports on the global persecution of Christians, not only does "Islamic oppression" remain the chief "source of persecution" faced by Christians in seven of the absolute ten worst nations, but 38 of the 50 nations composing the list are either Muslim majority or have a sizeable Muslim population.

The targeting of Christians around the world has become more widespread than ever. Part of this is because "persecution against Christians has taken a technological turn." ....in India (#10) — where "Hindu radicals often attack Christians with little to no consequences" — "the government plans to introduce a national facial recognition system. Similarly, China (#23)....Read More:

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15507/christians-persecution-global-catastrophe
 
 
 
 What could make the West so furious?

Iranian MP announces $3 million award for 'whoever kills Trump'

Another parliamentarian said that Iran would be protected if it had nuclear weapons.

An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed US President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran's latest standoff with Washington.

"On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump," lawmaker Ahmad Hamzeh told the 290-seat parliament, ISNA reported.

"If we had nuclear weapons today, we would be protected from threats ... We should put the production of long-range missiles capable of carrying unconventional warheads on our agenda. This is our natural right," he was quoted as saying by ISNA.

The United States and its Western allies have long accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons.
 
 
 Daniel 8: Expressed Intent of Iran towards the West:

Iranian animation group releases video depicting countless coffins of American soldiers

Fantasy 'aftermath' of Iranian attack on Ayn Al-Asad airbase ends with words: 'They got a slap in the face that night.'
February 1, 2020

An Iranian animation group uploaded an animated video titled “Ayn Assad” to the Iranian website aparat.com, showing the “aftermath” of the January 8 Iranian attack on the Ayn Al-Asad airbase by depicting hundreds of coffins covered in U.S. flags that have skulls instead of stars, reports the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

The animation ends with the following quote from Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “They received a slap in the face [that] night.” The video even includes "credits" at the end, attesting to the pride experienced by some in having produced it.

WATCH VIDEO CLIP:      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/275339
 
 
Dow is down 650  today -

Coronavirus to Begin Destroying Global Supply Chains Within Next 3 Weeks

January 31, 2020

Chinese suppliers in coronavirus zones may declare “force majeure” to legally terminate export supply chain deliveries and cause many global factories to begin running out of parts within three weeks, IHS Markit warned.

With the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the potential pandemic spread of the 2019-nCoV form of coronavirus as a Global Health Emergency on Jan. 30, domestic companies can exercise “force majeure” (Act of God) provisions under Chinese law to escape financial liability for failing to deliver customer shipments on time.

With Chinese factories closed and the three-week backstop inventory already shipped, safety stock is running down at assembly plants all over the world.
 
 
 

Will 4 Kings (Quartet) rule over the Jerusalem controversy?

Abbas says this will be the only way to peace and security.

On January 28, 2020, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at a press conference in response to the release of the details of the "Deal of the Century" peace plan. Abbas said that the Palestinians reject the "conspiratorial" deal a thousand times over, that Jerusalem is not for sale, that an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital will be established.

“I want an international conference and negotiations led by the Quartet. I will not accept America as the sole [mediator]. I won't have it. I know that I cannot ignore American, but America is not the entire world. No. There is an international Quartet. I will accept the international Quartet. I also accept that five countries will be with the Quartet.” Read Much More:
 
Many false prophets shall arise:
 
Todd Bentley kicking people in the face revival

“Many false prophets will arise”

This spiritual fake has a huge following. He tells his audience how the “Spirit told” him to get a woman in the face with his biker boot. Listen to his testimony:
 
 
 
 FRONT AND CENTER: Iran's threats against the West:
 
 Iran Behind Multiple Attacks on US Targets in Iraq in Jan 2020

1/29/2020

Since the beginning of 2020, there have been multiple attacks against American targets in Iraq. The assumption is that Iran is behind these attacks.

Clarion has been keeping track and brings you the following infographic of all the attacks in January 2020:
 
 
IRGC chief threatens attacks on American and Israeli commanders

Chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard: If they threaten our commanders, none of their commanders will find a safe place.

1/29/2020

The chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Monday threatened to retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the US continues to threaten top Iranian generals.

“I warn them to withdraw from this field,” Gen. Hossein Salami told state television, adding if they do not, they “will definitely regret it.”

Salami said on Monday both the US and Israel should know that “if they threaten our commanders, none of their commanders will find a safe place” to live.

He added that Iran’s reaction to continued threats would be “completely different from the past” but did not elaborate.

