SYRIA WAR II: Israel, Iran, and Syria (and possibly Russia and US)
"We can see the seeds of the next conflict, if there is a next conflict, already being planted. As long as Iranian troops remain active in the region, this alone could lead to a more devastating war.
Again, the dangers being sown:
1) Israel enters into a broader Syrian conflict because of continued air attacks on its northern soil or deeper by Iranian forces and other threats posed to it by Iran.
2) Israel enters into a broader Syrian conflict because of more intermittent rocket and missile attacks in the Golan and its north by Syria, regardless of whether they are accidental strikes or by design."
These first two points are now major news! Some are expressing fear this is the start of World War III in the Middle East which will lead to the dreaded "war of Gog" found in the book of Ezekiel. With Russia and Turkey also in the region on standby, this is certainly a possibility.
2019 a dangerous base 7 year
The Kosovar war vector from 1998 ... suggests trouble may begin by late February 2019, although if that is true there is no reason not to suspect it could begin at any time soon."
For a Kosovo in the Middle East scenario, it could well begin in February 2019 (Kosovo began in late February 1998, twenty-one (3 x 7) years ago. Perhaps it has already begun in late January.
"Again, where they are discussed, read my remarks concerning an increasing number of projected events occurring as much as two years and two months late. I believe this indicates we are in a period of historical correction (or base 7 correction)."
This suggests that if Israel, Iran, and Syria back away from the brink now, they could return to repeat the Kosovo scenario as late as April 2021.
It is still too early to say this war has begun. Despite actions by Israel, Syria, and Iran, the situation could disperse entirely or be reduced to low level actions with occasional spurts of activity for as long as two years and two months (or less).
As Israel continues to strike Syrian territory with missiles and also provoke Russia in the process (read article below about possible Israeli-Russian War and World War III), Iraq finds itself sandwiched between the phoenix conflict stirring in the ashes of the Syrian Civil War between Israel, Iran, and Syria on one side and the Iranian-Saudi proxy war over Yemen that is threatening US intervention on the other.
This is the 21st anniversary year of the beginning of the war in Kosovo (February 1998) ... the bigger, badder war than Bosnia everyone was afraid might happen ... and did. Again, this time in the Middle East, we see the same bigger, badder conflict scenario playing out in the aftermath of The Syrian Civil War. Far more dangerous because RUSSIA is still there. Russia stayed out of the Kosovo War, and only threatened to enter it several times. This time, in this place, it is unlikely Russia will step back and watch the US go to war with Iran while Iran and Syria go to war with Israel, forcing Iraq to take the Iranian side.
This prediction has a shelf life that extends to April 2021 due to the period of historical correction we are in that has been delaying many events by as much as two years and two months. But not all events have been delayed; and this one may be practically right on time.
Do you remember (without using Google), when the last time was that Israel fought a war involving the enemy's regular army? The answer is 37 years ago. Yes, some 37 years have passed since the Israel Defense Forces locked horns with the Syrian army in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley.
Israel and Iran are at war. Israeli strikes this week in southern Syria, western Iraq and eastern Lebanon-and possibly even Beirut-confirm it. This war is a very 21st-century affair. For now it involves only small circles among the Israeli and Iranian populations.
Drone strikes caused fires that raged at two facilities of Saudi Arabia's vast state oil company, the country's interior ministry said, in what Yemen's Houthi rebels described as one of their largest-ever operations inside the kingdom.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community to join him Saturday in condemning Iran for drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities, which he described as "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply."
For further updates regarding both Israel-Iran War and developing Saudi-Iran conflict, see news updates below (until next update).
I believed strongly that one aspect of a new war in the Middle East began early last year and, by the summer of 2019, many news services were reporting that war was indeed being fought between Israel and Iran ... and not merely a proxy war. It is a different kind of war, one fought using aerial weapons, mostly missiles and rockets, also drones and aircraft, and on a frequent basis. Hardly a day goes by without a missile provocation from Syrian territory and retaliation by Israel. Allegedly the attacks are from Iranian (and now Hezbollah) positions in Assad's country. But some exchanges are clearly between Israel and Syria ... indicating a new war may be evolving from the one with Iran. Also the threat of new war between Israel and Lebanon looms. Israel's military has not been this active over a period of 18 months since the Lebanon War in 1982.
I feel it is grossly unfair for me to continue to wait for the mainstream news or the history books to catch up and admit what is so clear to so many. The following report sizes up Israel-Iran:
How many ways can Israel wage war on Iran before the media reports Israel is waging war on Iran? - Mondoweiss
Israel just bombed Iran. And no one noticed. On July 2, 2020, two explosions erupted in Iran, and both seem to have been ignited by Israel. Neither explosion attracted much reporting, and what reporting there has been remains thin and confused. The first report came out on the afternoon of July 3.
An escalation in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran and the Yemen proxy conflict is considered to be primary in the heated confrontation between the United States and Iran since May 2019. Iran’s daring UAV attack against Saudi oil facilities and the Iranian missile attacks on US bases in Iraq are considered to be major events in this conflict. The escalation of Iranian and Hezbollah rocket attacks against Israel and Israeli air strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria (and occasionally against Iranian positions in Lebanon and Iraq) since March 2019 is considered to be a part of the 2019–2020 Persian Gulf crisis. Thus, it is a considered observation that the Israeli-Iran Proxy Conflict ESCALATED substantially in 2019 and 2020 almost to the point of being designated as The Israel-Iran War. Some news media have referred to this escalation as the Israel-Iran War or Iran-Israel War although the two powers are still not officially engaged in "open war."
March 22, 2021: Because I predicted this war would begin in February 2019, I can not be faulted for not knowing the war had already begun SECRETLY in January 2017. It began to be reported by the news media exactly when I said it would and has been reported continually ever since.
The full extent of the campaign would not be revealed until 2019.
While attacks against Iranian targets in Syria, and some Syrian military targets, escalated, in July 2019, it was reported that Israel had expanded its strikes against Iranian missile shipments to Iraq, with Israeli F-35 combat planes allegedly striking Iranian targets in Iraq twice. Israeli airstrikes reportedly targeted Iran-backed militias in Iraq during 2019. Israeli aircraft or drones attacked a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) position in Qousaya, located in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, close to the border with Syria on Sunday night, 26 August 2019, according to Lebanese media reports. The attack came a day after two drones exploded in the Lebanese capital Beirut. On 27 July 2020, explosions and exchange of fire were heard during a "security incident" at the border between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Lebanon. The incident involved Israeli soldiers and four Hezbollah fighters who allegedly crossed the border, and came days after a Hezbollah member was killed by Israeli airstrikes in Syria and an Israeli drone crashed in Lebanon.
It has recently been revealed that Israel has been conducting a naval war with Iran since 2019.
Israel Naval War with Iran (October 2019 - In Progress)
Israel has attacked naval vessels heading to Syria several times since late 2019, fearing that oil sales are funding regional extremism, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. At least a dozen vessels, both Iranian and those carrying Iranian cargo, have been targeted, and were mainly carrying Iranian oil, according to the report.
Israel Has Been Launching Clandestine Attacks On Iranian Shipping: Report (Updated): The alleged Israeli campaign against Iran's commercial ships could be linked to previously unexplained incidents and possible Iranian retaliation.
A new report says that Israel has been conducting a clandestine campaign of attacks on Iranian ships carrying oil, as well as weaponry, to Syria for more than a year. If true, this would raise a host of new questions about other incidents, including an alleged attack on an Israeli-owned cargo ship and an oil spill off the coast of Israel, both of which have been blamed on Iran. This also follows reports of an explosion or fire on board an Iranian container ship in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea yesterday, though the exact details about that incident, which remains unconfirmed, are murky.
WASHINGTON—Israel has targeted at least a dozen vessels bound for Syria and mostly carrying Iranian oil out of concern that petroleum profits are funding extremism in the Middle East, U.S. and regional officials say, in a new front in the conflict between Israel and Iran. Since late 2019, Israel has used weaponry including water mines to strike Iranian vessels.
Benjamin Netanyahu vows payback against 'our greatest enemy' Iran and blames them for attack on Israeli ship - as his forces carry out missile attack on Tehran’s forces in Syria overnight
Benjamin Netanyahu said today that Israel was 'striking back' at its 'greatest enemy' Iran as he blamed the Islamic republic for a recent attack on an Israeli-owned ship. The Israeli PM said the blast on the MV Helios Ray which left two holes in the vessel's side in the Gulf of Oman last week was 'indeed an Iranian act, that is clear'.
Iranian Tanker Burning Off Saudi Arabia In The Red Sea (Updated): It isn't clear what happened to the ship, but the fact that it is burning off the Saudi coast at a time of extreme tension is highly concerning.
An Iranian tanker was traveling through the Red Sea when reports state it was rocked by two explosions. The vessel continued to burn following the explosions and some amount of oil has spilled into the sea. It isn't clear what caused the explosions, but Iranian media claims the tanker was struck in some sort of an attack.
How much more will it take before news media officially acknowledge that the Israeli-Iranian War has not only begun but has been in progress officially since the start of 2019 and secretly since the start of 2017.
The Syrian Army says Israel has fired missiles at the international airport in Damascus, adding it took the airport out of service temporarily, killed two soldiers, and wounded two others. The attack, which occurred shortly after midnight Sunday, was the second in seven months to put the Damascus International Airport out of commission. It caused material damage in a nearby area, the army said, without giving further details. Syria’s Ministry of Transport said work to repair the damage began immediately and later Monday, some flights resumed while work in other parts of the airport continued.
Israel launched airstrikes against unknown targets near the Syrian capital Damascus late Monday, leaving two soldiers wounded, Syria’s state news agency reported. There was no comment from the Israel Defense Forces, in line with its policy of not generally commenting on air raids in foreign countries. The SANA news agency, citing a military source, said Syrian air defenses shot down several Israeli missiles over Damascus. Syria regularly claims to intercept Israeli missiles, though military analysts doubt such assertions.
Fresh air strikes attributed to Israel reportedly took place in southern Syria on Saturday night, setting off the country's anti-aircraft defense system. The Israeli military (IDF) has not commented on the strikes, which generally target Iranian arms shipments bound for Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Syrian officials have also refrained from accusing Israel.
Israel has threatened Syria it will ramp up airstrikes in the country over its cooperation with Iran in smuggling arms to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, according to a Thursday report, which came following three attacks in Syria attributed to Israel within days. The network said a rare daytime airstrike on the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday targeted military sites belonging to the elite Fourth Armoured Division, which is commanded by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brother, Maher.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned what he said were Israeli missile attacks against Syria in comments on Tuesday that underline a chill in once-warm Russian-Israel relations. "We strongly condemned the dangerous practice of Israeli strikes on Syrian territory," Lavrov said. "We demand that Israel respect the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and, above all, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria."
Israeli fighter jets launched a series of airstrikes on areas near the Syrian capital Damascus shortly after midnight on Friday, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others, Syria’s official state media reported. Heavy explosions were heard over both the Syrian capital and northern Israel, according to local reports. The state-run broadcaster SANA, citing a military source, said most of the missiles launched from over the Golan Heights were intercepted.
An Israeli strike on Syria’s coast south of Tartous has wounded two civilians on Saturday, the Syrian defence ministry says. Damascus accused Tel Aviv of launching an “air aggression” from across the Mediterranean, west of Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, with several missiles targeting south of Tartous.
Syria state media has confirmed that Damascus International Airport has suffered major damage – including to runways – following an Israeli missile attack. The Syrian transport ministry said in a statement on Saturday that runways remained out of service at the capital’s airport following the attack on Friday, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.
Israeli air raids near Syria’s capital, Damascus, have killed nine combatants, among them five Syrian soldiers, in the deadliest such raid since the start of 2022, a war monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an ammunition depot and several positions linked to Iran’s military presence in Syria were among the targets on Wednesday.
A Russian military official claimed Syrian air defenses intercepted a missile that Israeli fighter jets allegedly fired at a target near Damascus Thursday night. Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, one of Russia’s top commanders in Syria, said two Israeli F-16s flying over the Golan Heights each fired a precision-guided missile, according to state news agency TASS.
