Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Dozens killed in Iraq month ahead of Parliamentary poll

RT (Russian Times)
published March 31, 2014

People look at a hole after a suicide bombing on al-Hauz Bridge in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, March 30, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)
People look at a hole after a suicide bombing on al-Hauz Bridge in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, Mrach 30, 2014 (Reuters / Stringer)

A spate of attacks claimed the lives of over 30 people in Iraq on Sunday, just one month before the country goes to the polls for Parliamentary elections.
Shortly after midnight gunmen attacked an army base in south of Mosul, leaving 7 soldiers dead, police confirmed. A suicide bomber in the city of Ramadi in Anbar province, killed 13 people and wounded 11 others, as he detonated his explosive-laden car damaging a bridge across the Euphrates River.
Also in Anbar province an assault on the army base near the city of Fallujah killed nine soldiers and wounded 14 others.
A blast near the market in Baghdad’s southern suburb of Youssifiyah killed four shoppers and wounded nine others. At least 8 more people – including a mother and three of her children – were killed in a bomb attack in northern Baghdad, as attackers targeted a police patrol in Adhamiyah neighborhood, a police source told Al Jazeera.
Elsewhere on Sunday, two police officers were killed by a roadside bomb that exploded in Tikrit north of Baghdad.
The latest surge in violence between Sunni and Shia Muslim groups in the country killed more than 2,200 people already this year, with over 500 dying in March, according to AFP.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Iraq bombings kill 10: officials
March 18, 2014 07:41PM

Iraqis gather around smoke rising from a building following a double car bomb explosion southeast of Baghdad on March 18, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ STR)
Iraqis gather around smoke rising from a building following a double car bomb explosion southeast of Baghdad on March 18, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/STR)
BAGHDAD: Attacks in Baghdad and across central Iraq, including seven car bombs, killed at least 10 people on Tuesday amid a surge in violence ahead of a general election next month.
The blasts, which also wounded nearly 50 people, come with Iraq suffering its worst level of violence since 2008, when the country was emerging from brutal sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Bombings in Iraq kill at least 42

BAGHDAD March 5, 2014

Bombings targeting shoppers across central Iraq and clashes near the militant-held city of Fallujah killed at least 42 people Thursday, authorities said.


Thursday, March 06, 2014

UN reports 703 deaths in Iraq during February



Violence continues in the country after a crackdown 10 months ago on a Sunni protest camp. An additional 1,381 people were wounded.

Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take position with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja, 70 km (43 miles) west of Baghdad, February 26, 2014. Government forces are fighting rebellious Sunni tribes and an al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in western Anbar province. REUTERS/Stringer (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
Masked Sunni Muslims gunmen take their positions with their weapons during their patrol in the city of Falluja

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BAGHDAD -- The United Nations said Saturday that violence across Iraq in February killed 703 people, a death toll higher than the year before as the country faces a rising wave of militant attacks rivaling the sectarian bloodshed that followed the U.S.-led invasion.
The figures issued by the U.N.'s mission to Iraq is close to January's death toll of 733, showing that a surge of violence that began 10 months ago with a government crackdown on a Sunni protest camp is not receding. Meanwhile, attacks Saturday killed at least five people and wounded 14, authorities said.
Attacks in February killed 564 civilians and 139 security force members in February, the U.N. said. The violence wounded 1,381, the vast majority civilians, it said. That compares to February 2013, when attacks killed 418 civilians and wounded 704.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bombings kill at least 26

BAGHDAD February 27, 2014
by SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press

A bomb hidden on a motorcycle exploded at a secondhand market in Iraq's capital, the deadliest of a series of bombings Thursday around Baghdad that killed at least 26 people, authorities said. [...]

Last year, Iraq saw the highest death toll since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting began to subside in 2007, according to United Nations figures.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Iraq violence: 49 killed in car bomb attacks
18 February 2014
Municipality workers clean the area in the aftermath of an explosion in the Karrada commercial district in Baghdad
Municipal workers clean up the area in the aftermath of an explosion in the Karrada District of Baghdad

At least 49 people have been killed in a wave of car bombs in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Hilla, officials say.

The blasts come a day after at least 23 people were killed in bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital.

Last month, more than 1,000 people were killed in attacks which mostly hit Shia and government targets. [...]

More people were killed in Iraq in 2013 than at any point since 2008, when sectarian violence reached its peak.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A look at the rising violence in Iraq
BBC News examines the reasons for the increase in deadly attacks in Iraq and looks at what challenges lie ahead for the country.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

At least 19 killed after six explosions rip through busy Baghdad markets, streets

World News NBC News .com
November 20, 2013
By Kareem Raheem and Sylvia Westall, Reuters

BAGHDAD -- Six bombs exploded in busy markets and streets across Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 19 people and wounding 66, police and medical sources said.

The explosions, which took place around the same time, were the latest in a series of blasts and assaults -- the worst wave of violence to hit Iraq in at least five years.

