From THE NEW YORK TIMES By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
Published: July 1, 2011
BAGHDAD — Against a backdrop of rising violence against American soldiers, Iraqi security forces have unleashed a sweeping crackdown on Iranian-backed Shiite militants responsible for most of the lethal attacks, according to American and Iraqi officials.
The operation has been welcomed by the United States military, which announced the deaths of three Americans in southern Iraq on Thursday, bringing the total of combat-related deaths in June to 14 — the bloodiest month in three years.
Will the new crackdown bring about the conflagration of the cities of Chaldea, as prophesied by the hebrew prophet Jeremiah 2,600 years ago, which precipitates the abandonment of the nation by the occupying reconstructionists? --"'I shall set fire to (the) cities (of Babylon), and it will devour all (its) environs'... 'I had dispatched foreigners to Babylon that they would... devastate her land... [Afterward, they will say,] "We applied healing to Babylon, but she was not healed; (now) forsake her and let us each go to his own country, for her judgment has reached to heaven"... [For] the broad wall of Babylon will be completely torn down, and (then) her high gates [i.e., city centers] will be set on fire; so the (foreigners) will have toiled for nothing, and the nations will become exhausted (because of the) fire.'" (Jer 50:32, 51:2,9,58).