We have been looking at the development of conflicts in the Middle East and also Ukraine. What we saw was the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then, when the Sunni Islamists of ISIS invaded and took over large sectors of Sunni areas of Iraq, we saw them uncover and seize the chemical weapons plants of Saddam Hussein with them also declaring that they now possessed Nuclear Weapons. This of itself is not surprising as the wealth of Saudi Arabia is backing them. As we saw, some 96-98 satchel nukes went missing from Russia and we discussed this in 1996-8 and subsequently.
This week we saw Russia lodge a complaint with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that they were used by the Ukrainian armed forces against the Russian separatists being deployed since 11 June 2014. These chemicals were white phosphorus and chloropicrin. Russia holds vast reserves of chemical weapons itself and they are acting in concert with and in support of Iran and Syria in this aspect. Chemical weapons are in North Africa and the Middle East in significant quantities. These chemicals will be the cause of the War of the Fifth Trumpet which will emerge in the not too distant future.
This war will commence and then develop into the war of the Sixth Trumpet which will kill a third of mankind.
It will develop from the Middle East and into the areas of the North to the Ukraine and Russia.
Over the last few weeks these ISIS/ISIL militants have seized control of every major crossing from Syria into Iraq as well as four critical towns in Iraq’s western province.
The radical group now controls large areas of both countries, and there are concerns that the Iraqi government could collapse.
The four towns fell in close succession, opening the Syrian border and areas in Syria controlled by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to areas in western Iraq also held by the group.
After a lightning offensive that began in the northern city of Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city — most of central and northern Iraq’s Sunni Muslim-populated areas fell in 10 days. The militants then refocused their efforts on western Iraq. The ISIS terrorists then began mass executions forcing people to lie in ditches or in public executions in public areas and then they were shot in the backs of the heads etc. We will not display the photos.
Two weeks ago on the Saturday evening, a large force of ISIS fighters came out of the Syrian desert to attack the last major border crossing in Iraq government hands at the town of Qaim, taking control of it late that Saturday night in what local residents described as a vicious battle that destroyed the government forces in the area.
Then the jihadists fighting in Syria’s war on the following Sunday put to use for the first time American-made Humvees that they seized during a lightning offensive in Iraq this month, a monitor said.
ISIS used the armoured vehicles to capture the villages of Eksar and Maalal in Aleppo province, which borders Turkey, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
It came after heavy fighting against the Islamic Front and its al-Qaeda-affiliated ally, the Al-Nusra Front, said the Observatory, a Britain-based group that gets its information from a network of sources on the ground.
The BBC reported that Isis rebels have been methodically hunting down non-Sunnis and those opposed to the militants, refugees from the rebel-held towns.
Isis demanded officials and soldiers pledge allegiance to the caliphate they recently declared or face execution.
More than one million Iraqis have fled their homes over the month as Isis seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities in the north-west.
At least 2,461 people were killed in June, the UN and Iraqi officials say. That figure is significantly increasing in the battles this last week.
In other developments on the following Thursday:
The refugees in the Kurdish-controlled town of Sinjar, near Tal Afar, told the BBC's Quentin Sommerville that towns and villages they had fled were now being systematically cleared by Isis or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
Many of the displaced are Shias, Christians and ethnic Kurds.
"For Shias, if they cannot be exchanged for prisoners, [the Isis rebels] would simply cut off their heads," said Hassan, a Kurd who had spent 16 days in captivity until his family paid £30,000 ($51,500) for his release.
Bashar al-Khiki, provincial leader who fled Mosul, said that the jihadists were "collecting information about people and compiling a database in order to identify those who work for the government or security forces".
"If they don't repent and pledge their allegiance to the caliphate, they will be killed. A lot of these people have disappeared in Mosul," he added.
Human rights groups have reported that Isis militants have been going neighbourhood to neighbourhood in Mosul, deliberately targeting non-Sunnis and those opposed to them.
Isis last week declared it was establishing a caliphate on the territories under its control in Syria and Iraq.
The two villages are located near the town of Azaz, which ISIS militiamen abandoned at the end of February under attack from rebels fighting to oust Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
ISIS, launched a bid to retake Azaz.
WND also reported ISIS already has captured towns bordering Iraq and Turkey.
The militant group also has steamrolled through the Iraqi desert in the west and taken over the major al-Walid crossing with Syria and the Turaibil crossing into Jordan.
ISIS seized the Iraqi Humvees and sent them to Syria after Iraqi soldiers abandoned them during a surprise Sunni jihadist offensive that claimed Iraq’s second city of Mosul and swathes of other territory in mid-June.