Iraq's Shiite-led government has blamed Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to al Qaeda for increased bomb attacks in Iraq, which have mainly targeted Shiite civilians.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Suicide bombing, other attacks against Iraqi Shiites kill at least 41

Vancouver Sun
November 14, 2013
By Sinan Salaheddin, The Associated Press

Suicide bombing, other attacks against Iraqi Shiites marking religious ritual kill at least 41
Iraqi Shiite faithful worshippers cut themselves with knives during Muharram, marking the anniversary of the 7th century death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Islam's founding prophet Muhammad, in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. The remembrance of Muharram marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

BAGHDAD - A suicide attacker and twin bomb blasts on Thursday targeted Shiites marking a sombre religious ritual in Iraq, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

The ritual, known as Ashoura, is observed every year over a 10-day period and has been marred previously by massive attacks by al-Qaida and other Sunni extremists who see Shiites as heretics. This year, the attacks come amid an escalating campaign of violence by insurgents seeking to thwart the Shiite-led government's efforts to maintain security.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Iraq Shia pilgrims and police killed in bomb attacks

BBC News Middle East
13 November 2013

Iraqi security forces at the site of the bomb blast near Tikrit. Photo: 13 November 2013
The deadliest attack on Wednesday was near Tikrit

A string of bomb attacks in Iraq targeting Shia pilgrims and police has killed at least 20 people and left dozens more wounded, officials say. [...]

The UN says 979 people - including 158 police and 127 military personnel - were killed in violent attacks in October. More than 6,500 civilians have died this year.



Friday, October 25, 2013

Bombings across Iraq kill 9 people

ABC News
BAGHDAD October 24, 2013
By Sameer N. Yacoub Associated Press

Officials say a market bombing and an attack on policemen's homes killed nine people in central Iraq.


Are these on-going, constant destructive bombings the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy of burning cities? Or will we see actual firebombs engulfing buildings across the cities of Iraq? The bombings have been going on for years...


Monday, October 21, 2013

Dozens killed as suicide car bomb hits Baghdad cafe

The Guardian World News
Sunday 20 October 2013

At least 35 killed and 45 wounded in primarily Shia area, while car bomb explosion north of capital kills seven


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wave of Blasts kills at least 46

ABC News
BAGHDAD October 17, 2013
By Adam Schreck Associated Press

Iraqi officials say a wave of car bomb and suicide bomb blasts has rocked Baghdad and a northern town, raising the day's death toll to at least 46 killed ... as Iraqis are celebrating this week's Eid al-Adha holiday...


Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the land of Babylon includes setting fire to the cities.  Are these on-going bomb blasts the fulfillment of that, or will we see literal fireballs of flames engulfing the buildings of the cities of Iraq in a literal fulfillment of that prophecy?

The judgments so far have been explicit and most literal: 1) invasion by a great king and many nations from the farthest borders, 2) defeat of the armies and capture of the bridges, cities and "arrogant" king, 3) punishment of that Arrogant One, who "falls" with no one to help him.

If the cities burn, the fourth judgment will have also transpired in its sequence. To follow: 5) abandonment by the occupying reconstructionist forces, 6) civil war with and defeat at the hands of the "Medes" -- the Kurds of the north, 7) the plunder of the "treasures" -- not gold or silver -- by the victors, 8) a major catastrophic flood event of the Euphrates/Tigris river system and 9) eventual drought leading to an uninhabitable desolation.

Up next: Babylon Burning?


Monday, October 14, 2013

Attacks across Iraq kill at least 31

ABC News
BAGHDAD October 12, 2013
By Sinan Salaheddin Associated Press

A string of bombings in mostly Shiite-majority cities across Iraq on Sunday killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens, officials said, a grim reminder of the government's failure to stem the uptick in violence that is feeding sectarian tensions in the country.



Monday, October 07, 2013

Baghdad hit by series of deadly blasts

BBC News Middle East
7 October 2013

Aftermath of bombing in Baghdad (7 October 2013)
Most of the recent violence has been blamed on Sunni Islamist militants

At least 22 people have been killed and dozens hurt in a series of explosions across the Iraqi capital, police say.



Monday, September 30, 2013

Baghdad hit by wave of deadly car bombs

BBC News Middle East
30 September 2013

A series of car bomb blasts in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 47 people and injured many more, officials say.

The blasts targeted markets and car parks in mainly Shia Muslim districts of the city.

There has been a recent upsurge in sectarian violence, sparking fears of a return to the bloodletting of 2008.

More than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year, according to United Nations data.

Monday's blasts struck during Baghdad's morning rush hour, with reports of 13 bombs, most of them in Shia neighborhoods.

Graphic showing deaths in Iraq

With bomb blasts continuing to rock Iraq and civilian deaths approaching 2008 levels, will the burning of the cities be far behind? Will Jeremiah's predictions of judgment be completely fulfilled in this current conflict?


Friday, September 06, 2013

Syria's "Kurdish Spring"

The Huffington Post WORLD blog, in a September 06, 2013 article by Daniel Wagner and Giorgio Cafiero which was first published in Foreign Policy in Focus, explores the changing status of Syrian Kurds in light of the rebel violence directed against the Assad regime --

"Amid... deepening regional divisions, a new opening has emerged for one of the Middle East's longest-suffering minority groups: the Kurds."

The writers assert that the "shifting regional balance of power" brought about by the sectarian conflicts has "enabled the Kurds to exercise greater control over their destiny."

The blog suggests that "it is entirely plausible that Syria's Kurds will maintain autonomy in northeastern Syria when the dust eventually settles."

Just as Turkey's government for decades suppressed minority Kurdish ethnic expression within its boundaries and Saddam Hussein oppressed and massacred Kurds in Iraq during his reign of terror, so Syrian Kurds were massacred in Qamishli for "protesting against an Arab nationalist regime that had for decades dispossessed Kurdish farmers, confiscated Kurdish land, and outlawed the teaching of the Kurdish language", prompting a Syrian "Kurdish Spring" that began in 2004.