Salami regularly threatens both the US and Israel. In November he warned that Iran would “destroy” the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia if they cross its “red lines”.
 
 
 
 There will be Pestilence:
 
Could China's coronavirus outbreak become a global epidemic?

WHO chief 'confident' of Beijing's response as Singapore expert says number of cases abroad better gauge of contagion.

1/28/2020

Public health experts in Hong Kong on Monday raised alarms that there could be thousands of more carriers of a deadly new coronavirus in China and called for the enforcement of "draconian" travel curbs to prevent a global epidemic.

As of Tuesday, China had confirmed 106 deaths, including the first death in the capital, Beijing. It also reported at least 4,515 infections, with 1,771 new confirmed cases. Several other countries - including Germany, France, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia, the United States, Singapore and Vietnam - have also confirmed cases.

"We have to be prepared that this particular epidemic may be about to become a global epidemic," Leung said, noting that the quarantine measures implemented so far on tens of millions of people might have a limited effect.

An estimated 56 million people have been ordered on lockdown in Hubei province, with authorities closing off almost 20 cities in efforts to contain the virus.

 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/china-coronavirus-outbreak-global-epidemic-200128020033745.html
 
 
 
Earthquakes Earthquakes Earthquakes: 
 
 Tsunami warning issued for Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba after magnitude 7.7 earthquake

January 28, 2020

The coasts of Jamaica, Cuba and the Cayman Islands could face "hazardous tsunami waves" following a 7.3 to 7.6 earthquake in the Caribbean Sea.

The International Tsunami Information Center has also issued a tsunami warning for Belize, Honduras, Mexico. The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba on Tuesday.

The earthquake had a 10 km depth and occurred just northwest of Jamaica by 117 km. The earthquake was initially reported as a 7.3, but has now been upgraded to a 7.7.

Footage has shown people in Jamaica feeling the effects of the earthquake.
 
 
 
 3 weeks after earthquake, only 20% of schools in Puerto Rico are open and deemed safe

January 28, 2020

Since the 6.4 quake, there have been several strong aftershocks, including one of 5.9 magnitude that hit Jan. 11 and a 5 that struck Saturday. The top two floors of a three-story school were flattened in the southern coastal city of Guánica on Jan. 7, two days before classes were scheduled to start.

About 500 public schools in Puerto Rico were built before 1987 and don't meet modern construction codes. A plan to retrofit all schools that need it –756 buildings – would cost up to $2.5 billion.
 
 
Earthquakes in diverse places:

Death toll rises to 36 and at least 1,607 hospitalized in Turkey earthquake

January 26, 2020

At least 36 people died and more than 1,607 have been hospitalized in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, according to state broadcaster TRT Haber.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck near the town of Sivrice, in eastern Elazig province, causing at least 10 buildings to collapse, Interior Minister Sulyman Soylu said. About 1,607 people were hospitalized, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management President (AFAD) said on Sunday.

At least 45 people have been rescued from collapsed buildings, AFAD said, adding that 1,521 buildings have been inspected, with 76 found to be collapsed and 645 heavily damaged.

 https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/25/europe/turkey-earthquake-intl/index.html
 
 
 
Two horns on the Ram – the Larger One takes over the other:

Tehran using violence and politics to push US out of Iraq, say experts

1/24/2020

Iran has long sought the withdrawal of American forces from neighboring Iraq, but the US killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander in Baghdad has added new impetus to the effort, stoking anti-American feelings that Tehran hopes to exploit to help realize the goal.

There will be a “million-man” demonstration against the American presence, called for by influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr and scheduled for Friday.

“Iran is unconstrained by considerations of Iraqi sovereignty, domestic public opinion, or legality when compared to the Western democracies,” said David Des Roches, an expert with The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “This is Iran’s strategic advantage; they should be expected to press it.”

A withdrawal of US troops from Iraq would be a victory for Iran, and Tehran has long pursued a two-pronged strategy of supporting anti-US militias that carry out attacks, as well as exerting political pressure on Iraqi lawmakers sympathetic to its cause. Despite usually trying to keep attacks at a level below what might provoke an American response.

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1617461/middle-east
 
 
 The Coming Prophetic Showdown:
 
 PM at Holocaust memorial: World must confront 'tyrants' of Iran

January 23, 2020

PM Netanyahu demands unity against 'tyrants' of Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged action against "the tyrants of Tehran" in a Holocaust memorial speech Thursday, comparing what he considers the Iranian threat to that once posed by
Nazi Germany.

