Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Iraq security forces burn Sunni villagers homes 'to the ground' after liberating town from Isis

THE INDEPENDENT ( reported Wednesday, March 25, 2015 that Iraq's security forces "destroyed entire villages and displaced thousands of Sunni residents" after freeing Amerli in northern Iraq from Isis, according to claims of Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In a 31-page report, the human rights organization asserted government forces carried out a "campaign of destruction" after militants were driven out, likely as revenge for supporting Isis fighters or as "collective punishment" against Sunnis and other minorities.

According to The Independent, one witness said: "From what I saw, they used fire [to burn houses] but we also heard explosions."

Seven weeks after the siege had ended, representatives from Human Rights Watch conducted field visits to villages in October and found some homes were still burning and others were showing signs of arson.

One home is filmed burning on October 2014
One home is filmed by Human Rights Watch burning in October 2014

Joe Stork, HRW's deputy Middle East and North Africa Director, is quoted as saying, "Iraq clearly faces serious threats in its conflict with Isis, but the abuses committed by forces fighting Isis are so rampant and egregious that they are threatening Iraq long term. Iraqis are caught between the horrors Isis commits and abusive behaviour by militias, and ordinary Iraqis are paying the price."


Could the burning of these villages be the tinder that lights the cities of Iraq on fire? Will we see the fourth judgment soon?

Invasion, capture, punishment has occurred in sequence. Burning, abandonment, war with the Medes, plundering, flood and drought, leading to complete desolation, are prophesied by Jeremiah as judgment upon Babylon, the Land of the Chaldeans.

Are we living in the time of the judgment?  Will the cities of Iraq burn?

Is Babylon burning, Jeremiah?


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fresh wave of militant bombings kill 26 of Toronto, Canada published a report today from TEHRAN, Iran, written by Sameer N. Yacoub of the Associated Press that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will "continue to provide Baghdad with military advisers and weapons" in the face of continued attacks in an "escalating Sunni insurgency."

Iraq, Baghdad car bomb, ISIS, sunni, shiite
Civilians gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in a commercial area of Karbala, 50 miles south of Baghdad, Monday, October 20, 2014. (AP Photo)

A string of bombings in and near Baghdad killed 26 people on Tuesday, including a double car bomb explosion at Habaybina restaurant in a Shiite-majority district in eastern Baghdad which killed 15 and wounded 32 others.

42 people were killed on Monday, as militants "unleashed a wave of deadly attacks on Iraq's majority Shiite community."


The Huffington Post published an AP article by Sinan Salaheddin from Baghdad reporting a wave of ISIS attacks targeting Baghdad last Thursday, October 16, 2014, in which at least 50 people were killed and dozens injured.

According to the article, the Islamic State group "has overrun vast areas in western and northern Iraq as well as parts of neighboring Syria, and has vowed to destabilize and eventually take over Baghdad."

Thursday's explosions had brought the death toll from attacks since the preceding Sunday to at least 162 people, mostly in Baghdad, according to an Associated Press tally, the report concluded.


If Islamic State militants take over Iraq, the Kurds of Kurdistan will have no choice but to break free from Iraq, and their new nation will inherit an immediate, barbaric enemy state on their southern border.  The war between the Medes and the Chaldeans prophesied by Jeremiah will be inevitable.


ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say

CNN's Brian Walker reported Monday, October 20, 2014 that ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for territory.

ISIS also launched attacks against Mosul Dam and renewed its offensive on the Sinjar mountain range in northern Iraq.


Meanwhile, the U.S. military is airdropping weapons, ammunition and medical aid to the Kurds fighting against ISIS in Kobani, and Turkey has agreed to allow Iraqi Peshmerga to cross into Syria to defend the city.

The battle between ISIS and the Kurds is providing the Peshmerga with modern fighting experience, which will come in to play should the current events in Iraq prove to be the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the land of Babylon. According to his prophecy, the spirit of the kings of the Medes -- today the Kurds of Kurdistan -- would rise up, and those people would become a "great nation" formed out of three factions -- Iranian (Minni/Manneaean), Iraqi (Ashkenaz/Adiabene) and Turkish/Syrian (Ararat) -- capable of attacking and defeating the army of the Chaldeans.

With the Iraqi Kurds now joining the fight in Kobani to assist the Syrian Kurds, will it be long before the three factions are joined into one, just as Jeremiah foresaw?

If ISIS is victorious in overcoming the Iraqi military and taking over rule in Iraq, they will become the army of Iraq, and the battle described by Jeremiah would be between the Kurds and ISIS-controlled Iraq, a repeat of the current conflict happening in northeastern Syria and northern Iraq today.

In Jeremiah's vision, the Kurds will soundly defeat the Iraqi army, and plunder her treasures.

Will we soon see this major battle occurring in the land of Babylon in fulfillment of the 2,600-year-old prophecy?


Friday, October 17, 2014

Kurds push back in Kobane

UK's Daily Mail Online report of October 17, 2014 is headlined, "'We've reduced ISIS to just two pockets of hold-outs' boast Kurds after bloody fightback to stop fanatics taking control of border town of Kobane."
Power: Smoke rises in Kobane after a U.S. airstrike destroys an ISIS-held building. The extremists have now abandoned all of their positions in the city, except for two small pockets of resistance in the east
Power: Smoke rises in Kobane after a U.S. airstrike destroys an ISIS-held building. (Getty Images)
The article by John Hall notes the "remarkable fightback" by Kurdish troops, "assisted by U.S. and Arab airstrikes," has allowed the Kurds to "reclaim" the besieged city, reporting that "Islamic State militants have been almost entirely driven out of the Syrian city of Kobane following a remarkable fightback by Kurdish forces who vowed to either defeat the terrorists or die trying."

Hall noted that "Turkish and U.S. officials last week said that ISIS was on the verge of taking Kobane from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders after seizing strategic points deep inside the town."


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet foresaw the rise of the Medes -- today the Kurds of Kurdistan -- as a military power capable of invading and capturing "the land of Babylon" in the sixth of nine judgments. With the experience and successes of the Kurdish forces against the Islamic State, the possibility of this rise seems less and less remote.


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Turkey's fear of a reignited Kurdish flame

Tear gas and water cannon in Istanbul during protest against IS attacks on Syrian town of Kobane. 7 Oct 2014
Supporters of the Kurdish fighters in Kobane clash with police on the streets of Istanbul
Mark Lowen reports for BBC News from Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2014 that protests in Turkey reflect a reignited Kurdish anger towards the Turkish government after Ankara refused to engage Islamic State fighters who are assaulting Kurdish villages along the border with Syria.

"Troops on the streets, curfews for the first time in 22 years, protests in almost 30 cities and state buildings attacked - the situation is dangerous and escalating fast," writes Lowen

Protesters are "furious" that Turkish troops are blocking Turkish Kurds from crossing into Syria to help defend Kobane against Islamic State militants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly refused to budge from his position that the PKK, a regional Kurdish rebel organization, is no different than the Islamic State rebels, enraging the Turkish Kurds.

Turkish tanks overlook Kobane. 8 Oct 2014
Turkish tank crews watch the fighting over the border in Kobane, but are not intervening

Jeremiah the hebrew prophet saw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes," an ethnic group that today is associated with the Kurds of Kurdistan, to a prominence and military power capable of attacking Iraq, defeating her army and plundering her treasures.

Three regional groups of Medes are seen in the prophecy: Minni (Manneaens), Ashkenaz (Adiabenes), and Ararat (eastern Syria/Turkey). These three regions reflect the three regions of modern-day Kurdistan: the Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian/Turkish areas occupied by the Kurds.

