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," (Jer 50:22-27).

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).


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

European Parliament gives tacit nod to Kurdish independence

In an article found at on Kurdish and Kurdistan news by Deniz Serinci, published 17/7/2014, dateline COPENHAGEN, Denmark, the author reports that the "European Parliament gave a tacit nod to Kurdish aspirations of independence on Thursday, when for the first time its motion over the Iraq conflict did not stipulate that the country must stay together."

In the past, resolutions by the EU MPs had always stressed that Iraq's "unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity" were essential for stability in the region.

Serinci's article asserts that the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates "are among states that have assured (Kurdistan Regional Government) officials they would show understanding, should Kurdistan declare independence."

British MP Nadhim Zahawi, according to the article, believes that, since the fall of Mosul and about a third of Iraq to jihadi-led insurgents, Kurds "now occupy a new world, and 'there is no going back.'"


Jeremiah's prophecy foresees a time when the Medes, who are now known as the Kurds of Kurdistan, would rise again as "a great nation" north of the land of the Chaldeans -- modern-day Iraq -- and "draw up their battle lines" against the land of Babylon, and defeat her army and plunder her "treasures."

With Kurdish independence looking more and more like a real possibility, the stage may be set for this next great judgment to occur on the land of Babylon.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Revisiting Kurdistan: 'If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here'

Luke Harding, war correspondent for The Guardian, filed a report 16 July 2014, posted at , detailing the differences he found in a recent visit to Iraq Kurdistan from his last visit in 2003, eleven years ago, just before the US invasion of Iraq.

According to the report, he "finds a self-confident region transformed by oil money."  As Harding writes, "(Kurdistan's) capital, Irbil, is a haven of religious tolerance and relative safety... If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here... What has transformed Kurdistan's fortunes is oil."
New housing in Irbil, 2013
The face of modern Irbil: luxury modern housing developments are transforming the city. Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Passion of Kurdish independence expressed in Helly Luv music video

If you want a glimpse of just how passionate the Kurdish people are about establishing and fighting for their independence, take a look at Kurdish electronic pop artist Helly Luv's music video "Risk it All", posted at youtube:

Although Luv works out of Los Angeles, the video, viewed over 2.5 million times [now 3 million 7-29-14] since its February 2014 release on youtube, was filmed in Irbil, Kurdistan, and reflects, as Luv puts it, "(a) message... that, Kurdish people, we need to risk everything for our dreams and fight for our country."

READ MORE HERE at Radio Free Europe...

Iraqi-born Luv, 25, says she will not be intimidated by death threats from Islamist militants because of her video, but says she will "risk it all" to help push for an independent Kurdistan, according to a Reuters news report found at the Turkish news site .


Kurdistan's female fighters

The BBC published a story 15 July 2014 at describing how the Kurdish Peshmerga security forces have within their ranks elite units of highly trained female fighters.

At a military facility on the outskirts of Sulaimaniya, BBC reporter Shaimaa Khalil met with members of one of these all-female units, as they prepared to go to the frontline of a simmering conflict with Muslim jihadist terrorists from the Islamic State (IS) insurrection in Iraq and Syria.

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Sulaimaniya (July 2014)
The Peshmerga say they are determined to protect Kurdistan and the Kurdish people
The unit commander, Col Nahida Ahmed Rashid, told Khalil the unit was formed in 1996 to "fight loyalists of former President Saddam Hussein", and is made up of several hundred fighters, all volunteers.

"They've been trained with SWAT teams and with the special forces. Some have already fought alongside their male colleagues on the frontline and I'm sending others to Kirkuk soon," Khalil quoted Col Rashid as saying.

Female Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Sulaimaniya (July 2014)
The women will be part of a mission to secure the city of Kirkuk and its surrounding oil fields
"They've taken up arms and gone to battle to protect Kurdistan, but also to say that there's no difference between men and women," Col Rashid says.


Looks like the Kurds are serious about defending their homeland. My guess is any Iraqi soldiers or IS rebels who take on these Peshmerga fighters will be running into the teeth of the tiger.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Is a new day dawning in Iraqi Kurdistan?

Voice of America writer Jeffrey Young reports from IRBIL July 14, 2014 on the amazing transformation of Iraqi Kurdistan since his last visits to the region in 1991, 2004 and 2005. Young writes of the capital city Irbil: "The difference between then and now is astonishing -- a transformation one could not believe a decade ago.  The rough-hewn city of ages past is being overtaken by the glint of glass and bright stainless reaching skyward. It's everywhere one looks."

Young concludes his brief travelogue with this observation: "Atop the city stands the Citadel, a fortress perhaps 4,000 years old. And atop that edifice flies a huge Kurdistan flag, its sun radiating both the warmth of the people here, and their aspirations for a day when the flag will rise above a state of its own."


If Young is correct, that one day soon the Kurds will declare their sovereignty over a nation of their own, the stage will be set for Jeremiah's prophecy to come true in our time: the re-birth of the nation of the "Medes", and their ascendancy over and defeat of the Chaldeans, the modern-day Iraqis.

But first the fires burning the cities of Babylon, and then the abandonment of the pitiful land of the Chaldeans by the occupying reconstructionists in admitted failure to "heal her."  Jeremiah, is Babylon burning yet?