Also on the Sunday, ISIS gunmen abducted 20 Kurdish students on the road between Hasakeh and Qamishli in north-eastern Syria, said the Observatory.
It comes three weeks after ISIS kidnapped 145 Kurdish students in Aleppo, as well as 193 Kurdish civilians at Qabasine village in the same province.
Parents of five students who managed to escape said the jihadists demanded that they join them in the fighting. This then became a common initiative of the ISIS fighters demanding allegiance to the newly declared Caliphate from all Sunnis and killing Shia and others.
Kurdish militias, who are also trying to expand their autonomous region, have fought for months with ISIS, which has been seeking to seize from their control oilfields in northern and eastern areas.
The battle for the Baiji oil refinery and the looming fighting over the Haditha dam however has the potential to give the death blow to the Al Maliki government.
Baiji, which produced 40% of Iraq's petrol, has already been the scene of fighting for more than a week. Petrol has run short in much of northern Iraq, and this could hamper operations by the Kurds badly.
The latest assaults saw the security forces making 'tactical' withdrawals in the face of an insurgent onslaught that has displaced hundreds of thousands and alarmed the world amid fears Iraq could tear itself apart.
The militants, led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on the Sunday seized the towns of Rawa and Ana after taking the Al-Qaim border crossing on the Saturday, according to residents. The government said its forces had made a 'tactical' withdrawal from the towns, control of which has allowed the militants to open up a strategic route to neighbouring Syria. ISIS/ISIL with its declaration of the Caliphate aims to create an Islamic state that will incorporate Iraq and Syria, where the group has become a major force in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.
Washington wants Arab states to bring pressure on Iraq's leaders to speed up government formation, which has made little headway since elections in April under the secularist direction of the Prime Minister. While American leaders have stopped short of calling for Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down they have left little doubt that they feel the Shiite premier has squandered the opportunity to rebuild his country since US troops withdrew in 2011. They said 'We gave Iraq the chance to have an inclusive democracy. To work across sectarian lines, to provide a better future for their children,' President Barack Obama told CNN the previous Friday. 'Unfortunately what we've seen is a breakdown of trust. 'The seizure of Al-Qaim leaves just one of three official border crossings with Syria in the hands of the federal government. The third is controlled by Kurdish forces. Elsewhere, Iraqi government forces, fighting back against the insurgents on the Sunday launched an air strike on the militant-held city of Tikrit, killing at least seven people, so residents said. The insurgents also clashed with security forces and pro-government tribal fighters in Al-Alam, just east of Tikrit, with militants killing the women's affairs adviser to the provincial governor. - See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/mideast/2014/06/22/sunni-militants-seize-more-iraq-towns.html#sthash.rzw13SZ3.dpuf
The fact that more than 150 Australians, many of Lebanese descent, have joined jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria, is giving Australia concern that they will pose a danger to AU on their return. So also is the US and Europe also concerned.
Australian jihadists feature in an ISIS video calling on Muslims to join them, and dozens of Australians in Sydney and Melbourne have posted support for ISIS on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
A spokesman for Sydney’s al-Risalah Islamic centre even declared ISIS’s success inspired a “feeling of joy”. When a Perth “imam” spoke at the centre last December, the banner behind him featured the ISIS logo.
This has been the troubling truth since even before the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, hailed by the then Mufti of AU, Taj el-Din al-Hilali, as “God’s work against oppressors”.
The numbers are now alarming. Last year ASIO said it had “investigated several hundred mostly Australia-based individuals who are advocates of a violent Islamist ideology”.
It is important to stress most Muslims are peaceful. But it is also true that Muslim immigration has exposed Australians to a level of danger — including extraordinary gun crime in Western Sydney — that immigration from India, Europe and China has not.
This is also occurring in US and UK and in Europe. Australia is now meeting with more responsible Muslim authorities to determine how to stop the radicalisation of Australian Muslims.
The fact is that the cultural ties of blood and faith have too often proved stronger that the loyalty multicultural Australia weakly asks, particularly in communities which haven’t done well in Australia after their migration.
Of the 21 Muslims jailed in Australia for terrorism offences, at least 11 were born in Lebanon or to Lebanese parents, including a ringleader of the 2005 Pendennis plot to attack Sydney targets.
Australia and the US and UK can’t rely on the conventional checks against importing such trouble. ASIO in AU for example can’t screen out likely terrorists when the second generation is more radical than the immigrant parents.
Indeed, nine of our 21 jailed Muslim terrorists were born in Australia, and only four grew up overseas. The conclusion is drawn by journalists and authorities that the more Muslim immigrants we admit, the more terrorists we risk one day having.