Israeli jets carried out airstrikes near the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday night for the second time in under a week, Syrian state media said. “An Israeli air raid targeted certain positions near Damascus,” Syrian state news agency SANA said, without reporting any casualties or damage. Syrian air defense systems fired at the attacking Israeli aircraft, and residents of the area heard and felt many explosions, SANA said.
Several explosions were heard near Damascus on Thursday due to alleged Israeli airstrikes, Syrian reports said. According to Syria's state news agency SANA, Israel attacked several targets near the capital. Saudi state-owned Al-Hadath TV reported the attack targeted Iranian radar systems.
Israel carried out airstrikes on government-held positions in Syria on Saturday afternoon, the state news agency SANA said, without reporting any casualties. “The Israeli enemy launched an aerial assault from the direction of northern Lebanon targeting a number of positions in the central region,” SANA reported, citing a military source. The news agency said air defenses were activated and intercepted some of the Israeli missiles over the Hama province. It said damage from the strikes was still being assessed.
Two members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed last night in Israeli airstrikes in Syria, according to Iranian media reports. While casualties in strikes attributed to Israel are somewhat regular, it is far more rare that those killed are Iranian operatives.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard said on Tuesday that two of its members were killed in a strike this week near Damascus, which Syria accused Israel for. In a brief statement published by the IRNA news agency, the elite Iranian force "congratulated" the two officers for their "martyrdom," and vowed to "make the Zionist regime pay for this crime."
Syria’s state media say an Israeli missile attack has killed two civilians and left material damage on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus. Israel carried out the attack at about 5am (03:00 GMT) on Monday, hitting positions south of Damascus, Syria’s official SANA news agency said, citing a military source.
Three Syrian soldiers were killed on Thursday morning in an Israeli airstrike near the capital Damascus, Syria’s state media said. The alleged strike came hours after Israel apparently dropped leaflets on Syrian army positions warning that they could be targeted for collaborating with Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah.
Israel has fired several missiles at Syria’s border province of Quneitra, causing “material damage”. A Syrian military statement did not give details about the positions that came under attack early on Wednesday. Syria state TV quoted an unnamed Syrian military official as saying that the missiles were fired from Syria’s Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and struck areas around the nearby town of Quneitra.
Israel has fired several surface-to-surface missiles targeting sites south of Syrian capital Damascus, Syrian state news agency SANA reported. The shelling struck a town south of Damascus on Wednesday evening, causing material damage. This is the second Israeli aerial strike on Syria this month, after it targeted anti-aircraft batteries on February 9 in response to what it said was a missile fired from Syria.
An anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria into Israel late Tuesday exploded in the air, the Israeli military said, triggering a rare Israeli counter-strike on Syrian army targets in the Damascus area, killing one soldier. The Syrian missile, according to Syria's official news agency SANA, was fired in response to an Israeli airstrike. It wasn't clear what was targeted in the first strike, which Israel has not confirmed.
Israel is considering the possibility of a direct conflict with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Syria and its proxies in Lebanon, Iran International has learned. Our reporters in Israel have learned from reliable sources that the Israeli military is preparing a month-long exercise to gauge its readiness to fight Iranian forces and proxies on its borders with Syria and Lebanon.
Israeli jets carried out airstrikes against targets near the Syrian capital of Damascus early Monday morning, Syrian state TV reported. The pro-opposition group, the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights, said the targets of the attack were Hezbollah positions, outposts and weapon depots, northeast of Damascus.
CAIRO, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Israel launched an air strike on the Syrian port of Latakia on Tuesday, setting ablaze the container storage area and damaging nearby buildings in a second attack on the facility this month, Syrian state media reported. An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment. "We don't comment on foreign reports," the spokesperson said.
Israeli warplanes fired a number of missiles at the port of the coastal city of Latakia early Tuesday morning, causing large explosions and fires, in the second alleged Israeli strike in a month on the key facility. For years, Israel avoided conducting strikes against the Latakia port due to the large presence of Russian forces nearby, despite Iran allegedly using the terminal to transport advanced munitions through it to its proxies in the region, notably the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group.
Fires erupted in Syria's Latakia Port's container storage area following an Israeli missile attack, Syrian state media reported early Tuesday morning. The attack, the second in this month, damaged facades of a hospital, some residential buildings and shops. A Syrian army official told state TV that the Israeli missiles were launched from the sea, west of Latakia.
Israel’s alleged aerial strike in Syria on Monday would be the seventh action of its kind in about a month. According to international media reports from Syria, Israel attacked a missile factory located up north in Homs province, and additional targets near the northwestern city of Tartus. The attack was preceded by several strikes to prevent weapons smuggling and activity along the border in the Golan Heights.
Syria’s military has said Israel carried out air raids on central and western provinces, wounding two soldiers and causing material damage, according to Syrian state media. The military said Israeli warplanes fired missiles while flying over neighbouring Lebanon. It added that Syrian air defences shot down most of the Israeli missiles without elaborating.
An Israeli missile strike killed five pro-Iran militiamen near Damascus on Saturday, a war monitor said, while state media said two Syrian soldiers were wounded in the attack. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike “destroyed a Hezbollah and Iranian weapons and ammunition” convoy heading towards Lebanon.
Israeli helicopters hit three targets in Syria near the border in the early hours of Monday, Syrian media reported. According to the reports, the missiles struck targets connected to the Hezbollah terror group on the outskirts of the town of al-Baath as well as other locations in southern Syria.
Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli attack targeting a military base in the Homs countryside, official Damascus media said on Friday, claiming six personnel were injured in the incident. "An Israeli aggression is targeting the central region, and air defenses are responding," state TV reported.
Two Iran-backed militants were killed after Israel struck targets in Syria's military air base near Homs, a human rights watchdog reported Saturday. The airstrike also injured six soldiers and caused material damage, official Syrian media reported Friday. Israel has targeted the T4 military air base in the past, which is known to house Iranian forces.
A base operated by Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria was struck overnight by an unidentified aircraft, Reuters reported on Monday citing military sources and residents of the area. The airstrikes targeted an area south of the town of al-Mayadin, along the Euphrates River, according to the report.
The Israeli Air Force struck and destroyed a Syrian missile battery after it launched a missile that exploded near central Israel early Friday morning, according to Hebrew media reports Friday evening on Channel 12 and Army Radio. The Syrian air defense missile flew over Israeli skies before exploding over the Mediterranean Sea, the Israel Defense Forces said.
MOSCOW — Syria’s air defense forces shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday. Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said six Israeli fighter jets targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon’s airspace late Thursday.
Israel reportedly fired missiles at unspecified targets in Syria on Thursday night. At around 11:30, the “Israeli enemy” fired missiles at Damascus’ suburbs and the suburbs of Homs in western Syria. Syrian air defense units claimed to have downed “most” of the missiles. The planes flew over Beirut and the Syrian forces are assessing the damage, the official SANA news outlet reported.
Syrian media reported on Tuesday evening of an Israeli missile strike on an area in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. The state-run SANA news agency reported that “initial information indicates an Israeli missile attack west of the town of Hader in the northern Quneitra countryside,” adding that two missiles were fired in the strike.
Israel struck targets near the Quneitra province, Syrian media outlets reported Tuesday. The Israeli army has yet to comment on the incident. Syrian state media also reported blasts heard near the Quneitra province in south-western Syria, near the border with Israel.
Nineteen rockets were fired at northern Israel from Lebanon on Friday morning, sending residents in a number of towns in the Golan Heights and Galilee Panhandle scrambling to shelters. The Hezbollah terror group later acknowledged responsibility for the barrage, its heaviest since the 2006 Second Lebanon War.
BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Hezbollah group fired a barrage of rockets toward Israel on Friday, and Israel hit back with artillery in a significant escalation between the two sides. It was the third day of attacks along the volatile border with Lebanon, a major Middle East flashpoint where tensions between Israel and Iran, which backs Hezbollah, occasionally play out.
Israeli fighter jets have launched air raids on neighbouring Lebanon following a second day of rocket fire from across the border. “Earlier today [Thursday], rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory,” the Israeli air force tweeted. “In response … fighter jets struck the launch sites and infrastructure used for terror in Lebanon from which the rockets were launched."
The United Nations peacekeeping force tasked with controlling conflict between Israel and Lebanon is pleading for calm amid a new, persistent escalation along the tense border between the two nations. News of the unrest first emerged Wednesday amid reports of rocket fire from Lebanese territory across the disputed Blue Line boundary and into Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that sirens sounded in the villages of Qiryat Shemona, Kfar Giladi and Tel-Hai.
The deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, made some eyebrow-raising remarks earlier this month. On July 19, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets fired eight guided missiles at targets in Syria’s Aleppo province. According to Kulit, Russian-built Pantsir and Buk-M2 air defense missiles intercepted seven of them.
Syria has warned Israel that it would defend its territory by any means granted to Damascus through international law, after blaming its foe for two back-to-back airstrikes that struck the country this week.The Syrian Foreign Ministry released a statement Thursday railing against the latest "cowardly Israeli aggression" after an air raid Wednesday in the Al-Qusayr region of Homs province.
Israeli planes carried out airstrikes against targets in Syria for the second night this week, Damascus said early Thursday. Damascus claims air defenses shot down Israeli missiles near Homs; alleged sortie comes on heels of reported attack on weapons depot in Aleppo and rocket fire from Lebanon.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported explosions at a weapons depot belonging to Iranian-backed militas. Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli air strike in the countryside near the northern of Aleppo on Monday night, according to Syrian state news SANA. The attack hit several sites in the as-Safirah area, southeast of Aleppo, at approximately 11:37 pm, the report said.
An Israeli attack on weapons depots belonging to an Iran backed-militia outside Aleppo killed five people in the employ of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. The attack reportedly occurred just before midnight on Monday in the Al-Safirah area on the southern foothills of Aleppo.
The Israeli military said its artillery shelled southern Lebanon after two rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory. Israel’s army said in a statement on Tuesday that aerial defences intercepted one of the rockets, and the second fell in an open area. No injuries or damage were reported.
BAGHDAD (AP) - A U.S. drone attack targeted a truck for an Iran-backed militia in eastern Syria on Sunday, destroying the vehicle without causing any casualties, two Iraqi militia officials said. The attack came amid increasing tensions in the region between the U.S. military and Iran-backed Iraqi militias in recent weeks. The Americans have targeted militants who used drones and rockets to hit bases housing U.S. troops.
A series of Iranian-backed militia attacks against Americans in Iraq and Syria is piling new pressure on President Joe Biden, with some Republicans criticizing his approach as insufficient and ineffective. U.S. troops and diplomats in Iraq and Syria were targeted in six rocket and drone attacks this week alone, including when at least 14 rockets hit a base in Iraq on Wednesday, injuring two U.S. service members.
For the second time this year, the Biden administration has responded to threats to US forces in Iraq by carrying out airstrikes. The second round of strikes took place early on Monday and targeted militia groups with ties to Iran. The first airstrikes ordered by the Biden administration took place in late February and also targeted Iran-backed militias in Syria.
WASHINGTON – At least four members of Shi’ite militias were killed in “defensive precision airstrikes” which US President Joe Biden ordered against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups along the Iraq-Syria border region on Sunday night. According to Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, the targets were selected “because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.”
Israel launched airstrikes on Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in response to ongoing arson attacks from the enclave, the Israel Defense Forces said. A month after an 11-day conflict raged between Israel and Hamas, with the fragile ceasefire under heavy strain, the army chief ordered the IDF to prepare for a resumption of fighting.
An Israeli airstrike caused damage to sites in southern and central Syria late Tuesday, Damascus said, the first attack attributed to Israel in over a month. According to Syrian state news agency Sana, air defense systems managed to shoot down some Israeli missiles which were fired from the direction of Lebanon after 11:30 p.m. It said some missiles were shot down and others caused damage, citing a military source.
Syria’s air defense system has been activated against an “Israeli aggression” within Syria, state news agency Sana said late Tuesday. Israeli planes arrived from Lebanese air space, said Sana, which gave no indication of any deaths or damage.