Kurds hope oil boom will fuel prosperous independent future  Luke Harding and Fazel Hawramy in Irbil
The Guardian, Monday 14 July 2014
Kirkuk oil field
The Kirkuk oil fields. Last month Kurdish fighters moved into the predominantly Kurdish city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and other disputed territories, saying they were defending them from Isis. Photograph: Ed Kashi/ Ed Kashi/Corbis

Inside the lobby of Kurdistan's parliament, flanked by guards in traditional baggy trousers, is a giant portrait of Mustafa Barzani. The Barzanis have been fighting for Kurdish independence since the 1880s. They battled the Ottomans, the British and Baghdad. In a colourful life, including exile in Iran and the Soviet Union, Barzani tried to establish a Kurdish state. He died in 1979, in the US. Now, it seems, his moment has finally arrived.
On one floor, technocrats are discussing how to manage Kurdistan's enormous oil wealth. On another, the referendum announced last week by Barzani's son, Massoud, the current president of Iraqi Kurdistan, who asked the parliament to set up a new election commission. The vote – to be held later this year or early next – will determine whether disputed regions taken last month by Kurdish troops should join Kurdistan, and sets the stage for Kurdistan's exit from a crumbling federal Iraq.
"A greater Kurdistan is the dream of every Kurd. But for now we want to set up a state in this country," said Dr Farsat Sofi, an MP from Barzani's dynastic Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). He added: "We never wanted to be in Iraq in the first place. It's been forced upon us." Sofi said the door was closing on agreement with Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister in Baghdad, and his Shia-dominated government. "If he continues like this we will use this right to self-determination," he said.

"Kurdistan's enormous oil wealth."  There was a time when Kurds we're hiding in caves from Saddam Hussein's chemical attacks, scratching out a meager existence. Now they are on the verge of having not only their own country, but one poised to be a major player in the world oil economy.

Wealth. Power. Just the ingredients needed for Jeremiah's prophecy of the "nations" of the "Medes" to come true here in our time.


Get ready for Kurdish independence

The New York Times | The Opinion Pages | by ZALMAY KHALILZAD | July 13, 2014

WASHINGTON -- In the coming weeks, Iraq's leaders must make existential decisions. If they cannot form a unity government led by a new prime minister and motivate Sunni moderates and tribes to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Iraq is likely to disintegrate.

If the central government fails to grant satisfactory concessions to Sunnis and Kurds, the Kurds will push for sovereignty and independence. The Kurds are serious, and the international community must adapt to this emerging reality.


The author of this op-ed piece, Zalmay Khalilzad, is the president of Gryphon Partners, and was the United States ambassador to Iraq from 2005 to 2007. He had worked closely with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, of whom he said, "I know that he will stubbornly resist attempts to replace him." This is why Khalilzad is leaning towards an independent Kurdistan, and recommends the U.S. strengthen its ties with this soon to be sovereign entity, which will "serve American interests down the road."

This emerging independent Kurdistan would fulfill the role of the nation of the "Medes" in Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon, as the Kurds are able to claim direct descent from the Medes.

Khalilzad's article is full of first person insight, and explains the relationship and cause of fracture between the Kurds and the current Iraqi government. It is worth a read.


Iraqi Kurdistan oil output jumps 50% in June

The Wall Street Journal  by SARAH KENT  Jul 11, 2014
The IEA says Iraqi Kurdistan is pumping around 120,000 barrels a day to the Turkish port of Ceyhan via a pipeline. Here, a worker performs checks at the Turkish oil port. Reuters

Oil production from the Kurdistan region of Iraq increased by more than 50% last month, despite violence in the country’s north and as logistical problems at the port of Basra cut exports from the south.
The shifting nature of Iraq’s oil sector reflects political developments in the country. In a bid to gain greater independence, the Kurdistan Regional Government has taken advantage of its relative stability to increase oil exports in the past two months, infuriating Baghdad which claims sovereignty over the country’s natural resources.


Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet saw the nations of the "Medes" - today the people known as Kurds - rising up as a great nation capable of battling and defeating the armies of the Chaldeans, today's Iraqis.

When this blog was begun in 2006, it seemed impossible that the beaten down and victimized Kurds could ever be in a position to attack and defeat the new Iraqi army trained and supplied by the Americans. Yet here today in 2014, we see the Iraqi forces fleeing from ISIS rebels without even engaging them, and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces re-capturing oil fields and Kurdish-populated towns with little resistance.

And now the Kurds control their own oil production, export and revenues from the sale of Kurdish oil, with production skyrocketing.

The Kurds are developing into what Forbes calls a formidable "oil power." It no longer seems so improbable that they could not only defend themselves against Iraqi attack, but could one day overwhelm, defeat and plunder the "land of Babylon", just as Jeremiah prophesied 2,600 years ago.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Kurds seize two oil fields in north

BBC news Middle East  11 July 2014
Soldiers with the Kurdish peshmerga walk at an outpost on the edges of the contested city of Kirkuk on 3 July 2014 in Kirkuk, Iraq.
Kurdish fighters moved into the oil-rich city of Kirkuk last month
Kurdish peshmerga forces seized control of production facilities at the Bai Hassan and Kirkuk oil fields in the north of the country on Friday.
Kurdish MPs have also withdrawn from Iraq's central government.
They did so after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki accused the Kurds of harbouring extremists.
Kurdish forces have moved into areas of north-western Iraq abandoned by the Iraqi army during the advance of Islamist insurgents led by the Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) group over the past month.
The Kurds have since declared plans to hold a referendum on independence in the areas seized, escalating tensions with Iraq's central authorities.

It appears Kurdish power is growing. Will Jeremiah's prophecy of Kurdish dominance over Iraq prove true here in our time?