That was not so 100 years ago, but mass immigration, cheap travel and the internet has changed the nature of immigration.
Some of our least assimilated migrants are so numerous that in some areas they form almost colonies. That is true all over the English speaking world and in Europe.
With the aid of satellite TV beaming multi-national programs into the home, it has never been easier for newcomers to retain their culture, faith and values.
Unfortunately, Islamic culture today includes a jihadist ideology so strong that 17 of the 18 terrorist groups banned in Australia are Islamic.
Judge Anthony Whealy, in sentencing the Pendennis plotters, described their ideology well: “Each was driven by the concept that the world was, in essence, divided between those who adhered strictly and fundamentally to a rigid concept of the Muslim faith, indeed, a medieval view of it, and to those who did not.
“Secondly, each was driven by the conviction that Islam throughout the world was under attack, particularly at the hands of the United States and its allies. In this context, Australia was plainly included.
“Thirdly, each offender was convinced that his obligation as a devout Muslim was to come to the defence of Islam and other Muslims overseas.
“Fourthly, it was the duty of each individual offender, indeed a religious obligation, to respond to the worldwide situation by preparing for violent jihad in this country, here in Australia.”
That is like the message that ISIS today sends supporters all over the world through computers and smart phones.
Again, most Muslims mean only peace. But the head of the NSW Counter Terrorism Squad last month criticised AU Sunni leaders for doing little to stop followers joining jihadists in Syria.
The Lebanese Muslim Association’s reaction was alarmingly complacent: “We see this as being blown out of proportion because these guys are going to fight for a cause and Australia is not part of that.”
The reality is that Muslims with their current heretical Hadithic or Sunni Islam are unable to fit into Western Society and even though the Prime Minister says he’ll detain returning jihadists it will not be enough. Eventually all Muslims will force detention of the radicals in AU just as it was done to the opposing sides in WWI and WWII. The real answer lies in restricting Muslim immigration and reducing the problems.
That will seem racist, but if Islamic leaders can’t stamp out jihadism the West has to defend itself as best they are able. The real problem lies in the heretical development of Trinitarian Christianity and the paganised Islamic faith post the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs. War is inevitable as we see from Scripture. They will not repent in any area either in Trinitarianism, Judaism, in Islamic medieval or modern systems, in Buddhism or in Hinduism or any of the world’s religions as they now stand. The conflicts are often aimed at the genocide of Israel.
Israel says it has carried out air strikes on military targets in Syria. The military said it had attacked nine targets in response to the killing of a 15-year-old boy in a strike in the occupied Golan Heights on the border between the two countries on Sunday. Two others, including the boy's father, an Israeli defence contractor, were injured when a blast hit their vehicle.
Israel called the boy's death the most substantial incident in the Golan since start of the Syrian conflict in 2011. It is unclear whether Syrian rebels or government forces were behind the incident.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "Our enemies don't differentiate between Jews and non-Jews, adults and children."
The Golan Heights, a rocky plateau in south-western Syria, was seized by Israel from Syria in the closing stages of the 1967 Middle East War.
The two countries remain technically in a state of war, and UN observers are deployed to monitor a 70km-long (45-mile) demilitarised zone.
Firing linked to the Syrian conflict occasionally reaches the Israeli side of the border fence - some unintentional, some said to be deliberate.
This is now just over 40 years since the cease fire between Israel and Syria in the Yom Kippur war and the period for repentance is over and matters will escalate and God will deal with Syria and now the forces of Hamas in Gaza. They simply will not live in peace.
On 23 June 2014 it was reported that the army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claims it has access to nuclear weapons and a will to use them to “liberate” Palestine from Israel as part of its “Islamic Spring,” according to a WND source in the region.
Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer based in Beirut and Damascus, said the move was part of the ISIS aim of creating a caliphate under strict Islamic law, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Iraq which they have now declared.
Lamb, who has access to ISIS fighters and sympathizers, said ISIS has been working with a “new specialized” unit organized at the beginning of 2013 to focus “exclusively on destroying the Zionist regime occupying Palestine.”
Lamb also stated that the ISIS “Al-Quds Unit” is working to broaden its influence in more than 60 Palestinian camps and gatherings from Gaza, across “Occupied Palestine,” or Israel, to Jordan and from Lebanon up to the north of Syria “seeking to enlist support as it prepares to liberate Palestine.”
ISIS is also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham. “Sham,” or “Greater Syria,” refers to Cyprus, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and southern Turkey. This area delineates the broad extent of the coming conflicts.
