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June 30, 2016

The United States in a presidential election year is always weak on foreign policy. Obama has a limited amount of time left in office and he is desperately trying to ride out his last year without getting involved in a war in the Middle East. This strategy creates a dangerous situation for the United States and our allies. 

Obama wants to be known for shutting down the war in Iraq, scaling back in Afghanistan and re-opening the door to Cuba. All communist dictatorships are well aware of this weakness and we have seen North Korea flexing its muscles, China is expanding its man-made islands in the South China Sea and Russia moving aggressively in Syria, Ukraine and in the Baltic Sea. 

It is an understatement to say that the political climate in the Middle East is close to a boiling point, and if the United States and England fail to take the lead and defuse the situation, there could be a full scale war in Syria. Before I get into what is happening there today, it is first necessary to know the history of the area.

THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

The Ottoman Empire came into being around 1300 A.D. by Turkish tribes who were inspired by Islam to make war against Christians and expand the Muslim faith. Their barbarity was similar to what we see in ISIS today. In time, this fledgling empire expanded east, west and south, and at its height, it conquered Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Persia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan and the entire North African coast to Morocco.

Most of the people living in the empire were Muslim but there were pockets of Christianity. The Sultans used brute force to make different ethnic groups comply with the laws issued from Istanbul. Taxes were collected and all men could be conscripted into military service.

In 1918 at the end of World War I, the Ottoman Empire which had been aligned with Germany was divided by the British and French governments. England was represented at the Paris meeting by Sir Mark Sykes and France by François Georges Picot. A secret agreement had been worked out two years earlier on April 26, 1916, which became known as the Sykes-Picot agreement. The Russian government also agreed to divide the Ottoman Empire, which took place at the surrender of the Axis powers in 1918.

Lebanon and Syria became independent nations under the protection of France. England was given control over Palestine. Northern Iraq became a French province with the city of Mosul as its capital; the rest of Iraq became a British mandate, which also included Kuwait, Persia and the smaller Gulf States.

The Allies failed to take into the consideration the many ethnic groups that were split apart by their arbitrary political lines. The largest of them were the Kurds, who did not receive their own nation. Some Kurds ended up in Persia, some in Iraq, some in Syria and a large portion were in Turkey. This would foment a revolt that is still simmering today.

The Allies completely disregarded the fact that all Muslims are not the same. The two main groups are Sunni and Shiite. They hate each other with a vengeance and have been at war since 800 A.D.

Most Persians are Shiite; half the population in Iraq is Shiite and there are Shiites in Syria and Lebanon. The rest of the Muslim nations are Sunni.

There is an additional ethnic group called the Druses who dwell in Syria and Lebanon and want their own country. There is also the Alawites, an Islamic sect in Syria, with a few living in Turkey and some in Lebanon. The Alawites made up 12% of the Syrian population before the civil war broke out and the Assad family descends from this sect. When Bashar became the current dictator over Syria and replaced his father Hafed al-Assad, he continued the ruthless oppression of the people in Syria. The Assad family has been using the Alawite population to rule and suppress the Sunnis, Syrian Christians and the Druses.

The United States and the Soviet Union invaded Persia in 1941 and divided it into two zones – Northern Persia and Southern Persia. When the World War II ended, the United States forced the Soviet Union to give up Tehran and its portion of Persia. England was forced to relinquish Iraq, which it had taken when France became occupied by Germany in 1940. England also gave up Jordan and later Egypt and Yemen and all the other former French territories they also held.

Dictators from 1945 until the present day have come and gone in different nations and there has been no stability in the region.

The Zionist Jews in Palestine waged a guerilla war against the British from 1945 to 1948, when they announced the political State of Israel.

During the war that broke out in 1948 against the Arab states, millions of Palestinians were driven out of Israel and ended up in refugee camps in Syria, Jordan and Egypt. These three nations refused to allow the Palestinians to settle in their respective nations and they live in refugee camps to this day. This was done to pressure the Israeli’s into taking them back but Israel has refused to do so.

A REPORT FROM THE DAILY ALERT

On February 19, 2016, the following report was published by the Jewish news agency “Daily Alert,” which is published every day except Saturdays. It is prepared for the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

“Youssef Courbage, research director of the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris, notes that in Syria, the Alawites now have a fertility rate of slightly more than two children per woman, which is close to European averages, while the Sunnis still have five children per woman, though the Sunni urban upper classes had a fertility rate similar to the Alawite elites.

So far, the Syrian civil war has killed some 90,000 régime soldiers and 80,000 rebels.

The Alawite camp, which ruled over 21.5 million Syrians five years ago, now control just 10 million, or 63% of the 16 million people still in the country. Of those, Syrians still in the country, some 6.5 million have been uprooted, redrawing the communal map and contributing to the creation of more ethnically or religiously homogenous areas.

Religious minorities (Alawite, Christians and Druse) that represented just 22% of Syria’s total population are now 41% of the population in the territory controlled by the régime in Damascus.

The Sunnis form the great majority of refugees fleeing the country. One-fourth of Syria’s population - 5.3 million people - fled between 2011 and 2015. With this, the proportion of Alawites increased from 10% to 13% and the Arab Sunnis decreased from 64% to 61%. The proportion of the Christian community fell from 5% to 3%.

