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.
The success of Israel's security forces, intelligence bodies and air force in thwarting Iran's plans to carry out a high-profile attack using drones launched from Syria is far from the last we will see of the war that has been raging in the Middle East in recent years.
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.
Less than twenty-four hours after a major attack by at least ten drones or cruise missiles on key Saudi oil facilities, the rhetoric in the Middle East is heating up and the region appears on the brink of conflict.
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).
On Friday, an explosion lit up Tehran's early morning skies-the third such huge explosion in Iran in three weeks. Many details about the explosions remain unconfirmed, but the smart money is betting on the Mossad and maybe the CIA. The…
Tsvetana Paraskova Tsvetana is a writer for Oilprice.com with over a decade of experience writing for news outlets such as iNVEZZ and SeeNews. The Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday that they had hit a large oil facility in Saudi Arabia's southern city of Jizan with missiles and drones, while Saudi Arabia said it had intercepted and destroyed ballistic missiles and explosive-laden drones.
Iranian media reported an explosion in western Tehran in the early hours of Friday morning, prompting electricity to be cut in surrounding suburbs, in the latest in a string of mysterious blasts to rock the country. Iran's official IRIB news agency reported the blast, citing online reports by residents.
Iran has threatened to retaliate against the latest attacks on its nuclear facilities in Natanz, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. According to Israeli TV Channel 13, Iran threatened to take revenge for the attacks, pointing out that the Israeli army raised the state of alarm.
Over the past week, mysterious explosions and fires have wracked key infrastructure connected to Iran's nuclear programme at Natanz and Parchin, key facilities engaged in uranium enrichment and the production of rocket fuel for ballistic missiles. The US and Israel have accused Iran of violating UN resolutions and the nuclear deal in testing new ballistic-missile technology.
Several days after the massive July 2 explosion that destroyed the upper level of Iran's centrifuge upgrading and uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, reports emerged in Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had asked Mossad Director Yossi Cohen to stay on an additional year once his five-year term expires at the end of the year.
The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey issued a joint statement Wednesday affirming "their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic," and condemning "Israeli military attacks in Syria." Russia and Iran support the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in the country's nine-year war, while Turkey has backed the rebel factions attempting to overthrow him.
MOSCOW, July 1. /TASS/. Israel's military attacks in Syria violate the country's sovereignty and raise tensions in the region, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said in a joint statement following a video conference on Wednesday.
MOSCOW/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts from Turkey and Iran on Wednesday that there was a need for peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces in Syria's civil war. Putin also told Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in a televised video conference that hot spots of terrorism still remain in Syria's Idlib and other regions.
The disclosure of the bounty program has highlighted emerging frictions between the U.S. and Russia in other areas, including in Syria. For years, the two countries have at times supported opposing sides in the long-running civil war - with Moscow propping up Syrian President Bashar al Assad and Washington eventually supporting Kurdish fighters who have pushed for de facto autonomy from the regime.
A group of men affiliated with the pro-Iranian Kataib Hezbollah, who had been released after a counter-terror raid several days earlier, burned the Israeli and US flags and trampled on photos of Iraq's prime minister.
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.
Airstrikes in Syria Tuesday that were attributed to Israel struck an onion-processing plant and a cattle feed factory converted by Iranian forces into ammunition warehouses, a Syrian watchdog group said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one strike targeted the onion factory in Salamiyah, near Hama in western Syria.
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.
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on Sunday said Iran is now the most dangerous country in the Middle East, not just because of its nuclear program, but also through its conventional weapons and support for terror activities against Israel.
CAIRO- 19 June 2020: Egypt strongly condemned the recent Turkish and Iranian military interventions in northern Iraq, calling for the respect for the sovereignty of the states. In a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Egypt affirms its complete rejection of any interference affecting the sovereignty of any of the brotherly Arab states.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia condemned Turkish and Iranian aggression in Iraq, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. The condemnation came after Turkish special forces and helicopters have been targeting Kurdish rebel hideouts in northern Iraq since Wednesday. Iran also shelled Kurdish areas on Tuesday.