Rojava: Syria's unknown war

In September of 2013, VICE News crossed the border into Syria's Kurdish region to document the YPG's counteroffensive against the jihadists, who had struck deep into rural Hassakeh in an attempt to surround and capture Ras al-Ayn.
According to the introduction of the documentary video found at, "north-east Syria is one of the most complex and under-reported fronts in the entire Syrian War. Kurdish fighters, affiliated with the PKK, have used the disintegration of Syria to carve out an autonomous state... in Syria's Kurdish heartland..., the region the Kurds call 'Rojava' (sunset)."


This documentary focuses on the western Kurds, and their struggle to hold on to their region of northeastern Syria. Should these Kurds join their eastern brethren, the Iraqi and Iranian Kurds of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, the stage will be set for the three nations of the "Medes" -- Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz, the Syrian/Turkish, Iraqi and Iranian Kurds -- to join as a "great nation of the north", able to wage war with "the land of the Chaldeans" -- today's Iraq -- so as to bring judgment upon them in fulfillment of Jeremiah's 2,600-year-old prophecy.

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Syrian Kurds repel ISIS attack on Kobane

From by MUTLU CIVIROGLU July 8, 2014  SYRIA

The advantage for the Kurds is that the YPG’s superior military capabilities, discipline and large popular support may give it the edge over ISIS in Kobane, Hasakah and elsewhere. Photo: AFP
The advantage for the Kurds is that the YPG’s superior military capabilities, discipline and large popular support may give it the edge over ISIS in Kobane, Hasakah and elsewhere. Photo: AFP

A report at, a Kurdish media outlet, written by Mutlu Civiroglu, claims about 200 fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had been killed in a recent offensive against a Kurdish-held area of northern Syria, according to Kurdish officials.
ISIS forces last Wednesday attacked villages west of Kobane using tanks and other armoured vehicles captured from the Iraqi army in the fall of Mosul in northern Iraq.
Three cantons of northern Syria were declared autonomous by Syrian Kurds last year as ISIS rebels fought with Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime. The Kurds refer to their region as Rojava, which simply means "the West", as in Western Kurdistan. The area is also called Syrian Kurdistan.
Rojava is defended by the People's Protection Units (YPG), local militas recruited by local leaders. 

Jeremiah foresaw three nations of the Medes -- now called Kurds -- as drawing up battle lines against the land of the Chaldeans. After decades of battling each other, the Iranian and Iraqi factions of the Kurds finally consolidated their power under the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and control the northern provinces of Iraq.

What is missing in the scenario is the western Kurds, the Turkish/Syrian Kurds, the "Ararat" Kurds. If they were to join the coalition of Kurds, the three "nations" would then be unified, fulfilling the prophecy.

With the break up of Syria, the stage is set to allow them to join their Kurdish brethren. The KRG has announced support for the Kurds of Rojava.

Will the current fighting in Syrian Kurdistan result in this unification of the nations of the Medes? Are the current events in Iraq/Syria the fulfillment of Jeremiah's 2,600-year-old prophecy?


Friday, July 11, 2014

Erbil ready to help Syrian Kurds

Erbil says is ready to help Syrian Kurds 
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Spokesman stated the region is ready to apply all its capabilities to defend Syrian Kurds.
Releasing a statement, Omid Sabah, said Erbil is ready to help Syrian Kurds against the attacks of the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS).
“We tell all our Kurdish brothers and sisters in western Kurdistan (Syria Kurdistan) that we will use all our capabilities to help and support you and we will do whatever needed,” the statement said.
The statement come at a time that the ISIS attacks on Syria Kurdistan has increased in the recent days, especially on Kobani canton, one of the three cantons Syrian Kurds have established.
Meanwhile Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) military branch Chief Murat Karayilan warned days ago about the situation in Kobani, asking all Kurdish parties to rush to help the canton.

DATE: 2014/07/10


Jeremiah the prophet saw three "nations" of the "Medes" joining together to attack and defeat the army of the Chaldeans: "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz." The Kurds are the descendants of the Medes, and they are scattered over three regions, Anatolia, Iraq and Iran. "Minni" is the land of the Mannaeans, who lived in upper Mesopotamia, today northern Iraq. Ashkenaz would have been better translated as "Adiabenes", an ancient tribe whose capital city was Arbela, today known as Irbil or Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, and the provincial capital of the Kurds who are of Persian or Iranian origin.

The Iraqi and Iranian factions of the Kurds, who once battled each other, are now joined in ruling the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq under the Kurdistan Regional Government. This leaves the western, or "Ararat" Medes, the Kurds of Syria/Turkey, needing to join the others in order to fulfill the prophecy.

Will this help offered to the Syrian Kurds be the mechanism by which the three factions finally join as a great "nation of the north", capable of "draw(ing) up battle lines" as Jeremiah foresaw, to overrun Babylon and defeat their armies?

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Kurds threaten to retaliate against Iraqi forces if attacked

Jamie Dettmer, in an article at Voice of America on July 9, 2014, wrote: "Kurdish leaders cautioned Baghdad they will order their Peshmerga fighters to retaliate if Iraqi security forces launch any strikes on Kurdish-controlled territory."

According to Dettmer, the warning came after the Iraqi military over the weekend shelled Tuz Khurmatu, a town 80 kilometers south of Kirkuk, leaving four people dead, including a 12-year-old child.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters seized Kirkuk and surrounding towns when government forces fled Kirkuk in anticipation of an ISIS militia offensive against the area.