The exile of several million Syrians has also had a profound effect on Jordan and Lebanon. In Jordan, the influx of 600,000 Syrians after the arrival of 1 million Iraqis has distinctly reduced the proportion of Palestinians in the population.

In Lebanon, the arrival of 1.5 million Syrians has doubled the Sunni community there, far outnumbering the local Shia community.”

THE SPIRIT WORLD

Many Christians understand that the unrest in the Middle East is in reality a battle of the spirit world between Satan and God’s holy angels. This was revealed to the prophet Daniel about 400 years before Christ.

“And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.” (Daniel 10:4-14)

“Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.” (Daniel 10:20-21)

When the apostle Paul explained the highly regulated satanic spirit world, he used the Greek word “archon,” which is translated “principality” in the letter to the Ephesians.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Satan’s chain of command involves a prince or principality (high ranking fallen angel) over each nation that is strong enough to battle with Michael, the commander-in-chief of the holy angels. Under these princes or principalities are other high ranking fallen angels classified as “powers,” who are in charge of lesser rulers in the nations. Below these satanic rulers are other evil spirits or demons, which are the foot soldiers for the Devil and there is virtually an unlimited amount them on the earth.

The Bible has identified Gog as an archon who is the ruler over what is today Russia. (Ezekiel 38:1-3)

Gog is a powerful archon who has been positioned by Satan to stir up trouble in the Middle East. Satan will mobilize Gog at the end of the 1,000 years kingdom and send him to lead the last battle and lead the attack on Jerusalem to unseat Jesus. (Revelation 20:7-9)

ANGELS DO NOT AGE

Holy and unholy angels alike do not age; they maintain their positions from century to century. The archons over Russia, Persia and Greece are still the same and so are the rest of the archons over all the other nations in the world. This can be seen in the fierceness of Iran (Persia). This archon destroyed the kingdom of Babylon, which was ruled by another archon and now he is trying to re-establish the Persian Empire under the banner of Islam.

This leads to an interesting question. Is Satan fighting himself when these various archons battle each other? No, but the Devil allows the archons to compete against each other. They do not attack each other directly but use human beings as proxies. To them this is merely a chess game; they like to play war in much the same way humans like to play violent video games.

A recent example was the massive war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler were both demon possessed and Gog enjoyed a bloody war with the demon archon over Germany. Millions of Germans and Russians perished and these archons filled hell with unsaved people while they incurred no pain.

SATAN’S WAR GAMES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The Devil has summoned his archons once again to make war in the Middle East. The archon of Persia is ruling the people through the religion of Islam. This is a false religion created by Satan that gets even more complicated when you understand that the Devil has created factions within Islam which hate each other. Both the Shiites and Sunnis claim to be the true followers of Muhammad. Demons have convinced the mullahs (teachers) that the god of Islam wants them to eradicate each other and in the most cruel way possible. This is why there are public beheadings, hangings, stoning’s and people being burned alive. Women are captured and some are repeatedly raped until they die while others are taken as sex slaves for the enjoyment of the jihad warriors.

The archon of Persia has built a coalition of Shia Muslims from Afghanistan and Iraq, along with Shia Muslims from Lebanon, known by the name of Hezbollah.

ISIS is the crown jewel of Satan. Young Muslim men and women from around the world are enticed to join the jihad (holy war) against the infidels (anyone who is not Muslim). ISIS is being morphed into scores of Muslim nations and it is spreading like a cancerous tumor.

Christians need to be mobilized and use the spiritual weapons provided to us, namely prayer and fasting, that God will intervene and destroy the works of the Devil. There are no political solutions to the wars in the Middle East nor is using the military a viable answer. The key is to bring the Lion of Judah into the fight. Prayer and fasting will bring Jesus into the conflict to destroy the works of the Devil.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

INSANITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The way things are developing in the Middle East defies logic. The Iraqi government has joined forces with Iran, while the Kurds in northern Iraq and the United States are fighting against ISIS. Iran is backing the Assad régime in Syria, which is also backed by Hezbollah and Russia, who in turn is fighting ISIS and the Free Syrian Army, which is being backed by the United States. Meanwhile, Israel is sitting on the sideline and occasionally its air force will bomb Hezbollah.

In order to make sense of this mess, it is first necessary to sort out the tangled web of political and military alliances that defies anything ever seen before.

IS, ISIL & ISIS

Isis, Isil, IS or Daesh? A jihadist group with many names which controls large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq is sometimes referred to by different names by English-speaking governments and media.

They have also spawned affiliates in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and UN and U.S. officials generally use the acronym “Isil,” which stands for “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.”

The group itself has not used that name since June of 2014 when it declared the creation a caliphate and shortened its name to “Islamic State” (IS) to reflect its expansionist ambitions.

Since then, BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation) has been using that term, but qualifying it as “Islamic State group” or “self-styled Islamic State” and shortening it to “IS” on subsequent mentions.

Other media have continued to use “Isil” or “Isis,” which is based on the other widely used translations of the group’s former name “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.”