An alleged Israeli airstrike targeted Syrian territory from Lebanese airspace on Tuesday night, according to the Syrian state news agency SANA. The airstrikes targeted sites in central and southern Syria and caused damage without causing any casualties, according to SANA.
Syrian air defenses on Tuesday intercepted an Israeli missile strike over Damascus, the Syrian capital, state media reported, while military defectors said the missiles may have targeted Iranian-backed militias.
Israel's deadly Gaza offensive has many eyes trained on the Lebanese border for a Hezbollah reaction, but observers argue the movement is unlikely to risk an all-out conflict. Incidents at the border in recent days have raised the temperature but, with Lebanon already on its knees amid a deep political and economic crisis, the group seems intent on refraining from an escalation.
Six rockets were fired from Lebanon toward Israel late Monday, but they apparently fell short of the border fence. The military said it responded with artillery fire. The rockets triggered warning sirens in some communities near the border. The army later ordered communities within four kilometers (2.5 miles) of the northern border to open bomb shelters.
Battles were waged in the skies above southern Israel and the ground below Gaza City, as Israeli warplanes bombarded the warren of tunnels used by Hamas militants to launch attacks.
IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman pushes back against American lawmakers’ condemnation of the targeting of a building in Gaza that housed a number of international media outlets, where the military says Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization also maintained facilities.
Amid an ongoing barrage of rockets from Gaza, where the Israel Defense Forces are engaged in an escalating military campaign against Palestinian factions, Israel has also faced rocket fire from Lebanon and most recently Syria, as a raging Middle East conflict threatens to spread across the region.
Three rockets were launched from Syria toward Israel on Friday, expanding the battlefield as Israel faces off against militants in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said Friday that of the three rockets, one landed within Syrian territory.
The border between Israel and Lebanon saw a major deployment on both sides after Israeli tanks opened fire to push out protesters, one of whom has died, as they crossed the disputed boundary in support of Palestinian fighters in Gaza battling with Israel. "IDF tanks fired warning shots towards a number of rioters who crossed from Lebanon into Israeli territory," the Israel Defense Forces said Friday in a statement obtained by Newsweek.
Three rockets were launched from Syria towards Israel on Friday evening amid a number of solidarity riots with the Palestinians amid ongoing escalations between Israel and Hamas, as well as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel on Thursday night. The IDF said that the rockets landed in the sea off the coast of northern Israel. According to the IDF, the rockets fell into the Mediterranean sea. Residents of the northern-Israeli town Shlomi heard the sound of the booms.
The Israel Defense Forces have said that a volley of rockets was fired from across the country's northern border with Lebanon, raising concern about a new front home to the powerful Lebanese Hezbollah movement and other factions that support Palestinian fighters already at war in the Gaza Strip.
TEL AVIV—Israel’s military said it has begun ground operations against Hamas in Gaza, escalating its offensive against the militant group. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said ground and air forces are striking targets in Gaza from the Israeli side of the border, including tanks and artillery. He initially said Israeli troops had entered the Gaza Strip but later retracted that statement.
Netanyahu vows to 'inflict blows that Hamas has not dreamed of' prompting the Islamist group to fire 130 more rockets at Israel amid UN warnings of 'full-scale war'
Israel today vowed to bring 'total, long-term quiet' to the Gaza Strip amid growing international alarm at the increasing civilian death toll from retaliatory air strikes targeting Hamas militants. 'The army will continue to attack to bring a total, long-term quiet. Only when we reach that goal will we be able to speak about a truce,' Defence Minister Benny Gantz said as the Palestinian death toll rose to 43, including 13 children. At least 230 Palestinians have been wounded.
Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is calling for unity between Middle East rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia in hopes that their recent diplomacy will develop into more robust regional support for Palestinians embroiled in a sharp escalation in their decades-long conflict with Israel, which issued a threat against any foes seeking to join in on the spiraling conflict.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel stepped up its attacks on the Gaza Strip, flattening a high-rise building used by the Hamas militant group and killing at least three militants in their hideouts on Tuesday as Palestinian rockets rained down almost nonstop on parts of Israel. It was the heaviest fighting between the bitter enemies since 2014, and it showed no signs of slowing.
While Iran’s political and military leaders are not exactly known for making measured, reserved or unprovocative remarks, stating that “Israel could be blown up in a single operation,” would be considered an aggressive comment even for Iranians.
Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip fired massive barrages of rockets at Israel on Monday evening and into the night, including seven projectiles that were fired by Hamas toward Jerusalem, in a major escalation of violence from the enclave signaling the possible start of a wider conflict.
The IDF warned Hamas that all options, including a ground operation, were on the table after over 160 rockets were fired towards Jerusalem and southern Israel as thousands of Israelis were parading through downtown to celebrate Jerusalem Day. Following the rocket fire, the Israel Air Force carried out several strikes in Gaza, killing at least 8 Hamas militants and targeting rocket launchers and two military positions.
An Israeli helicopter bombed an alleged Hezbollah site on the Syrian Golan Heights, injuring one person, in a rare daytime strike on Monday, according to Syrian sources. The Israel Defense Forces refused to comment on the matter.
Large explosions heard and a fire caused in port city of Latakia; targets also hit in Hama; state media says air defenses engaged missiles; 6 reported wounded. Israeli aircraft reportedly carried out airstrikes in northern Syria early Wednesday, Syrian state media said, killing one person and wounding six, in the first alleged attacks since raids last month that saw an errant Syrian anti-aircraft missile explode in the Negev desert.
TEL AVIV—Militants in Gaza fired more than 30 rockets into Israel overnight, the worst flareup in months amid escalating nightly clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem. In response to the barrage, Israel struck Hamas military targets, including infrastructure and rocket launchers, Israel’s military said Saturday.
Militants in Gaza have fired at least 35 rockets into Israel in one of the most intense flare-ups in months, seemingly triggered by days of tensions in Jerusalem in which far-right Jewish groups and the Israeli police have clashed with Palestinians.
Israel and Syria exchanged missile attacks early Thursday morning after Damascus launched an advanced surface-to-air missile that landed all the way in the Negev Desert. Alarms sounded in Abu Qrenat near Dimona in the South. Syria fired the missile in response to what it claims was an Israeli Air Force bombing near Damascus.
Iranian state media highlighted a “powerful explosion” that they said took place at a “sensitive Israeli missile factory” during a test. A similar report appeared in Haaretz, and it appears Iranian media took their information from there.
After an almost three week lull, Israel resumed airstrikes in southern Syria as multiple explosions were reported in the suburbs of western Damascus shortly after midnight Thursday morning. “At about 12:56 a.m., the Israeli enemy conducted airstrikes using missiles fired from the direction of Lebanese airspace targeting several locations in the environs of the city of Damascus. Syrian air defenses engaged the missiles and downed many of them. The attacks wounded four soldiers and caused material damage,” Syrian media reported, citing a military source.
A large explosion was heard near the border between Israel and Lebanon during the strikes after a Syrian air defense missile was fired at an Israeli aircraft. Four Syrian soldiers were injured and material damage was reported after an alleged Israeli airstrike targeted Damascus on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.
Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli airstrike in the Damascus area, according to the Syrian state-run SANA early Thursday. The report said the Israeli attack came from the Golan Heights and Lebanese airspace. According to media reports, the air defense systems successfully shot down a number of missiles.
After about three weeks of relative calm, the Israeli Air Force allegedly conducted a big airstrike on two reported Iranian weapons warehouses located just outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a U.K.-based organization that monitors the ongoing Syrian civil war.
Syrian air defenses fended off an Israeli airstrike on Tuesday night, state-run Syrian media reported. “Air defense systems thwarted an [Israeli enemy] aggression in southern Syria,” the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said.
Syrian air defenses responded to an alleged Israeli airstrike near Damascus on Tuesday night, after a number of cargo flights between Iran and Syria were reported earlier in the day, according to Syrian media.
Syrian air defences shot down several Israeli missile strikes over the capital Damascus on Tuesday, state media reported. "At 22:35 (2035 GMT) this evening the Israeli enemy carried out an aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan Heights on some targets in the Damascus area," Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.
On Sunday March 7, Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked an Aramco oil facility in Ras Tanura, a major port on Saudi Arabia’s Persian Gulf Coast. Brigadier General. Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the rebel group, said in a televised statement that ballistic missiles and drones hit the oil facility and one of its largest refineries, along with military positions in nearby Dammam.
Israeli F-15 fighter jets escorted two American B-52 bombers through Israeli airspace on Sunday in a new show of force by the United States against Iran — with an Israeli element — amid rising tensions in the region.
A SPRAWLING AIRBASE IN Iraq that serves as one of the most consequential hubs for the U.S.-led military presence there came under attack Wednesday morning by 10 rockets, local officials said. Iraqi officials issued carefully crafted statements shortly afterward that indicate they believe Iran was behind the attack.
DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian air defenses were activated in the capital Damascus and its southern suburbs Sunday night to repel an Israeli missile attack, state media reported. There was no word on casualties.
The Syrian army said on Sunday evening that Israeli-fired rockets struck parts of southern Damascus in escalating attacks that regional intelligence sources say target Iran-linked assets.
The airstrikes come after a series of recent rocket attacks that occured in Iraq and targeted US assets. While the US said it is still investigating the attacks, State Department said that rockets used in the attacks were "Iranian-made" and "Iranian-supplied".
WASHINGTON — The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday night and Friday morning directed US military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on February 15 called for an investigation into a rocket attack on an airbase in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and promised to “hold accountable those responsible”. According to BBC, Blinken said that the United States is “outraged” by the rocket attack in the Kurdistan region.
The US has vowed to "hold accountable those responsible" for Monday's rocket attack in Iraq's Kurdistan region that killed a civilian contractor. A US service member and five other contractors were injured when rockets hits sites in the Irbil city, including a base used by the US-led coalition. In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was "outraged" by the attack.
Unidentified drones have targeted a weapons shipment making its way from Iraq to Syria near an illegal military crossing used by pro-Iranian militias, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Wednesday afternoon, citing unnamed sources.
Suspected Israeli airstrikes hit southern Syria late Wednesday evening. Syria’s state-run SANA news outlet reported the airstrikes around 11:30 p.m. Syrian air defenses responded to the missiles, which hit in the country’s southern region.
Israeli airstrikes targeted a number of sites in southern Syria late Wednesday night, the country’s state media reported, in the latest in a series of attacks on Iran-linked facilities attributed to the Jewish state.
Israeli airstrikes targeted a site near the city of Hama in northwestern Syria in the predawn hours of Friday morning, Syrian media reported. These were the first Israeli strikes against targets in Syria reported since US President Joe Biden entered office earlier this week and the fifth such alleged attack in the past month.
Syrian air defenses confronted early on Friday "an Israeli aggression" in the governorate of Hama, state media said, after reporting that explosions were heard there. The country's official news agency quoted a military source as saying that the attack killed a family, including two children, wounded four others, and destroyed three residential buildings in Hama.
Syrian state media claims at least four civilians were killed when Israeli warplanes fired several missiles in central Syria region of Hama early on Friday, adding that its air defence forces downed most of the missiles.
In less than a week since the last wave of Israeli strikes on Syria targeted positions in the southern outskirts of Damascus and killed three pro-Iran fighters, Israeli warplanes last week carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria killing at least 57 fighters and wounding dozens.
Iranian missiles land within 20 miles of ship, 100 miles from Nimitz strike group in Indian Ocean: officials
EXCLUSIVE: Long-range missiles from Iran splashed down close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean Saturday and 100 miles from the Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group, Fox News has learned, in the latest example of rising tensions in the region.
A massive Iranian missile drill showcasing long range missiles, drones and other weapons is taking place this weekend and has been a message to Gulf countries, the US and Israel. It comes a year after Iran launched ballistic missiles at US forces in Iraq. Iran has sent missile technology to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen in recent years.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Friday that saw suicide drones crash into targets and explode — triangle-shaped aircraft that strongly resembled those used in a 2019 attack in Saudi Arabia that temporarily cut the kingdom’s oil production by half.