The Iranian and Iraqi Kurds have united under the flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. What is missing from the coalition is the Syrian/Turkish Kurds.

With these renewed protests in Turkey, and the fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State militants, will we soon see the uniting of the KRG with the Syrian/Turkish Kurds, so as to create a new, more powerful Kurdish state, and the fulfillment of the 2,600 year-old prophecy?


Monday, October 06, 2014

U.S. using Apache helicopters, Australia and Indians join fight

HT AH 64D Apache Longbow helicopter jt 141005 16x9 608 U.S. Now Using Apache Helicopters to Attack ISIS in Iraq
(Credit: Courtesy of U.S. Army, Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Wikimedia Commons)
In various news reports today, October 5th, 2014, we learn that the U.S. is now using Apache helicopters to attack Islamic State militants in Iraq (READ HERE...), while Australia has entered the conflict, providing air support with F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets (READ HERE...).
Twin beasts ... RAAF Super Hornets on the taxiway.
RAAF Super Hornets. Source: Supplied
Also, reports that "200,000 Indians volunteer to join effort against Islamic State militants in Iraq," (READ HERE...).
It has already been reported that "Britain, Denmark and Belgium (have joined the) air campaign against (the) Islamic State in Iraq," (READ HERE...), as well as Turkey approving "military operations to fight Islamic State militants," (READ HERE...).
The Utah Peoples Post reported September 15, 2014 that the U.S. has formed "an international coalition fighting against the extremist group," (READ HERE...)
Jeremiah the prophet predicted that the invaders who occupied the land of Babylon, having broken her, would attempt to heal her, but then, because of fires in the cities, would give up, and abandon the nation to her judgment.
When the United States and other coalition forces pulled out of Iraq, it seemed this part of the prophecy would not be able to be fulfilled, since the prophesied abandonment would be announced as a failure at reconstruction. The pull out of 2011 was not framed in those terms, but was seen as a success at putting down rebellion and establishing a quasi-peace, along with a stable local government.
But now we see that the possibility of this abandonment judgment is once again restored, as a coalition of nations, led by a "great nation," have once again entered Iraq in an attempt to save her from destruction by insurgents attempting to conquer her.
If the cities of Iraq are set on fire, with the result the nations becoming "exhausted" with the futility of trying to "heal" her, and subsequently an announced abandonment of Iraq, then the next two judgments will have occurred in their order, fulfilling the first five prophecies of judgment on the land of Babylon -- invasion, capture, punishment, burning and abandonment.
With that, the certainty of the fulfillment of the final four judgments -- war with and defeat by the Medes, plunder, flood and drought leading to utter desolation -- will be assured.


Thursday, October 02, 2014

Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State by Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg
ARBIL Iraq/MURSPITPINAR Turkey  Tuesday Sep 30, 2014
Members of the Kurdish security forces stand guard against Islamic State militants (background), behind sandbags on the Mullah Abdullah bridge in southern Kirkuk September 29, 2014.  REUTERS-Ako Rasheed
Members of the Kurdish security forces stand guard against Islamic State militants (background), behind sandbags on the Mullah Abdullah bridge in southern Kirkuk September 29, 2014
(Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists.


Jeremiah foresaw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" -- today the Kurds of Kurdistan -- so as to be able to attack and defeat the army of the "land of Babylon", modern-day Iraq. With the "successes" of the Kurdish forces, their army grows stronger, making such a battle victory in the future that much more probable.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

US, allies target Islamic State oil supplies in Syria

A video report of September 25, 2014 describes a new round of airstrikes by U.S. and Arab allies against Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, targeting a dozen small oil refineries.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Iraqis protest American "occupation"  September 20, 2014

Thousands of Iraqis gathered in central Baghdad on Saturday to protest against American intervention.

Demonstrators waved Iraqi flags and held up pictures of leading Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who says the country should not cooperate with what he calls US "occupiers."


Jeremiah the prophet predicted that the invading coalition of "occupiers" who attempted to rebuild the nation of Babylon after having "broken" her would become frustrated with their attempts because of "fires" that break out and consume the city centers and all the environs, and so would announce their pull out: "We applied healing to Babylon, but she could not be healed. Forsake her, each to his own country, for her judgment has reached to the heavens..."

It seems the Chaldeans are just begging the nations to abandon her. It will be easy.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"It's time for the Kurds to set up their own nation"

Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, is another of my favorite correspondents on world affairs, the other being Michael Totten. Pipes writes today, Sept 16, 2014, for Newsweek about his change of heart regarding Kurdistan independence:

"Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past," begins Pipes' opinion piece.

After listing the reasons independence was thought a bad thing, he defends that position in light of the conditions at the time: "One could not have known in 1991 that the Kurdish army, the peshmerga, would establish itself as a competent and disciplined force; that the Kurdistan Regional Government would reject the terrorist methods then notoriously in use by Kurds in Turkey; that the economy would boom; that the Kurds' two leading political families, the Talabanis and Barzanis, would learn to coexist; that the Kurdistan Regional Government would engage in responsible diplomacy; that its leadership would sign international trade accords; that 10 institutions of higher learning would come into existence; and that Kurdish culture would blossom."


Amazingly, perhaps prophetically, Pipes suggests the same merging of Kurds foreseen by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet: "What if Iraqi Kurds joined forces across three borders -- as they have done on occasion -- and form a single Kurdistan with a population of about 30 million and possibly a corridor to the Mediterranean Sea?"

Just as Jeremiah prophesied in the Hebrew bible, in the 'book' bearing his name: "Summon against (Babylon) the kingdoms of Ararat (eastern Turkey/northeastern Syria), Minni (or Mannea, northwestern Iran) and Ashkenaz (or Adiabene, Iraqi Kurdistan), ... the kings of the Medes (modern-day Kurds), their governors and all their prefects, and every land of their dominion... to make the land of Babylon a desolation without inhabitants," (Jeremiah 51:27-29).

Pipes is now in favor of such a coalition: "The emergence of a Kurdish state is part of the regionwide destabilization, dangerous but necessary, that began in Tunisia in December 2010. Accordingly, I offer a hearty welcome to its four potential parts joining soon together to form a single, united Kurdistan."

Jeremiah would also be in favor of that unification, since he prophesied that very "summoning" and "consecration" roughly 2,600 years ago.


Kurdish forces start push into the plain of Mosul

The BBC reports Sep 16, 2014 that "Kurdish troops on the ground are preparing to start a push to retake the plain of Mosul."


The Jeremiah 50 - 51 prophecy sees the "Medes" -- the modern-day Kurds -- rising up into a formidable fighting force capable of defeating the armies of the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq.

The advances the Kurdish forces make against Islamic State militants will only contribute to the fighting experience of the Kurds.


Syrian Kurds "most successful at fighting the Islamic State"

An Associated Press report published at Sep 15, 2014 by Bassem Mroue claims that "Kurdish fighters captured more than a dozen villages from militants of the Islamic State group in heavy fighting across northeastern Syria," according to a Kurdish official.

Mroue wrote that "Kurdish fighters have been repelling the advances of the Islamic State militants for more than a year in northern Syria." The author reports that "the battle-hardened Kurdish force, known by its acronym YPK, has been the most successful at fighting the Islamic State group, which has routed Iraqi and Syrian armed forces."


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet foresaw the rise of "the spirit of the kings of the Medes" so as to allow that people group to rise into a military power capable of attacking and defeating the armies of the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq.