The term “Daesh” (or Da’ish) has also gained ground in the Middle East and further abroad and has been used as a way of challenging the legitimacy of the group due to the negative connotations of the word. Daesh is essentially an Arabic acronym formed from the initial letters of the group’s previous name in Arabic – “al-Dawla al-Islamiya fil Iraq wa al-Sham.” Although it does not mean anything as a word in Arabic, it sounds unpleasant and the group’s supporters object to its use. Daesh also sounds similar to an Arabic verb that means to tread underfoot, trample down, or crush something.

DEFINING

In examining ISIS, the first thing we need to do is to identify the different names this group is using. Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations do not like to use the names such as IS, ISIL and ISIS because they do want to give recognition to this lawless group. The BBC has embraced this thinking in order to label them as a renegade Muslim movement.

“The root of the Isil-Isis inconsistency lies in the Arabic word ‘al-Sham.’

At first, news outlets were unsure how to translate it into English, as it was not immediately clear what the group was actually referring to.

Al-Sham can be translated variously as ‘the Levant,’ ‘Greater Syria,’ ‘Syria” or even “Damascus.’

The term al-Sham was commonly used during the rule of the Muslim Caliphs from the 7th Century to describe the area between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates, Anatolia (is present day Turkey) and Egypt.

It was used until the first half of the 20th Century, when Britain and France drew the new borders of the Middle East and created nation states.

The term ‘Levant’ had for centuries been used by English speakers to describe the eastern part of the Mediterranean, with its islands and the countries adjoining.

After World War One, the colonial powers understood it to be the area comprising what is now Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and part of south-eastern Turkey.

However, the term’s colonial association means it would be unlikely to be endorsed by the jihadists. They would also probably object to using just ‘Syria,’ as it suggests their aspirations are limited to the modern state’s borders. Various experts have therefore said that the word al-Sham should not be translated Daesh.

In the Arabic-speaking world, where the use of acronyms is otherwise uncommon, Daesh is used widely but with pejorative overtones.

The label has gained currency despite or perhaps as a direct consequence of the irritation it causes the group, and is now used widely across the world by politicians and in the media.

‘Frankly, this evil death cult is neither a true representation of Islam, nor is it a state,’ UK Prime Minister David Cameron told Parliament in December 2015 when announcing that his government would be joining France in calling the group ‘Daesh’ rather than ‘Isil.’”[1]

I will use the name Daesh during the rest of this article to refer to the Islamic State (IS).

DAESH

Daesh began as a rebel group led by a radical Jordanian Muslim named Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in 1999. His organization was initially called “The Organization of Monotheism and Jihad.” Saddam Hussein held a tight grip on Iraq and this meant that Zarqawi had to operate in Egypt. By 2004 he had moved his operation into Iraq and renamed his group “The Organization of Jihad’s Base in Mesopotamia.”

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi Saddam Hussein Osama bin Laden

Zarqawi declared jihad (holy war) against all Shiites in Iraq in 2005 and used his terror organization to send in suicide bombers against American soldiers and Shia militias. He had declared allegiance to Osama bin Laden and joined forces with al-Qaeda, claiming that he was an extension of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

In 2006 Zarqawi joined his organization with other Sunni insurgent groups and founded the Mujahideen Shura Council. The American military command made Zarqawi a top priority on their killing list. They received word that he was in a certain house and dropped two guided 500 pound bombs which killed all the people who had gathered for the conference.

The Mujahideen Shura Council merged with other Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq and the new larger group gave themselves the name “The Islamic State of Iraq.” (ISI) The leaders for this new organization were an Iraqi named Abu Omar al-Baghdadi (born 1971) and an Egyptian named Abu Ayyub al-Masri (1968-2010). Masri had been the second-in-command under Zarqawi but he did not live long after ISI had been formed. U.S. intelligence operators located al-Masri on April 18, 2010 and there was a joint attack by US and Iraqi army forces. After a fierce firefight, Masri and his terrorist members were found dead in the house. This left Baghdadi as the remaining leader for ISI. 

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the official leader of Daesh, but in reality he is just a front man for an organization that is still largely unknown. Baghdadi was a long time student at an Islamic center in Baghdad prior to the American invasion in 2003 and it is claimed that he holds a doctorate degree in Islam. Before the invasion he was involved with small rebel groups which joined the insurgency against the American occupation government. He was arrested by the U.S. army on February 2, 2004 and held in a prison camp until December of that year when the American authorities listed him as a low level operator in the uprising and not worth incarceration.

It is important to understand that it requires money to organize a terror group. There must be salaries since most of the men in the group do not have regular jobs. Firearms, explosives and vehicles must be acquired. It is not known who initially financed Zarqawi, but once he arrived in Iraq, he became part of the insurgent movement which consisted of former Iraqi army officers and soldiers. They had sufficient weapons, ammunition, explosives and money.

TURKEY AND THE INSURGENTS

Even though Turkey is a Muslim nation, it has ties with Israel and there has been cooperation between the respective military’s of Turkey and Israel. Trade has flourished between these two nations and many Israeli’s choose to vacation in Turkey. The reason for this cozy relationship dates back to 1666, when Sabbatai Sevi proclaimed himself to be the Jewish messiah in Constantinople.[2]

Sevi was arrested and he was given the ultimatum of death or converting to Islam. To the astonishment to his disciples, Sevi chose to become a Muslim. Nathan of Gaza later explained that Sevi had to sacrifice himself to pay for the sins of the Jews and that it was the duty of all Jews to follow his example and convert to the religion of the nation in which they lived. Nevertheless, they were to secretly remain Kabbalistic Jews and followers of Sabbatai and renounce the religion they had acquired on their death beds. Pronouncing their faith in Sabbatai Sevi at the end of their life would give them eternal life.