 Iraqi officials claim the air raid was a mistake, and that the strike was meant for a neighboring town occupied by Sunni jihadists. Kurds dismiss the claim that the airstrike was a mistake, and have positioned themselves to be able to defend Tuz Khurmatu from either Sunni militants or the Iraqi army.

"This is the second time in less than a month that the Iraqi air force has targeted Kurdish Peshmarga bases and civilians," said Jabar Yawar, a spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry in Kurdistan.

Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet predicted a war between the "Medes", who are today the Kurds of Kurdistan, and the "land of the Chaldeans", which today would be recognized as the country of Iraq.

With each incident, the fracture between al-Maliki's central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government grows larger, and open conflict becomes more and more likely, fulfilling the 2,600-year-old prophecy.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Maliki attempts to blockade Kurdistan international flights

In an intimidation move reminiscent of the communist blockade of Berlin in the early '60s, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned international airlines to cease their flights in and out of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a July 10, 2014 article by Bestun Kakayi of BasNews, writing from Baghdad.

Writes Kakayi: "According to local Iraqi reports, the government in Baghdad has called on International Airlines like Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways to stop their flights to Kurdistan region as tensions between Baghdad and Erbil mounts due to the current Iraqi crisis."

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
In another July 10, 2014 article at BasNews, from Washington, Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an interview last Saturday with CSPAN, is cited as saying she thought the Kurds were rightly concerned about Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki's policies and failure to form an inclusive government.

"(Maliki) postpone(d) and fail(ed) to come up with the agreement about the allocation of oil revenues, something the Kurds were rightly concerned about," she is quoted as saying, and, according to the article, his failures contributed to the breakdown in dialogue and mistrust between the central Iraqi government and the Kurds of the autonomous Kurdistan region.


Amazingly, rather than focusing his attention on countering the insurgency in his own region, al-Maliki is lashing out at his fellow nationals to the north, the Kurds of Kurdistan region, ensuring the collapse of his tenuous hold on Iraq unity.

This helps to set up the scenario of armed conflict between the two regions, as described by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet. The "spirit of the kings of the Medes", the leadership of the Kurds, will rise to lead the nations of "Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz" -- the three regional factions of the Kurds, Syrian/Turk, Iraqi and Iranian -- into battle with the "land of the Chaldeans", modern-day Iraq.

Whether that battle is between Kurdistan and al-Maliki's government, or between Kurdistan and a re-constituted Iraq under ISIS, remains to be seen. Either way, the "Medes" invade, soundly defeat and plunder the treasures of the land of Babylon, if the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy is coming true here in our time.

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ISIS extremists smash the gravestone of the prophet Jonah

Russian Times online reported July 9, 2014 that ISIS militants in Iraq have been "ruthlessly smashing centuries-old graves to pieces" in the city of Mosul.

Writes RT: "Iraqi authorities, according to the Daily Mail, have confirmed that one of the smashed graves belonged to the Prophet Jonah (Younis in Arabic), who is revered by Muslims and Christians alike and is best known as the main character of the Book of Jonah."


Now it is getting personal. God's prophets speak for God. Jeremiah said God was going to destroy Iraq, cutting it off to utter desolation. ISIS is giving him every reason to complete the destruction. 

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Kurds to boycott cabinet meetings

IN an Associated Press (AP) article posted at July 10, 2014, the author, Qassim Abdul-Zahra of the AP, touches on the "already testy relationship" between Iraq's Kurdish minority and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, reporting that the Kurds have declared their politicians will boycott Cabinet meetings.

In retaliation, authorities in Baghdad suspended all cargo flights to the Kurdish region.

Zahra writes that, while ties between the two parties have "long been strained", the latest Sunni militant offensive has seemingly "altered the power dynamics", with the Kurds having taken advantage of the chaos to "push into disputed territory, including the oil-rich area of Kirkuk, and to move closer to a decades-old dream of independence."

 According to Zahra, those moves have "infuriated" al-Maliki, who accuses the Kurds  of aiding and protecting the Sunni insurgents. In response, Kurdish President Mossad Barzani's office issued a statement saying al-Maliki "has become hysterical and has lost his (mind)."


At this point, no matter which side takes control of Iraq, whether Sunni extremists or al-Maliki, there will be nothing but animosity, mistrust and irreconcilable differences remaining between Iraq and the Kurds of the north.

And so the scenario for the battle, predicted by Jeremiah, between the "Medes" of the north -- the Kurds of Kurdistan -- and the army of the "land of the Chaldeans" -- modern-day Iraq -- seems to be already set.

First the cities burn, then the country is abandoned by the reconstructionists, and then the war. Iraq will be defeated by the Kurds, and the Kurds will plunder her treasures. Then the flood, then the drought, and finally, uninhabitable desolation.

It is decreed by the prophet.


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A good time to start learning Kurdish

An article at the Israeli news site by Zvi Bar'el published Jul 6, 2014 suggests now might be "a good time to start learning Kurdish."

Bar'el describes how, while Iraq is battling Sunni militants, the Kurds of the northern region have been building huge shopping malls, high-rise residential buildings and airports, a "sign of the enormous prosperity that has been sweeping over the Kurdish district since 2003."

Bar'el also describes the tremendous oil wealth under Kurdish lands, and the agreements being fostered between the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and its neighbors, such as Turkey and Israel. However, as Bar'el points out, such independent arrangements have "started a stormy political war with the Iraqi government."


KRG President Massoud Barzani, who rules Kurdish lands with his nephew Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, recently said that a referendum on independence for Kurdistan could occur within a matter of months, stating that, as Bar'el put it, "independence was a natural right of the Kurdish people."