Turkey is boosting its military intervention in Mid-East conflicts to gain a hand in determining - and cashing in on - their outcome. Facing rising opposition at home, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan is in the thick of foreign, influence-expanding adventures. Braced against Russia in Libya and Syria, he is now challenging the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen with Qatari funding.
In a rare move, the Israeli army acknowledged Sunday its responsibility for recent airstrikes in Syria and Lebanon.
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.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says airstrikes attributed to Israel has killed at least nine "Iranian-backed" forces in the Syrian province of Hama. The airstrikes were conducted on Thursday evening, June 4, during which missiles were fired at workshops linked to the Syrian army's Military Industries Complex.
At least nine people were killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted Syrian defense factories near the city of Masyaf in northwest Syria on Thursday night, according to Syrian reports. Four of the dead were Syrian nationals, but it is unclear if they were Syrian soldiers or working for the Iranian forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
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.
Two Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq have called for terrorist attacks to be conducted in Saudi Arabia, raising concerns about the increased targeting of Saudi government, civilian and industrial facilities. The spokesmen for the Kata'ib Hezbollah and Al-Nujaba Movement militias released statements on Saturday urging "Jihadi operations" within the Kingdom.
The U.S. military showcased its "awesome firepower" last week in the Persian Gulf, officials said, the same day it warned vessels in the Mideast against approaching within 100 yards of its warships after encounters with Iranian gunboats. A U.S.
Three members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed when their vehicle exploded in the Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria due to what is believed to have been an airstrike by unidentified aircraft on Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
Iran is refuting reports that it's reducing its presence in Syria and said it is seeking to bolster its ties with neighboring Iraq as the Islamic Republic pushes forward with a plan to expel the United States from the Middle East.
BEIRUT - Unknown warplanes attacked Iran-backed fighters in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, killing several of the Iraqi militiamen, Syrian opposition activists said Sunday. The strikes late Saturday targeted a base near the border town of Boukamal, killing seven fighters, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor.
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.
A loud explosion was reported by the residents of Aleppo, Ynet reported, citing Syrian television on Friday night. The news follows a series of airstrikes in Syria, allegedly targeting an Iranian build-up of forces there.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. State Department official, who joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his lightning visit to Jerusalem Wednesday, said that it seems that Israel has been recently intensifying its airstrikes in Syria.
Iranian-backed militias have been shuffled throughout Syria since a series of airstrikes targeted Iranian and Syrian targets in the country in recent weeks, according to local reports. The Liwa Fatemiyoun and Brigade 313 militias were transferred out of the Deir Ezzor area of eastern Syria on Saturday, according to local news source DeirEzzor24.
Iranian forces are pulling out of Syria and closing military bases there, Israeli defense officials said Tuesday, amid increasing reports of Israeli airstrikes on Iran-linked militias in the country in recent months, including two such incidents late Monday night in which 14 Iran-linked fighters were reported killed.
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.
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 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 al Safirah in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
A top Iranian official has repeated his threat to "raze Israeli cities to the ground" if the Jewish state takes any action against the Islamic Republic, hinting that Tehran could attack even in retaliation to US military action, in the tense aftermath of the killing earlier this year of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani.
Explosions at a Syrian military base housing a weapons warehouse Friday were the result of "human error" while moving ammunition, the Syrian defense ministry said. Ten civilians outside the base were hurt, a local doctor said.
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.
KARACHI-While the United States military and the White House are girding for a confrontation with Iran on the high seas or in Iraq, Afghanistan is an even more likely battleground. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted last week, "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea."
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.
Last year, President Donald Trump in a speech stated that America's revolutionary army back in the 1770s "took over the airports" from the British. So in this light, his tweet on Wednesday that called on US Navy commanders to "shoot down" Iranian gunboats that harass US warships was only a minor mis-statement.
US President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning that he has instructed the United States Navy to "shoot down and destroy" Iranian gunboats that "harass" US ships. "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea," Trump tweeted.
President Trump Donald John Trump Pelosi: Trump 'engaged in distractions' amid 'total failure' on testing Harvard responds to Trump: Taxpayer funds will aid students affected by coronavirus Poll: More than 70 percent of Americans support coronavirus stay-at-home orders MORE said Wednesday that he has instructed the U.S.