They became known as “Crypto Jews” and in Turkey they were known as “Donmeh.” Their marching order was to further the cause of Judaism, particularly the Kabbalistic agenda.

There was a revolution in the Ottoman Empire in 1908 that became known as the revolt of the “Young Turks.” Behind this movement were the crypto Jews, and once the revolution succeeded, they began to infiltrate the military and political offices.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was a Turkish army officer who led the revolt in 1923. He was born in the city of Salonika, which was a center for Turkish crypto Jews, and they were responsible for propelling him to power.

He is credited with being the founder of the Republic of Turkey and his surname of Atatürk – Father of the Turks – was bestowed upon him in 1934 and forbidden to any other person by the Turkish parliament.

Atatürk became the first president of the republic of Turkey and he turned the country into to a secular state. Educated crypto Jews rose to high positions within the government, military and the educational system.

It is interesting to note that Turkey sided with Nazi Germany during World War II even though it was a de facto Jewish state. The crypto Jews established strong ties with Israel after the war and the formation of Israel in 1948.

In 2001 a politician named Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (born 1954) founded a political party named “Justice and Development Party.” He had been an opponent of Israel and wanted to destroy the crypto Jewish grip on Turkey. Erdoğan had been in opposition to the government for several years, and when he read a poem at a political rally in 1999, he was arrested and imprisoned for 4 months.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Recep Tayyip Erdoğan George W. Bush

Erdoğan’s party became popular with the people and he became the Prime Minister on February 9, 2003, a post he held until 2014 when he was elected president of Turkey.

When President George W. Bush was preparing to invade Iraq 2003, he wanted to open a second front in the north and requested that Turkey allow the 4th infantry division to land in Turkey and travel east to the Iraqi border. The Turkish parliament denied the request and Erdoğan stood firm that no American troops would be allowed on Turkish soil even though Turkey was a member of NATO.

The crypto Jews began to plot to overthrow Erdoğan. Political coups in Turkey were not new; in 1980 the general in charge of the armed forces revolted against the sitting government and overthrew it. A joint committee of officers from Turkish military branches ruled Turkey until 1983 when the country was returned to civilian rule.

Erdoğan’s political party maintains a private intelligence service, which alerted him to the conspiracy and he subsequently ordered the arrest of 49 senior officers from the military in February of 2010. Most of these officers were crypto Jews. The coup was stopped by showing strong force and no fear and Erdoğan emerged as a tough and capable ruler.

Erdoğan broke off a number of trade agreements, military contracts and joint military training exercises with Israel following the failed coup.

Once Erdoğan settled the issue with the crypto Jews and Israel, he set out to put down the Kurdish revolt in the east and this bloody war has not ended.

Erdoğan does not like Bashar al-Assad, whose family has ruled Syria since 1971. When the Syrian civil war broke out in March 2011, Erdoğan ordered his intelligence service (MIT) to support the Syrian rebels. He did not want to send Turkish ground troops into Syria, but he and his staff decided they would also intervene by using Baghdadi and his Daesh organization to topple the Assad régime.

Daesh was a small organization and the MIT began hiring former officers and soldiers from Saddam Hussein’s dissolved army. Hussein was a Sunni Muslim and his government and army consisted of Sunnis. Saddam was merciless in his persecution of Shiites in Iraq. The current government in Iraq is comprised of Shiites who have been retaliating against the Sunnis for their oppression.

Prior to the invasion of Iraq, the United States had informed the Iraqi army officers they would be rewarded if they laid down their weapons and did not resist the invasion. Paul Bremer was appointed Presidential Envoy to Iraq but he double-crossed the units that did not fight after the invasion when he dissolved Iraqi army and took away their income. There was great anger among the newly unemployed Iraqi Sunni officers and soldiers and they signed up in large numbers when the offer came to join the newly organized Daesh and fight the Shiites.

Bashar al-Assad Paul Bremer

Turkey did not have the finances to support this operation; instead, the money came from Arab countries of the Persian Gulf like the kingdom of Qatar, which has been ruled by the Thani family since 1850’s. Qatar is a small nation of 2.1 million people but it is rich in oil and natural gas deposits. The royal Thani family has trillions of dollars at its disposal. They created Al Jazzeera, an Arabic television network which operated for a few years in the United States. This has been used to instigate uprisings in a number of Arab nations, particularly in Egypt.

DEVELOPING INTO AN ARMY

The invasion and the occupation of Iraq by the United States was popular at first with the American people, but just like the war in Vietnam, once the people learned that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, they realized President Bush had lied to them. As more and more American soldiers were killed and others were maimed for life, pressure began to build for the U.S. to get out of Iraq.

Rebuilding the Iraq’s army became a priority, but it did not go well since the country’s three major people groups did not get along. The Shiites from southern Iraq controlled the new government whereas the Sunnis were punished and the Kurds lived happily in the north, rebuilding their society with the help of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.