"There will not be another Holocaust," Netanyahu told world leaders in Jerusalem.

He lamented that "we have yet to see a unified and resolute stance against the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet, a regime that openly seeks to develop nuclear weapons and annihilate the one and only Jewish state.

"I call on all governments to join the vital effort of confronting Iran."
 
 
 In the last days - dangerous times will come:
 
Doomsday Clock moves to 100 seconds to midnight -- closest point to nuclear annihilation since Cold War

January 23, 2020

The Doomsday Clock moved to 100 seconds to midnight – the closest symbolic point from an “apocalypse” since 1953. The decision was made on Thursday by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which announced it from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

"We argued that the global situation was abnormal," Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, said during the press conference of the decision to keep last year's Clock the same, but noted that nuclear and climate situations are "worsening."

Astrophysicist Robert Rosner, who also sits on the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, said "the fact that the clock is now a mere 100 seconds from midnight signals really bad news. What we said last year is now a disturbing reality in that things are not getting better."
 
 
 
If Iran doesn't - Israel will :
 Iran will have enough material for a nuclear bomb within the year

Israeli intelligence estimates that Iran will have capabilities to build a missile capable of carrying nuclear weapon within two years.

JANUARY 14, 2020

Iran can have enough enriched uranium to produce one nuclear bomb by the end of the year and a missile capable of carrying a nuclear bomb within the next two years, Israeli army intelligence estimates.

Over the past year, Iran has gradually lifted all limits on its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons.

According to Israeli army intelligence estimates for 2020, if Tehran continues its nuclear program at their current projected rate it will be capable of producing 1,300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium in order to get the 25 kilograms of highly enriched uranium by the end of the current year.

Israel has a window of opportunity to increase its operations against Iranian entrenchment in the Middle East due to Soleimani’s assassination.
 
 
 
 Iran's secret underground 'missile city' unveiled

JANUARY 15, 2020

The Iranian Tansim news agency released images of the Islamic Republic's underground "missile cities," which hold hundreds of missiles and solid-fuel rockets ready-to-fire under five levels of concrete, Radio Farda reported on Tuesday.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Airspace Force Commander Ali Hajizadeh claimed that Iran's missile depots were scattered around various parts of the country and are held in bunkers hidden 500 meters (1640 feet) underground in the state's mountains.

The recent conflict between the US and Iran in Iraq that was sparked by the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani led to a rise in tensions across the Middle East, with many fearing further developments that may lead the region into war.

Following last week's ballistic missile attack, Iranian generals warned that "a tsunami will sweep away all US bases." Iranian state TV said that "Iran has 80 million inhabitants," announcing that "based on the Iranian population, we want to raise $80 million [as] a reward for those who get close to the head of [US] President [Donald] Trump."
 
 
 The Pushing Ram :
Rouhani warns foreign forces in Middle East 'may be in danger'

Iranian president's remarks come after UK, France and Germany challenged Tehran over breaking limits of nuclear deal.

1/15/2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has told foreign powers to withdraw their forces from the Middle East, warning that they "may be in danger" if they remain in the region.

"Today, the American soldier is in danger, tomorrow the European soldier could be in danger," Hassan Rouhani said in televised remarks on Wednesday, without elaborating.
 


 
 WITH A NEW WEAPON IN DONALD TRUMP'S HANDS, THE IRAN CRISIS RISKS GOING NUCLEAR

1/13/20

Ten days before Donald J. Trump was elected president in 2016, the United States nuked Iran. The occasion: a nuclear war exercise held every year in late October. In the war game, after Iran sank an American aircraft carrier and employed chemical weapons against a Marine Corps force, the Middle East commander requested a nuclear strike, and a pair of B-2 stealth bombers, each loaded with a single nuclear bomb, stood by while the president deliberated.

"Testing our forces through a range of challenging scenarios validates the safety, security, effectiveness and readiness of the strategic deterrent," Adm. Cecil D. Haney, then the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said as the exercise got underway.

According to a government contractor who helped write the complex scenario leading up to the decision to use nuclear weapons, Global Thunder 17 (as the exercise was called because it took place in fiscal year 2017) focused on "execution of a combatant command strike at the tactical level."
 
 
 
 The focus is on the two horns here: Another Attack:

Four Iraqi Air Force servicemen injured as 8 rockets hit base housing US troops – Iraqi PM's office

12 Jan, 2020

At least four Iraqi soldiers have been injured in mortar shelling targeting Al-Balad airbase housing American troops. The facility has become a frequent target of attacks in the wake of the US killing of a top Iranian commander.