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.
Spokesman for the Israeli occupation army, Avichai Adraee, on Friday accused the Syrian regime of allowing Hezbollah to deploy its forces in the Golan Heights. Adraee published a video showing the alleged leader of the first legion in the Syrian Army, General Ali Ahmed Al-Asaad, while he was touring Hezbollah sites accompanied by the leader of the movement's branch in the south, Hajj Hashem.
He shall be a wild ass of a man; His hand against everyone, And everyone's hand against him; He shall dwell alongside of all his kinsmen." Genesis 16:12 (The Israel Bible™) Various Syrian sources are reporting that several Lebanese Hezbollah terrorists were killed and dozens injured in an attack on an Iranian ammunition depot in the Aleppo region of Syria.
"When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots-forces larger than yours-have no fear of them, for Hashem your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you." Deuteronomy 20:1 (The Israel Bible™) At least three rockets were fired at an American oil company between Zubair and Shuaiba in southern Iraq on Monday.
Iran Warns Turkey, Says Do Not Test Our Patience In Idlib, Syria | EurAsian Times: Latest Asian, Middle-East, EurAsian, Indian News
The Iranian Military Advisory Center (MAC) an organization affiliated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has warned Turkey to halt its airstrikes on Tehran-backed militias deployed in Idlib. Helpless Turkey Fighting A Losing Battle Against Russia-Backed Bashar-Al Assad? The warning from Iran came after the killing of over a dozen mercenaries in the Turkish offensives ...
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.
Iran and its proxies are increasing their systematic and coordinated threats against the United States in Iraq. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said that any "small mistake" by Washington would be met with force. The threat came as reports emerged that IRGC Quds Force head Esmail Ghaani had travelled to Iraq.
Israel reportedly bombed an airbase in western Syria late on Tuesday as it continued its military campaign against Iran even amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Israeli warplanes appear to have targeted the Shayrat airbase in Homs, the same Syrian regime facility that Donald Trump struck with cruise missiles in 2017 in response to a chemical weapons attack by Bashar al-Assad's forces.
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."
Syrian air defenses have intercepted an Israeli missile attack over the western province of Homs, state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday. State television said the air defense system had downed "hostile targets," later adding that they were fired by Israeli jets that were in Lebanon's airspace, over Beirut.
Syrian air defenses in the central province of Homs opened fire Tuesday night on missiles launched from what state media claimed were Israeli warplanes. Syrian State TV said the warplanes fired the missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace. The outlet said the warplanes targeted a Syrian army position without saying where exactly.
Turkey's war with the Assad regime in Syria brings to mind the words of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War: "We wish both sides the best of success." Turkey's recent invasion of Syria was aimed not at the Kurds, for a change, but at the Assad regime, as well as its supporters from the "Axis of Resistance."
Israel's "war-between-wars" campaign against Iran is continuing despite the spread of the coronavirus, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Sunday. "The Iranian leadership insisted for many years to invest its monetary and human resources in exporting terror instead of on its own people and today the Iranian people are paying the price.
Saudi Arabia's air defences intercepted two ballistic missiles above the kingdom's capital, Riyadh, and the southern city of Jizan, the first attack on the kindom's capital in more than a year. Military spokesman Turki al-Malki, in a statement quoted by the Saudi Press Agency, blamed the foiled assaults on Yemen's Houthi rebels and said the missiles were destroyed at 23:23 (20:23 GMT) on Saturday.
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,506, March 26, 2020 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Syrian media reports of Israeli airstrikes, allegedly launched early on March 5 in central and southern Syria, may be a sign that Damascus has renewed its chemical weapons program.
The United States and the United Arab Emirates held a large exercise, Native Fury, on Monday with troops from both countries operating side by side at Al Hamra Military Base. They practiced clearing and taking a Middle East city with 4,000 U.S. troops from the Army, Marines and Navy.
If you listened closely this week, behind the terrifying clamor of Covid-19 sweeping across the planet, you might've heard the sound of war nearly breaking out again between the United States and Iran. On Wednesday, the birthday of n Saturday morning, assassinated Iranian Gen.