President Bush ordered the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq in 2007 and Barack Obama accelerated the process when he took office. The last of the American troops left Iraq in 2011 and this gave Daesh the opportunity to move into the open and build up its membership.

Turkey’s MIT moved in to Iraq and began to help Baghdadi develop his insurgency group into an army. With adequate money flowing in, it was easy for him to recruit former military officers and soldiers from Saddam Hussein’s army. He also employed former Iraqi intelligence operators and government officials from the Ba'ath Party.

Once the United States had withdrawn from Iraq, many of the prisoners released from prisons joined Daesh. A former colonel in Saddam’s intelligence service, Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, better known under the name Haji Bakr, became the overall military commander of the Daesh army. He and other former Iraqi intelligence officers became the real leadership behind Baghdadi, who had no military experience. In order to solidify Baghdadi’s grip on power, Bakr and his team of intelligence officers began a purge within the different insurgent groups and scores of lesser leaders were killed.

Once Daesh had established itself under the name ISIS in Syria, Bakr became the deputy commander of Daesh held territories in that country. He was assassinated by members of other insurgent groups in January of 2014.

The military command of Daesh simultaneously attacked two prisons in Iraq in July of 2013. The prison complex in Taji, which is located north of Baghdad, and the infamous Abu Graib prison, located 20 miles west of Baghdad. More than 500 prisoners were freed and most of them joined Daesh. These men were hardcore insurgents, who had either been captured by American or Iraqi forces.

BUILDING A STATE APPARATUS

Baghdadi is a man that has studied the Koran extensively and became radicalized. He does not have the skill to create and run a government and it is clear that the former Iraqi intelligence officers, along with army and air force officers were used to build the infrastructure for the Islamic State of Iraq. Turkish intelligence and military officers, along with civil government servants were integrated with the Daesh organization to form a functional government.

INTERNET PROPAGANDA

With an influx of cash from Qatar, young people from different nations were hired to create websites and set up Facebook and Twitter accounts. Studios were built in Daesh occupied territory and skilled camera men and video producers were hired. State of the art computers and equipment was purchased on the world market.

Skilled intelligence agents trained in disinformation and propaganda were assembled and suddenly Daesh was a force to be reckoned with on the internet. The videos produced were gory, showing close-ups of people being beheaded and the subsequent blood dripping out after the decapitation. Mass executions were a huge draw for Daesh as they showed men chained together, forced to kneel and then massacred with blood running on the ground.

The flogging of men and women was also shown and people could see the blood running down the back and hear the screams of agony. Women accused of being unfaithful to a Daesh fighter were stoned and the camera captured their screams of pain until death took them. Recruits were attracted to the blood and gore shown in the videos.

WORLD WIDE RECRUITING

Recruiting videos were made that showed Daesh fighters attacking Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, capturing and torturing of them and cutting their heads off. The message to young Muslim men and women in Europe, Africa, Australia and the United States was for them to come and join the Jihad against the infidels.

Fighters who joined Daesh were promised a base salary no less than $800 per month, free room and board, and access to captured slave women. It is interesting that Daesh operates in US dollars; they did not trust local national currencies.

A fighter is told that if he dies in battle, he would immediately be taken to the Muslim heaven, where he will be given scores of beautiful virgins to have sex with for eternity and all the alcohol he could drink. It is ironic that Muslim’s may not drink alcohol on earth but they are afforded all they want in their version of heaven.

Tens of thousands of young Muslim men from the Scandinavian countries, Germany, Austria, France, England, Spain, Canada, United States, Australia, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Russia traveled to Syria via Turkey and on to training camps in Iraq.

This recruitment surge became the equivalent of the Islamic Foreign Legion, and between Turkish and Iraqi military instructors, they had to go through a grueling boot camp. Any recruit who failed to obey orders or wanted go home was made a public example in front of other recruits and beheaded. Other forms of punishment consist of severe flogging in public and being chained to a post for a period of time after being flogged.

The training was brutal and the recruits became sadistic killers by the time they were transferred to combat units; they showed no mercy to the Iraqi or Syrian soldiers. As they moved through towns and villages, men, older women and children were lined up and shot without mercy, while the young women were taken to become wives or sex slaves. To brutalize and put fear in civilians, women were openly raped on the streets by scores of fighters, each taking turn. 

Muslim families and single women from other Muslim nations were invited to come to the new Caliphate and build a Muslim dream society and thousands of people responded and moved to Daesh held territory in Syria and Iraq. They did not know that they were moving into a absolute hellhole with a régime so brutal that the bloody French revolution could be likened to a Sunday school picnic.

ONLY ONE OPEN BORDER

There is only one way to enter Syria and Iraq for people coming to join Daesh and that is through Turkey, which is a police state with tight security system and one of the most effective intelligence services in the world. President Erdoğan wants to keep the borders open for Daesh recruits since it is being supported by the Turkish government.

The American media has not pointed out to the American people that tens of thousands of young men have flown into Turkey, had their passports checked by the Turkish police, and then taken trains or buses to the border with Syria and simply crossed into Daesh territory.

Daesh has taken over the oil fields in Syria and they are sending oil in tanker trucks to Turkey. These trucks must pass through customs and then are driven to Turkish ports, where they are loaded on oil tankers. Daesh has made billions of dollars on this enterprise.