Israeli night raids targeting arms depots and military positions in eastern Syria have killed at least seven Syrian soldiers and 16 allied fighters, in the deadliest raids since 2018, a war monitor said Wednesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 15 people were killed and injured in an Israeli strike Wednesday in southern Syria, the third such strike in nearly 10 days. Israel struck targets in southern Syria, state TV reported as military defectors said the missiles targeted Iranian revolutionary guard bases.
Israeli occupation warplanes have struck sites where the militias of the Bashar Al-Assad regime and Iran are stationed, south of the capital of Damascus and near the governorate of As-Suwayda, south of Syria. Local sources reported that an airstrike launched by Israel using missiles last night targeted the Radar Brigade in As-Suwayda, causing damage to equipment, however, no casualties were reported.
Attack struck targets south and west of capital, which have been reportedly bombed by IDF in the past, according to state media; unverified reports of 3 Iran-backed fighters killed.
An alleged Israeli airstrike targeted locations in southern Syria as explosions were heard in the skies over Damascus on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state media SANA. The strikes were launched from the Golan Heights, a Syrian military source told SANA, claiming that most of the incoming missiles were intercepted by Syrian air defenses.
Israel and Saudi Arabia have been urging the administration of US President Donald Trump to strike Iran ahead of the inauguration of the presumptive US President-elect Joe Biden, London-based Dar Al-Hayat reported Thursday. According to the report, which cites unnamed US sources, the two nations seek a surgical US strike aimed at Tehran's nuclear facilities.
Israeli jets fired missiles on targets near Damascus early on Wednesday, killing one Syrian soldier and wounding three, Syria’s military said. The after-midnight attack in the Zabadani region in the Damascus countryside targeted a Syrian air defense unit and also caused material damage, an unnamed Syrian military official was quoted as saying by the official SANA news agency.
One Syrian soldier has been killed and several others wounded in an Israeli attack on a military position in the Damascus countryside near the Zabadani Valley, state news agency SANA says, citing a military source.
At least six people were killed by Israeli missile attacks in the Masyaf area of Syria overnight Thursday into Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog group said. The strikes destroyed depots and missile production facilities belonging to Iranian militias, the observatory said.
Syrian air defences have intercepted Israeli missiles over the western province of Hama, Syrian state TV said early on Friday, citing a military statement. The “barrage of missiles” were directed from the north of the Lebanese city of Tripoli at 12:40am (22:40 GMT) on Friday, the statement said, describing the attack as an “Israeli aggression”. The rockets were aimed at the town of Masyaf in the Hama countryside, the military said.
Syrian state media said Israel carried out airstrikes in the central province of Hama early Friday morning. Syria’s official news agency SANA said the attack occurred near the town of Masyaf and that the missiles were fired from Lebanese territory.
President Trump on Wednesday added to the growing tension between the United States and Iran following a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad early this week, warning against any additional strikes.
The administration and military officials blame Tehran for recent rocket attacks in Iraq, adding to the growing tensions between the United States and Iran. President Trump warned Iran on Wednesday that he would hold it accountable “if one American is killed” in rocket attacks in Iraq that the Trump administration and military officials blamed on Tehran.
US says Iranian-backed militias 'almost certainly' behind recent rocket attack near US embassy in Baghdad
(CNN) US Central Command said Wednesday that the Sunday rocket attack on Baghdad's International Zone near the US embassy was "almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed rogue militia group." Captain William Urban, the CENTCOM spokesman, said the 21 rocket attack was the largest rocket attack since 2010 on the area in central Baghdad, also known as the Green Zone.
WASHINGTON—The barrage of rockets launched at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Sunday was the largest attack on the capital’s Green Zone since 2010, numbering 21 missiles, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East said. Iraq’s president has denounced the rocket firings as a “terrorist act” and said that the targeting of diplomatic missions had tarnished the nation’s reputation.
An Israeli submarine openly crossed last week the Suez Canal en route to Iran in a show of force, Israel’s public broadcaster Kan reported on Monday. Citing Arab intelligence sources, the report said the move was conducted with Egypt’s approval and in the midst of seething tensions between Jerusalem and Tehran.
A boat loaded with explosives attacked an oil tanker docked at the Saudi port city of Jeddah in what the authorities there called an act of terrorism, the latest in a string of strikes against the kingdom’s oil infrastructure in recent weeks.
The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CNV-68) was ordered back to the Persian Gulf, and news of the carrier's movement came the same day that a top Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in an ambush attack. U.S. officials said the carrier movement was not linked to any specific threat, however.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader on Saturday demanded the "definitive punishment" of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran's disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the Middle East.
The assassination on Friday of Iran's leading nuclear scientist has heightened suspicions t hat Donald Trump, in cahoots with hardline Israeli and Saudi allies, may be trying to lure the Tehran regime into an all-out confrontation in the dying days of his presidency.
The USS Nimitz is being sent to the Persian Gulf by the Pentagon, according to a report by CNN Deployment is aimed at securing the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, it is claimed There is growing chatter about possible military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities before Trump
The reclusive Dr. Mohsen Fakriazadeh, reputed father of Iran's nuclear weapons and missile programs, was assassinated near Tehran on Friday, Nov. 27. He was attacked by unknown killers in Damavand, Tehran Province, during an armed conflict with his bodyguards. This was confirmed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards of which the scientist was also a brigadier general.
Nineteen pro-Iranian Pakistani militants were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on Thursday, Syrian opposition sources said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israel was behind the airstrike which targeted the eastern Syrian region of Albuqmal, making it the third reported Israeli strike in Syria within a week.
Israel reportedly bombed targets in southern Syria again late Tuesday evening. The state-run Syrian news agency SANA said the "Zionist enemy" launched an airstrike from the Golan Heights at south Damascus. The strike caused "material damage," according to the agency. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israeli shelling hit weapons depots south of the Syrian capital.
Syria's state-run SANA news agency said early Wednesday that Israel struck two sites in the country's south, which would be the second such attack within a week. On Wednesday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight non-Syrian nationals were killed in the strike, which also destroyed a missile depot affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran near Damascus and Quneitra.
The Israeli military bombed a number of targets in southern Syria late Tuesday night, striking areas associated with Iran and its proxies, Syrian state media reported. The official SANA news agency reported that Israel launched a series of airstrikes at 11:50 p.m.
Israeli fighter jets attacked military sites controlled by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Syrian military around Damascus early Wednesday morning in response to explosives troops uncovered on Israel's border with Syria on Tuesday, the military said. The Syrian state news agency SANA said three soldiers were killed and one was injured in the attack, which targeted sites in southern Syria.
An Israeli minister said there could be an Israel-Iran war if Joe Biden wins the US presidency. Settlements Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said on Wednesday that if Biden returns to the Iran deal, Israel and Iran will go to war.
BEIRUT - Three Iran-backed paramilitary fighters were killed in an overnight Israeli strike that hit Syria's southern province of Quneitra, a war monitor said Wednesday. The three were from the Syrian Resistance to Liberate the Golan, a group linked to the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, said Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based pro-opposition group.
Syrian state media said Israel fired a missile early Wednesday at a site in the Quneitra province in southern Syria, near the border with Israel's Golan Heights. The official SANA news agency said the midnight attack hit a school building in the village of Al-Harah, without providing further details.
In a rare cross-border raid, Israeli soldiers destroyed two Syrian military posts in the demilitarized zone separating the two countries, in a warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces are encroaching on the Golan Heights, according to a television report on Tuesday.
Syrian air defenses thwarted an allegedly Israeli attack on Aleppo city, Syrian state television said on Friday. The attack reportedly left seven militia men of the Iraqi Hezbollah dead, and the death toll is expected to rise due to the severity of ensuing causalities, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
On Friday, Syrian state-run news SANA reported that the Israelis conducted an airstrike in the suburbs outside of Aleppo in southern Syria. The target was the town of al-Safirah where the Syrians once had a major missile production facility.
The Syrian regime's air defenses intercepted Israeli airstrikes in the northern city of Aleppo overnight Friday, Syrian state news sources reported. "At 1:30 a.m. the Zionist enemy carried out an airstrike by a salvo of missiles targeting the area around the city of Aleppo," a military source told Syrian state news outlet SANA.
Israeli warplanes fired missiles on suburbs of the northern city of Aleppo early Friday, Syrian state media said, amid increased airstrikes on Syria in recent weeks. There were no immediate reports of casualties. On August 31, an attack targeted the southern suburbs of the capital Damascus killing two soldiers and wounding seven.
Two Syrian soldiers were killed and seven others wounded on Monday by an Israeli missile attack that targeted military sites south of the Syrian capital Damascus, state news agency SANA reported. Citing a military statement, the report said the attack was carried out from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
ANKARA Israel's military fired missiles Monday on areas south of Syria's capital Damascus belonging to forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime, state media reported. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said the attack was directed from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights against some military sites, adding the country's air defenses shot down most of the missiles before they reached their targets.
The United Arab Emirates has condemned an Iranian-backed Houthi attack on Saudi Arabia's Abha Airport overnight Sunday into early Monday. The attack was intercepted by aircraft from Saudi Arabia. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are allies against the Yemen-based Houthis, who have fired missiles and drones at the Saudi Kingdom.
Israeli attack helicopters on Friday night struck several military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian military, in response to munitions fired at Israel earlier in the day, the Israel Defense Forces said. Targets included "observation positions and intelligence-gathering tools inside Syrian posts," the military said.
Israel closed the airspace over the occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday following airstrikes on Syrian targets in Damascus, Israeli media reported.Airlines were told that they would not be allowed to fly in the area at altitudes over 5,000 feet, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
Seven Syrian soldiers were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes near Damascus on Monday evening, according to Syria's state news agency SANA. Syrian air defense systems were activated on Monday evening after Israeli aircraft launched missiles towards sites south of Damascus from over the Majdal Shams area of the Golan Heights, according to SANA.
BAGHDAD - A rare daytime rocket attack hit Baghdad's Green Zone on Sunday, security sources said, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met top Iraqi officials. At least two rockets hit outside the US embassy in the high-security zone, they told AFP.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia said Saturday three Iranian boats were "forced to retreat" from its waters after warning shots were fired, according to state media. "At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday... the coastguard spotted three Iranian boats after they entered Saudi waters," the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
At least nine pro-Iranian militia members were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike targeting military positions in Syria's al-Bukamal on Saturday night, just hours after the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force, Esmail Ghaani had reportedly been at the site.
A former IDF intelligence chief warned that Israel should be prepared for a variety of different responses by Iran or its proxies after two waves of alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted sites belonging to the Syrian Army and Iranian and pro-Iranian forces throughout Syria on Tuesday night.
Suspected Israeli airstrikes late Tuesday in Syria killed at least seven people, including two Syrian soldiers and five pro-Iranian militia members, SANA and Britain-based watchdog said. Two soldiers were killed and four others wounded in the strikes in the southern province of Sweida, a Syrian military source cited by state media said.
Twelve people were killed overnight Saturday in drone airstrikes targeting pro-Iranian militia in the Deir Ezzor region in eastern Syria, according to a Syrian watchdog group. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based watchdog, the Iranian positions were hit with eight airstrikes just before midnight.
Israeli airstrikes targeted a weapons facility in the area of Masyaf in northern Syria on Thursday night, killing nine people and causing massive damage, according to reports from Syria. According to the Syrian state media outlet SANA, the country's air defenses were activated by the attack.
An explosion was heard in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the early hours of Saturday morning, Syrian state TV said. No other details were immediately available. The Syrian official state news agency SANA first reported the incident.
Syrian air defenses thwarted an Israeli missile attack on a research center and a military base in the northern province of Aleppo, state media said on Monday in the fifth such strikes in two weeks on suspected Iranian targets. The Syrian army said in a statement that Israel hit military barracks in Safira in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
Israeli airstrikes targeted Iran-linked arms warehouses east of Aleppo late Monday night, according to a war monitor, as Syrian media claimed it had intercepted the Israeli missiles. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in the raids. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, the sites were defense factories run by Iranian forces and Iran-backed militias.
Syrian regime's air defenses thwarted an Israeli missile attack on a research center and a military base in the northern province of Aleppo in the second such raid in less than a week, state media said Monday. The army loyal to the regime of Bashar Assad said in a statement that Israel hit military barracks in al-Safirah in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
The head of Israel's military appears to have acknowledged the country's involvement in recent strikes in Syria, warning a semi-secret campaign against Iran has escalated.