With the widespread violence now occurring in the rest of the country, the Syrian government has withdrawn most of its security forces from the Kurdish areas, "leaving the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as the defacto regional government", just as the Kurdish region of northeastern Iraq had been left to the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) after the fall of Hussein.

But the Syrian Kurds face new threats, as Salafi jihadists, intent on overthrowing the Assad government, have also targeted Kurdish PYD forces, and attacks have also come from the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), who fear the Kurdish militia "is loyal to Assad's regime."

Since the conflict has exploded, over 35,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan. In response, the leader of the KRG, Masoud Barzani, declared his government was "prepared to defend" Syria's Kurds.

According to the writers, the KRG's support for the PYD "underscores Barzani's greater pan-Kurdish policies." Wagner and Cafiero assert "Barzani's likely motivation stems from his suspicion that a future war between central Iraq and the KRG could occur, and under such circumstances Syrian Kurdistan could provide strategic depth." They go so far as to suggest "if violence continues to plague Syria's northeast, the border between Syrian and Iraqi Kurdistan may ultimately dissolve."


Jeremiah's prophecy of judgment on "Babylon, land of the Chaldeans" in chapters 50 and 51 in the hebrew bible describes the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" rising up to defeat the armies of the Chaldeans. The Kurds are the descendants of the Medes, and occupy the lands once known as the Median Empire. Three "nations" of Medes are described as aligning -- the "Minni, Ashkenaz and Ararat." Ashkenaz would better be translated as "Adiabene", the realm which capital was Arbela, now modern-day Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, and a reflection of the Iraqi Kurds. Minni would better be translated as Mannaea, the realm of the "Mannaeans", which corresponds to the "Iranian part of Kurdistan", according to the Xenohistorian Weblog.

"Ararat" would then represent the Medes of the eastern Turkish and northeastern Syrian areas, today the Kurds of Turkey and Syria.

The Iranian Kurds and Iraqi Kurds, under Talibani and Barzani, had in modern times been at odds for decades, until uniting in common cause to overthrow Saddam in 1993 during the First Gulf War. Today they have together formed the Kurdistan Regional Government in self-rule over the northern part of Iraq.

What remains missing from Jeremiah's fulfillment of the prophecy then is the joining of this alliance by the Turkish-Syrian Kurds -- the "Ararat" Medes -- so as to consolidate the three factions of the Medes in a battle against the land of the Chaldeans.

The conflict in Syria, as described by Wagner and Cafiero, may be the scenario that brings the Turkish-Syrian Kurds into the greater Kurdistan alliance, and allowing the consolidation of the power of the 'kings of the Medes" -- the "Ararat, Adiabene and Mannaean" factions -- so as to present a dominating military force that will invade and defeat the armies of Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, modern-day Iraq, fulfilling the judgment prophesied by Jeremiah.


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Dozens killed in new round of Baghdad bombings
September 03, 2013 Reuters

A series of car bombs exploded across the Iraqi capital late on Tuesday, killing at least 36 people in predominantly Shi'ite districts, police and medics said.



Shootings, car bombing leave at least 14 dead in Iraq
September 03, 2013 Associated Press

BAGHDAD -- Shootings and a car bombing in and south of Baghdad killed 14 people Tuesday, the latest deaths in a surge of sectarian killings and other violence this year, Iraqi officials said.

The deadliest attack came when gunmen stormed the house of a member of a Sunni militia opposed to Al Qaeda, killing him and his wife and three children in a southern suburb of the capital, police and hospital officials said.


The violence continues in Iraq. Will the cities erupt in flames, fulfilling Jeremiah's fourth judgment, and setting up the abandonment by the foreign reconstructionists, itself a fifth calamity?


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

At least 71 dead, 201 hurt in bombings and other attacks across Iraqi capital

by Raheem Salman and Yara Bayoumy, Reuters

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- At least 71 people were killed and 201 wounded in a series of bombings and other attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday, police and medical sources said, extending the worst wave of sectarian bloodshed in Iraq for at least five years.


Do these myriad on-going bombings constitute the "fires" in the cites of the land of the Chaldeans? Are Jeremiah's "fires" a euphemism for the modern-day bombings we are witnessing? Or will literal fires break out in the cities of Iraq, burning the "high gates" -- a known biblical euphemism for "city centers" -- in direct, explicit and very literal fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy of doom and judgment on Babylon?


Monday, August 26, 2013

Baghdad and Baquba hit by bomb attacks 25 August 2013

Scene of bomb attack in Baquba. 25 Aug 2013
The central city of Baquba was hit by at least four blasts

A wave of bomb attacks across Iraq has killed at least 46 people, police and medical sources say.

Worst affected were Baghdad and the central city of Baquba, which were hit by numerous blasts.

Violence during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which ended in early August, left more than 670 people dead - one of the highest tolls for years.


Are these endless bombings the fulfillment of the "burning of the cities", or will the cities of the land of the Chaldeans literally be consumed by fires?


Syria's Kurds head to Iraq to prepare for war

In an October 05, 2012 article at, Jason Ditz reported on the Syrian rebel violence, which saw "various rebel factions seizing territory in the north..." Ditz then turned his attention to "[o]il rich northeastern Syria, the nation's Kurdish region", claiming "many are flocking to Iraqi Kurdistan" to "train with the Pashmearga, the militia of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)..."