When the American military command was asked why the oil fields, refineries and thousands of oil trucks were not bombed, they answered that the people working in the oil fields and driving the trucks are civilians and therefore off limits. Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly accused Turkey of contributing financially to Daesh, and not long after this American aircraft began targeting oil fields, refineries and the trucks.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Once a terror group has grown and able to hold territory, it has to develop a civil government in order to rule the people they have conquered. The men running the Daesh organization knew that money would be the first priority. They looted the banks once they had taken control of cities in Iraq and Syria. In a stroke of irony, once they took over the electric power generation in Syria and Iraq, they have been selling electricity to the nations they are actively trying to destroy and these governments have been paying Daesh for the electrical power that has been stolen from them. When Daesh took control of Mosul, the Baghdad government kept sending money to the civil servants in Mosul, even though they were now working for Daesh.

Daesh has destroyed most of the major archeology sites in the areas they control, stating that these are idol worship places that Muhammad ordered destroyed. But before these thousand years old places were destroyed, all items that could be salvaged were taken and sold to dealers in Turkey, who in turn sold them on the world market. Millions of dollars ended up flowing in to Daesh from historical artifacts that can never be replaced.

People living in the Daesh occupied areas are forced to pay taxes and failure to comply means death by beheading. The court system in these cities has also been taken over by Daesh appointed judges, who are strictly enforcing Sharia law.

In December 2015, the United States began bombing banks in Mosul and other cities, incinerating millions of dollars in cash which has forced Daesh to reduce the salaries of its fighters.

Hospitals cannot function without aid from Turkey, and much of the general infrastructure is maintained by the Turkish MIT, including roads and bridges.

Remember that when the United States was at war in Vietnam from 1955 until 1975, it was the CIA that financed the secret war in Laos and Cambodia under the leadership of the Hmong General Vang Pau and his soldiers from the tribes in the mountains in Laos. Air America was a CIA owned and operated airline that supplied the Hmong army with arms, ammunition, food, medicine and tactical training by U.S. Army rangers. When questions arose in the press, the Pentagon stated there was no CIA operation in Laos, which was officially off limits to American military forces.

DAESH AND DRUGS

The Middle East had got a drug problem just like the rest of the world. The drug of choice for young people is Captagon, which is a combination of theophylline and amphetamine. Captagon was illegally manufactured in Syria prior to the outbreak of the civil war and sold through Turkey and Lebanon to other nations in the Middle East. There were a number of labs around the city of Aleppo, which fell to anti-Assad forces in 2012. The Daesh leadership got into the production of Captagon in labs in their held territory to supply its fighters before they go into combat and also to sell on the black market to raise cash for  its ongoing battles.

Daesh commanders have their fighters take Captagon pills before going into battle. The effect is amazing in that a man does not sleep for several days, is immune to fear, feels no pain when injured, and inhibits his thinking. It can also make the fighter crazy and filled with rage against the enemy soldiers. Any soldiers captured by Daesh fighters high on this drug will be tortured and mutilated before they are killed.

Another choice drug used on Daesh fighters is an anti-anxiety drug called Zolam. When these fighters are told to take such drugs before a battle, they turn into raging maniacs that feel no pain and do not fear death. This is similar to the way the Vikings fought in the 800’s when they would ingest ground up mushroom powder prior to a battle. These fearsome warriors became known as berserkers and they would not stop until the enemy hacked them to death, but in the meantime, these Vikings would have killed a lot of people.

There is one thing police officers fear in the United States and that is encountering a person high on amphetamine. Since the drugged person does not feel any pain, he won’t stop until he has been subdued or killed.

It is strange that the Daesh leadership claims to uphold the Koran, but when it comes to sex, drugs and violence, they seem to have no religion at all and behave in a morally corrupt manner. 

THE FALL OF MOSUL

The city of Mosul is located north of Baghdad and the Tigris River runs through this town of some 2.5 million people. It once had a university, medical school and was a provincial administration center. There was a textile industry, oil refineries and it was the center for agricultural productivity in the province. It also has a dam that is used to generate electricity and is part of the electrical grid in Iraq.

The city population was a mix of Kurds, Assyrians, Sunnis and some Shiites. When the American military withdrew from Iraq, the people in Mosul did not favor the Shia government in Baghdad.

Daesh forces under the command of Abu Abdulrahman al-Bilawi, a former Iraqi Army captain launched an attack to take control of Mosul on June 4, 2014. The city was defended by police units under the command of General Mahdi Gharawi and an army unit of five hundred soldiers.

The Iraqi army command had withdrawn its tanks from the city in order to use them in the Anbar province where Daesh was forcefully attacking. They had taken a number of small cities on the road to Syria from Baghdad, and on January 4, 2014, the city of Fallujah fell to Daesh. This cut off the supply roads to the larger city of Ramadi, located west of Fallujah and then the battle started for the city of Ramadi.