ISIS also is known as DAASH, the Arabic acronym for al-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-Iraq wa-al Sham.
Lamb also considers that the Sunni militant group, which has taken over much of the Sunni region of Iraq, could leave the Shia-dominated region of the country and head toward Jordan and Turkey.
Lamb said that in Iraq alone, some 6 million Iraqi Sunnis recently have become supportive of the ISIS lightning strikes in the Sunni portion of the country.
Some of the Sunni supporters are secular, such as the Naqshbandia Army of former top officials of executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. As WND reported, the Sunni group may have given ISIS access to its ongoing sarin production facility in north western Iraq. This is developing now and chemical weapons will be more and more used.
Lamb said ISIS has established a capital for its caliphate in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
“The Islamist organization believes it currently has massive regional support for its rapidly expanding ‘revolution of the oppressed,’” Lamb said.
ISIS estimates it will take 72 months to “liberate”“Occupied Palestine,” or Israel, according to Lamb. This tells us the duration of their planned operation and the inevitability of NATO intervention and the following conflicts.
Lamb quoted an ISIS member as saying: “Zionists call us masked, sociopathic murderers, but we are much more complicated and representative of those seeking justice than they portray us.
“Are we more barbaric than the Zionist terrorists who massacred at Dier Yassin, Shatila, twice at Qana, and committed dozens of other massacres? History will judge us after we free Palestine.”
Lamb said ISIS can do what no other Arab, Muslim or Western backers of resistance have been able to accomplish. He quoted the ISIS member as saying: “All countries in this region are playing the sectarian card just as they have long played the Palestinian card, but the difference with ISIS is that we are serious about Palestine and they are not. Tel Aviv will fall as fast as Mosul when the time is right.”
The WND source said ISIS appears “eager” to fight Israeli armed forces “in the near future despite expectation that the regime will use nuclear weapons.” “Do you think that we do not have access to nuclear devices?” Lamb quoted the ISIS member assaying. “The Zionists know that we do, and if we ever believe they are about to use theirs, we will not hesitate. After the Zionists are gone, Palestine will have to be decontaminated and rebuilt just like areas where there has been radiation released.”
ISIS access to nuclear weapons could come from Sunni Pakistan, which is home to more than 30 terrorist groups. Pakistan possibly has transferred nuclear weapons to the chief bank roller of its nuclear development program, Sunni Saudi Arabia, as WND previously has reported. We had previously stated this to be the probable case but the missing Russian nukes appear to have been forgotten.
As we know the Saudis, who also have provided billions of dollars to ISIS, have threatened to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran were to develop its own. The agreement is in place with Pakistan.
The WND source said ISIS denies any interest in training and directing foreign fighters to attack Europe, claiming its goals are to establish the al-Sham caliphate and “liberate Palestine.” This is false as we know. They aim to take over the world as a fundamentalist Islamic state and have said so.
The source said the West, and especially the Israelis, may already be aware of ISIS plans and tactics to take over “Palestine.” He said Western intelligence sources were in possession of an “encyclopedia of information” obtained by Iraqi intelligence less than 48 hours before Mosul fell two weeks ago.
He said an ISIS messenger who was captured and “under Iraqi torture” turned over more than 160 computer flash sticks with the detailed information.
“The U.S. intelligence community is still decrypting and analysing the flash sticks,” Lamb said.
He indicated that the information already has been handed over to members of Congress, some of whom are sharing it with the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
“The current sense on Capitol Hill is reported to be that the Obama administration is not in the mood to share anything with Israel these days and certainly not with the Netanyahu regime which it loathes,” he said.
Lamb said only time will tell whether or not ISIS reaches both of its objectives. He added that if the “Zionist regime” can be ejected from Palestine, it will set in motion “historic currents” that will be “rather different from the Ehud Olmert-Condoleezza Rice fantasy of ‘a New Middle East.’
“In any event,” Lamb said, “it is unlikely that Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Lebanon among other countries in this region are going to look much like what George Bush and Dick Cheney and their still active neo-con advisers had in mind when they were beating the drums for a U.S. invasion of Iraq, Libya and now Syria and Iran.”
When the US comes out of its coma, intervention in the Middle East will follow. They are flying 30-40 surveillance missions a day and have committed 300 with 250 AU troops on the ground in Iraq as forward observers for air strikes and drone strikes. This tokenism will merely endanger the force itself. The scene is now set for the news from the East and the North that alarms the Northern Forces and he will go forth to exterminate many (Dan. 11:40-44).
Our time is not far off.