The Medes are the modern-day Kurds, and Jeremiah saw three factions of Medes -- Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz -- aligning into a "great nation." Those ancient nations represent Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian/Turkish areas which were inhabited at one time by the ancient Medes, and which are today occupied by the Kurds, arguably the direct descendants of the Medes.

The Iranian and Iraqi Kurds have stopped fighting each other, and have joined in coalition to form the Kurdistan Regional Government, and rule three northern Iraqi provinces together, representing the Minni and Ashkenaz references. What has been missing from that coalition is the Syrian/Turkish faction of the Medes.

With the success of the Syrian Kurds in fighting the Islamic State, the stage is set for these western Kurds to one day join in some form of cooperation with the Kurds of the KRG. When that happens, the rise of the "spirit of the (three) kings of the Medes" will have been fulfilled.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

"Iraq has proven to be all but unfixable"

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I really like the way Michael Totten writes. He is so prophetic. In his latest article on the ISIS crisis for the New York Daily News, published Sept. 14, 2014, he wrote: "Iraq has proven to be all but unfixable..."

My other favorite prophet, Jeremiah, wrote 2,600 years ago: "Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. 'We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed. Forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies,'" (Jer 51:8-9).

Totten recognizes the possibility of failure: "Supporters of deeper U.S. engagement must acknowledge that American efforts could easily fail." Different words, but same message given by Jeremiah so long ago.

"The entire Middle East has been a disaster for thousands of years..." writes Totten.

Writes Jeremiah: "Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, and object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants... Her cities have become an object of horror, a parched land and a desert, a land in which no man lives and through which no son of man passes..."

In other words, a disaster.


30 countries pledge Iraq support

A September 15, 2014 article at BBC News online reports that thirty countries have pledged to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants "by all means necessary", including "appropriate military assistance."

French President Francois Hollande said the threat posed by IS militants required "a global response."

United States Secretary of State John Kerry, who attended the conference of foreign ministers, has been traveling the globe "drumming up support" for a plan of action unveiled by President Barack Obama.


Jeremiah prophesied that one of the judgments upon the land of Babylon would be the abandonment of the land by those foreign occupiers who had invaded her and attempted to rebuild her after "breaking" her.  After the troop withdrawal of 2011, it seemed this part of the prophecy, and hence the entire prophecy, would be thwarted, since the abandonment was to be announced as a failure of reconstruction:

"We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her, and let us each return to his own country" (Jer 51:9).

But now the coalition of nations is once again engaging in the attempt to salvage Iraq, by fighting the IS insurgency. The prophecy is once again on track, with the burning of the cities the next judgment coming up in the sequence, and then the announced abandonment following that conflagration.

Invasion, capture and execution have occurred. Burning and abandonment up next.

Will the fires begin December 18, 2014?

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Peshmerga forces to unify

In an August 25, 2014 article by Nawzad Mahmoud published online at Kurdish news outlet dateline SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region, Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani was reported to have ordered Peshmerga forces to restructure themselves under a single, unified command.

Problems ranged from shortcomings in clothing and food, but that the main issue was far more serious. Photo: AFP
Peshmerga forces faced shortcomings in clothing and food, but a lack of unified command posed a far more serious problem.  Photo: AFP
Historically, the Peshmerga represents a collection of local militia forces organized by the various political parties, with loyalties to the party leaders rather than to the central government. This reform is a major shift in the command structure, that will allow the Peshmerga to operate as a national military with the president of Kurdistan functioning as the commander in chief.


Jeremiah's prophecy sees the "Medes" -- the modern-day Kurds -- as becoming a "great nation" to the north of the land of Babylon, capable of mounting a serious military offensive that results in the overwhelming defeat of the Iraqi army and a plundering of the "treasures" of Babylon.

With the unification of the Peshmerga forces under a central government command structure, the ability to organize them into a serious military threat becomes much more plausible. Will this lead to the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy in our time?

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Obama sending 350 more military personnel to Iraq

An article at from  Sep 2, 2014, dateline  WASHINGTON, reports that U.S. president Barack Obama is sending 350 more military personnel to Iraq, presumably to help protect U.S. facilities and already deployed personnel in Baghdad, citing a White House release Tuesday night.

The White House claimed the additional deployment will "provide a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad."

This brings the number of troops recently sent to Iraq to 820, in addition to the diplomatic security forces already in place, according to Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.


Jeremiah's prophecy foresee's the occupying invaders abandoning the nation of the Chaldeans in frustration after having "broken" her, attempting to "heal" her, but then giving up and announcing a withdrawal, "each to his own country," following an outbreak of fires in the "cities" and all her "environs" which cause the nations to become "exhausted" with their reconstruction efforts, leaving the land of Babylon to her "judgment."

After the troop withdrawal of 2011, it seemed this part of the prophecy would no longer be possible, as the foreign presence of the invaders was only diplomatic, security and private contractors. But now the U.S. has returned troops to the land, in an attempt to keep the nation sovereign and secure, putting back into place a presence that can be withdrawn -- "forsake her, each to his own country" -- in fulfillment of the Jeremiah prophecy.

Will the fires break out, and the leaders of the foreign forces within Iraq announce they are abandoning her out of frustration at the inability to heal her? Will the next two judgments -- fire and abandonment -- be coming soon?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Australia to join international operation to supply weapons to Kurdish fighters

The Telegraph  World News

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, says Australia will provide assistance to the Peshmerga to stem the advance of Isil
raqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a recoilless rifle towards Islamic State (IS) positions during heavy clashes in Tuz Khurmatu in Salaheddin province about  88 kilometres (55 miles) south of Kirkuk
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters fire a recoiless rifle towards Islamic State (IS) positions during heavy clashes in Tuz Khurmatu (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY)

By Flynn Murphy  01 Sep 2014

Australia's air force will join an international operation to supply weapons to Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq over the next few days.

The weapons, which reportedly include rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, are intended to aid the Peshmerga fighters of the troubled nation's north as they battle to stem the advance of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants.


The coalition of nations now supplying the Kurds with weapons and ammunition to battle against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq grows to include the central government of Iraq, the United States, Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Iran... and now Australia.

At some point, it would seem the Peshmerga militia of the Kurdistan Regional Government will have become a substantial and well-equipped army.

Just as foreseen by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet. A "great nation" to the north of the "land of Babylon" capable of drawing up "battle lines" against her, attacking and defeating her, and then plundering her "treasures."

Will this massive arms infusion lead to the Kurds developing into the mighty fighting force able to fulfill Jeremiah's prophecy?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Iran speeds weapons deliveries to peshmerga forces

An article at by James Rosen published August 27, 2014 reveals that Iran has "begun arming the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq" in support of the KRG peshmerga forces pushing back the Islamic State advances.

The Islamic State fighters have "seized large swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, and recently came close to overrunning Erbil, the capital of the KRG in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region," according to the article.

"We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition," KRG President Massoud Barzani said during an appearance in Erbil on Tuesday with Iran's foreign minister.
"The State Department regards the development with apprehension," according to the FoxNews report.


A similar article at TIME suggests that, with the Iranian support, "it looks as if (the Kurds) will come out of the conflict better armed, with stronger international influence and recognition than before."


The Iraq central government, the U.S., the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and now (it is revealed that) even Iran is arming the Kurds.  At some point, the Kurds are going to be awash in the latest weapons and bulging at the seams with ammunition.

Which makes the Jeremiah 50 - 51 prophecy that the nation to the north of the land of the Chaldeans will draw up battle lines against her, defeat her and plunder her, that much more plausible.