Bilawi was killed in the first day of the battle for Mosul as his army of Daesh fighters in pick-up trucks forced themselves through a checkpoint and entered the city. The Daesh were high on drugs and had no fear of death, just a burning desire to find and destroy the enemy. Captured Iraqi soldiers were hanged, burned or crucified, which put great fear in the ranks of the Iraqi soldiers. There was no air support except for government helicopters dropping makeshift bombs on the Daesh forces, which had little impact. In the southern part of Mosul, five Daesh suicide bombers swarmed into an Iraqi government storage area for ammunition and destroyed it with their explosives.

The 1,500 attacking Daesh forces were inferior in number compared to the 22,500 Iraqi soldiers. The commander of the Daesh forces kept unleashing wave after wave of suicide bombers, some of them driving cars loaded with explosives and driving into checkpoints and killing everyone. There were also sleeper cells inside Mosul and they attacked from behind the front lines and the Iraqi soldiers were gripped with fear.

The night before the final attack began on June 9th, all the Iraqi officers left their units and ran off in the darkness, throwing off their uniforms and fleeing south toward Baghdad. When dawn arrived, the Iraqi soldiers realized that their officers were gone and panic gripped them. They abandoned their positions, took off their uniforms and dressed in civilian clothing. Some tried to blend into the civilian population while others also headed south toward Baghdad.

Thousands of brand new U.S. military vehicles, artillery, helicopters, along with tens of thousands of small arms and ammunition were captured by the Daesh forces. All this equipment had been paid for by the American taxpayers.

The Daesh forces then attacked south and took the city of Kirkuk, opened the doors to the prison and releaseed close to a 1,000 prisoners, many of them were insurgents who had been captured by the Iraqi forces. Daesh forces took control of the city of Tikrit on June 11th, the hometown of the former dictator Saddam Hussein and again they opened the prison and released 300 inmates.

The western media painted Daesh as an unstoppable war machine that would take all of Iraq. This was not true as they were small in number but the fighters were strung out on drugs and able to win battles because the Iraqi officers had deserted their positions and left the soldiers to fend for themselves without any leadership.

A WAR MACHINE FROM HELL

On the morning of August 3, 2014, Daesh forces captured the city of Sinjar, with a population of 88,000 and the surrounding countryside. This was the center of the Yazidis, a religious minority dating back to the old religions of Mesopotamia. They believe that Yazidi men and women should only marry one another and for thousands of years this group has withstood the attack of Islam and held their own religion and culture.

The city of Sinjar had a Kurdish Peshmerga unit of 250 men stationed there to protect the city but they withdrew that night and the city was left defenseless.   

The Daesh commander ordered his men to show no mercy and the bewildered civilians were told to convert to the Daesh brand of Islam or be killed. Anyone who resisted was killed on the spot.  200,000 people from Sinjar and surrounding villages fled north toward Kurdish territory. Some 50,000 of them ended up on the Sinjar Mountains, surrounded by Daesh fighters, who were intent on killing them all. Only the intervention from the United States and other nations saved them. A small coalition consisting of the U.S., France and England sent aircraft to drop food and water from the air, while the U.S. air force delivered massive airstrikes against the Daesh forces, knocking out their tanks and military vehicles. Kurdish forces from Turkey and Iraq carved out a safe zone and were able to move the people to safety.

In the meantime Daesh fighters went from house to house in Sinjar, shooting the men and taking the women as war trophies. Thousands of Yazidi females were taken and sold in the slave markets of Mosul, Al-Raqqah and other cities to Daesh fighters. It was not uncommon for some of the women to be raped more than a hundred times by a Daesh unit, most of them did not survive the trauma and died of injuries sustained during the orgy. It has been estimated that some 2,000 Yazidi men and boys were executed during this period.

RAMADI

After Daesh units were decimated in the fierce airstrikes and they encountered strong resistance from Peshmerga forces, the leadership ordered its troops to attack in the west of Iraq and focus on the Anbar province. Ramadi with a population of 192,000 was captured on May 15, 2015.

In spite of being rearmed, the Iraqi army was not able to hold the city. The officers and soldiers were afraid of being captured and they chose to run instead of staying and fighting. Daesh had an ample amount of suicide bombers that would drive vehicles to the frontline and detonate them.

The pattern was the same as soon as Daesh took over Ramadi. Civilians were rounded up and young women became the target for drug crazed Daesh fighters who found it impossible to satisfy the raging sex drive stemming from the amphetamine drugs they were taking.

The few Iraqi soldiers, security officers and government officials who had the misfortune of being captured were brutally murdered.

DAESH IN SYRIA

The city of Al-Raqqah, with a population of some 220,000 people was taken in the Syrian civil war in March of 2013 by joint forces from the Al-Nusra Front, Free Syrian Army and other small groups. Since the Al-Nusra group was the strongest in this coalition, they took control once the city was taken and ordered that Sharia law be observed, setting up their own court at the city’s sports arena. People not following the strict new laws were flogged, some were hanged and thieves had their hands cut off. Al-Raqqah became the capitol for the Syrian uprising against Assad.

Daesh forces arrived January of 2014 and took control of the city after driving the Syrian rebel forces out of town. It was then proclaimed by the Daesh leadership, that Al-Raqqah was the new capital of the Daesh caliphate.

Large numbers of people fled the city as the Daesh fighters moved in. The brutality of the Al-Nusra Front was mild compared to the new régiments put in place by the Daesh leadership.