Ditz then cited estimates that claim "25,000 Syrian Kurds are now in KRG-run camps for training..."

This development could have significant implications relative to Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on the land of Babylon as found in Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51 in the hebrew bible.

Following the invasion of the land by "a great king and many nations", the nation's subsequent capture in humiliating defeat and the "punishment" of the "Arrogant One", the "king" of Babylon, there will be fires in the cities and abandonment by the foreign reconstructionists.

After that, the nation will be invaded once again by nations out of the "north", specifically out of the lands of "Minni, Ashkenaz and Ararat," areas that align with northwestern Iran, the lands currently controlled by autonomous Kurdistan, and northeastern Syria and southeastern Turkey. These nations will be led by the "spirit of the kings of the Medes," and the Medes are claimed to be the ancestors of the modern day Kurds.

Currently Kurdistan is ruled by former rival factions of Kurds, those of Iranian persuasion and those of Iraqi alignment. In 1993 the two factions stopped fighting each other and joined the United States in common cause of defeating Saddam Hussein. After his toppling, the two Kurdish factions, under Talibani and Barzani, essentially the "Minni" (Iranian) and "Ashkenazi" (Iraqi) arms, consolidated their power structure into the governing of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government.

What then remains missing for the Jeremiah prophecy of the ascendancy of the "Medes" in an attack on "Babylon" is the third faction, the "western" faction of "Ararat", a reference to the southeastern-Turkish-northeastern-Syrian region, a traditional homeland for the Kurds.

If these "Syrian" Kurds were to in some way formally align themselves with the Kurdistan Regional Government, then the stage would be set for the three nations of the Medes -- Minni, Ashkenaz and Ararat -- to rise up under the leadership of the "spirit of the kings of the Medes" to sweep down into the "land of the Chaldeans" to "take a spoil" and plunder her "treasures."


Friday, August 23, 2013

Iraq violence kills seven

from by AFP
August 23, 2013

Iraqi investigators talk near a damaged vehicle after a car bomb exploded outside the ministry of education in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on August 22, 2013. (AFP/FILE)

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Violence in Iraq killed seven people on Friday, the latest in worsening unrest that has hit the country despite weeks of wide-ranging operations targeting militants.


Could all these unending bombings be the "fire" in the "cities" that Jeremiah predicted? -- "I shall set fire to (the king of Babylon's) cities..."


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Insurgent attacks across Iraq kill at least 24
BAGHDAD August 22, 2013 (AP)
by Sinan Salaheddin Associated Press

Insurgent attacks across Iraq, including a suicide bombing targeting a Shiite wedding party, killed at least 24 people Thursday, authorities said.
Attacks have been on the rise in Iraq since a deadly security crackdown in April on a Sunni protest camp. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months, raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.


Will these attackers turn to firebombs in the future? Will the cities of Babylon go up in flames in literal fulfillment of Jeremiah's fourth judgment on the "land of the Chaldeans"?


Friday, August 16, 2013

US warns of rising threat from al-Qaida in Iraq

excerpts from article by Deb Riechmann / Associated Press / August 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top U.S. and Iraqi diplomats warned Thursday of a rising threat in Iraq from al-Qaida, which is carrying out suicide and car bombings with greater frequency nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew from the country. [...]

"Iraq sits at the intersection of regional currents of increasingly turbulent, violent and unpredictable actions," (Secretary of State John) Kerry said. [...] "And al-Qaida, as we have seen, has launched a horrific series of assaults on innocent Iraqis, even taking credit for the deplorable bombings this past weekend that targeted families that were celebrating the Eid holiday..." [...]

In 2011 and 2012 there was an average of five to 10 suicide bombings a month, according to a senior administration official familiar with Kerry's talks with his Iraqi counterpart. They have averaged about 30 in each of the past three months... [...]

Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, and attacks against civilians and security forces notably spiked during Ramadan. The surge of attacks has sparked fears that the country could see a new round of sectarian bloodshed similiar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. [...]


Jeremiah predicted that after the invasion and capture of Babylon, land of the Chaldeans -- modern day Iraq -- the king of Babylon, the "Arrogant One" would be punished, and then his cities would burn with fire and as a result the foreign reconstructionists would abandon their efforts and leave the nation to her "judgment."

Is the resurgence of violence the spark that will ignite those fires? Will we soon see Babylon burning?


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Car bomb attacks near Baghdad's 'Green Zone', across city kill at least 33

Ali Al-Saddi / AFP-Getty Images
Iraqis walk past burned cars at the scene of a car bomb attack near the office of Al-Ahad television, which is affiliated with a Shiite militant group, in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Baladiyat on Thursday.

By Kareem Raheem, Raheem Salman and Sylivia Westfall, Reuters

BAGHDAD -- A series of car bombs in Baghdad killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100 on Thursday, with one near the "Green Zone" diplomatic complex, fueling a death toll that has soared since the beginning of the year to levels not seen since 2008. [...]

Since the start of the year, attacks using multiple car bombs have become an almost daily occurrence, killing scores of people in Iraq, including during a religious holiday last weekend when bombers targeted families celebrating outside.

Each of the past four months has each been deadlier than any in the previous five years, dating back to a time when U.S. and government troops were in engaged in battles with militiamen.


Jeremiah the hebrew prophet predicted the cities of the land of Babylon -- modern day Iraq -- would burn. Will this on-going violence spark the fires? Will we soon see Babylon burning?