Bar'el notes that Turkey, once vehemently opposed to Kurdish independence, may have gone through a "historic turnabout." Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for the ruling political party in Turkey, stated recently, "If Iraq is divided and it cannot be avoided, they [the Kurds] are our brothers."

In a startling revelation, Bar'el concludes his article by citing the position of the Syrian Kurds: "Salih Muslim Muhammad, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party -- which controls Syria's Kurdish region -- [...] established an unofficial autonomous Kurdish region in Syria..."

While Bar'el doubts Muhammad "will want to unify with the Kurdish region in Iraq", the idea that this could even be a possibility has incredible prophetic implications, as Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the "land of the Chaldeans" sees three "nations" of the "Medes" -- who are today the Kurds of Kurdistan -- rising together to battle the Chaldeans -- modern-day Iraqis.  While Barzani and his former rival Jalal Talabani, who represented the Iraqi and Iranian factions of the Kurds, had set aside their differences to form a coalition government under the unity Kurdistan flag in 2003, the third faction, the western Syrian/Turkish Kurds, the Median nation of "Ararat" mentioned in Jeremiah's prophecy, has yet to join their Kurdish brethren in a call for a unified independent nation.

Could this article by Bar'el be revealing the beginnings of the joining of the three nations of the Medes, the Ararat, Minni (Mannaeans) and Ashkenaz (Adiabenes), the Anatolian, Mesopotamian and Persian arms of the nations of the Kurds?

Is Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon coming true in our time?

If the cities if Iraq burn, and the reconstructionists abandon her in admitted failure and frustration, look for a coming war between whatever is left of Iraq and her neighbor to the north, the coalition nations of the Medes, the Kurds of Greater Kurdistan, the Median factions of Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz -- Anatolian (Syrian/Turkish Kurds), Mesopotamian (Iraqi Kurds) and Persian (Iranian Kurds).

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Egypt's President says Iraqi Kurd's independence would be 'catastrophic' July 6, 2014 Reuters

CAIRO - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday a referendum on the independence of Iraq's Kurdish region would lead to a "catastrophic" break up of the country, which is facing an onslaught by Sunni Islamist militants.


And so Sisi agrees with the prophet Jeremiah, who saw the Medes -- now known as the Kurds -- as drawing up battle lines as a nation to the north against the land of the Chaldeans -- modern-day Iraq -- and soundly defeating them and plundering their "treasures."

If the Kurds declare independence, the stage would certainly be set for this nation of the north, led by the "spirit of the kings of the Medes", to be in place, ready for the coming disaster of war foreseen by Jeremiah as one of nine judgments against "Babylon" leading to complete "desolation."


Baghdad's Sunni Muslims fear repeat of Iraq's darkest days
by Ghazi Balkiz

BAGHDAD - The bodies of the disappeared have started turning up, dumped in local squares. The death threats have, too - knocks on the door and warning to get out of town, or else.

With much of Iraq worried about the scourge of violent Sunni extremists, Sunnis in Baghdad are grappling with a deadly sense of deja vu. [...]

"I am living in a state of horror, I am worried all the time," one terrified Sunni told NBC News. "The situation has gone back to how it was in 2006 to 2007."


"Living in a state of horror..."  Just as Jeremiah saw: 'How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!"

Will the Sunni/Shia strife result in the cities going up in flames? Just as Jeremiah predicted?


Isis destroys mosques
5 July 2014

 Al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul.
Images posted on social media appear to show the destruction of about a dozen places of worship across northern Iraq, in areas recently taken over by extremist militants.

 Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar
Militants also destroyed the Saad bin Aqeel Husseiniya shrine in Tal Afar, approximately 50 km (35 miles) west of Mosul.


Will the destruction of these holy sites in Iraq by ISIS light the fires that will burn the cities of "Babylon" as prophesied by Jeremiah? Will the "high gates [city centers] be set on fire"? Is this the start of Judgment 4, the burning of the cities?


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Kurds may seize the moment to break free
By Avi Asher-Schapiro for National Geographic June 28, 2014

Their centuries-old dream of statehood is coming closer amid the chaos of war.
A photo of Kurdish Peshmerga forces standing guard in Kirkuk.
Kurdish forces stand guard against ISIS fighters in
the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on June 17, 2014.
As Sunni fighters led by the jihadist group ISIS have pressed forward, capturing the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Ramadi and encircling Baghdad, Iraq's Kurds have taken advantage of the chaos by expanding their territory and pushing for greater autonomy.

During the past month Sunni militants have spilled out of Syria, dissolved the Iraq-Syria border, and established an Islamic caliphate that straddles the two countries. The Iraqi army fled in the face of the Sunni advance, but Kurdish militia fighters repelled ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) at their borders. On June 12, Kurdish militias advanced, seizing oil-rich Kirkuk, a city at the edge of Kurdistan that Kurds claim as their own, but which the Baghdad-based government considers beyond Kurdish borders. [...]

Sitting atop an ocean of newly conquered oil fields and emboldened by the breakdown of the Iraqi state, Kurdish President Masoud Barzani declared that the Kurds would not cede their newly conquered territory. "We cannot remain hostages for the unknown … The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future," he said.


This is a great article that points out there are 30 million to 35 million Kurds, a traditionally nomadic people "from the crossroads of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia, united by a common mother tongue..."