Dozens of rockets slammed into an Iraqi base north of Baghdad Saturday wounding three American and two Iraqi troops. The Pentagon said later Saturday that two out of the three American troops wounded in the rocket attack in Iraq were "seriously" wounded.
The military base is home to US-led coalition troops, and three coalition service personnel were killed in the first attack on Camp Taji on Wednesday. It has been confirmed to be the deadliest attack on the coalition troops in Iraq since late December.
US-led coalition airstrikes are underway against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, according to a US official.
The United States had carried out strikes against five Iran-backed militia weapons storage facilities in Iraq, a day after a deadly rocket attack killed two American soldiers and one British service member at a base north of Baghdad . "The United States conducted defensive precision strikes against Kataib Hezbollah facilities across Iraq," a Pentagon statement said.
The Turkish target bank in Syria's Idlib province is steadily expanding. The Turkish Defense Ministry reports that at the start of this week, Turkey destroyed 82 Syrian targets, including nine tanks, two Howitzer mortars, six rocket launchers and two military vehicles, and also killed 299 Syrian soldiers.
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.
Israeli aircraft attacked Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights, Syrian state media said late Thursday, as tensions rose along the border following an earlier reported strike. Helicopters fired missiles at army positions in Quneitra, and the nearby towns of al-Qataniyah and al-Hurriyet, the state-run SANA news agency said.
Nearly 17 years after U.S. troops largely pulled up stakes from Saudi Arabia, the U.S. is back, launching F-15 fighter jets and manning Patriot missile batteries at a base southeast of Riyadh, despite extremism that flared last time the kingdom hosted American forces.
Six people have been killed in an Israeli air attack on Damascus, a war monitor said on Monday, as Israel confirmed raids on the Syrian capital as well as on the besieged Gaza Strip.
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.
Airstrikes targeted sites around the Syrian capital of Damascus late Thursday, according to Syrian state media. "Our air defenses are responding to hostile targets in the sky over Damascus," Syria's SANA news outlet reported. The attack came just over a week after a series of strikes on pro-Iranian militias and bases in the same area that were attributed to Israel.
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.
Syria accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on a military air base near Homs late Tuesday night. The SANA state news agency claimed missiles shot by aircraft caused limited damage to the T-4 air base, which is thought to be used by Iranian forces and allied Shiite militias.
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.
THERE is a 50/50 risk of the Middle East being engulfed by a frightening conflict involving Iran in the next 12 months, with time running out for a deal to replace the badly damaged Joint Plan of Comprehensive Action (JPOCA), an expert has warned.
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.
Israel is suspected of being behind a series of unexplained explosions in Iraq. "Iran has no immunity, anywhere," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in Ukraine. That warning was an oblique response to a question about a series of mysterious blasts in Iraq, where Israel is suspected of targeting Shiite Muslim militias that were allowed to mobilize against the Islamic State.
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.
Syrian air defenses targeted projectiles fired from the direction of Israel for the second night in a row, Syrian state media said Saturday. The projectiles came from "occupied territory" into the airspace in southern Syria, state news agency SANA said, referring to territory held by Israel. Israel's military declined to comment on the report.
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 F-16 Jets Blew Up a Syrian Missile Factory (And Russia's Air Defense Missiles Didn't Strike)
At 2:30 in the morning on April 13, 2019, around a dozen missiles tore over the night sky of Hama province, Syria, launched by Israeli F-16 jets flying over Lebanon. In response, short-range Syrian air missiles arced into the night sky trailing plumes of fire from their rocket motors.
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.
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).
The Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) expects that Russia, Turkey and Iran will reach a consensus to remove the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar Al-Assad, and establish a ceasefire in exchange for forming a transitional government that includes the opposition, members of the regime and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Bashar al-Assad, left, and Vladimir Putin, right, meet in Damascus on Jan. 7. Photographer: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images Photographer: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images President Vladimir Putin is letting his impatience show with Syrian ally Bashar al-Assad, who isn't proving as grateful for being kept in power by Russian intervention in his country's brutal...