'I risked my life, for what?': Iraq War veterans chilled by country's slide into civil war

At U.S. News on July 25, 2013, NBC News contributor Bill Briggs brings a story of the effects of Iraq's renewed civil strife on Iraq War veterans 10 years after the invasion and capture of Saddam Hussein -- "As they watch Iraq's mounting body count and potential slide into civil war, some Iraq War veterans are more intensely questioning why they went, what it all meant, and whether the deaths of 4,486 U.S. troops on that foreign soil were worth the permanent cost."

Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 24. A bomb exploded near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood on July 23, killing several people and wounding many more, police said.

Briggs recounts the struggles many veterans are having with depression, anger and suicide stemming from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of the war. One veteran, Andrew O'Brien, an Army convoy gunner who served in Iraq in 2008 and 2009, survived an IED blast, but attempted suicide in 2010.


Briggs reports that "during July, almost 700 people in Iraq have been killed in militant attacks, including car bombs, ambushes and gun fights." He quotes Alex Horton, a former specialist in the 3rd Stryker Brigade of Second Infantry Division who served during "the surge": "Many troops in Afghanistan have also deployed to Iraq, so to see their hard work unraveling while their mission in another country is still in progress could be demoralizing... Personally, it's frustrating to see this."

Jeremiah the hebrew prophet foresaw the frustration of having the reconstruction efforts go for naught: "Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed. 'We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven and towers up to the very skies,'" (Jer 51:8-9).

"Now that I'm hearing about (all the bombings and deaths), all I think about is the guys we lost in Iraq. It's hard to not think that it meant nothing," Briggs quoted O'Brien as saying.

According to Jeremiah, the destruction brought upon the land of the Chaldeans by the invading forces had a resounding purpose -- to bring vengeance upon the land for "arrogance against the LORD" --

"The word which the LORD spoke concerning Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet: 'Declare and proclaim among the nations; proclaim it and lift up a signal flag; do not conceal it, but say, "Babylon has been captured... Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I (will) punish the king of Assyria... Against the land of Merathaim, go up against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod. Slay and utterly destroy them... and do according to all that I have commanded you.

"The noise of battle is in the land, and great destruction... How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations! 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. (He) has opened up 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.

"Come to her from the farthest border; open up her barns, pile her up like heaps and utterly destroy her... A great nation and many kings will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth. They seize their bow and javelin; they are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea; and they ride on horses, marshalled like a man for the battle against you, O daughter of Babylon...

"I am going to arouse against Babylon and against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai the spirit of a destroyer. I will dispatch foreigners to Babylon that they may winnow her and may devastate her land; for on every side they will be opposed to her in the day of her calamity... For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken by his God, the LORD of hosts, although their land is (still) full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel...

"For this is the LORD's time of vengeance; he is going to render recompense to her," (excerpts from Jer 50:1 - 51:6).

Briggs quotes an anti-war activist, Mike Prysner, who also was part of the 2003 Army invasion: "What (the violence in Iraq) makes me feel is deeper guilt... One of our roles was to shred their national identity. What is happening today is a direct result of the U.S. occupation's strategy... I'll live the rest of my life knowing I was a part of that."

What Prysner was a part of, was God's wielding of his weapons: "You are my war-club, my weapon of war; and with you I shatter nations, and with you I destroy kingdoms... I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all their evil that they have done in Zion before (my) eyes," (Jer 51:20-24).

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bombs targeting playground, cafe, school kill 22 in Iraq

by Reuters August 13, 2013

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A series of bomb attacks killed at least 22 people across Iraq on Monday, part of the country's worst wave of violence in around five years.

At least 16 people died and 41 others were injured when a suicide bomber targeted a crowded cafe in Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad.

Two roadside bombs - one planted near a playground and another near a school - also killed six people and wounded dozens, some of them children, in the town of Muqdadiya, 50 miles northeast of the capital.

Those blasts underlined a shift in tactics by suspected Islamist militants, who are increasingly targeting not only military checkpoints and marketplaces, but also cafes and recreational areas used by families and children.


Will the militants shift tactics again, and begin to burn the cities? Should fires break out across the cities of Iraq, Jeremiah's fourth judgment against Babylon, the "land of the Chaldeans", will have been fulfilled. 

Judgments 1,2 and 3 -- invasion by a great nation and many kings, capture, and the punishment of the "Arrogant One" -- have already occurred in their order. Will the 6 remaining judgments occur in their order? Burning of the cities, abandonment by the foreign reconstructionists, civil war with and defeat by the Kurds, plundering of "treasures" by the victors, a catastrophic flood event and eventual drought, leading to complete desolation are predicted by Jeremiah. 


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Car bombs in and around Baghdad kill 41

BBC News Middle East
6 August 2013
Iraqi men inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's Karrada commercial district
The car bombs targeted markets and shopping streets in different parts of the city

A series of bomb attacks in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has left at least 41 people dead and more than 100 wounded, officials say.
The deadliest explosion killed 10 in a village northwest of Baghdad. Six car bomb blasts targeted markets and shopping streets in different parts of Baghdad itself earlier on Tuesday.
A wave of violence has swept Iraq in the past six months, with Sunni Islamist militant groups mostly targeting Shia Muslim districts.
More than 4,000 people have died in such attacks this year. A further 9,865 have been injured so far in 2013, with Baghdad province the worst hit.


Will the on-going violence erupt in fires that burn the cities? Will the fourth judgment of Jeremiah 50-51 occur in sequence as predicted by the hebrew prophet, just as invasion, capture and punishment of the Arrogant One occurred in order?