Jeremiah the prophet also classifies the Medes, today known  as the Kurds, into three regional groups: Ararat (Urartians) in eastern Turkey, Minni (Manaeans) of northern Iraq, and Ashkenaz (or better, Adiebenes) of northwestern Iraq/westernmost Iran, centered around Irbil, the current capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

These great nations, inspired by the "spirit of the kings of the Medes", would "draw up their battle lines" against the Chaldeans, and then overwhelm them and soundly defeat them, showing no mercy.

With Iraq now overrun by Sunni militants, the regime may soon change hands, and the Kurds, called Medes by Jeremiah, of the three regions of Ararat (Anatolia), Minni (Mesopotamia), and Ashkenaz (Persia), may soon declare independence, setting up a critical conflict between the two forces.

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300 more U.S. troops headed to Iraq

CBS/AP June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday.
The new injection of manpower brings the total number of U.S. personnel sent to Iraq to deal with the recent crisis to approximately 800.
The State Department, meanwhile, announced that it was temporarily moving an unspecified "small number" of embassy staff in Baghdad to U.S. consulates in the northern city of Irbil and the southern city of Basra. This is in addition to some embassy staff who were moved out of Baghdad earlier this month.

Just when we thought we were out, we're back in, although we never really left, as the embassy staff was huge, and American contractors are still there in large numbers, continuing the work of "reconstruction."

It had seemed like the fulfillment of the Jeremiah 50-51 prophecy of doom on Babylon would be derailed with the pull out of all troops, since the fifth judgment is the announced abandonment of the nation in admitted frustration and failure -- "We applied healing to Babylon, but she could not be healed. Forsake her, each to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven...", but with the return of troops, there will continue to be a comprehensive U.S. presence in Iraq for the time being, making the fulfillment of that judgment possible once again here in this current situation.

But first, the cities must burn, as judgment number four. Then the nations become "exhausted" because of the fires, and the resignation that there is no hope to "heal" Babylon.

We await the fires.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is 'foregone conclusion'

Displaced families from the city of Tikrit make their way to Kirkuk June 16, 2014.  REUTERS/ Ako Rasheed
Displaced families from the city of Tikrit make their way to Kirkuk June 16, 2014.

(Reuters) - Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a "foregone conclusion" and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognise a Kurdish state, should it emerge.


Kurds strengthen their positions as ISIS advances on Baghdad  Thursday 26 June 2014
Martin Chulov in Baghdad, and Fazel Hawramy in Irbil

As Iraq's government teeters before Isis insurgents, the Kurds now control the oil hub of Kirkuk – and have national ambitions
kurds kirkuk
Tensions are high in Kirkuk after control of the historic Iraqi city was taken over by the Kurds after the Iraqi army abandoned its positions. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Iraqis in Baghdad and the country's south are already calling the events of the past two weeks "the catastrophe". Not so inhabitants of the would-be Iraqi Kurdish capital of Irbil, where joy is unrestrained and a long-held sense of destiny is ever closer to being realised.
As the central government teeters under the insurgent onslaught, the fate of Irbil appears more assured than ever. Kurdish politicians, in the past not shy to criticise Arab Iraqi leaders, but coy about their national ambitions, are now openly touting "a new reality".
To Kurdish officials and locals alike, a tectonic shift in the balance of power between Iraq's two power bases, and peoples, has taken place. And Kirkuk, the bitterly contested oil hub, is at the epicentre.
Safeen Dizayee, Kurdish regional government (KRG) spokesman, was at pains on Wednesday to highlight the region's resources. "In the governorates under KRG administration, vast quantities of natural resources have been discovered over the last few years – estimates point to more than 45bn barrels of oil and significant quantities of natural gas.
The Kurdistan region has already landed on the global energy map. Regarding the so-called disputed territories, Peshmerga forces have entered these areas after the Iraqi army abandoned their positions. The KRG had and still has an obligation to protect civilians in these areas and to ensure that army bases, cities, and land areas do not fall into the hands of terrorists.
Aref Maroof, 52, a Kirkuk school inspector, said: "I think 85-90% of Kurds want independence. Kurdistan has two options; one is to declare independence without 'separated territories' [disputed territories] in which case it will fail, or to declare independence by including the 'separated territories' in which case the Kurds will face a war with [Nouri al-]Maliki.
"It is in the interest of Kurds (to do so) if the central government and its army is weak. (But) If the KRG assists Iraq ... to rebuild their army, it is like committing suicide."
In Baghdad, a sense of gloom pervades many in government who see little chance of shifting the Kurds from Kirkuk, or even defending their interests while an insurgency and political crisis rages.
"They are getting what they want," said one minister. "While Baghdad burns, and while we all sit back and watch the fire."

Jeremiah predicted the cities of Babylon would burn, the reconstructionists would abandon the land, and then war would break out between the Chaldeans -- the Arab Iraqis -- and the Medes -- the modern-day Kurds. "While Baghdad burns." That may happen most literally. Once it does, the One who has tried to "heal" Babylon will announce he is abandoning her, leaving her to her judgment. Then comes the war, defeat and plunder at the hands of the "kings of the Medes" -- the Kurds. Then a catastrophic flood, drought, and eventual "perpetual desolation."

It is a judgment from God. Flee from the midst of Babylon, so as to escape the coming calamity.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sunni militants advance toward large Iraqi dam | Middle East

The Haditha Dam in 2006, when it was protected by American Marines. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security officials said Wednesday that fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq, raising the possibility of catastrophic damage and flooding.