At least eight ‘Katyusha’ rockets hit the base located some 80 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the prime minister’s office has confirmed. The rockets allegedly struck a runaway located inside the facility, military sources earlier told Reuters.

There have been no reports of any casualties among the US military personnel. No groups has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

US bases in Iraq were also hit by a ballistic missile attack from Iran on January 8. The move almost put the two nations on the brink of war, but a large-scale conflict was eventually avoided.

It is still unclear who might be behind the repeated attacks on the Iraqi base hosting American troops but such actions do not fit the strategy of Iran or the Popular Mobilization Forces – a group of Iran-backed Shia militias – Ammar Waqqaf, a Middle East analyst told RT.

“These attacks use non-precise weapons. The margins of error are huge. Even if there were American forces at this base, it is still not a solely American base, there are Iraqi soldiers there. So whoever targets this base does not necessarily care about the Iraqi army or personnel,” he said, adding that Tehran eventually decided to focus on pushing American forces out of Iraq and out of the Middle East in general through diplomacy and influence on its neighbors rather than through military means.

In fact, anti-Iranian sentiment which has been on the rise in Iraq for quite some time went down in the wake of the assassination of Soleimani by the US, Waqqaf noted, adding that “there was some sympathy and unification among key factions” in Iraq. Tehran or pro-Iranian forces in Iraq would gain little if they shattered this unity by hitting some Iraqi personnel in an attack supposedly aimed against the US.
 
 
 
 
 
 Pay attention to the rumors - next : war
 
 Iran publishes film portraying jihad attack on the White House and Capitol, killing Trump, Pompeo and Netanyahu

JAN 11, 2020

Iran propaganda concerning their take - on how they will attack the White House and assassinate President Trump.
 
 
 
 Iran's Revenge is on its way:
 
 IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI: IRAN’S NUCLEAR INDUSTRIES WILL PROSPER IN THE COMING YEARS; AMERICAN’S “LEG” AND “HAND” WILL BE CUT OFF FROM THE REGION;

Jan 8, 2020

Iran President Rouhani:

"They cut off the hand of our dear Soleimani. In the footage and pictures, you saw his dear hand next to his body. His revenge will be when we cut off America's leg in the region. If America's leg is severed from the region – as well as its invading hand – once and for all, this will be the real revenge and the final response by the region's peoples to America. The Americans should not make any mistake. If tomorrow they face problems on the global level, they should not say that it was at Iran's orders."
 
 
 
 Two Horns vs the West with a Great Nation leading the way:
 
“Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.” As he came near to where I stood, I was terrified and fell facedown. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the Time of the End… Behold, I will make known to you what will happen in the latter time of wrath, because it concerns the appointed time of the end. The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.” Daniel 8:16-17,19-20
 
 
Americans Are Debating About Whether We Will Go to War with Iran, But the Iranians Say the War Has Already Started

January 7, 2020

In common with other Iranian officials, Dehghan suggested that Iran was in no hurry to retaliate and would choose its targets carefully. “Our reaction will be wise, well considered and in time, with decisive deterrent effect.”

“It might be argued that there could be proxy operations. We can say America, Mr. Trump, has taken action directly against us — so we take direct action against America.”
 

The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United States

1/10/20

What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.

The U.S. airstrike that killed the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week has brought tensions between the two countries to a boiling point, with Iran vowing to avenge the killing. Soleimani was the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and the country’s top intelligence commander. The United States says he was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members during the Iraq War.

But Soleimani also had critics in the region, including thousands of Iraqi demonstrators who had taken to the streets in recent months to protest Iran’s growing influence in Iraq’s political affairs. A recent report published jointly by the New York Times and the Intercept relied on hundreds of leaked intelligence cables to outline just how deep that influence runs.

On First Person, Foreign Policy podcast this week, we hear from the New York Times reporter Farnaz Fassihi. She was a member of the investigative team that brought the leaked cables to light. She is also the author of the book Waiting for An Ordinary Day, a memoir of her four years covering the Iraq War and witnessing the unraveling of social life for Iraqi citizens.
 