Israeli media outlets quoted local intelligence sources as saying that the unprecedented Russian media campaign against Syrian regime President Bashar Al-Assad indicates that the Kremlin is fed up and is turning against him. Israeli Channel 12 reported yesterday that the Russian semi-official media campaign against Al-Assad could not have seen launched without instructions from President Vladimir Putin, the regime's ultimate saviour.
There is a temptation, to which some European governments and politicians are prey, to imagine that Syria's civil war is over. It would, after all, be politically convenient if the millions of refugees languishing in Turkey and Jordan were to go home, rather than serve as a constant reminder of the EU's chronic fear of migrants.
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. It was last updated April 18, 2020 (1:00 AM EDT). 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.
Author Lynda Telford has claimed Pope Francis is on a drive to ensure the future of the Catholic church is protected, by installing various methods to modernise the religion. However, she feels his progress is being severely hampered by former head of the Vatican, Benedict - who is more focused on ensuring the traditional aspects of Catholicism are preserved.
Many cite Benedict as one of the key traditionalists within the Catholic church is pushing against Francis' wish to allow sweeping changes at the Vatican in order to appeal to today's worshippers. Expert Lynda Telford, author of 'Women in the Vatican: Female Power in a Male World', argues that Francis has wanted to continue the ...
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."
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis indicated on Wednesday he would not be visiting Iraq this year as he had hoped to do. His improvised comments to a group of visiting Iraqis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square were his clearest yet that the potentially dangerous trip had been indefinitely postponed.
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.
ROME - Within just the last few days, two senior Catholic prelates from Iraq have referred to plans for Pope Francis to visit the country next year as, essentially, a done deal. Of course, this is the Middle East we're talking about, where the best-laid plans go to die. St.
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.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Photo: EPA-EFE/ZSOLT SZIGETVARY HUNGARY OUT. Croatian President Zoran Milanovic responded artfully on Thursday to a provocative Facebook post by the Hungarian leader that depicted a map of Greater Hungary - i.e. with the much bigger borders of the old Hungarian kingdom before the end of World War I, which included much of modern Croatia.
Piotr BurasHead of the Warsaw Office of the European Council on Foreign Relations According to the famous Böckenförde dilemma, "the liberal, secularized state lives by prerequisites which it cannot guarantee itself." The same is true for the relationship between the EU and democracy in its member states.
Michael Bociurkiw writes that, in the span of just a few days, autocrats around the world -- like Hungary's Viktor Orban -- used the cover of the Covid-19 outbreak to take on extraordinary new powers that undermine modern democracy.
Outside Hungary, other parliaments and assemblies have found ways to keep working. It's true that Britain's Parliament is in early recess; members departed for Easter six days earlier than they otherwise would have. But they have a designated date of return, and they are already setting up systems to conduct some business online.
Hungary's parliament has voted to allow Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree indefinitely, in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic, giving the populist leader extra powers to unilaterally enact a series of sweeping measures.
Hungary's parliament gave Prime Minister Viktor Orbán the right to rule by decree until his government decides the coronavirus crisis has ended, defying criticism from European Union leaders that the pandemic is providing cover for his and other governments to crack down on democratic freedoms. The bill, passed on Monday almost entirely by votes from the prime minister's nationalist party, Fidesz, contained two important provisions: If parliament is unable to meet, which its leaders have already said would be difficult, Mr....
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.
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.
Five months before the presidential elections are held in the United States on November 3, the battle between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden has now become the focus of the media. The country is already preoccupied with dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 ...
Russia is sending reinforcements to Libya to help warlord Khalifa Haftar, according to a report published Monday. The Wall Street Journal said that according to European and Libyan officials, private military contractors from Russia helped forces loyal to Haftar take control of Libya's largest oil field last week.
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.
Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has denounced Egypt's warning of military intervention in Libya, labelling it a "declaration of war". On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi warned that if pro-GNA forces advanced on the strategic city of Sirte - some 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of the capital Tripoli - it could provoke a "direct" intervention by Cairo.
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.