This would not be the first time that dams have figured in the conflict. In April, when ISIS fighters seized the Falluja Dam, they opened it, flooding crops all the way south to the city of Najaf. The water at one point washed east as well, almost reaching Abu Ghraib, close to Baghdad.


The threat of "catastrophic damage and flooding" figures greatly in Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the land of Babylon, representing the eighth judgment, the most destructive of all nine: "The sea (or broad river) has come up over Babylon; she has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves," Jer 51:42.

Following the catastrophic flood, "(God) shall dry up her sea (or broad river) and make her fountain dry, and Babylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals, an object of horror and hissing, without inhabitants," Jer 51:36-37.

The drought seems to be a consequence of the flood, and the flood and drought result in Babylon's "perpetual desolation," Jer 51:62.

"Thou, O LORD, hast promised concerning this place to cut it off, so that there will be nothing dwelling in it, whether man or beast, but it will be a perpetual desolation."

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Dismemberment of Iraq gives Kurds hope of independence

Excerpts from article by Margaret Evans, CBC News Jun 25, 2014
at CBCnews | World

Kurdish Soldiers
The Kurdish Peshmerga forces have been able to keep ISIS at bay while Iraqi forces melted away in the face of the militant group's advance (Margaret Evans/CBC)
Baghdad's increasing ire over Kurdish plans to export its oil and gas abroad directly led the central government to suspend the Kurdish share of Iraq's national budget in 2013.

It would be an understatement to call it bad timing for Iraq's beleaguered Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to be on the outs with the Kurds given they control the only truly cohesive fighting force in Iraq, the renowned Peshmerga.

At first glance, there would seem to be little incentive for the Kurds to prop up a central government under al-Maliki's control.

The chaos in Iraq and the potential for its dismemberment has opened up a crack through which the Kurds can clearly see their long cherished dream glistening in the distance -- that of an independent Kurdistan.

Said Gareth Stansfield, a professor of Middle East politics at England's University of Exeter, "The Kurdish leaders... (are) being very quiet and they're waiting for everything to fall around them."

Kirkuk is key to the notion of Kurdish independence. The city would give the Kurds the economic independence that they need to pursue their own course.

Last year, Kurdish and Iraqi government troops came close to open clashes after Baghdad moved a special army unit up to Kirkuk. But that unit is no more. Its commanders and soldiers simply melted away two weeks ago like other Iraqi troops in the north when faced with the potential threat of the group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) coming their way.

The Kurds, would-be claimants to the throne of Kirkuk, simply slipped in and took over their abandoned positions.

Kurdish troops have also moved in to other mixed or disputed cities in Iraq proper since the advance of ISIS. The Kurds have taken advantage of the chaos in the rest of the country to expand their borders.

Said Stansfield, "If ISIS and [its allies] are successful (the Kurds) will be facing an enemy that will turn its attentions north very quickly."

"We often hear how good the Kurdistan army is, that they're willing to defend Kurdistan to the death," said Stansfield. "But we haven't seen them fully deployed. We haven't seen them face an opponent as brutal, as well organized, as well funded as ISIS and their (allies) that we see here."


Now we see the battle lines drawing between the "kings of the Medes" -- the leadership of the modern day Kurds -- and a re-constituted and extremely militant Iraq -- the land of the Chaldeans, the Babylon of Jeremiah's prophecy:

"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; from there she will be taken captive... Chaldea will become plunder... Because you are glad, because you are jubilant, O you who pillage my heritage, because you skip about like a threshing heifer and neigh like stallions, your mother will be greatly ashamed, she who gave you birth will be humiliated. Behold, she will be the least of the nations, a wilderness, a parched land and a desert..." Jer 50:9-12

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Nouri al-Maliki rejects John Kerry's call for unity government June 25, 2014

Iraq's Shiite prime minister appeared Wednesday to reject John Kerry’s call for an emergency unity government to help tackle the Sunni insurgency that has overrun key cities. Nouri al-Maliki rejected forming a "national salvation" government, which he said would go against the results of parliamentary elections held on April 30 in which his coalition won the most seats, The Associated Press reported.
Kerry met Maliki on Iraq on Monday, calling on him to form a “broad-based inclusive government” in exchange for American help in the fight against Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). However, Maliki on Wednesday said such calls represented a "coup against the constitution and an attempt to end the democratic experience,” the BBC reported.

By insisting the Kurds stay in a "unity" government of Iraq to fight the insurgency, Kerry is ensuring the Kurds will stay out of the fight to protect Iraq from a takeover by the Sunni ISIS militia. Once Maliki's government is overwhelmed, and Baghdad falls, the Kurds will have every right to declare independence, as the old Iraq will cease to exist.

Had Kerry and the US acknowledged Kurdistan's right to self-determination and independent statehood, the Kurds would have had negotiating power with Maliki's government to enter the fray and help prop up what is left of the Iraq nation under Shia Muslim rule.

Now, they will simply sit back and watch the demise of Iraq, and declare independence completely free of the constraints of the existing constitution.

All oil fields and production facilities currently under the KRG protection and control, and right to export and keep all its own oil revenues, and the establishment of new, broader borders, will be the windfall from the ISIS revolution.