Thursday, August 01, 2013

Iraq death toll 'tops 1,000' in July, highest in years

BBC News Middle East
1 August 2013
A picture taken on July 29, 2013 shows Iraqis inspecting the site of a car bomb explosion in the impoverished district of Sadr City in Baghdad.
Bombs in Baghdad this week help push Iraq's monthly toll to its highest since 2008

Casualty figures released by the UN mission in Baghdad suggest 1,057 Iraqis were killed in July, making it the most violent month in years.
At least 4,137 civilians have been killed and 9,765 injured so far this year, with Baghdad province worst hit.[...]
A wave of violence has swept Iraq in the past six months, with Sunni Islamist militant groups targeting Shia districts. In July there was a series of bombings in streets, cafes and mosques. Militants also broke into two prisons, setting inmates free.

Jeremiah predicted Babylon would face invasion, capture and punishment of its leader, all of which has happened with the U.S.-led invasion and capture of Iraq and subsequent hanging of Saddam Hussein. The calamities Jeremiah foresaw continued with the burning of the cities, abandonment, civil war with the Kurds, defeat and plunder at their hands, a catastrophic flood event of the Euphrates/Tigris and subsequent drought that leads to a deserted and uninhabitable state of destruction.

Will the latest violence spark the fires that burn the cities of the land of the Chaldeans?


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Iraq prison break a bad sign of things to come

So states the headline of an on line article today at by Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News. Jeff Black of NBC News and Reuters contributed to the report.

Engel writes that the prison break by al Qaeda operatives which released at least 250 militants from Baghdad's "notorious" Abu Ghraib prison on Sunday "was a major victory for the terrorists and a blow to the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government".

The al Qaeda attackers used car bombs to open the gates and then several of them rushed in and blew themselves up with suicide vests to repel a counter-defense by prison guards.

Engel speculates that the success of the attack "could raise more questions about the blood spilled -- nearly 4,000 American lives -- and the trillion dollars spent to bring stability to the oil-rich country."

So also did Jeremiah lament over the vision of a future Babylon in the biblical prophetic passage in Jeremiah 50-51, "we applied healing to her, but she could not be healed..."

The prison break certainly is a bad sign of things to come, as the U.S.-led invasion and occupation and the demise of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein not only fit the descriptions of certain judgments upon "Babylon the land of the Chaldeans" -- known today as the nation of Iraq -- pronounced by the prophet Jeremiah in the hebrew bible, but are merely the first three judgments of even more severe catastrophes coming, to include the burning of the cities, abandonment by the foreign reconstructionists, civil war between the Chaldeans and the Kurds ("Medes"), the plundering of Iraq's "treasures" by the victorious armies from out of the north, and then an unprecedented flood event of the Euphrates and subsequent destructive drought that renders the whole land uninhabitable.

So yes, the prison break is, as Engel writes, "a bad sign of things to come."

When the cities burn, the next phase of calamities will have begun. 


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Iraq in civil war; more than 250 killed in 10 days

July 23, 2013

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Car bombs, ambushes, and gunfights have killed more than 250 in Iraq in a little over a week, while attackers freed hundreds of militants from Abu Ghraib prison on Sunday. Report by NBC's Richard Engel.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Surge in violence raises fears of new war in Iraq

by Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News
June 21, 2013

A major uptick in sectarian violence which has killed about 2,000 people since April 1 has sparked fears that Iraq is heading for a full-scale civil war that could draw in powerful regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. [...]

United Nations envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler... plead(ed) with Iraq's leaders to take urgent action: "Small children are burned alive in cars. Worshippers are cut down outside their own mosques. This is beyond unacceptable... Systemic violence is ready to explode at any moment..." [...]

According to the U.N., 1,045 people were killed in Iraq in May -- making it the deadliest month since the sectarian slaughter of 2006 and 2007 -- up from 712 in April. [...]

Will the cities go up in flames soon, in fulfillment of the fourth judgment on Babylon? Will this latest "uptick" in violence spark the fires?

Invasion, capture, punishment.  Next -- fire, abandonment, civil war, plundering, flood and finally, all-consuming drought. These are the nine judgments the prophet Jeremiah foresaw for the land of the Chaldeans, Babylon.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Sectarian threats in Iraq raise alarm

Published February 25, 2013
Associated Press

BAGHDAD – The fliers began turning up at Sunni households in the Iraqi capital's Jihad neighborhood last week bearing a chilling message: Get out now or face "great agony" soon.

The leaflets were signed by the Mukhtar Army, a new Shiite militant group with ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard. "The zero hour has come. So leave along with your families. ... You are the enemy," the messages warned.

Such overt threats all but disappeared as the darkest days of outright sectarian fighting waned in 2008 and Iraq stepped back from the brink of civil war. Their re-emergence now -- nearly a decade after the U.S.-led invasion -- is a worrying sign that rising sectarian tensions are again gnawing away at Iraqi society.

Iraqis increasingly fear that militants on both sides of the country's sectarian divide are gearing up for a new round of violence that could undo the fragile gains Iraq has made in recent years.


Will these threats lead to the cities being set on fire?  Will the fourth judgment begin soon?