ISIS burn oil wells as Kurds attack

An August 28, 2014 article at Lebanon's Middle East news site relays an Agence France Presse report from Kirkuk that "retreating jihadists set three wells ablaze at a northern Iraq oil field Thursday as they battled Kurdish forces who launched a major attack nearby," citing officials.
Peshmerga fighters stand on a vehicle with a Kurdish flag as they guard Mosul Dam in northern Iraq August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)
U.S. airstrikes and international shipments of arms have "helped the Kurds claw back some ground" captured by a June offensive by radical Islamic jihadists in northern Iraq," according to the report.


Jeremiah decreed that the cities of Iraq would be set on fire as one of nine judgments on the land of Babylon. Will the counter-offensive by Kurdish forces ignite the fires?


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Why control of a terrifying dam in Iraq is life or death for half million people"

"Why Control of a Terrifying Dam in Iraq is Life or Death for Half Million People" is the headline of an article at from August 7, 2014 by Lee Ferran and Mazin Faiq. The authors refer to the Islamic State take over of the Mosul Dam on the Tigris a few weeks ago, later re-taken by Kurdish Peshmerga forces with U.S. air support.

The article points out the critical question such control poses for "the millions of Iraqis who live downstream of the Mosul Dam all the way down the Tigris to Baghdad, because if the dam (is) taken over, ISIS would be in control of what effectively could be a major weapon of mass destruction -- one that the U.S. military said in 2006 was, without the help of brutal jihadists, already 'the most dangerous dam in the world.'"

The authors cite the inherent danger the dam poses, even without a rebel act -- "It wouldn't even have to be sabotaged to fail -- if an extremist group took control and wanted the dam to break, they may be able to simply do nothing."

The problem is that the "gargantuan dam, built in the mid-1980s, was constructed on 'a foundation of soluble soils that are continuously dissolving, resulting in the formation of cavities and voids underground that place the dam at risk for failure,'" as the article quotes from an urgent letter sent from David Petraeus, then commanding general of the U.S. Army, and Ryan Crocker, then U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2007.

PHOTO: Islamic State Flag at Mosul Dam
PHOTO: Islamic State flag at Mosul Dam
Ferran and Faiq describe how the dam must be constantly reinforced by engineers "continously pumping in literally tons of grout" so as to fill in the holes and keep the dam "upright."
The authors cite U.S. experts, who say any failure of the dam could be "catastrophic." They refer to a 2011 report written by a USACE official and published in Water Power magazine that estimated failure "could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths."


One of the most devastating judgments pronounced by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet on the "land of Babylon" is the rising of "tumultuous waves" of the "sea" -- a euphemism for the Euphrates/Tigris river system -- which overwhelm the land of Babylon.  Following the flood event, the rivers are "dried up" in a drought so severe that the land becomes literally uninhabitable, and utter desolation is the final outcome of the judgments, so that the land remains a "horror" among the nations, a perpetual sign of the judgment of God on a people who had struck at Zion once Israel was back in the land for the final time.

This article drives home the point like a ton of bricks that just such a scenario of a major flood event that causes incredible devastation in the "land of Babylon" could very well occur, and that without extraordinary and constant measures, WILL occur, just as decreed by Jeremiah.

But first the fires burn the cities, then the announced abandonment of the land by the reconstructionists, and then a war with and defeat by the "Medes" -- the modern-day Kurds.

And then the flood.

When Babylon is burning, know that the flood will come. No one can stop it. Iraq is Babylon of Jeremiah 50 - 51.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Kurdistan oil pipeline export capacity to double

A article by Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun from August 19, 2014 claims that "the capacity of Iraqi Kurdistan's independent oil pipeline will almost double to at least 200,000 barrels per day by the end of this month," citing industry sources and officials.

The pipeline runs to Turkey's Mediterranean export terminal at Ceyhan. According to the article, the Kurds have "managed to load seven export cargoes from Ceyhan," citing Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz.

The KRG has said it plans to "increase oil sales to around 1 million bpd by the end of 2015, which could give it enough economic clout to speed a move to independence" claims the article.


Jeremiah's prophecy sees the Medes -- today's Kurds -- as becoming a "great nation" to the north of the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq. Will this burgeoning oil export capacity help the Kurds achieve this "great nation" status seen by Jeremiah? 


Kurdish rivals unite to fight Islamic State

An article at from August 16, 2014 by Wladimir van Wilgenburg asserts that, despite historic struggle for leadership over "approximately 30 million stateless Kurds", Kurds of Turkey and Syria represented by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and Kurds from Iraq's Kurdish region, represented by KRG President Massoud Barzani, have joined together to fight a common enemy, the Islamic State.

Barzani is quoted as saying, "We are brothers. They (the Islamic State fighters) are the enemy of the people of Kurdistan. We have one destiny."

The aligning of the PKK with the Kurdistan Regional Government peshmerga militia poses potential strain in Kurdish relations with Turkey, as that nation has fought a decades-long war with PKK rebels. Turkey, the United States and the European Union consider the group as a "terrorist organization" according to the article.


Jeremiah's prophecy sees the rise of the "kings of the Medes" -- modern-day Kurds -- from three regions: "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz."  Minni is a designation of the region of the ancient Mannaeans in today's northwestern Iran, and Ashkenaz is associated with the region of the Adiabenes whose capital was Arbil, today's Erbil in northeastern Iraq. Both tribes were conquered and assimilated by the Medes, who are today's Kurds.  Today, the Kurds of Iraq and Iran have formed a unity government that rules the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.

Ararat is an ancient designation for eastern Turkey and northeastern-most Syria, the home of the Syrian/Turkish Kurds.

If these Syrian/Turkish Kurds join in some kind of alliance with the Iranian/Iraqi Kurds of Kurdistan, the stage will be set for the three nations of the Medes -- Ararat, Minni and Askenaz -- to form into a "great nation of the north", capable of drawing up "battle lines" against "the land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq -- so as to defeat her in battle and plunder her treasures.

The "uniting" of these former rival Kurds is beginning to fulfill this aspect of Jeremiah's prophecy.

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Militants kill at least 46 in Iraq mosque

An Associated Press article at published August 22, 2014 from Baghdad reported that militants killed at least 46 people and wounded over 50 at a Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village in Diyala province, about 75 miles northeast of Baghdad on Friday.

The report claims a suicide bomber rushed into the mosque during weekly prayers and detonated his explosives before gunmen rushed in and began shooting worshippers.


Jeremiah the prophet decreed that the cities of Babylon would be set on fire as one of the judgments of doom on the land. Will these latest attacks by the Islamic State jihadists light those fires?

Invasion, capture, execution. Those have happened in sequence. Burning and announced abandonment in failure at reconstruction comes next.

Are we on the verge of Babylon burning?


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Italy to arm Kurdish forces

In an Associated Press article at CBC News | World posted August 20, 2014, it is reported that Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said that Italy intends to supply "light, portable arms for the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling ISIS."

The article states that the "ISIS blitz has forced some 1.5 million people to flee their homes since June, while thousands more have died, prompting the UN to declare its highest level of emergency last week."

According to the release, the gains made by the militants "have brought U.S. forces back into the conflict for the first time since American troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011."

The United States military began carrying out "dozens of airstrikes in Iraq" on August 8th.


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet saw the rise of the Medes into a military power capable of defeating the army of the land of Babylon. The Medes are the modern-day Kurds, and Iraq itself is the modern manifestation of the "land of Babylon" -- the "land of the Chaldeans."

The Kurds of Kurdistan are now being armed by the Iraq central government, France, the United States, the UK, Canada, Germany and now Italy.