The battle lines of the war in Libya have shifted rapidly in recent weeks. Last month, renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces were on the outskirts of the capital, Tripoli, battling to remove the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). But the campaign stalled, and Haftar's forces have since been in retreat.
The situation on the ground in Libya is growing worse by the second. The House of Representatives (HOR) and their military the LNA have been embattled with the Turkish backed internationally recognized GNA for months. This has created a split within NATO as France has joined the Egypt-led alliance against Turkey in Eastern Mediterranean, while [...]
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.
Turkey is boosting its military intervention in Mid-East conflicts to gain a hand in determining - and cashing in on - their outcome. Facing rising opposition at home, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan is in the thick of foreign, influence-expanding adventures. Braced against Russia in Libya and Syria, he is now challenging the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen with Qatari funding.
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.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) - The Turkish Air Force and Navy conducted maneuvers in the Mediterranean Sea this week, as they began their drills called "The Open Sea".
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) - 'Abdel-Latif Darwish, a professor of economics and crisis management in Egypt, said that Egypt's agreement with Greece on the demarcation of maritime borders represents a strong blow to the agreement between Turkish President Recep Erdogan and the Libyan Government of National Accord.
FILE - on this Nov. 19, 2019, file photo, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks at the "G20 Investment Summit - German Business and the CwA Countries 2019" on the
Arab Spring movements have rattled the Middle East by seeking the end of autocratic regimes. While they could not inflict a deadly blow to old parochial power structures, they have paved the way for possible regime change calls.
The Egyptian Armed Forces reportedly are deploying Abrams main battle tanks to the border with Libya. A journalist and military aviation analyst, Babak Taghvaee has released on its Twitter account the short video shows military convoy with 18 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks of Egypt Army near the border with Libya.
Author's Note: In this commentary, I shall argue the Egyptian Government is in the first phase of its PROXY WAR against Ethiopia with the short-term strategic objective of sabotaging the scheduled July initial filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
Diplomatic efforts to diffuse a security crisis on the border between Sudan and Ethiopia have been ongoing, but the situation on the ground has escalated in recent days, with Sudanese troops and Ethiopian militias assembling forces in the area.
DUBAI: Sudan called on the United Nations Security Council to urge Ethiopia and Egypt to refrain from taking any unilateral measures regarding the Renaissance Dam, the state news agency SUNA reported on Wednesday.
Russia has deployed MiG-29s and other aircraft to Libya in what appeared to be the throwing down of a gauntlet to Turkey and other countries that might think Moscow is ending its support for the eastern Libyan government of Khalifa Haftar.
The US military has accused Russia of deploying fighter jets to Libya to support renegade general Khalifa Haftar in a sign of Washington's mounting concerns about Moscow's role in the conflict in the north African state.
On Monday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called on his army to prepare for combat over Ethiopia's plans to start filling its hydropower Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in the rainy season. He ordered the armed forces to be on the "highest state of alert."
Libya's internationally recognized government forces neutralized at least 10 members of putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar's militia in shelling Sunday, while the capital was shaken with a withering bombardment by the warlord's forces.
Haftar's attacks on airport, diplomatic missions in Libya 'war crimes,' Turkey's Foreign Ministry says
Deadly attacks by putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar on diplomatic missions in Libya and on Mitiga Airport "constitute war crimes," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Sunday, adding that Haftar elements will be considered legitimate targets if they continue to threaten Turkey's interests in the country.
CAIRO (AP) - The head of Libya's UN-supported government on Friday warned of an escalation in the battle for Tripoli after rockets struck near foreign embassies in the capital, drawing sharp condemnation from the European Union and United Nations.
CAIRO - Artillery shelling by Libya's eastern-based forces killed more than five civilians and wounded dozens in the capital, Tripoli, an official with the country's U.N.-supported government said Thursday. It was the latest attack on Tripoli by the eastern forces' commander Khalifa Hifter, who launched a push last year to capture the city.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have played a "diabolical" role in supporting renegade Brigadier General Khalifa Haftar in his mission to take over the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) has said.