Monday, February 04, 2013

Anti-al-Qaeda milita killed in new Iraq attack

BBC News Middle East
4 February 2013

At least 19 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in central Iraq aimed at pro-government militia, officials say.
More than 40 people were injured in the blast in the town of Taji, about 20km (12 miles) north of Baghdad.
The majority of the victims were members of the Sunni Sahwa militia, which has been fighting al-Qaeda.
The attack comes a day after at least 16 people were killed in a raid on a police HQ in Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

Will these latest attacks light the fires of the fourth judgment? Will we soon see Babylon burning?


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Al-Qaeda calls for Iraq Sunnis to take up arms

The Daily Star, Lebanon
January 31, 2013 by Ammar Karim

Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part during an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal
Iraqi Sunni Muslims take part during an anti-government demonstration in Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, January 25, 2013 REUTERS/Mohannad Faisal

BAGHDAD: Al-Qaeda's front group called on Iraq's Sunni population on Thursday to take up arms against the Shiite-led authorities and dismissed the country's Sunni ministers as weak and corrupt.
An audio message, purportedly read by Islamic State of Iraq spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, encouraged the minority community to continue with weeks of demonstrations but said Sunnis would not gain dignity without bloodshed.
It came as the group issued statements claiming 82 attacks on security forces and government officials from October 17 to December 12 south and west of Baghdad.


Will the Sunnis respond to the call by al-Qaeda? Will the demonstrations lead to the burning of the cities of the land of the Chaldeans Jeremiah foresaw 2,600 years ago? Will the fourth judgment be fulfilled in its turn, just as the judgments one, two and three -- invasion, capture and punishment of the Arrogant One -- were fulfilled in order before it?


Friday, January 25, 2013

Army kills 6 as Iraq demos call for PM to quit

The Daily Star, Lebanon
January 25, 2013 By Azhar Shallal

A protester throws rocks and shouts slogans in front of a burning vehicle, destroyed by protesters, during clashes with security forces in Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal
A protester throws rocks and shouts slogans in front of a burning vehicle, destroyed by protesters, during clashes with security forces in Falluja, 50 km west of Baghdad, January 25, 2013. REUTERS/Mohanned Faisal 

FALLUJAH, Iraq: Six demonstrators were killed and 35 wounded when soldiers opened fire west of Baghdad as tens of thousands rallied in Sunni-majority areas calling for Iraq's Shiite leader to quit on Friday.

The deaths were the first at the hands of the security forces since massive protests began in mainly Sunni Arab areas of Iraq more than a month ago, railing against alleged targeting of their minority community by the Shiite-led authorities.


Will these killings of protesters by the Iraqi army finally light the fires of the fourth judgment? Will the cities of the land of the Chaldeans now burn? Will the "high gates" -- a biblical euphemism for the 'city centers' -- now erupt in flames? Is Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon happening in our time?


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Many dead in Iraq Shia mosque bombing

23 January 2013 BBC News Middle East

At least 35 people have been killed by a suicide bomber at a Shia mosque in the Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmato, with scores more wounded, police say.

The blast targeted worshippers attending a funeral at the mosque.


Will these latest bombings ignite the fires of the fourth judgment prophesied by Jeremiah 2,600 years ago?


Wave of attacks in Iraq leaves 22 dead

By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press
BAGHDAD January 22, 2013 (AP)

A string of attacks, including three car bombings in and around Baghdad, killed at least 22 people Tuesday, deepening fears of a surge in violence as sectarian tensions fester in Iraq.



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Iraq Sunni MP killed by suicide bomber

BBC News Middle East 15 January 2013

A Sunni member of parliament has been killed by a suicide bomber in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, officials have said. The bomber pretended he was greeting MP Eifan Saadoun al-Issawi and then blew himself up. Two bodyguards also died.

The attack come just days after the Sunni Finance Minister, Rafie al-Issawi, survived an assassination attempt as he travelled to the city.

Will these attacks on Sunni officials spark the fires that burn the cities?


Friday, January 11, 2013

Thousands of Iraq Sunnis stage protests

Salam Faraj and Nafia Abduljabbar
January 12, 2013 3:23AM

THOUSANDS of Sunni Muslims have taken to the streets of Baghdad and other parts of Iraq to decry the alleged targeting of their minority, in rallies hardening opposition to the country's Shi'ite leader.
Friday's protests have worsened a political crisis, pitting Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against his erstwhile government partners, with the premier facing accusations of authoritarianism and sectarianism ahead of key provincial polls.


Nine judgments are to fall upon Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans: 1) Invasion, 2) Capture, 3) Punishment of the Arrogant One, 4) Burning of the cities, 5) Abandonment by the nations, 6) Civil War with and defeat by the Medes, 7) Plunder, 8) Flood, and 9) Drought, leading to complete desolation.

Jeremiah the hebrew prophet wrote that the cities of the land of Chaldea would be set on fire as the fourth judgment on Babylon -- "I shall set fire to (the arrogant one's) cities, and it will devour all his environs... (The land of the Chaldeans') high gates [i.e., city centers] will be set on fire; so the peoples will (have) toil(ed) for nothing, and the nations become exhausted (because of the) fire," (Jer 50:32, 51:58).

Will the present turmoil lead to the burning? the first three judgments have fallen upon the land of the Chaldeans, and have been accomplished in exact detail to the predictions of Jeremiah. Will the fourth also occur in literal fulfillment? Will these "rallies" ignite the flames of the fourth judgment?