Four members of a pro-Iran militia and three civilians were killed in an Israeli air strike on a Damascus suburb in the early hours of Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Syria's official news agency SANA earlier reported three civilians had been killed and four injured, including a child.
At least nine Iranian militants and members of the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in the Palmyra area of Syria on Monday night, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Three of the dead are of Syrian nationality, according to SOHR.
Syrian state media on Monday night reported that air defenses were activated against Israeli missiles over the ancient city of Palmyra in the Homs province. The reports claimed missiles were shot down. Though Israeli officials generally refrain from taking responsibility for specific strikes in Syria, they have acknowledged conducting hundreds to thousands of raids in the country since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
Satellite images revealed damage to a key Syrian regime airbase on April 8. The site was struck on March 31. ImageSat International (ISI), which published the images, noted that it had revealed "evidence of a massive strike in Shayrat Airbase, located in Homs, Syria." No country has claimed responsibility.
WASHINGTON - New air defense systems are now protecting American and allied forces at military bases in Iraq where troops have been attacked by Iranian-backed insurgents in recent months, according to US officials.
Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria (file photo: Reuters) Israel fired missiles at the Shayrat airbase in Homs, central Syria, targeting a high-level meeting held between Syrian and Iranian military officials, according to Syrian opposition sources.
The Syrian Defense Ministry claimed Israel is behind a Tuesday evening air strike from Lebanese airspace at the city of Homs. In an official statement, the ministry said that Syrian air defense systems were able to intercept some of the Israeli rockets and that they will conduct an investigation into the extent of the damages cause by the "aggression."
US-led coalition airstrikes are underway against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, according to a US official.
Syrian air defenses responded to attacks allegedly launched by Israel in southern and central Syria on Wednesday night, according to Syrian state news agency SANA. The Step News Agency reported that the air strikes in Homs targeted a site belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group and the Dabaa Military Airfield.
The IAF launched an airstrike in the Damascus area, according to the Syrian news agency SANA, in addition to multiple sources. Syrian air defenses downed several missiles coming across Israel's Golan Heights before they hit their targets in the capital, Damascus, Syrian state television said on Thursday.
Twelve pro-Iranian fighters were killed in strikes against several targets near Damascus in the predawn hours of Thursday morning, which Syrian state media blamed on Israel, according to a Britain-based monitoring group. Syrian state news agency SANA claimed the country's air defenses downed a number of missiles during the strikes.
Israeli warplanes have fired missiles at targets near Syria's capital, Damascus, Syrian state media report. The Sana news agency said air defences intercepted most of the missiles, but that eight people were wounded. A monitoring group said Syrian army positions and those of Iran-backed militias were hit, killing 23 people.
At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN.
Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at Iraqi bases hosting US and coalition troops overnight, declaring the strikes to be retaliation for the killing last week of the senior Iranian general Qassem Suleimani. Al-Asad airbase in Iraq's Anbar province was hit 17 times, including by two ballistic missiles that failed to detonate, according to the Iraqi government.
Donald Trump ordered an airstrike in Iraq Thursday, killing Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force, a specialized unit in the Revolutionary Guards. "At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S.
The Israel Air Force has been unrelenting toward the Iranian build-up in Syria despite the dangers these attacks pose, most of all, the fear of incidents of clashes between the IAF and Russian Air Force planes.
The recent attack by Israel Air Force (IAF) warplanes against Iranian and Syrian sites in Syria was very massive, one of the largest strikes in the last three years. The wide-scale strikes occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, November 19.
Moscow says IAF jets used Jordanian airspace for strikes on targets in and around Damascus, accuses Israel of causing 'increased tensions and the potential for conflict around Syria,' as well as 'counteracting our efforts to control the situation' First published: 10:54 , 11.21.19
Iran is behind the latest round of Israeli-Gaza violence, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Saturday, as the fragile ceasefire understanding held for its third day in spite of sporadic rocket fire. "Iran uses its terrorist proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad to strike our great ally Israel.
The U.S. military is significantly increasing troop deployments to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said Friday, announcing that 3,000 American personnel - including two fighter squadrons and an air expeditionary wing - will be sent to the Persian Gulf nation, as well as advanced missile defense systems.
JERUSALEM - Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month, U.S. officials have confirmed, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in Israel's years-long campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.
UPDATE: Details of alleged Israeli strike in Syria emerge Israel struck Syrian army targets in near al-Harra, where Western intelligence sources previously said Iranian-backed militias are based, Syrian official news agency SANA reported Tuesday. At least six people were injured in an Israeli rocket attack, a monitoring group reported on Wednesday.
Syria has accused Israel of committing "state terrorism" after Israeli air strikes killed at least 15 people, including children. "Israeli authorities are increasingly practising state terrorism," the foreign ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by the official SANA news agency.
JERUSALEM - Israeli warplanes struck several military sites in Syria overnight and killed several fighters and civilians, Syrian state media reported on Monday, in what appeared to be a stepping up of Israel's long-running,partly covert campaign to thwart Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and stop weapon transfers to Lebanon.
The United States made a last-minute decision to call off retaliatory strikes against Iran in response to the downing Thursday of a Navy drone that Washington said was over international airspace, a source told Fox News early Friday. But few details about the aborted mission and the circumstances that led to the reversal were available.
In the hours before the attack on the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the Iranians spotted a US drone flying overhead and launched a surface-to-air missile at the unmanned aircraft, a US official told CNN.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of being behind a drone strike that shut down a key oil pipeline in the kingdom, and a newspaper close to the palace called for Washington to launch "surgical" strikes on Iran, raising the specter of escalating tensions as the U.S.
Israeli planes targeted a military position near the province of Hama in Syria on Saturday, but Syrian air defenses intercepted and downed some of the rockets, Syrian state television said on Saturday. Citing military sources, SANA news agency and Syrian state television said that Israeli aircraft had targeted "one of our military positions toward the city of Masyaf" in northwestern Syria, wounding six soldiers.
Israeli forces fired a single shell at the Syrian village of Khader just across the Golan Heights border late Sunday, Syrian state media reported. According to the state-run SANA news agency, the shell did not cause any injuries or damage. It was not immediately clear what the target was and the IDF had no comment.
Israeli and US actions have increased the risk of a regional war involving Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Germany on Sunday, as his country inaugurated a new domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed on Tuesday evening that Israel struck Hezbollah targets in Syria the previous day. The confirmation runs contrary to the position of the Israeli defense establishment, as senior defense officials refrained from addressing the incident on the Syrian Golan Heights.
JERUSALEM - The Israeli military said on Monday that it had attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, capping an exchange of blows in a rare, direct confrontation between the two antagonists that risks escalating the fight over Iran's military entrenchment in Syria.
Possible Military Coup Overthrows Bashar al-Assad
Ironically, there is a second window of opportunity in that year as well, October 2021, based on the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. Thus, a second posting of this prediction will be necessary for that year. If the correction period influences that dating, the event could occur as late as December 2023. Assad has much in common with Milosevic, thus the second vector may also seem likely.
These base 7 projections should eventually fall back into place more and more. Historical correction periods run from 5 to 10 years but there is nothing definite for the length other than that. I think the current correction period should be over by 2025. In the meantime, events will appear to be following either a base 7 repetition or a base 9 (classical numerologists always have insisted on the repetitive power of the number 9, but it appears this is only true during periods of historical correction).
Pope Francis Dies in Office or Retires Like Benedict
Roman Pontiff beware of your approaching,
Of the city where two rivers water,
Your blood you will come to spit up in that place,
Both you and yours when blooms the rose.
In any event, when another pope is elected after Francis steps down or dies in office, this will prove that the prophecies of St. Malachy are simply wrong or false OR that nine of them were, as I have long maintained, misapplied to nine antipopes. The antipopes should never have been given Malachy mottos, thus there are nine more popes to go.
NOTE: For the BACKGROUND of established papal prophecies and the background of the current pope (in this case Pope Francis) go to Pope Francis and the Rose Prophecy at my main site (link is in main menu in header at top). For updated events like the danger of a Great Schism, real time evidence of the pope's motto "Burning Fire" (or "Fire From The Sky") being manifest by asteroid air bursts and fireball sightings, or upcoming papal visits as they are applied to prophecy go to Pope Francis and the Rose Prophecy: The Current View at my main site. These two pages can be accessed from the main menu in the header at top.
Two years and two months watch: could happen as late as August 2021.
July 31, 2021: The long dreaded visit to Iraq did not happen in 2020 ... it was called off due to COVID-19 concerns. It occurred later ... in March 2021 after another set of invitations.
Despite Nostradamus' stern warning in Quatrain 2.97, I stated that one contingency regarding "the Rose" being in bloom would fail to be met and that therefore the Pope's trip to Iraq would be a safe one, which it was - March 5-8, 2021. You can read that here.
This prediction was technically for a scenario where Pope Francis would have died due to natural causes, similar to Pope John XXIII in 1963 and Pope John Paul II in 2005, or else resign like Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in 2013.
There are two assassination vectors: one in 2023 and another in 2024, both based on attempts on the life of Pope John Paul II in 1981 and 1982. 2023 is the most dangerous one of the two. That page can be accessed from the menu at top. It deals with a potential assassination of either Pope Francis or Pope Benedict. There is also a potential for a rain of meteors ... large, destructive ones capable of destroying buildings.
This page was initially used to prepare viewers for the Pope's Iraq trip because originally it was to happen in 2020 ... only off from June 2019 by a year. Then the date was changed to 2021, so this page and the 2023 Predictions page were both used to cover the Pope's Iraq trip because the 2023 page was as far removed from the March 2021 visit as this 2019 page. I also wanted to bring attention to the danger the trip presented in as many ways as possible.
The next papal trip is to Athens, Greece in November 2021. The Pope may anger the Turks due to his opposition of the Hagia Sophia being reverted to a mosque. Lest we forget the assailant that attempted to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981 was a Turk. Coverage of the visit will be on the 2023 Predictions page, accessed from the menu above.
Unless Pope Francis resigns or dies of natural causes, this predicition for 2019 is closed.
THE LAND BETWEEN TWO RIVERS
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Pope Francis ended his historic tour of Iraq on Monday, departing by plane from Baghdad after visiting conflict-torn cities, meeting Muslim and Christian leaders and preaching peace and coexistence over war.
Pope Francis arrived in northern Iraq on Sunday, to pray in the ruins of churches damaged or destroyed by Islamic State extremists and celebrate an open-air mass on the last day of the first-ever papal visit to the country.
MOSUL, Iraq – Muslim and Christian residents of Mosul told Pope Francis of their lives under the brutal rule of Islamic State on Sunday as the pontiff blessed their vow to rise up from ashes, telling them that “fraternity is more durable than fratricide.”
On his second day of a three-day trip, Francis met Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a spiritual authority for many Shiite Muslims. He also toured the ruins of the ancient city of Ur, traditionally held to be the birthplace of Abraham.
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) Pope Francis has held a historic meeting with revered Shia Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq's holy city of Najaf, according to al-Iraqiya state TV, on the second day of the pontiff's visit to the country.
NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday, in a powerful appeal for coexistence in a land torn by sectarianism and violence.
Pope Francis touches down in Baghdad, hoping to boost an ancient Christian church and a war-torn country
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) Pope Francis has landed in Iraq for a historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is expected to meet with members of the country's dwindling Christian community and draw attention to their plight. The trip, which marks the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, will also include meetings with the country's top political and religious officials.
BAGHDAD (AP) — In Iraq’s holiest city, a pontiff will meet a revered ayatollah and make history with a message of coexistence in a place plagued by bitter divisions. One is the chief pastor of the world-wide Catholic Church, the other a pre-eminent figure in Shiite Islam whose opinion holds powerful sway on the Iraqi street and beyond. Their encounter will resonate across Iraq, even crossing borders into neighboring, mainly Shiite Iran.
