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1) Israeli Palestinian conflict intensifies.
Much to Israels displeasure, the United Nations offered to put international troops in Jerusalem to curb the crisis.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” Zech 12.
2) Persia/Iran strikes one of the biggest military deals with Russia yet.
“It is also instructive that Iran has agreed to purchase $21 billion of aircraft and satellite equipment from Russia, one of the largest military transactions in Russian history and a transaction made possible through the lifting of sanctions.”
” I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords, Persia, (Iran)… with them; all of them with shield and helmet.” Ezek 38
3) Strongest El Nino in decades is coming.
The last time there was an El Nino of similar magnitude to the current one, the record-setting event of 1997-1998, floods, fires, droughts and other calamities killed at least 30,000 people and caused $100 billion in damage, Trenberth estimates.
Another powerful El Nino, in 1918-19, sank India into a brutal drought and probably contributed to the global flu pandemic, according to a study by the Climate Program Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
However this coming El Nino, is tipped to be the biggest on record. The following quote in Luke is referring to the distress of nations, political heavens. What will cause this distress? Very likely that distress could come about through natural disasters.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” Luke 21:25
4) With Syria in progress, Putin now turns to Afghanistan.
“In a disturbing echo of its Syria intervention, Russia is stepping up its military and security involvement in Afghanistan following Nato’s withdrawal and subsequent, dramatic advances by the Taliban and Islamic State.
Afghanistan (along with Syria) is one of the parts of the Seleucid Empire which Russian will inhabit before it invades Israel – Daniel 11. Read more here.
Other Recent Updates:
An astonishing series of events have occurred in the last few weeks which are seeing the demise of the US power and subsequent rise of the Russian power in the Middle East.
Last time we posted on this topic, the US had withdrawn their only remaining aircraft carrier out of the Persian gulf. It had also been revealed that Obama’s rebel program had been an embarrassing failure with only 4 rebels remaining for what was supposed to be $500 million dollar strong program to arm US backed rebels.
Since then, the US administration has only continued to fumble in the face of an assertive Russian presence.
1) Iraq is mulling a ‘goodbye to US’ and ‘hello to Russia’
“The parliament fractions are calling on the Iraqi government to request Russian airstrikes and use it to attack the ISIL military bases and oil centers,’ Rubaie, who is now a senior legislator at the Iraqi parliament, told FNA on Tuesday… ‘The US air force doesn’t cooperate with Iraq’s federal government and security and armed forces and refrains from providing any intelligence on ISIL’s concentration and field camps,’ he added.”
2) Russian plans an unprecedented escalation of the war
So far Russia has been bombing in Syria more than 5 times the intensity of the US. Soon Russia’s contribution will be stepped up to an incredibly intense 300 sorties per day, while the US has been bombing on average two times per day. In the words of the Australian… a truly “remarkable escalation”.
3) Canada to withdraw all involvement from US led coalition against ISIS.
With the election of a new Prime Minister, Canadian foreign policy will change to reflect a budget which will support higher domestic infrastructure spending and a complete withdrawal from the US coalition against ISIS.
4) The US war against ISIS has availed ‘nothing in 14 months’
“The Islamic State has exactly the same fighting capabilities now as they did 14 months ago. If the size of an adversarial force you intend to “ultimately destroy” remains static, despite 7,323 airstrikes, then it could be as much an indication of their success as it is yours.”
5) Russian officials admit the plan is ‘broader’ than Syria
Russian officials are beginning to admit that Russia’s intention in the Middle East is far broader than Syria.
The Kremlin’s real goal is to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad retake as much as possible of the territory his forces have lost to opponents, including U.S.-backed rebels, Russian officials told Bloomberg News. Moscow’s deployment of several dozen planes, as well as ships in the Black and Caspian Seas, could last a year or more, one official said.
6) 60 minutes interviewer Steve Kroft unnerves Obama over the failure of the Syrian war.
Update from REUTERS:
Turkish warplanes shot down an unidentified drone in Turkish air space near Syria on Friday and a U.S. official said Washington believed it was of Russian origin.
The Russian defense ministry said all of its planes in Syria had safely returned to base and that all its drones were operating “as planned”.
The downing of the drone highlights the risks to NATO member Turkey as Syrian, Russian and U.S. coalition aircraft fly combat missions so close to its borders.
The Turkish military said its jets had shot down the aircraft after it continued on its trajectory despite three warnings, in line with its rules of engagement. Broadcaster NTV said it had come 3 km (1.9 miles) into Turkish air space.
“It’s a drone. We are trying to identify its nationality,” a senior Turkish government official told Reuters.
A U.S. official told Reuters that Washington suspected it was a Russian drone, but said the information was still preliminary and declined to give any more details.
Russian jets violated Turkish air space on two occasions earlier this month and Turkey has warned it will respond if the incursions are repeated.
Russia’s air strikes in Syria mean that Russian and NATO planes are now flying combat missions in the same air space for the first time since World War Two, heightening concern that the Cold War enemies could fire on each other.
The Russian air force officially informed the Turkish military on Thursday about the violations by Russian jets earlier this month, and about steps it would take to prevent a repetition.
Turkey has also reported unidentified aircraft and Syria-based missile air defense systems harassing its warplanes several times in recent months.
Here is a summary of events over the last few days.
Russia sent guided missiles from warships in the Caspian sea over Iran & Iraq into Syria.
Russia has launched at least 26 cruise missiles against ISIS from the Caspian sea, this means that they would’ve gone through Iraq & Iran airspace before hitting ISIS in Syria.
Live footage provided by the Russian Military:
Huge oil discovery on the Golan Heights.
The Elohim are ratcheting up the tension between Israel & Russia.
Now that Russia is in Syria, multiple sources confirm that Israel has found another HUGE discovery, this time its an oil discovery in an area of land that Russia is watching very closely – the Golan Heights.
Russian media has been very quick to note that ownership of the heights is strongly contested between Syria & Israel.
“and thou shalt think an evil thought” – Ezek 38
Reports that Putin is sending elite forces into Syria
UNVERIFIED reports continue to allege that Putin is sending elite special forces into Syria.
The Express & Mirror have also been reporting that Putin has conscripted 150,000 standard troops for the task.
This remains unverified and contradicts Putin’s official statement on the issue so far.
Russian jets cross the Turkish border scrambling a reaction from NATO.
When it happened the first time, Turkey summed Russias ambassador who apologized for the ‘accident’.
When it happened the second time, Russia denied it, NATO confirmed it, and Turkey threatened to not be so congenial next time.