Monday, January 07, 2013

Iraq could dissolve Parliament, leading to instability

Sectarian violence in the region could split the country

January 4, 2013

In a move that could draw Iraq back into the throws of religious infighting and potential civil war, the fledgling Baghdad government may be on the brink of dissolving parliament within days, a source tell U.S. News.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who leads the Shiite majority government, has used strong-arm tactics to marginalize opponents, mostly among minority Sunnis, says an official at private intelligence company Stratfor. These actions, along with some spill over from the civil war in Syria, have lead to violent protests in Iraq in recent days.
The Iraq government may dissolve the parliament in as soon as 48 hours, according to Iraqi sources and media reported by Stratfor.

Jeremiah's prophecy of doom on Babylon predicts the cites of the land of Chaldea will be set on fire as the fourth judgment. Will this latest instability in the government of Iraq lead to the burning?

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Thousands join Iraq protests
January 04, 2013 04:13 PM - AFP
Iraqis rally in the city of Samarra, on January 2, 2013, as protesters in mostly Sunni areas of Iraq's west and north have alleged that the Shiite-led authorities use anti-terror legislation to target their minority community. AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD AL-SAMARRAI
Iraqis rally in the city of Samarra, on January 2, 2013, as protesters in mostly Sunni areas of Iraq's west and north have alleged that the Shiite-led authorities use anti-terror legislation to target their minority community. AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD AL-SAMARRAI

BAGHDAD: Thousands of Sunni Muslims demonstrated in Baghdad on Friday, in the latest of nearly two weeks of rallies criticising Iraq's premier and demanding the release of prisoners they say are wrongfully held.
Demonstrators gathered at the Abu Hanifa mosque in the mostly-Sunni neighbourhood of Adhamiyah, but were barred by security forces from leaving the compound to rally on the street, an AFP correspondent said.
The protesters held up banners calling for a mass prisoner release, stronger human rights provisions in Iraq's prisons, and a repeal of current anti-terror legislation.



Thursday, January 03, 2013

Car bomb kills Shia pilgrims

BBC News Middle East
3 January 2013
A car bomb has killed at least 20 Shia Muslim pilgrims and injured others in the Iraqi town of Musayyib, south of the capital Baghdad, officials say.

The device exploded in a car park at 17:00 (14:00 GMT) as pilgrims returned from the holy city of Karbala.
An eyewitness spoke of having seen dozens of bodies and cars on fire after the explosion.
Shia pilgrims, who have been frequently targeted in Iraq, have been observing the festival of Arbaeen.
The bomb went off close to a bus stop where coaches that carry pilgrims from Karbala to other Iraqi cities drop and collect them, police told BBC News.
Bombs killed seven people in Musayyib on Monday.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bomb attacks in Iraq kill at least 25

BBC News Middle East  17 December 2012

Boys walk past the scene of a bomb blast in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq (17 December 2012)
Two bombs exploded in a Shia district of Tuz Khurmatu

At least 25 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq, officials and medical workers say.

Car and truck bombs were detonated mainly in ethnically diverse towns and villages in northern Iraq.

The area is a source of dispute between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish minority, which governs an autonomous region in the north.

The attacks mark a second consecutive day of violence in the region, though it is unclear who is behind them.


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Friday, November 30, 2012

Bomb attacks worst since September 9th

by AFP at Nov 30, 2012

HILLA - Bombs targeting Shias and security forces in Iraq on Thursday killed 45 people and wounded 205 others in the deadliest day of violence to hit the country in more than two months.

The attacks, the worst since 76 people were killed on September 9, marked the second series of bombings against Shias this week after three car bombs exploded in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing a dozen and wounding scores more.



Friday, September 21, 2012

Iraqis burn US, Israeli flags in protests

AFP at ahramonline, Friday 14 Sep 2012

People burn an Israeli and a U.S. flag during a protest in Basra September 14, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Iraqi protesters burned US and Israeli flags as thousands of people demonstrated for a second day Friday in cities and towns across Iraq against an anti-Islam film that has sparked outrage in the Muslim world.

In the biggest protest, thousands of people turned out in the southern port city of Basra, carrying Iraqi flags and shouting slogans like, "There is no freedom by abuses to the feelings of two billion Muslims."


Will the protests ignite into a firestorm that sweeps the cities and all "the environs" with flames? Will Jeremiah's next prophecy of judgment come true over the next day or so? Are we seeing the literal fulfillment of a 2,600 year-old prophecy from the ancient hebrew scriptures?


Video: Friday protests rock the Muslim world

Published on Sep 21, 2012 by ITN News, report by Genelle Aldred

Will these "protests" spill over into Iraq? Will the cities be "set on fire"?


Pakistani 'Day of Love' protests turn deadly

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press - Friday, September 21, 2012
A demonstrator brandishes a stick near burning police vehicles during protests in Karachi on Friday. (AFP photo)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Protests over an anti-Muslim film turned violent Friday across Pakistan, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition at thousands of demonstrators who threw rocks and set fire to buildings. At least 17 people were killed and dozens were injured.
Muslims also marched in at least a half-dozen other countries, with some burning American flags and effigies of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Will these deadly protests in Pakistan and elsewhere in the Middle East spill over into Iraq?  Will the cities of the land of Babylon -- the modern-day nation of Iraq -- burn as prophesied by Jeremiah the hebrew prophet? -- "'I shall set fire to his cities, and it will devour all his environs... the broad wall of Babylon will be completely razed, and her high gates will be set on fire; so the peoples will toil for nothing, and the nations become exhausted (because of the) fire," (Jer 50:32; 51:58).