A SPRAWLING AIRBASE IN Iraq that serves as one of the most consequential hubs for the U.S.-led military presence there came under attack Wednesday morning by 10 rockets, local officials said. Iraqi officials issued carefully crafted statements shortly afterward that indicate they believe Iran was behind the attack.
Pope Francis this week begins a visit to Iraq, choosing for his first international trip since before the pandemic a country struggling with terrorist attacks and a spike in Covid-19 cases. The four-day tour starts Friday and will take in six cities, a Mass in a soccer stadium, and meetings with religious and political leaders. The pope says he wants to promote dialogue with Islam and show support for Iraq’s Christians.
So much rests upon Pope Francis' shoulders. So many hopes are pinned on his historic trip to Iraq. Add to the formidable pressure of lifting spirits in a war-torn country, there is a very real terrorist threat. And a raging pandemic. On Friday, the pontiff heads to a country where ISIS tried to eliminate Christians not so long ago.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, given a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him.
Francis will hit the road again on March 5 with a four-day, six-city visit to Iraq, which has seen a spate in violence with three attacks on the U.S.-led coalition in the course of a week and a surge in coronavirus cases that sent the country into a strict two-week lockdown.
ROME — Traveling during an ongoing global pandemic. Heading to a country where suicide bombings are a threat. Preparing for the first meeting between a pope and one of the world's leading Muslim clerics. Even for a pontiff who has undertaken some difficult trips abroad, Pope Francis' planned visit to Iraq, March 5 to 8, has more than a usual share of complexity.
ISIS STRIKE BACK Ten thousand ISIS fighters poised for new wave of terror after bloodthirsty jihadis exploit Covid to rebuild
TEN thousand ISIS fighters are poised to strike in northern Iraq after using the pandemic to rebuild their forces. The chilling warning has come from both the commander of Kurdish forces preparing to resist the maniacs' onslaught and the United Nations.
Rome Newsroom, Feb 17, 2021 / 06:05 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq comes at a time when the country faces severe political, socioeconomic, and security challenges. The European Union’s ambassador to Iraq has called Iraq’s current overlapping crises “the perfect storm.”
With less than three weeks to go until Pope Francis’ first international trip in 18 months, rockets were fired Monday at the airport and civilian areas of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and a city he’s scheduled to visit during his March 5-8 outing to Iraq.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on February 15 called for an investigation into a rocket attack on an airbase in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and promised to “hold accountable those responsible”. According to BBC, Blinken said that the United States is “outraged” by the rocket attack in the Kurdistan region.
The US has vowed to "hold accountable those responsible" for Monday's rocket attack in Iraq's Kurdistan region that killed a civilian contractor. A US service member and five other contractors were injured when rockets hits sites in the Irbil city, including a base used by the US-led coalition. In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was "outraged" by the attack.
Details emerged on Tuesday after a deadly attack on a base housing US and coalition forces at Erbil International Airport on Monday evening. Two rocket launchers, capable of firing salvos of 10 rockets each, were found attached to a vehicle that had been blown up near Erbil. US forces have been concentrated there after withdrawing from a half dozen of places across Iraq in 2020. In September, pro-Iranian militias targeted Erbil with rockets. Iran also targeted Erbil in its January rocket fire at US forces.
ERBIL (Reuters) - A rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor on Monday and injured a U.S. service member, the U.S. coalition in Iraq said, in the deadliest such attack in almost a year. The rockets landed in and around a military air base operated by the coalition at Erbil International Airport.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Pope Francis will hold mass in Erbil’s Franso Hariri Stadium on March 7 during a visit to Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, the Vatican has confirmed. The papal visit is the first of its kind to Iraq.
Pope Francis will meet with Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Ali al-Sistani, during a trip next month that will also include a pilgrimage to ancient Christian communities that were emptied and devastated in battles with the Islamic State group.
Baghdad, Iraq, Feb 2, 2021 / 03:19 pm MT (CNA).- During his upcoming trip to Iraq, Pope Francis will meet with the Shia Muslim leader Ali al-Sistani, a man in his 90s who many international analysts consider a decisive player in the region since the end of the Iraq War. Pope Francis will visit Iraq March 5-8. According to the Holy See Press Office, Pope Francis will visit Baghdad, the site of Ur, Mosul, Bakhdida, and Erbil.
Pope Francis says he is determined to travel to Iraq next month despite coronavirus limitations in what will be the first-ever papal visit to the Middle East country. Even if social distancing requirements prevent Iraqi Christians from seeing him in person, “They will see that the pope is there in their country,” Francis told Catholic News Service.
ROME -- Pope Francis said Monday he is still planning to visit Iraq in March, even if most Iraqis have to watch him on television to avoid the coronavirus. The important thing, he said, is “they will see that the pope is there in their country.”
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said that unless there is a serious new wave of COVID-19 infections in Iraq, he has every intention of visiting the country in early March. Even if social distancing requirements mean most Iraqis will see the papal events only on television, he said, "they will see that the pope is there in their country.
ROME – On the same day a top Vatican official insisted that Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Iraq is still on the books, and that the pontiff is determined to go, the country’s health ministry issued a statement warning of a possible second wave of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which, they said, could be deadlier than the first.
ROSARIO, Argentina — According to Pope Francis’ top diplomat, the Argentine pontiff is still “very interested” in going to Iraq March 5-8, despite his recent bouts of sciatica, the limitations caused by the Covid pandemic and, most recently, a new wave of terrorist attacks.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Pope Francis is to meet top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March, a senior Catholic cleric told AFP on Thursday. Louis Sako, patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church, said it would be a "private visit" between the two religious figures at Sistani's residence in the shrine city of Najaf, "without formalities."
Pope Francis will meet with Iraq's leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, during his upcoming visit to the Middle East country — the first ever by a pope, an Iraqi Catholic official told AFP.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the midst of three days of prayer and fasting for peace and an end to the coronavirus pandemic, Iraqi Cardinal Louis Sako, the Baghdad-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, said Iraqis still are counting on Pope Francis to visit in March.
When Pope Francis visits Iraq in March, he plans to anchor his interfaith dialogue with Muslims in Abrahamism, the common root of Semitic religions that trace their origin to Judaism and the worship of Abraham’s God. The Biblical birthplace of Abraham, Ur in southern Iraq, will figure prominently in the pope’s itinerary when he visits war-torn Iraq.
An Italian delegation arrived on January 12, 2021 in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq to assess the level of security in the region, in view of a possible apostolic trip by Pope Francis, normally scheduled from March 5 - 8, but not yet confirmed by the Holy See.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Iraq in March, on Thursday condemned a twin suicide bombing that killed at least 32 people in a Baghdad market as a “senseless act of brutality”. In a message sent in his name to the Iraqi president, the pope gave no indication as to whether the bombing would affect his planned trip.
BAGHDAD—Twin suicide bombings ripped through a crowded marketplace in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding at least 75 others in the first such attack in Iraq’s capital in more than two years.
Iraq awaits Pope Francis and prays that his visit may not only happen but also bear fruits of dialogue and peace among the people, long-tried by violence and divisions. The strife-torn nation continues to experience tensions not only along its border with Syria but also within, from Nasiriyah to the area of Mosul, which was the capital of the 'Islamic State' between 2014 and 2017. Thousands of corpses ...
Pontiff raises possibility that trip may be canceled, depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to Iraq in March — his first overseas trip since November 2019, when restrictions imposed because of the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of various trips.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Pope Francis has voiced hesitation over whether his scheduled visit to Iraq will take place due to the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with Italian media.
ROME (REUTERS) - POPE Francis said he is not sure if his trip to Iraq in March can take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He cast doubt on the trip, which would be the first by a pope to the country, in an interview with Italy's Canale 5 broadcast on Sunday night.
Father Rif’at Bader, Director of The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM), provides historical and contextual background to Pope Francis' scheduled Apostolic Journey to Iraq in March 2021.
After all his overseas visits were cancelled due to the pandemic, the Pope is set to make what will be his first trip in more than a year. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the Pontiff will visit Baghdad, Iraq’s capital, and Ur, a city linked to the Old Testament figure of Abraham. The 83-year-old will also head to Erbil, Mosul and Qaraqosh in the Nineveh plains, during his trip in March 2021.
POPE FRANCIS made a "brave decision to defy his predecessor Benedict" after he announced he would visit Iraq, a Vatican expert has warned amid ongoing fears for his safety on the trip. The Vatican chief created history with the admission he will be the first Pope to tour the Middle Eastern nation, with three days of engagements in cities Baghdad and Ur in March.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit Iraq in March 2021, the Vatican said in an unexpected Dec. 7 announcement, restarting papal travel abroad after an unprecedented year-long suspension in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Vatican's announcement did not give many details, but said the pontiff is planning to visit the country from March 5-8 and to travel to the cities of Baghdad, Erbil, Mosul, Qaraqosh (Bakhdida), and the Ur plain.
The Vatican announces that Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Iraq on 5-8 March 2021, visiting Baghdad, the plain of Ur, Mosul, and Qaraqosh. The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced the news on Monday, adding that the Pope had accepted the invitation of the Republic of Iraq and the local Catholic Church.
It may not be. The letter of the prophecy is that it will be a CITY watered by two rivers ... and there a number of these worldwide, including Avignon, France (which was originally the city many Nostradamus scholars believed the prophecy was about prior to the 20th Century). The belief or fear was that a future pope escaping the Vatican during a time of trouble in Rome and the entire world would seek refuge in Avignon (as popes did in the 13th Century), only to be killed by enemy soldiers.
Also, the trip is planned for March ... March is not a month when the "roses bloom" ... nor is it a month mystically associated with England's Rose, the late Princess Diana.
Still, the warning by Nostradamus is there ... to be heeded or to be ignored.
Pope Francis said Wednesday that he is praying for the people of Iraq, and repeated his desire to visit the country. Speaking to pilgrims from the Middle East during his general audience address, the pope gave a special welcome to people from Iraq, who he said were present in a "nice group."
The basis of the claims come from the predictions of Saint Malachy, the Archbishop of Armagh, to whom several miracles were attributed to in the 12th-century. In 1139, Malachy went to Rome from Ireland to give an account of his affairs, when he reportedly received a strange vision about the future, including the names of 112 future popes.
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis warned Thursday that increasing tensions between the US and Iran are setting the stage for a broader conflict in the Mideast while jeopardizing efforts to rebuild Iraq. Francis listed the "particularly troubling" deterioration of US-Iran relations following the US strike that killed Iran's top general in his annual foreign policy address that also touched on climate change and nuclear proliferation.
Receiving members of the 92nd Plenary Session of ROACO, the Reunion of Aid Agencies that provides aid to the Oriental Catholic Churches, Pope Francis reveals it is his wish to travel to Iraq in the coming year. By Linda Bordoni Pope Francis said on Monday he "thinks constantly of Iraq", where he wishes to travel in the coming year.
Pope Francis's planned visit to Iraq could provide a "boost of confidence" to encourage rebuilding the country's dwindling Christian population, human rights groups say. On June 10, Francis announced he hoped to visit the war-torn country next year, which would mark the first-ever papal trip there.
Pope Francis spoke about the Middle East during a Pentecost Monday audience at the Vatican, part of the pontiff's push to strengthen interfaith dialogue. Francis said he would like to visit Iraq next year, having recently returned from the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, during a talk with representatives from charity organizations that serve Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Hungarian Revolution and/or War of 2019
Nostradamus, Quatrain 2.90
Through life and death the rule in Hungary will change,
The law will become more bitter than servitude:
Their great city calls out with pleas and howls,
Castor and Pollux [U.S. and Russia] are enemies in the field.
Near the Rhine from the Noricum Mountains [Austria],
Born one great of the people, too tardily come.
He will defend Sarmatia and the Hungarians,
One will not know what became of him.
Hungary has been periodically restive in recent years, with some rioting included, but never anything approaching the magnitude of Budapest 1956. Hopefully, if this event occurs, it will not get any worse than it did that many years ago. But if it does, everything, including World War III in Europe is possible. And yes, Nostradamus predicted such an event will one day happen. He even names the countries that will get pulled into the crisis and conflict, including the old name for Ukraine, Moldova, southern Russia, the Russian Volga, and the south Urals: Sauromatae in Latin later spelled Sarmatia.