If this build up continues, the Kurds will find themselves strengthened into one of the region's most formidable fighting forces, fulfilling one of the key elements of Jeremiah's 2,600-year-old prophecy.


Mosul "purged of Christians"

An article by Benjamin Hall at from August 19, 2014 describes the escape of thousands of Christians from Mosul and Qaraqosh in northern Iraq after Islamic State jihadists overran those towns and demanded Christians "convert to Islam or die."

74-year-old Munira Aziz, her hip broken and her voice a raspy whisper, described the attack on her home in Mosul: "We heard the gunshots outside our door, and knew the terrorists were killing Christians... We cowered inside for two days, then knew we had to leave."

Hall recites how Mosul, a home to Christians for two millennia, has now been purged of them. Endless Islamic State shelling left their neighborhoods demolished.

Most Christian refugees escaped to Kurdistan, where they found safety in Erbil or Sulemaniya, but had little but their "lives and faith."

According to Hall, Iraqi Christians' hopes "now lie with the Kurdish Peshmerga" which is fighting the Islamic State jihadists.


Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon warns the people of God to "flee from the midst of Babylon" so as to escape the destruction and judgment coming upon her.  While the refugees may consider their flight to be a persecution upon them, from the prophecy's perspective, they have been saved from greater calamity, the destruction of the "land of the Chaldeans" through burning, abandonment, further war with the "Medes" (Kurds), a catastrophic flood event and resulting drought that leaves the entire land desolate and uninhabitable.

Kurdistan has become a safe haven for Christians, and the Kurds have become God's chosen war machine to bring upon the land of Babylon God's vengeance, according to the prophecy of Jeremiah. 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The New York Times: US should recognize all Kurds as allies

In an opinion piece by Aliza Marcus and Andrew Apostolou in The New York Times from August 18, 2014, the authors assert that President Obama should "rethink America's policy toward Kurdish nationalism, and recognize the Kurds, and not only Iraqi ones, are his main ally against ISIS."

Marcus and Apostolou claim the current borders are obsolete, and that Kurds from not only Iraq's Kurdistan region are engaged in the fight against the Islamic State insurgents, but also Kurds from Syria and Turkey. Alone, the Iraqi Kurds will be unable to deliver a victory, but by providing assistance also to Syrian and Turkish Kurds in their fight against ISIS, victory over the radical Islamic militants may be much more attainable.


Jeremiah foresaw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" and the formation of a horde of great peoples into a "nation of the north" capable of "draw(ing) up battle lines" against the land of Babylon, engaging it in war, defeating its armies and plundering its treasures.

The Medes are known today as the Kurds of Kurdistan. Jeremiah saw three regions of Medes joining into this new nation: "Ararat, Minni and Askenaz." Minni and Ashkenaz would be better translated as the Mannaeans and the Adiabenes, references to the lands of the ancient tribes preceding and overrun by the Medes. These ancient tribes lived in and ruled over what is now westernmost Iran south of Lake Urmia, with a capital at Izirtu (Zirta), and northeasternmost Iraq, or Upper Mesopotamia, with a capital in Arbil (Erbil), areas now inhabited primarily by Kurds.

Iranian and Iraqi Kurds had until just two decades ago been at odds with each other, even engaged in tribal warfare. That changed with Saddam Hussein's campaign of terror and genocide on the Kurds, precipitating the two factions joining forces and political strategies to resist the dictator's attacks. The two have since joined to co-rule the democratically-inclined and capitalistic-leaning Kurdistan Regional Government, a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, that may soon declare its independence from the Iraqi central government.

Ararat refers to the region of eastern Turkey and northeastern Syria, where the Kurds have been led by a completely different political force, will and goal from their eastern brethren. Many of these Kurds align with the political and insurrectionist leanings of the Marxist Kurd rebel Abdullah Ocalan, now a prisoner of Turkey.

With the conflict raging today, the threat of the Islamic State militants spread across Syria and into Iraq, the "Ararat" Kurds may find themselves thrust into circumstances where they cannot avoid joining in some sort of alliance with the "Minni" and "Ashkenaz" -- the Iranian and Iraqi -- Kurds.

If this alliance coalesces, the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah that these three nations will join into a "great nation" of the north will have occurred, and the stage set for an Iraqi-Median war in which the Medes defeat and plunder the land of Babylon in a God-decreed judgment.

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Retaking of dam prevented a "calamity"

In an NBC News article at this morning, August 19, 2014, Bill Neely writes that Kurdish soldiers who drove ISIS fighters from "Iraq's most important dam" thanked the U.S. for helping dislodge jihadist fighters. U.S. warplanes bombarded ISIS positions on Tuesday, allowing the Kurds to retake the dam that supplies power and water to millions.

Kurdish intelligence chief Masrour Barzani described the dam as a "nuclear weapon," and said retaking it had prevented a calamity.  In the video report at the NBC News website, Bill Neely showed improvised explosive devices the Islamic jihadists had planted around the dam.

"If that dam had breached, it could have proved catastrophic," said U.S. President Barack Obama. "There was a fear they might have blown it up, sending a tsunami down on Baghdad and the cities of Iraq," reported Neely.


Jeremiah's prophecy describes the cities of Babylon being overwhelmed by "tumultuous waves" -- a river "tsunami" -- as one of nine judgments that strike the land. This NBC report, reporter Bill Neely, the Kurdish government and the president of the United States all concur that if the Mosul dam were to breach, just such a calamitous flood event could be a very real possibility.

Could the Euphrates' Ataturk dam in Turkey also pose such a danger? The damage from its breaching would be even more catastrophic.

Invasion, capture, execution, burning, abandonment, war, plunder, flood, drought -- utter desolation and horror. These are the nine judgments of doom decreed by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet upon the land of the Chaldeans, as a vengeance for Zion by the God of Israel.

Invasion, capture and execution have occurred.  Burning and abandonment are up next. War, plunder, flood and drought will complete the desolation.

Will all these judgments occur in our time? Are we seeing the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy today?


Monday, August 18, 2014

Intensified U.S. bombing in Iraq appears to give Kurds boost at dam  August 17, 2014
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga
Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Bashiqa, northest of Mosul, on Saturday. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye /AFP/Getty Images)

Kurdish Iraqi fighters took back much of a strategic dam in northern Iraq as the United States stepped up its bombardment of Islamic militant positions in the region, Kurdish officials said Sunday. [...]

Kurds on Sunday also took back several towns and villages from the militants, including Tel Skuf, according to news reports in Iraq. [...]

Kurdish fighters, who retreated this month in the face of the extremist advance, have said they are outgunned by the Islamic State fighters. Kurdish authorities have requested additional arms, including heavy weapons, from the United States and Europe.



New US airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Aug 18, 2014
By ROBERT BURNS AP  National Security Writer
Associated Press
The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster.

A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, said Monday the U.S. had no indication of the dam's imminent failure, but the airstrikes were part of a broader U.S. mission to help protect Iraq's critical infrastructure. The dam was captured by the Islamic State group earlier this month.


Jeremiah prophesied that the "sea" -- a euphemism for the Euphrates River -- would send its "tumultuous waves" over the cities of the land of Babylon in a cataclysmic disaster as one of the nine judgments on the land of the Chaldeans.  This devastating flood event would be followed by a "drought on (Babylon's) waters" so that they would be "dried up", making the land completely uninhabitable and desolate.

Perhaps the events today are a harbinger for that coming disaster. But first, the cities must burn, the nation abandoned by the occupying reconstructionists as an announced dismal failure, and then a war between the Chaldeans and the Medes, today's Iraqis and Kurds of Kurdistan.