 
 
 
 
Just the start:
 
 
IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI: OUR MISSILE ATTACKS WERE A “SLAP” TO THE AMERICANS; AMERICA’S CORRUPTING PRESENCE IN THE REGION MUST COME TO AN END

January 08, 2020

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a January 8, 2019 speech that aired on Ofogh TV (Iran) that the ballistic missile attacks on U.S. bases had been a "slap" to the Americans, that military operations against America are not enough, and that America's corrupting presence in the region must come to an end.

The audience, in which many people were holding up pictures of Qasem Soleimani, energetically chanted: "Death to America! Death to America! Death to Israel! Death to Israel!... Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the Leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to the hypocrites and infidels!"
 
 
Senior IRGC General Naqdi Predicts: Muslims Will Pull Americans out of Embassies and Military Bases and Hang Them Blindfolded from Trees

January 3, 2019

General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, IRGC Deputy Commander for Coordination, was interviewed on the Iranian TV, on January 3, 2020. In the interview, Naqdi said that although Iran has missiles, drones, and "we can do things to them in land and sea" he does not consider this to be real revenge. The blood of the martyrs is more powerful than missile attacks or the targeting of senior officials or agents. He said that the two nations, Iraq and Iran, have become unified by the blood of the martyrs from both countries and this is the real revenge.

The Islamic youth are now motivated to carry out attacks against U.S. presence in their countries. General Naqdi said that American pressure on the region has now led the youth "to pull them [the Americans] out of their nests of spies" – referring to U.S. embassies – "and military bases and to hang them blindfolded from trees." He added that motivation to attack the "Zionist regime" has now quadrupled. General Naqdi stated that this popular motivation is a more effective means of revenge than a military blow and this will lead to the U.S. pulling out of the region and the annihilation of Israel.
 
 
 
 
The Ram is pushing: 
 
Iranian missile shoots down Ukrainian plane

1/8/2020

Watch: Iranian missile shoots down Ukrainian plane. Footage shows moment Iranian missile strikes passenger plane near Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard.
 
 
 
“Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.” As he came near to where I stood, I was terrified and fell facedown. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the Time of the End… Behold, I will make known to you what will happen in the latter time of wrath, because it concerns the appointed time of the end. The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.” Daniel 8:16-17,19-20

Iraq’s pro-Iran factions ramp up threats to US after Iran missile strikes

Qais al-Khazali, a hardline commander, says Iraqi militias’ response will be no less severe than Iranian barrage; another group warns American soldiers ‘revenge is coming’

January 8, 2020

A top commander in Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network said Wednesday it was time for an “Iraqi response” to a US drone strike that killed the network’s deputy chief.

“That response will be no less than the size of the Iranian response. That is a promise,” Qais al-Khazali, a hardline Hashed commander, threatened in a tweet.

“To American soldiers: Do not close your eyes. Revenge for the martyr Muhandis is coming at the hands of Iraqis — until the last soldier among you leaves,” it said.

“The International Resistance Regiments have been formed in order to execute a harsh, deliberate response to the American terrorist forces,” Kaabi said. His deputy had earlier called for an urgent meeting to unite anti-American forces across Iraq.

“We will wage a war against the American presence in all parts of the region that we can reach,” said Nasr al-Shammary.
 
 
 
Daniel 8: It is on:
 
Missile attacks target US forces in Iraq, senior military source says; Iran suspected

January 7, 2020

Missiles were fired early Wednesday in multiple locations across Iraq, a senior U.S. military source in the country told Fox News, describing it as a series of attacks on U.S. forces from Iran.

The source told Fox News' Jennifer Griffin: "Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles. All over the country." The missiles struck near Al Assad Air Base in Anbar among other locations; the air base houses U.S. troops.
 
 
 
What's next: The Showdown between Iran and the U.S.

January 6, 2020

Seismic shocks set off by the drone strike which killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani rippled across the U.S. As thousands of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne boarded planes for the Middle East, the Department of Homeland Security warned of possible Iranian cyber-attacks, and the Mayor of New York City stepped up security.

"We are now potentially facing a threat that's different and greater than anything we have faced previously," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The troops are going to Kuwait, where they will be ready to reinforce U.S. Embassies and other locations where Americans are based. General Frank McKenzie, the Commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, has told the Pentagon he intends to hit back if any of the 5,000 American troops in Iraq are attacked by Iranian-backed militias.

Until last week, U.S. forces had not retaliated for fear of antagonizing the Iraqi government, but as Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters off-camera, the confrontation with Iran and its militias has reached a new level.

"The game has changed," Secretary Esper said. "We are prepared to do what is necessary to defend our personnel and our interests and our partners in the region."
 