Any conflict between Hungary and these countries would quickly bring in NATO as Hungary is a NATO member. This could easily merge with a wider war in the Middle East if Turkey is pulled in and is at war with Syria, Iran and Iraq as projected. Nostradamus warns that a war involving Hungary and Ukraine would lead to a Western (likely NATO) invasion of the dispute spearheaded by Poland, Austria and Germany.
Again, whatever the problem is, one can only hope for a diplomatic solution. Such solutions can happen in perilous places. In 2001, a dangerous war between Macedonia and Serbia was halted by NATO mediation in its fourth month.
People have been venting their anger at Viktor Orban's decision to undermine academic freedom. The march took place intentionally on October 23 to coincide with the anniversary of Hungary's anti-Soviet uprising in 1956.
Thousands of people have formed a chain in the streets of the Hungarian capital Budapest in protest at what they say is a takeover of a top arts university by the country's nationalist government.
Thousands of Hungarians marched towards Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office on Friday in protest at perceived government attacks on media freedoms, as anger built at the sacking of the chief editor of the country's leading independent news website.
BUDAPEST (REUTERS) - Hundreds of Hungarians protested on Sunday against the planned reform of the prestigious University of Theatre and Film Arts which they fear will bring the school further under government control.
Thousands have rallied in Budapest to demonstrate against controversial changes to the country's labor laws. Hungary's largest trade union has threatened to call a general strike on January 19.
Budapest, Hungary (CNN) From the far-right to the left, opposition parties across Hungary's political spectrum have been showing unity against what they consider the increasingly authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz Party.
Hungary’s beleaguered political opposition has vowed to keep up the pressure on the country’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, after a week of protests in which thousands came on to the streets of Budapest, and four MPs were roughed up by security guards after attempting to get their demands across on state television.
Viktor Orbán’s rightwing government in Hungary has faced a rare and sustained bout of protest in Budapest, as people rallied outside the state television headquarters on Monday after a number of opposition MPs had spent nearly 24 hours camping inside the building asking for their demands to be broadcast.
Israel Becomes Involved in an Egyptian Conflict, Possibly Over the Red Sea
Why? Because it may still have teeth ... in 2020 or even in 2021. It's perfectly okay to post predictions for events that have not happened (yet), even if the target date was during last year or the year before since they could still happen late.
This should have been posted right along side of the prediction for a Hungarian Revolution because, like the Hungary scenario, the Egypt scenario is also based on events that occurred in the autumn of 1956.
In the case of Hungary, it was the Hungarian Revolution of October 23 to November 10, 1956 that resulted in a Russian attack on Budapest with tanks and troops. Even though this projected neo-Hungarian crisis failed to occur in October 2019, it could still happen in 2020 or 2021.
Likewise with the Suez Crisis and Second Arab–Israeli war of October 29 to November 7, 1956. A repeat of any kind has failed to occur in November 2019, but could still happen in 2020 or 2021. Especially in 2020.
Of course, unlike 1956, this would not be over the same causes. It is highly unlikely that Israel will invade Egypt over control of the Suez Canal once again. Whereas a second Hungarian Revolution is not impossible, this type of a war in Egypt is quite improbable.
What is possible is that Israel could get bogged down in a future war in the Sinai desert, a staging ground for numerous rocket attacks on Israeli targets by terrorist and militant groups, including ISIS, since 2015. The Sinai is a buffer zone between Israel and Egypt in the event of future hostilities with Egypt (this was almost put to the test during Arab Spring in 2011).
But this repeat of war in the south does not necessarily mean an Israeli war with Egypt. Rather, it could mean Israel siding with Egypt as an ally in a war against another country in the region, such as Sudan or Ethiopia. The war in Yemen could also make the Red Sea the next Suez, threatening Egypt and possibly pulling Israel into a war that would become one more aspect of its ongoing conflict with Iran. Egypt also fears that Ethiopia is attempting to wrest control of the Red Sea as well by establishing more and more naval bases there. So instead of war over Suez like 1956 it may be war over the Red Sea in 2020 (late for November 2019).
It is also possible that Israel may become an ally of Egypt and Turkey in the war to overthrow Libyan dictator Khalifa Hifter, now an ally of Syria's Assad, Russia's Putin, and Merkel's Germany.
It looks as though Hungary may be about to enter a political crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic as President Orban is using the crisis to seize unlimited powers. Hungarians oppose the power grab, but are in lockdown because of the virus. That could change ... and soon. Likewise, any conflict involving Egypt attracting Israeli intervention.
EGYPT AND ISRAEL FOUGHT SECRET WAR AGAINST ISIS IN EGYPT'S NORTHERN SINAI AND ISRAEL'S SINAI BEGINNING LATE 2015
The jihadists in Egypt’s Northern Sinai had killed hundreds of soldiers and police officers, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, briefly seized a major town and begun setting up armed checkpoints to claim territory. In late 2015, they brought down a Russian passenger jet. Egypt appeared unable to stop them, so Israel, alarmed at the threat just over the border, took action. For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Still, it is possible the Sinai ... in Egypt and Israel ... is yet to be a hotbed of military contention before the autumn of 2021.
As for Libya, I suspect the truce will not hold for long. Israel and Egypt both supplied Haftar with weapons and equipment, but neither country ever entered the war militarily. Egypt came close in response to Turkish introduction of forces. If the war resumes, we will see to what degree Egypt and Israel will become involved.
2019–2020 WESTERN LIBYA CAMPAIGN
(Egyptian and Israeli Participation)
Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel met with Libya’s putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar on Sunday. According to Egypt’s state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA), Kamel visited Benghazi, currently a bastion of Haftar forces, after being authorized for the meeting by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi.
The Egyptian Armed Forces on Wednesday launched preemptive strikes on a group of terrorists near the Egypt-Libya border, destroying 21 4×4 vehicles carrying terrorists, arms, and ammunition, the Ministry of Defense said in statement.
On July 20, the Egyptian Parliament authorized the deployment of Egyptian armed forces outside of the country. The bill made no mention of Libya (Arab News, July 21). Nonetheless, the authorization serves as a proverbial shot across the bow for Turkey and Qatar, which support Libya's Tripoli-based and UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).
CAIRO - The head of Egypt's military intelligence agency, Maj-Gen. Khaled Megawer, and an accompanying delegation, met Aug. 19 with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Hifter, LNA Chief of Staff Gen. Abdul Razzak al-Nazouri and head of the LNA air force Saqr al-Jaroushi at the LNA headquarters in al-Rajma in eastern Libya.
Over time, Turkish-Israeli relations have grown increasingly tense and their differences have widened. This is due either to Ankara's support for Hamas and its increased influence in the Mediterranean Sea concerning the conflict in Libya, or because Turkey is competing with Israel in the Caucasus region, where the Israeli area of influence in Azerbaijan increases their polarisation and rivalry.
In recent weeks, the potential for open conflict between various states in the South-Eastern Mediterranean has increased dramatically. The Communist Tendency (IMT section in Greece) has already released a statement on the escalation of war tensions between Greece and Turkey over access to hydrocarbons in specific areas of the Mediterranean Sea.
Imagine the house next door is on fire and there is no fire brigade to call on to avert an imminent disaster about to engulf you and your family. That is how Egypt has viewed Libya since the brutal end of former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his regime in 2011.
Egypt and Turkey edged closer to the possibility of armed conflict this week over Libya, with both sides preparing for an impending battle over a key city. Egypt's obsequious parliament voted unanimously behind closed doors late Monday to authorise President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's proposed military intervention in support of renegade Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar.
The Egyptian army launched, on Thursday, a large-scale military exercise dubbed "Hasm 2020" in the western region near the border with Libya. Various types of advanced battle equipment were used and tested in preparation for what could be an imminent intervention in Libya.
A former Egyptian diplomat said that Turkey wants to move its battles from the border of Syria to Libya so as to "encircle Egypt", Libya's neighbour to the east.
With Turkey vowing to support more offensives by its ally in the Libyan civil war, Egypt might intervene militarily on the opposite side, potentially leading to a dangerous conflict between the Turkish and Egyptian militaries in that North African nation.
France's approach to Libya is "biased," turning a blind eye to violations of a U.N. arms embargo committed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt to benefit eastern-based Libyan putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar, Turkey's ambassador to Paris said Wednesday. "The embargo is violated every day from the Egyptian border ...
The weekend of 20 June witnessed a sharp escalation in tensions between Egypt and Turkey over Libya. In a speech near the Egyptian-Libyan border, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed his full...
The specter of a military confrontation between Egypt and Turkey on Libyan soil is tangible. The personal animosity of the leaders in both countries could play a role in triggering such conflagration. Egyptian President Abdel el-Sisi vehemently opposes any influence of Turkish President Recep Erdogan in the Middle East.
Abu Dhabi: As the battle for Sirte is looming between the forces of the Turkey-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), with possible support from the Egyptian army, the position of the United States is pivotal in terms of launching or avoiding the battle.
Even if nothing else were happening in the world today, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be expected to react with fury at any Israeli move come July 1 to extend its sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. That's just what Erdogan does when it comes to Israel.
TRIPOLI - Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord on Sunday denounced Egypt's warning of military intervention in Libya, labeling it a "declaration of war." "This is a hostile act, direct interference and amounts to a declaration of war," the GNA said in a statement.
Egypt's president warned Saturday that advances by Turkey-backed Libyan forces on the Libyan city of Sirte could prompt an Egyptian military intervention in the neighboring country in support of Cairo's ally Khalifa Haftar. Meanwhile, Ankara has urged forces led by the eastern-based Haftar to withdraw from the strategic city for a ceasefire agreement to be reached.
Libya's putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar has been terrorizing the country since 2014, with the widely known support of various countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates. However, while the UAE support of Haftar against the U.N.-recognized Libyan government has been well-documented over the years, the role that Israel played behind the scenes has received little attention.
The Assassination of President Donald Trump
Before the conflict the great one falls,
The great to death, death, too sudden and lamented,
Born imperfect: the greater part he will go,
Near the river with blood the land is stained.
But we must go on posting our base 7 projections nonetheless as all natural events and some human events are still bound to it. We must also keep in the mind the two-year lag, one which we see playing out right now in Venezuela and also at The Southern Wall ... in 2019 rather than in 2017.
But first some background on how Trump parallels Kennedy and why. It is important information.
I changed course in my prediction that Hillary Clinton would win the US presidential election when Donald Trump introduced his wife, Melania, to the television/internet watching audience on July 18, 2016 during the Republican National Convention. I immediately recognized a potential configuration not seen since candidate John F. Kennedy introduced his wife Jackie (the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier) to the public in 1960. I understood immediately that the tables had turned and Hillary might lose. Thus, the schizophrenic nature of some of my 2017 predictions which still showed a potential President Hillary facing off with China over Taiwan and with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. The events themselves were what mattered most, not who was actually president, so I left things as they were.
Well, it goes without saying that Melania Trump was only one flag that caused me to change my mind. The other was the base 7 system: the two most recent election years on the timeline were 1960 and 1988. Obama had been no Reagan despite two terms in office and Hillary was no George Herbert Walker Bush either; not even a vice president. But the male challenger was charismatic, an unknown quantity, with the most attractive and potentially popular First Lady since JFK ran in 1960.
In any event, the Melania Trump revelation resulted in a change of mind and this was recorded as a "prediction" on August 6, 2016 on the 2017 (Part One) page, which reads as follows:
Camelot 2017? If Donald Trump Wins the Election of 2016, Prepare for a New "JFK and Jackie" Team
NEW PREDICTION: 8/6/16 -- Base 7 dating: January 2017.
With the inclusion of Melania Trump as potential First Lady, Donald Trump becoming the 21st Century version of JFK is now a distinct possibility. Hillary Clinton has gone farther towards the goal of being the first female president this year than she did in 2008 by being nominated as her party's candidate. In 2008 it was a member of her own party, Barack Obama, who stole the show from her. She could lose the show again by Republican challenger Donald Trump because conditions for a 1960 JFK-type election are in the cards from a base 7 perspective (56 years: 2 x 28, 8 x 7).