Following a defeat at the the hands of the Kurds, and subsequent plundering of its treasures, Babylon will then suffer the flood, and the drought, leading to utter desolation, a horror among the nations.

Is the fear that the dams could be sabotaged a sign that just such a disaster could really happen? Could Jeremiah's flood be fulfilled in our time?


Kurds advance in retaking Mosul dam

CBS/AP  August 17, 2014
ERBIL, Iraq -- An Iraqi security official says Kurdish forces have taken over parts of the country's largest dam, which was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria extremist group earlier this month.

Kurdish officials say that peshmerga forces backed by Iraqi and U.S. warplanes started the operation to retake Mosul Dam early Sunday.



Friday, August 15, 2014

Canada and Germany to aid Kurds

A The Canadian Press article at by Murray Brewster published today, August 15, 2014, dateline OTTAWA, asserts that Canada will begin shuttling weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help defend against the "barbarous attacks" of radical jihadists with the Islamic State insurgency.

According to the article, at least "one defence analyst says Canada should be prepared to follow Britian's lead" by dispatching Chinook helicopters to help allied nations deliver relief supplies.

Brewster also asserts that "Germany is also preparing to send military aid."


There seems to be a swelling consensus to offer military aid to Kurdistan now, in their fight against the Islamic State.

If IS conquers Baghdad, Iraq will become the Islamic State, and Kurdistan will find it is the neighbor to the north of a radicalized, brutal, militant, terror nation.

In that case, the war between the Medes and the Chaldeans that Jeremiah prophesied will be a war between Kurdistan and the vicious Islamic State of Iraq.

The Medes win. And then plunder.

Will the military arming of the Kurds by the allied nations today help to bring this victory about?

First, though, we must see the burning of the cities of Babylon, then an announced abandonment of Babylon by the occupying reconstructionists. When those two events occur, we have really, truly conclusive proof that the Jeremiah prophecy of doom on Babylon is occurring here in our time, leading to the utter desolation of that land.


Britain prepared to arm Kurdish forces

An article by Steven Swinford, Ruth Sherlock and Carol Malouf at The Telegraph published August 14, 2014 announces that British Prime Minister David Cameron is "ready to supply arms (to the Kurds) in a significant escalation of Britain's involvement in the (Iraqi) conflict."


This brings to four the number of entities that have pledged military aid to the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State insurgents: Iraq's central government, the United States, France and now the United Kingdom.

With this infusion of military hardware, ammunition and support, the scenario of the empowerment of the "Medes" -- modern-day Kurds -- into a force capable of defeating the forces of the "land of the Chaldeans" -- modern-day Iraq -- becomes less "ridiculous", as one anonymous comment poster suggested it was back in November 2006, when I first lofted the notion that the Kurds would one day be strong enough to defeat the Iraqi army in battle.


US hopeful as al-Maliki steps down

Iraq's new prime minister-designate vows to fight corruption, terrorism

In an article at published today, August 15, 2014, Fox News reporters say there is "relief in Iraq and among Western leaders... as a new prime minister-designate vowed to unite the Iraqi people, and fight corruption and Sunni militants who have overrun large parts of the country."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he would not seek a third term, making room for new leader Haider al-Abadi. The decision gives hope to U.S. officials that Iraq will now be able to move towards a more united front against Islamic State extremists, who have conquered about a quarter of the country.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is quoted in the article as saying the move "sets the stage for a historic and peaceful transition of power in Iraq."


I am skeptical of the optimism expressed by Kerry.  So far, every major event that has occurred in Iraq since the original 1993 Gulf War invasion by U.S. forces has coincided with the sequential judgments on the "land of Babylon" decreed by the prophet Jeremiah in chapters 50 and 51 of his book in the Hebrew bible.

The judgments and decrees fulfilled thus far:

The judgments come when Israel has been "(brought) back to his pasture" (Jer 50:19)
      -  Israel became a nation once again in 1948 after almost 1,900 years of exile

The "report" of coming "violence" will come in one year, and then another report in another year, and then "violence will be in the land" (Jer 51:46)
      -  The first Gulf War did not result in invasion of Iraq itself, but then ten years later, the second Gulf War resulted in invasion of the land of Iraq itself

An "outcry is heard among the nations" at the shout "Babylon to be seized!" (Jer 50:46)
      -  The largest expression ever seen of mass anti-war protest against the announcement of the intent to invade Iraq breaks out world-wide

Invasion by "a great nation and many kings" (Jer 50:41)
      -  US-led invasion by the "Coalition of the Willing"

The "mighty men of Babylon" cease fighting and hide (Jer 51:30)
      -  Saddam's armies gave little resistance and many of them threw down their weapons and melted into the civilian population

The invaders are cruel and have no mercy (Jer 50:42)
      -  Abu Graib tortures

The king of Babylon has heard the report of them and distress grips him (Jer 50:43; 51:31)
      -  Saddam Hussein cried when he was told Baghdad was captured

Capture of the whole land (Jer 50:24; 51:41)
      - The invasion results in a complete capture of the whole nation, culminating in the capture of dictator Saddam Hussein

The "noise of battle in the land" and "great destruction" (Jer 50:22)
      -  Critics say the U.S.-led invasion "destroyed" Iraq

Punishment of the "Arrogant One" with no one to support him (Jer 50:32)
      -  The execution of the "arrogant" Saddam Hussein while witnesses deride and mock him

There is a sound of fugitives and refugees in the land (Jer 50:28)
      -  Mass exodus of refugees continuing even to this day

"I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon to devastate her land" (Jer 51:2)
      -  Islamic State militants are wrecking havoc and destruction all over Iraq

There is a call to God's "people" to come out of her (Jer 51:45)
      -  Jews have all left Iraq, and now Christians are fleeing Iraq in droves in the face of militant Islamic jihadist threats


"I will set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs" (Jer 50:32; 51:58)
      -  The cities of Babylon will be set on fire

The occupiers abandon her after a failed attempt at reconstruction (Jer 51:8-9)
      -  With the U.S. back in Iraq with military advisers and troops to protect "U.S. personnel" and interests, the scenario exists for an announced abandonment of Iraq as a failed attempt to "heal her"

"A horde of great peoples from the land of the north [the Medes] draw up their battle lines against her and take her captive" (Jer 50:9; 51:11,14,27,28)
      -  The Kurds, modern-day Medes, are growing more powerful economically and militarily in a stunning transformation; they will invade and defeat Iraq

"A sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered!" (Jer 50:10,37)
      -  The nation from the north will plunder Babylon's "treasures"

A major flood event devastates the land (Jer 51:42)
       -  The dams on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers are potentially dangerous, both in potential collapse or as targets of sabotage

"A drought on her waters, and they are dried up!" (Jer 50:38; 51:36)
      -  After the flood event, the rivers will be dried up, and the land will be unable to sustain life

"And it will never again be inhabited from generation to generation" (Jer 50:39)
     -  Because of the wars, flood, and perpetual drought, no one shall be able to live there ever again

Complete desolation.  This is the judgment of the LORD in the land of Babylon according to Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet, at the time Israel is back in its promised land.

Is the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy coming true in our time?  Are we witnessing prophecy being fulfilled? Will the cities of the "land of the Chaldeans" soon be burning?

Is Babylon burning, Jeremiah?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

France to join US in arming Kurds

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MME and agencies, Wednesday 13 August 2014

France has been pushing the European Union to meet for several days to coordinate a European response to the crisis in Iraq
Iraqi children from the Yazidi community wave to Kurdish Peshmerga forces near Dohuk after they fled their hometown which was attacked by Islamic State militants (AFP)

France will join the US in sending weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic militants in Iraq, President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday.

