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.

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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).

Iraqi and Iranian 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 jointly 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 Iraqi and Iranian -- 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 nbcnews.com 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.

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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?

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Intensified U.S. bombing in Iraq appears to give Kurds boost at dam

www.latimes.com  August 17, 2014
By PATRICK J. MCDONNELL, DAVID S. CLOUD
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.

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New US airstrikes in Iraq

abcnews.go.com
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.

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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?

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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.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Canada and Germany to aid Kurds

A The Canadian Press article at ctvnews.ca 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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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US hopeful as al-Maliki steps down

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

In an article at FoxNews.com 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."

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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

JEREMIAH'S JUDGMENTS YET TO COME --

"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.

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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.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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

The Guardian home
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 [...]

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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?

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Iraq arms Kurds against ISIS

 | by Missy Ryan  posted: 08/08/2014  updated: 08/09/2014
www.huffingtonpost.com

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.

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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?

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Monday, August 11, 2014

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

In an article at theguardian.com 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.

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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).

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'Vicar of Baghdad' Canon Andrew refuses to leave Iraq

In an article found at www.anglicannews.org  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 anglicannews.org, 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 anglicannews.org, 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).

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Iraq: ISIS terrorists killing Christians, beheading children

An article at thenewamerican.com/world-news/ 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."

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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.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Shock and terror: Islamic State boasts mass executions in Iraq [GRAPHIC]

rt.com  July 30, 2014

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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.
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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 Rudaw.net, 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.

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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.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The last Christians in Iraq

Lela Gilbert of Fox News writes in an opinion piece published July 22, 2014 at FoxNews.com 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.'"

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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).

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

European Parliament gives tacit nod to Kurdish independence

In an article found at Rudaw.net 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.'"

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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.

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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 www.theguardian.com , 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
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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."

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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 hurriyetdailynews.com .

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Kurdistan's female fighters


The BBC published a story 15 July 2014 at www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east/ 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.

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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.

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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."

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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?

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Kurds hope oil boom will fuel prosperous independent future

theguardian.com  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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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 topdocumentaryfilms.com, "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)."



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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 rudaw.net 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 rudaw.net, 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?

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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

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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.

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 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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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 abcnews.go.com/International 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)."

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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.

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A good time to start learning Kurdish

An article at the Israeli news site haaretz.com 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."

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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'

nbcnews.com 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.

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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."

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Baghdad's Sunni Muslims fear repeat of Iraq's darkest days

nbcnews.com
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."

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"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?

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Isis destroys mosques

bbc.com/news/world-middle-east
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.

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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?

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Kurds may seize the moment to break free

news.nationalgeographic.com/news
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANADOLU AGENCY, GETTY
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.

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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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