Kurdistan is about to become a major power in the middle east, and a force to be reckoned with, just as predicted by Jeremiah's prophecy of 2,600 years ago -- "Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers! the LORD has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes [Kurds], because his purpose is against Babylon to destroy it, for it is the vengeance of the LORD..." Jer 51:11

Why now? Because Israel is back in the land. It is a prophecy for the end times, following the third in-gathering of the Jews to the Promised Land. It is the time for the fulfillment of the prophecy --

"In those days and at that time... the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go... 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 the 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, from there she will be taken captive... (and) Chaldea will become plunder..." Jer 50:4-10.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Kurdistan leader Barzani: 'The time is here' for self-determination

by Mick Krever, CNN  June 23rd, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani gave his strongest-ever indication on Monday that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.
“Iraq is obviously falling apart,” he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And it’s obvious that the federal or central government has lost control over everything. Everything is collapsing – the army, the troops, the police.”
“We did not cause the collapse of Iraq. It is others who did. And we cannot remain hostages for the unknown,” he said through an interpreter.
“The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”
Iraqi Kurdish independence has long been a goal, and the region has had autonomy from Baghdad for more than two decades, but they have never before said they would actually pursue that dream.
But the latest crisis, in which Sunni extremists have captured a large swath of Iraqi territory on the border of Iraqi Kurdistan, seems to have pushed the Kurds over the edge.
“Now we are living [in] a new Iraq, which is different completely from the Iraq that we always knew, the Iraq that we lived in ten days or two weeks ago.”
“After the recent events in Iraq, it has been proved that the Kurdish people should seize the opportunity now – the Kurdistan people should now determine their future.”
Barzani said that he would make that case to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when they meet in Erbil Tuesday; America is a close Kurdish ally, but opposes independence for the region.
“I will ask him, ‘How long shall the Kurdish people remain like this?’ The Kurdish people is the one who is supposed to determine their destiny and no one else.”


Jeremiah the Hebrew prophet saw the "kings of the Medes" -- the people now known as "Kurds" -- lead their nation into battle against the "land of the Chaldeans" and completely overwhelm and defeat them, plundering their treasures.

When this blog was started in 2006, it seemed impossible that the Kurds would have the power, let alone be able to be considered a "nation", to fulfill this prophecy. Today, not only is Kurdistan on the verge of declaring its independence as a fully autonomous and independent nation, but it has developed into what Forbes calls a "world oil power." Its oil wealth, political and economic stability, and now military strength is becoming recognized by the world.

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US committed to helping Iraq

In a  Mon June 23, 2014 article by Chelsea J. Carter, Hamdi Alkhshali and Susanna Capelouto, CNN, from Baghdad, Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledge to Iraqi leaders American assistance in fighting militant attacks would be "intense (and) sustained."

Kerry said that President Barack Obama has prepared "a range of options for Iraq" but is not planning to send in additional troops, weapons or ammunition. Obama said if Iraqis cannot come together to answer the militant threat, "there's not going to be a military solution to this problem. There's no amount of American firepower that's going to be able to hold the country together, and I've made that very clear to (Iraqi Prime Minister) Maliki and all the other leadership inside of Iraq."

Over the weekend, the CNN article reports, ISIS militants advanced toward the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and taken the Tal Afar airbase.

Iraqi troops are preparing to counter the move and recapture the facility and the city of Tal Afar.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Will the cities burn?

Jeremiah pronounced nine judgments upon the land of Babylon, ultimately resulting in complete desolation: "'Thou, O LORD, hast promised concerning this place to cut it off so that there will  be nothing dwelling in it,... but it will be a perpetual desolation.'"

The nine judgments begin with "a great nation [The United States of America] with many kings [The Coalition of the Willing] (being) aroused from the remote parts of the earth. They seize their (weapons); they are cruel and have no mercy [Abu Ghraib tortures]... (They are) marshalled like a man for the battle against you, O (future) daughter of Babylon [Iraq].

"The king of Babylon [Saddam Hussein] has heard the report about them, and his hands hang limp; distress has gripped him, agony like a woman in childbirth. [Samira Shahbandar, Saddam's second wife, said that as the Americans surged into the centre of the capital, Hussein crumbled: "He came to me very depressed and sad. He took me to the next room and cried. He knew he had been betrayed." The Sunday Times Dec 15, 2003]

"Thus says the LORD:... 'I shall dispatch foreigners to Babylon that they may... devastate her land... Devote all her army to destruction. And they will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans, and pierced through in their streets.'"

The invasion will result in its capture, the second judgment: "Declare and proclaim among the nations...'Babylon has been captured'...  'I set a snare for you, and you were also caught, O Babylon, while you yourself were not aware; you have been found and also seized because you have engaged in conflict with the LORD.'"

Despite what Samira said about her husband -- "If I know my husband, he will not be captured," -- the culmination of this second judgment and the end to all resistance was in fact the capture of the ruler, Saddam Hussein himself, who was hiding in a rat hole in the desert. "In the last analysis, he seemed not terribly brave," quipped US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

The third judgment was the execution of the Arrogant One: "I am against you, O arrogant one... For your day has come when I shall punish you. And the arrogant one will stumble and fall [through the trap door of the gallows] with no one to raise him up..." [Saddam's corpse was taunted by those in attendance.]

The hebrew conjunction "and" links the execution to the next judgment: "The arrogant one will... fall with no one to raise him up. And I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs." The judgment of fire is repeated: "And her high gates [city centers] will be set on fire; so the peoples will toil for nothing, and the nations become exhausted (because of the) fire."

The exhaustion of the nations because of the fires leads to the fifth judgment: abandonment -- "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 to the very skies.'"

Will the cities of Iraq burn? Is the ISIS militant revolution going to burst into literal flames? Will this be the fulfillment of the fourth judgment?

Is Iraq the Babylon of Jeremiah chapters 50 - 51?

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