"In order to respond to the urgent need expressed by the Kurdistan regional authorities, the president has decided, in agreement with Baghdad, to deliver arms in the coming hours," Hollande's office said in a statement.


In a 13 August 2014 blog post found at The New Statesman on line, George Eaton asks the question, "Will the UK follow France and arm the Kurds?" READ THE POST...

Jeremiah saw the spirit of the kings of the Medes rise up so as to be capable of drawing up battle lines against the land of the Chaldeans, invade, defeat and plunder her treasures. The Kurds are the modern-day "Medes", and with the coalition of powers now arming them against the Islamic State militants, they may be on their way to becoming the "great nation out of the north" capable of such military achievement.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

US to directly arm Kurdish peshmerga forces in bid to thwart ISIS offensive

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Monday 11 August 2014 | Spencer Ackerman in New York

Peshmerga Iraq
Several administrations have refrained from arming the peshmerga due to concerns about reprisals from Saddam Hussein and his successors. PHOTO: Anadolu Agency/Getty

The Obama administration has announced it will arm the militia forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, to prevent the fall of the final bastion of pro-US territory in Iraq.

The weaponry is said to be light arms and ammunition [...]

US officials say they are not currently considering providing Kurdish forces... with missiles, armored vehicles or helicopters. [...]

The idea of arming the Kurds has been the subject of weeks of internal deliberation and official silences by president Barack Obama's foreign policy advisers. It is a fateful step in Iraq's current crisis [...]

The danger is that arming the peshmerga will facilitate a permanent fragmentation of Iraq, something the Kurds consider a national aspiration [...]


Jeremiah prophesied the rise of the Medes -- modern-day Kurds -- into a great nation capable of attacking and defeating the "land of Babylon" -- modern-day Iraq. For the last ten years, this scenario seemed preposterous. Are we now seeing the military empowerment of Kurdistan, brought about by the nation with the most powerful military on earth?


Iraq arms Kurds against ISIS

 | by Missy Ryan  posted: 08/08/2014  updated: 08/09/2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The Iraqi government provided a planeload of ammunition to Peshmerga fighters from Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region on Friday, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented act of military cooperation between Kurdish and Iraqi forces brought on by an acute militant threat.


Jeremiah foresaw the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" -- a people group now known by the name "Kurd" -- so as to become a "great nation" to the "north" of the "land of the Chaldeans", capable of "draw(ing) up battle lines" against "Babylon", attacking her, defeating her army, and "plunder(ing) her treasures."

For centuries, if not millennia, the Kurds were an oppressed, poverty-striken people who did not even have a country to call their own. Only in the last decade, since the invasion of Iraq by the coalition of nations led by the United States, have the Kurds been able to build a nation-state. But since that time, an amazing transformation has taken place, with oil-wealth and a western mentality driving the progress and building of the Kurdistan region, an entity on the verge of independence.

Now Babylon -- Iraq itself -- is helping to arm the very nation that will one day, should Jeremiah's prophecy come true in out time, overwhelm and defeat her. Perhaps the Iraq of that time will not be run by al-Maliki, but by radical Islamic jihadists bent on attacking and destroying their neighbors, including Kurdistan.

Jeremiah saw the Medes rise as a great military power, capable of defeating the Chaldeans. Are we witnessing that rise now, in our time?  Will the Peshmerga become a formidable modern fighting army?


Monday, August 11, 2014

Archbishop Dawod calls on UK to open country's doors to Iraqi Christians

In an article at published Friday 8 August, 2014, authors Sam Jones and Owen Bowcott cite Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod of the Syriac Orthodox church in the UK as urging the UK government to "open the country's doors to those fleeing the violence" in Iraq, especially for Iraqi Christians, who are being targeted by ISIS terrorists.

"We are dying," he said. "The British government needs to help people and give them asylum. If they stay (there), they will be killed."

According to the article, his pleas were echoed by Patriarch Louis Sako, the Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, who said that about 100,000 Christians had abandoned their villages in the Nineveh plains earlier this week after ISIS launched mortar attacks.

"[It is] an exodus, a real via crucis (lit. 'Way of the the Cross' -- a lengthy and distressing procedure); Christians are walking on foot in Iraq's searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities... They are facing a human catastrophe..." said Sako in a statement to the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Patriarch Louis Sako
The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, Patriarch Louis Sako, says Iraqi Christians face a 'human catastrophe'

Save the Children described the speed of the displacement caused by the ISIS advance as unprecedented, adding that thousands of families had entered the Kurdistan region from Qaraqosh in the last 48 hours.

According to the charity, 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced in the past two months since the fighting began, placing the humanitarian relief effort under huge pressure.


Jeremiah wrote of this exodus: "There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon..." (Jer 50:28).

Jeremiah expressed a plea for the people of God -- certainly Jews explicitly, but by implicit extension Christians -- to "flee from the midst of Babylon" so as to save ones self from the coming destruction. It is good the leaders are calling for asylum for the Iraqi Christians, but Jeremiah had given ample notice as to when it would have been prudent to prepare and leave:

"'Come forth from her midst, My people, and each of you save yourselves from the fierce anger of the LORD. Now, so your heart does not grow faint, and (so) you (do not have to be) afraid at the report that will be heard in the land -- for the report [of the invasion] will come in one year, and after that another report [of invasion] will come in another year, and (after that) violence will be in the land with ruler against ruler -- therefore behold, days are coming when I will punish the idols (false gods) of Babylon, and her whole land will be put to shame and all her slain will fall in her midst... For the destroyers will come to her from the north,' declares the LORD," (Jer 51:45-48).

There was an invasion -- "violence in the land" -- in 1993.  But then the invasion was cut short, and the land allowed to remain unmolested for ten years. Then, in 2003, another invasion, and this one filled the whole land with "foreigners" who would break it and destroy things.

Now it is 2014, over ten years more, and destruction and violence is in the land. If the "people" of God haven't gotten out yet, they may have waited too long. It has been over 20 years since the first "report."

"You who have (barely) escaped the sword, 'DEPART! DO NOT STAY! Remember the LORD from afar..." (Jer 51:50).


'Vicar of Baghdad' Canon Andrew refuses to leave Iraq

In an article found at  August 7, 2014, originally published at the Huffington Post, Yasmine Hafiz writes that despite threats by ISIS terrorists to kill Christians, Anglican Canon Andrew White, also known as the "Vicar of Baghdad' according to the article, refuses to leave Iraq.

Canon Andrew White

In another article at, by ACNS staff, Canon White is quoted describing how he had baptized a boy several years ago who was found "cut in half" during an attack by Islamic State militants on the Christian town of Qaraqosh in Nineveh province.
"I'm almost in tears because I've just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half," White is quoted as saying in an interview with ACNS. "I baptised his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me -- he was called Andrew."
The Islamic State group captured Qaraqosh overnight Wednesday/Thursday after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces. The boy's family, along with many other townspeople, have now fled to Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, according to the article.
According to, Anglican leaders from countries including Egypt, Wales, Brazil and South Africa have all expressed their dismay at the situation unfolding in Iraq. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, issued a statement on the latest events:
"What we are seeing in Iraq violates brutally people's right to freedom of religion and belief, as set out under Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.... The international community must document human rights abuses being committed in northern Iraq so that future prosecutions can take place... We must continue to cry to God for peace and justice and security throughout the world. Those suffering such appalling treatment in Iraq are especially in my prayers at this time."