CAIRO - 3 May 2020: The Egyptian Armed Forces said 126 "takfiris" (terrorists) were killed in 22 raids and 12 operations carried out by the army and police forces in Central and North Sinai. Also, four officers, three non-commissioned officers and eight soldiers were either killed or injured during the operations, the statement noted, without specifying the exact number of deaths.
Egypt's interior ministry has said 18 suspected armed group members were killed in North Sinai in a firefight with security forces, two days after a deadly blast claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) armed group. "National security received intelligence about terrorist elements hiding out in a home in Bir al-Abed, where they were planning to launch hostile operations," the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
Egyptian soldiers were targeted when their armored vehicle was hit in a blast in the restive northern Sinai region on Thursday, the Egyptian army said. Army spokesman Tamer Refai said that 10 soldiers were either killed or wounded in the incident, but did not specify how many of them had died.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:45 P.M.) - The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated on Wednesday that the accusation of the Egyptian government, Ankara, of supporting extremist terrorists in Libya, "clearly reflects its efforts to cover up its plans there." "Egypt's support for Haftar, which aims to establish a military dictatorship in Libya, is not surprising," said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hamid Aksavi.
The risks of the first water war in Africa seem high as Addis Ababa shows it is not ready to compromise on the construction of a dam which could end up having disastrous effects on Egypt's water economy. An article by UWI's Islam Farag on the issue of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has caused a storm of outrage among Ethiopian internet users.
Despite pleas by the United Nations and international humanitarian organisations to suspend violence, at least temporarily during the coronavirus pandemic, the Libyan civil war continues as usual. Following an attack last Monday, water supply was cut to more than two million people in Tripoli and nearby towns.
File photo of Tunisian soldiers standing guard at the border crossing at Ras Jdir Ben Guerdane, in this picture taken December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files Tunisia has upped its military presence along the border with Libya after the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Sarraj announced that it wrested control of western Libya, Tunisian official sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Turkey's growing influence in Yemen is fuelling security concerns in Egypt over the Red Sea and the Suez Canal, says The Arab Weekly.
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) - The Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces announced on Wednesday, the arrival of a ship from Egypt to Libya carrying military equipment for the Libyan National Army (LNA).
April 4 marked the one-year anniversary of Libya's third civil war since 2011. Last year, Khalifa Haftar, the head of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), sought to invade Tripoli after another aborted attempt to mediate his conflict with the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli.
Libya: Egyptian arms shipment to Haftar and the Al-Wefaq government document "violations" of the attack on Tripoli | tellerreport.com
A consignment of Egyptian weapons destined for the forces of retired Major General Khalifa Hifter has arrived at the port of Tobruk in eastern Libya, according to sources from the internationally recognized national reconciliation government.
CAIRO - An Egyptian security source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur March 28 that the Egyptian air force launched airstrikes against the strongholds of takfiri (extremist) and other terrorist groups south of the Egyptian city of Rafah, killing 16 of them and wounding six others. Three four-wheel-drive vehicles were also destroyed in the operation.
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.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and dozens of others for their role in the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at the start of the year. Tehran has requested the help of Interpol in securing their arrest.
In the most alarming revelation yet that coronavirus is getting ever closer to severely impacting the White House, Yahoo News has unveiled documents showing that nearly a dozen US Secret Service members have tested positive for COVID-19.
An Iranian legislator on Tuesday offered a US$3m reward to "anyone who kills" US President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of top general Qassem Soleimani. American disarmament ambassador Robert Wood dismissed the reward as "ridiculous", telling reporters in Geneva it showed the "terrorist underpinnings" of Iran's establishment.
Nobody seems to be able to get a straight answer regarding what caused the November 26th, 2019 air defense scare in Washington D.C. There have been confusing reports of mysterious blobs in the sky and mistaken birds flocks. This is exactly what was detected and what wasn't and why.
Trump Tested for Deliberate Poisoning of Food With "Time Delayed" Chemical Agent - White House Source
The President's unscheduled stop at the Walter Reed military hospital on Saturday involved a battery of tests to determine whether the President was exposed to a chemical agent that is suspected of being introduced into his food, says a White House connected source who shared details with Alex Jones of InfoWars.com.