The other influencing election year is 1988: VP George Bush succeeded two-term president Ronald Reagan. Although VP Joe Biden is not running, former Secretary of State under Obama, Hillary Clinton is.
Which year will win out? 1960 or 1988? Either has a good chance, so this election year can no longer be called ... yet.
COMMENTS (11/14/16): After Donald Trump introduced his wife Melania to the world on television I realized that the odds of Hillary Clinton winning the White House in November were seriously threatened. Tweets I began posting reflected my change in mind. However, as my prediction for November 2016 was that a woman would win the presidential election still had to stand, partly because Hillary had won her party's nomination which got her halfway there, this site had no choice but to offer both possibilities from a base 7 perspective.
When the days fall on each month differs each year on our calendar until the calendar resets and begins the pattern over again every 28 (4 x 7) years. For this reason election years, which occur every 4 years, do not and can not repeat every 7, 14, or 21 years ... they can only repeat every 28 years or a multiple of 28 years. 28 years is a long time.
Double 28 and you get 56 (7 x 8) years, which is even longer. Therefore, logically it makes the most sense when determining an election that occurs every 4 years to use the 28th and 56th anniversaries.
The 28th election year anniversary is 1988. That would have, as I mentioned above, portended continuity of a two-term presidency by someone in the same party. In 1988 that continuity was realized by the election of Ronald Reagan's vice president George Herbert Walker Bush. That could have easily repeated in 2016 with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continuing the policies of the two-term presidency of Barack Obama. With the additional support of an actual prophecy by William Branham of a woman winning the highest office in the United States, it would have appeared that Hillary's future as president was assured.
But one has to keep an eye on the 56th election year anniversary as well ... which in this case was 1960. If an unusually charismatic male candidate like the late John F. Kennedy were to challenge Hillary, the election might be less certain. By no means when Donald Trump threw his hat into the ring was this at all apparent. Trump seemed to be too much of a clown and too offensive to too many people to be a serious challenge to Hillary. But as 2016 proceeded, Trump gave the world a glimpse of who their First Lady would be: Melania Trump. That changed the calculus of the race. Even though Trump's comments were very unpopular, his ideas were nonetheless very idealistic in both positive and negative ways. The last time we had a president who thought in novel ways and in ideals was John F. Kennedy. And never before had the world seen such a stunning potential First Lady since Jackie Kennedy. Thus, the 1960 influence took precedent over the 1988 influence, and Donald Trump won. It was late in the campaign when I realized this might happen, and I tweeted my findings. But not until a sex scandal that threatened to make him unelectable ran its course. That could have finished him, and made the entire election process invalid, but it didn't.
So welcome to Camelot again ... providing the anti-Trump protests in the streets, fueled by the Illuminati, do not turn into civil war, martial law and World War III ...
Point number 1 repeats again as a failed effort by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to end a new cold war and return to a period of better relations enjoyed under Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Point number 2 remains murky. At first it appeared North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was to be Trump's principal nemesis until Kim startled the world with a charm offensive and improved relations with the US and South Korea. This appears to be unraveling, so he may yet be a major adversary. Perhaps we can regard Kim as a "little Nikita Kruschev."
The other possibility is that he may emerge out of the chaos in Venezuela, bringing the focus of worry back to where it was in Kennedy's time, in Latin America. Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro may well be Trump's version of Kennedy's Fidel Castro. Indeed, Maduro has forged alliances with CUBA, SYRIA, and RUSSIA. The danger may eventually point towards something like a "Venezuelan Missile Crisis" like the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, only much more involved and complex. But we are not quite there yet.
Where we are, however, is where we should have been two years ago in 2017: a repeat of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, only this time playing out in two Latin American regions: 1) the Southern Wall with Mexico in a failed war against criminal elements posing as refugees, many from Venezuela 2) a coming US invasion of Venezuela, likely to result in failure.
A military intervention to oust Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro remains "a very serious option" for the United States, according to President Trump's national security team. "Obviously, that's a result that no one would like to see but clearly one that is seriously considered as events unfold," a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters Friday evening.
Thus, with the US threatening military intervention in Venezuela, we can see that what should have happened in April 2017 may not occur until June 2019 ... two years and two months later. Then again, it may be this very month. Things are definitely reaching a head. The question is whether this military operation will fail like the one in April 1961 or succeed. Also, will the worst of the Southern Wall clashes come to a head soon as well.
With that background in mind, we can see where things are going. If Trump is the new Kennedy, but he is in power during a slowed down era of historical correction, will everything else that happened during the Kennedy years take place two years late??
That would mean the next "Cuban Missile Crisis" ... which was predicted to happen by October 2018 ... might not flesh out completely until as late as December 2020. All indications at the moment indicate that this crisis will involve Russia and Venezuela in much the same way as Russia and Cuba in 1962, with the added possibility of Cuban involvement yet again. It is even remotely possibly that a two-year delayed "Bay Of Pigs" invasion of Venezuela this year could almost immediately morph into the a "Venezuelan Missile Crisis" this year and not be delayed. Not all human action will be delayed by two years remember! A delay can still be a year to 18 months or much less ... or no delay at all. Then again, Kim Jong-un is becoming confrontational again and perhaps the focus will shift back to North Korea in 2020. In either case, a delayed 2018 to 2020 "Cuban Missile Crisis" would imply a Trump reelection in 2020.
It would also mean a two-year delay in the assassination of President Donald Trump, which according to base 7 should happen by November 2019 (56 or 8 x 7 years after the November 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy). That event, should it occur, would not happen until at least sometime in 2021 or, specifically, as late as January 2022.
I believe this: that if Trump is indeed the neo-Kennedy of the 21st Century, then all the major points of Kennedy's term of office will have to be repeated again before Trump is assassinated. Whether they are all repeated by the end of 2019 or not until the summer of 2021. I also believe major peripheral events that happened prior to Kennedy's death must also be repeated again, and that includes the tragic death of a female icon (similar to Marilyn Monroe who died in August 1962, fifteen months before Kennedy). That may not happen until as late as November 2020, two years and two months after what was to have been a September 2018 vector.
UPDATE (10/13/19): The last US president that had strong "markers" for potential assassination was Bill Clinton. Also had Al Gore won the 2000 election, the danger of death facing him would have been much higher. Technically, the election crisis that put the wrong man, George W. Bush, in office instead saved Gore's life.
Even so, the danger to Clinton in 1998 was extremely serious. Amid a handful of "incidents" ... close calls by accidents or by planned assassinations that were thwarted, including a bomb planted on a bridge in Bosnia, the deadly United States Capitol shooting incident (the shooter had believed Clinton would be there) and a trip to Pakistan that was postponed due to a murder plotted by Osama bin Laden ... Clinton faced impeachment for nearly the entire year until he was actually impeached in December.
Once again we must return to Tecumseh’s Curse (also known as the Zero-Year Curse) which is the real culprit in assassinations of sitting US presidents or attempted assassinations resulting in injuries but not in death (as was the case with Ronald Reagan in 1981). Bill Clinton was not elected in a zero year but instead in 1992 and again in 1996. Even so, the base 7 trend of every seven years put him in some high degree of jeopardy in 1998. It would also appear that impeachment, like assassination, is an attack all the same. We see Donald Trump, elected in 2016, facing the same problem of impeachment in 2019 (and probably 2020) as we did Clinton in 1998. Although it is possible that Trump could be unseated, the timing so close to the next election actually may favor a Trump win for a second term in 2020.
Remember we seem to be in a period of historical correction which is protracting a number of trends from being repeated by two years. That is not true of ALL events, but it has been true for an unusual number of them, all very important ones. Only this year did Trump finally replay "the failed coup in Cuba" event that marked John F. Kennedy's first term in 1961. This time it was in Venezuela and it happened two years late ... in 2019 instead of 2017. The new version of another "Cuban Missile Crisis" of 1962 normally would have happened last year in 2018, but will probably not happen until later this year or as late as December 2020. So, President Trump seems to be experiencing a protracted version of Kennedy's first term, and may well see it extend into a second term.
And that is when things will get extremely dangerous. If Trump is reelected in 2020, he will then face Tecumseh’s Curse. As I mentioned, Al Gore was the last president elect (in the year 2000) who could have been wounded or killed by the curse, but losing his office by supposed election errors which favored the wrong man as president saved Gore from whatever might have happened had he been inaugurated. I believe he would have been assassinated some time in 2002.
The protraction of repetitive events, apparently due to naturally occurring periods of historical correction every 60 years, is creating a different scenario for Donald Trump even if not for the Zero-Year Curse. Trump's "November 1963," due to occur in November 2019, will not arrive until November 2021, possibly as late as January or February of 2022. However, with the curse in play during the 2020 election, the likelihood of a 2021 or 2022 assassination becomes doubly dangerous and highly likely.
Additionally, the danger posed to Trump's life may be directly related to the impeachment efforts underway by the Democratic Party and the radical left. If so, his assassination could ignite a civil war in the United States. This is also true if Trump IS assassinated this autumn.
Keep on top of events by checking the news updates below periodically.
FRIGHTENING: Dirty Leftist Hack Alexandra Chalupa Hints at Assassination of President Trump — With Blame on the Russians
A series of tweets by Russia Collusion conspirator Alexandra Chalupa is cause for concern. Chalupa’s tweets hint at the assassination of President Trump. Alexandra Chalupa was in the news previously. She was suspected of being one of the key players in the Trump-Russia sham that was created by Hillary Clinton but took life with the help of Chalupa.
WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump was sicker with Covid-19 in October than publicly acknowledged at the time, with extremely depressed blood oxygen levels at one point and a lung problem associated with pneumonia caused by the coronavirus, according to four people familiar with his condition.
BOGEY MAN Iran supreme leader vows ‘revenge’ on Trump with pic of a drone about to blitz him on the golf course
IRAN’S supreme leader has vowed revenge on Donald Trump with a picture showing a drone about to attack him on the golf course. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s account showed the picture of the former President about to take a shot while vowing revenge over the killing of a top Iranian general – in a drone attack.
The investigation into the origins of the effort to overthrow President Donald Trump is ongoing, but time may be running out to fully uncover the truth, a key senator said. "Should Joe Biden win the presidency, the truth may be hidden forever," Sen.
Leftists Cheer News Trump, Hope Hicks Infected With COVID-19: 'I Hope They Both Die' | The Daily Wire
Left-wing critics of President Trump cheered the news late on Thursday night that the president, First Lady Melania Trump, and White House Adviser Hope Hicks had all tested positive for COVID-19. "This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus," White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a statement.
Vile: Democrats Show Their True Colors in Response to Trump Announcing He and Melania Tested Positive for Coronavirus
After midnight on Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus. In what will likely come as a surprise to absolutely no one, Democrats showed their vile true colors as they could not contain their absolute glee over the situation.
The US presidential election has been plunged into disarray after Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, tested positive for coronavirus following weeks in which the US president sought to suggest that the worst of the pandemic was over.
The president's result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that "the end of the pandemic is in sight." Mr. Trump's positive test result posed immediate challenges for the future of his campaign against former Vice President Joseph R.
President Donald Trump's jet was nearly hit by what appeared to be a small drone as it approached an air base near Washington Sunday night, according to several people aboard Air Force One. The device, which was yellow and black and shaped like a cross, was off the right side of the plane.
Reports are emerging describing a potential near miss with an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) while the C-32A that President Trump was flying on was making its final approach into Andrews Air Force base on Sunday evening. POTUS was returning from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster New Jersey when the reported near miss took place.
Trump abruptly escorted out of White House press briefing, returns to say there was a 'shooting' outside
President Trump on Monday was abruptly escorted away from the White House briefing room just a few minutes after taking the podium for a press briefing, but quickly returned to tell reporters, "There was a shooting outside of the White House."
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent out of the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there was a "shooting" outside the White House that was "under control."
US Secret Service agents shot and wounded a man who was apparently armed outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump, after being briefly whisked away in the middle of a press conference.
WASHINGTON - Secret Service agents abruptly halted President Trump's coronavirus briefing on Monday evening after an armed suspect was shot outside the White House, he said. The president was just minutes into his briefing shortly before 6 p.m.