Mark 13:8: “And there shall be earthquakes in different places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”

Puerto Rico earthquake: VIDEOS show destruction after 5.8-magnitude tremor hits US territory

January 6, 2019

A powerful earthquake has unleashed havoc in Puerto Rico, leaving many in the US territory without power. The quake is reportedly one of the largest to date to hit the island.

Videos show collapsed homes in the aftermath of the 5.8-magnitude tremor, as well as roads covered in rocks and debris – apparently the result of a mudslide.
 
 
“Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.” As he came near to where I stood, I was terrified and fell facedown. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the Time of the End… Behold, I will make known to you what will happen in the latter time of wrath, because it concerns the appointed Time of the End. The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia.” Daniel 8:16-17,19-20
 
 
 
 
 Will Iran’s Response to the Soleimani Strike Lead to War?

What Tehran Is Likely to Do Next

January 3, 2020

Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force, was one of the most influential and popular figures in the Islamic Republic and a particular nemesis of the United States. He led Iran’s campaign to arm and train Shiite militias in Iraq—militias responsible for the deaths of an estimated 600 American troops from 2003 to 2011— and became the chief purveyor of Iranian political influence in Iraq.

By May 2019, Tehran had chosen instead to breach the agreement and escalate tensions across the region. First came Iranian mine attacks against international shipping in May and June. Then Iran shot down a U.S. drone, nearly touching off an open conflict with the United States. In September, Iranian missiles struck the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia—arguably the most important piece of oil infrastructure in the world. Shiite militia groups began launching rockets at U.S. bases in Iraq, ultimately leading to the death of an American contractor last week. Retaliatory U.S. strikes eventually brought us to the Soleimani assassination.

The United States must, at a minimum, expect to find itself in conflict with Shiite militias in Iraq that will target U.S. forces, diplomats, and civilians. Iraq is the theater where the U.S. strike took place and therefore the most rational place for Iran to immediately respond. Moreover, the militia groups have already been escalating their activities over the past six months. They are among Iran’s most responsive proxies and will be highly motivated, given that Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, one of their top commanders, was killed in the strike along with Soleimani.
 

Tensions Rise in the Middle East After U.S. Killing of Iranian Military Leader

Iran vows ‘hard revenge’; U.S. to deploy some 3,500 troops to Kuwait

January 3, 2019

President Trump’s decision to order an airstrike that killed a powerful Iranian military leader on Iraqi soil reverberated through the Middle East on Friday, with Tehran vowing to avenge the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and its allies in Iraq pressing to expel U.S. troops from the country.

The U.S. said it would deploy some 3,500 additional troops to the region to boost security, and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq urged all American citizens to leave the country immediately.
 
 
In Iraq, US should take these 6 actions – We can’t allow it to become an Iranian puppet

January 2, 2020

After the tremendous sacrifices America made to liberate Iraq from the rule of brutal dictator Saddam Hussein and end his threat to other nations, we must not allow Iraq to become a puppet of the virulently anti-American dictatorship that rules Iran.

Yet as we saw this week when militia forces loyal to the Islamic Republic of Iran attacked the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad – setting fires and causing other property damage in the embassy compound – Iran and the Iraqi militia forces it controls are already playing a major role in neighboring Iraq.

Iraqi government leaders have not shown the capability or willingness to secure their borders and territory against forces loyal to Iran, who continue to destabilize the country and the region.

Iraq’s lack of a strong and unified national government will continue to incubate threats that the U.S. and the international community will have to deal with, unless we can spark some major changes.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/michael-pregent-us-must-stop-iran-from-making-iraq-its-puppet
 

Report: Top Iranian commander eliminated in Iraq

Qassem Soleimani, head of the IRGC's Quds Force, reportedly eliminated in air strike at the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

January 2, 2020

Qassem Soleimani, head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, was eliminated in a US drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq overnight Thursday, a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek.

Mohammed Redha al-Jabri, head of protocol of Iraq's state-sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces and the deputy head of the organization, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, were also eliminated in the attack, the official said.

“The American and Israeli enemy is responsible for killing the mujahideen Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Qassem Soleimani,” said Ahmed al-Assadi, a spokesman for Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces.

Earlier it was reported that four rockets hit a military base near the airport in the Iraqi capital. The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen network, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, reported that the attack was carried out by US helicopters and that Muhammad Raza al-Jabari, a senior official in the Iranian-backed Shiite militias, was killed in the attack.