Is Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51 simply missing from anglican bibles?
In my narrow, simple-minded brain, if there were a prophecy that explicitly mentioned the "land of the Chaldeans" as being invaded by a coalition of forces from the remote parts of the earth, as being captured by those forces, who are described as "without mercy," and then that happens in the land of the Chaldeans, and then if the prophecy goes on to say the king, called an "arrogant one", will be punished with no one to support him, and then the dictator, who is arrogant even in the face of capital charges, is hanged and the witnesses dance around his body mocking him, and I was actually living in the "land" that was filled with "Chaldeans", and I myself considered myself "Chaldean," and all of those things happened just as the prophecy declared, I myself, in my simple-minded thinking, might just think that there was at least a remote possibility that the prophecy was talking to me.

And if the prophecy declared in no uncertain terms, "FLEE FROM THE LAND OF BABYLON so that you are not caught up in the coming destruction", I myself might just consider that it would be a good time to "FLEE FROM BABLYON."

But that's just me. The good vicar of Baghdad, who says he's not going anywhere, obviously has a better, more reliable source of understanding than the old, dusty Hebrew scriptures.

Here, though, is what the apostle James had to say about teachers: "Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment," (James 3:1).


Iraq: ISIS terrorists killing Christians, beheading children

An article at Friday, 08 August, 2014 by Dave Bohon asserts the "Islamic terrorist group ISIS continues its effort to eradicate the Christian faith in Iraq, as reports come out of the nation's besieged Nineveh province of wholesale executions of believers, including crucifixions and the beheadings of children."

Bohon writes that in July the terrorists overran Mosul, prompting families who had lived there for generations to "flee under threat of death."


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet called to the people of God to "flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her," (Jer 51:6).

Those who did not heed Jeremiah's call are now being caught in the destruction. Their leaders will be held accountable for not sounding the alarm. The book containing the explicit warning to that very people is sitting on their venerated pulpits, unopened, unread.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shock and terror: Islamic State boasts mass executions in Iraq [GRAPHIC]  July 30, 2014

Screenshot from Islamic State video
Screenshot from 36-minute IS video released for the Eid holiday marking the end of Ramadan 

As part of their psychological war to create a medieval-style caliphate, the Islamic State [IS] has released a new shocking video showing scenes of mass executions, warning Iraqi soldiers and others who dare to resist that they will be rounded up and killed.

Screenshot from Islamic State video
The video shows IS fighters sweeping through a town, standing over dozens of terrified Iraqis, and leading soldiers to a pit in the desert and murdering them one by one.

If the IS militants succeed in taking over Iraq from the Maliki government, the land of Babylon will be controlled by men who rule through terror, mayhem and murder, who hate the Zionist state of Israel with every fiber of their being.

The judgments of Jeremiah's prophecy leading to complete desolation of the land of the Chaldeans are brought upon Babylon as a vengeance for the sake of Israel.

"The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction. How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut off and broken! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!... The LORD has opened his armory and has brought forth the weapons of his indignation, for it is a work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans...

"Pile her up like heaps and utterly destroy her. Let nothing be left to her. Put all her young bulls to the sword, let them go down to the slaughter! Woe be upon them, for their day has come, the time of their punishment... I will repay Babyon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil they have done in Zion before your eyes, " (Jer 50:22-27; 51:24).

Invasion, capture, punishment, burning, abandonment, war with the 'Medes', plundering, flood, drought, eventual desolation, an uninhabited wilderness, an object of horror among the nations.

Invasion, capture and punishment are completed. When the cities of Iraq start burning, the rest of the judgments are fated to be completed in their order.

In God's eyes, those Chaldeans left in Iraq as the judgments flood over them, deserve what they get. As this video documents, who can argue?

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Is it time for Rojava and Kurdistan region to unite?

Bashdar Pusho Ismaeel, writing July 27, 2014 from London for, the Kurdish online news outlet, asks the question, "Is it time for Rojava [Syrian Kurdistan] and Kurdistan region to unite against a common enemy?"

Ismaeel describes how the Kurdish People's Protectoin Units (YPG) in northeastern Syria have "engaged in furious battles against IS militiamen across the areas in Syria under Kurdish control", pointing out that the areas are "home to some of Syria's largest oil fields." But now the militants are returning to Syria with "significant booty from their Iraq conquests, including Humvees, tanks and artillery," along with millions of dollars in funds.

With the break out of civil war, Syria Kurds seized the opportunity to announce self-rule across three cantons. Almost immediately, the IS jihadists attacked the Kurds, and have continued the assaults. The victories in Iraq have allowed them to accelerate their attacks.

According to Ismaeel, "there could be no better time for the Kurds to unite and protect the Kurdish population in Syria and also preserve hard-fought Kurdish self-rule."  Ismaeel argues that if Rojava falls to IS, Erbil could be next.


The hebrew prophet Jeremiah predicted the rise of the Medes out of three regions, "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz", becoming a "horde of great nations" out of the north of "the land of the Chaldeans" which would "draw up battle lines" against the land of Babylon, and defeat and plunder her.

Minni and Ashkenaz, better translated Mannaeans and Adiabenes, comprise the regions of the Medes -- now known as the Kurds -- occupying lands associated with northern Iraq and western Iran. The Iraqi and Iranian Kurds have joined together to form the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. Ararat represents the area of eastern Turkey/northeastern Syria. In other words, Rojava, "the land of the sunset" -- western Kurdistan.

If the Syrian / eastern Turkish Kurds unite with the Iraqi/Iranian Kurds, the fulfillment of the rise of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz" will have been accomplished, so as to set up the "land of the north", capable of doing battle with the Iraqis in a future conflict.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The last Christians in Iraq

Lela Gilbert of Fox News writes in an opinion piece published July 22, 2014 at that "frightened Iraqi Christians by the thousands" have fled their ancient Iraqi homeland over the weekend after the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group announced Friday afternoon that local Christians must either "convert to Islam, pay an exorbitant Muslim tax or leave the city."

If they did not comply by noon on Saturday, July 19, there would be "nothing for them but the sword" according to Gilbert's quote of the announcement.

Gilbert writes: "Most of the Nineveh Plain's Christians... had already fled to Erbil and other destinations in Kurdistan before ISIS's recent declaration... now the rest of the refugees -- many of the last Christians in Iraq -- have joined them."

"Many Christians interviewed expressed a sense of utter abandonment and desolation," Gilbert writes, in quoting a report from the New York Times. "They remarked that the sound of church bells mingled with the Muslim calls to prayer... 'would likely never be heard again.'"


How prophetically-fulfilling can one article get? Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the land of Babylon -- modern-day Iraq -- calls on the people of God to "flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, for this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her... (She) will be desolate forever," (Jer 51:6,26).

Almost exactly seven years ago, on July 27, 2007, it was reported in Time magazine that the "last eight Jews of Baghdad" remained in desperate conditions, after hundreds of thousands of Jews left Iraq beginning in 1948, with the founding of Israel. In November 2011, even those last "seven remaining Jews in Baghdad" were in "immediate danger" according to an article at the UK's Daily Mail, as they had been named by WikiLeaks.

And so Jeremiah foretold this event: "'In those days and at that time... the sons of Israel will come... They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten... Wander away from the midst of Babylon and go forth from the land of the Chaldeans... For behold, I am going to arouse and bring up against Babylon a horde of great nations from the land of the north, and they will draw up their battle lines against her... Chaldea will become plunder; all who plunder her will have enough,' declares the LORD," (Jer 50:4-10).