KOBANI

It was during the battle for Kobani, that the world finally realized that Daesh was not an unbeatable force. The city of Kobani is located 1.8 miles from the Turkish border with a population of 40,000. It is located in the Kurdish part of Syria and the Assad régime lost control of the city and the surrounding area on July 19, 2012, when the People’s Protection Units (YPG) took over Kobani. They are also known as the People’s Defense Units and are the main armed service of the Kurdish Supreme Committee, which is the government of Syrian Kurdistan. The city has been under Kurdish control as the YPG and Kurdish politicians exercise autonomy for the area they consider part of Syrian Kurdistan.

The Turkish government has been fighting the Kurds living in Turkey for some 30 years and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has been a thorn in Turkey’s side during that time. The group has Marxist-Leninist roots and was formed in the late 1970’s and launched an armed struggle against the Turkish government in 1984, calling for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey.

You can imagine that President Erdoğan was delighted when Daesh came against Kobani and destroyed any Kurdish type of government in the area. On September 13, 2014 the Daesh armed forces command, made up mostly by former Iraqi soldiers from the era of Saddam Hussein, gave the order to attack Kobani. Before attacking the city, they began taking 350 Kurdish cities and villages in the region to create a refugee wave of more than 300,000 Kurds that fled over the border to Turkey. Daesh controlled the surrounding area by October 2nd. Another wave of more than 100,000 Kurds were able to flee, making it a total refugee wave of 400,000 people.

It was now clear to the YPG that they could not hold back Daesh by themselves and they requested help from the Free Syrian Army and Peshmerga units from Iraq. At the same time aircraft from U.S. and Saudi Arabia started heavy bombing and strafing sorties against the Daesh forces.

Turkey was officially opposing Daesh in an alliance with the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and a number of other Arab states, but they secretly assisted Daesh by refusing to allow Peshmerga forces from Iraq to travel through Turkey and on to Kobani.

The battle for Kobani began on September 20, 2014. Daesh had initial success as they were able to penetrate the city and hold more than 70% of it until Turkey was pressured by the United States to allow reinforcements from Iraq into Kobani. Most of the civilian population had fled as the battle raged from street to street and house to house. It could be likened to the horrible fighting that took place in Stalingrad during World War II, when more than a million Germans and Russians died in a human meat grinder.

President Erdoğan secretly wanted Daesh to win and only allowed 50 Syrian Free Army soldiers to proceed from Iraq to Kobani on October 29th after fierce fighting had taken place. These reinforcements were essentially a drop in the bucket since Daesh had committed 9,000 men to this battle, including the captured American tanks and artillery. Erdoğan reluctantly allowed a convoy of 20 vehicles with 150 Peshmerga fighters across the border on October 31st  with their heavy weapons.

The defenders of Kobani consisted of less than 2,000 men and they showed the world that Daesh was an intimidating force with their drug crazed radicals but they could be defeated on the battlefield.

Erdoğan did everything he could to help Daesh by refusing to let the U.S. bring in ammunition, food, water and medical supplies through Turkey. The U.S. had to rely upon its heavy C-5 Galaxy aircraft to drop all the supplies needed by the Kurds to hold off Daesh.

On November 5, 2014 the Iraqi Kurdish government in Erbil secretly delivered truckloads of ammunition to the defenders of Kobani.

The Kurdish forces went on the offensive on November 8th and new horrible battles raged as Daesh used suicide bombers to blunt the offensive. The last Daesh fighter was killed and Kobani was liberated on January 27, 2015. The problem was that the whole city had been destroyed in the process. It was literally a city of ruins.

The Kurdish forces began to clear the entire region from Daesh and by April 17th they had recaptured 332 of the towns and villages lost to Daesh.

Because the Kurdish forces did not have tanks and heavy artillery, they were not able to advance on Al-Raqqah and the war in the Kobani area came to a pause.

According to Kurdish military sources, 4,460 Daesh soldiers had been killed in the attack on Kobani, half of the troops they had committed to the fight.

Much of the American tanks, trucks and artillery that had been captured from the battle in Mosul and Ramadi had been destroyed by air strikes and the Daesh military command realized there would be no more easy victories in the future.

Daesh fighters crossed the Turkish border from Iraq on June 25, 2015 and drove to Kobani. They donned uniforms worn by Kurdish security forces and entered the city. Civilians had begun to return and the disguised Daesh fighters started massacring them on the streets. Another group of Daesh fighters drove to the village of Barkh Butan, where they executed 26 Syrian Kurds, some of them women and children. This suicide raid claimed the lives of 164 civilians with more than 200 wounded.

THE CITY OF PALMYRA

Palmyra (also known as Tadmur) is an ancient city dating back thousands of years and contains archeological remnants from ancient civilizations. A modern city was built in 1932 next to the old city. A census in 2004 revealed that some 51,000 people lived in the city while 55,000 people lived in surrounding area.

Palmyra is located in the middle of the Syrian Desert and has been a tourist attraction for many years. It also serves as a center for Syria’s phosphate mining and natural gas industries.

The British took Palmyra during World War II and built an airbase outside the city, which the Syrian government enlarged over the years. The Assad régime had also built ammunition and supply depots around the airbase.

The Daesh military command decided to attack the city of Palmyra and drive out Assad’s forces from the region after the losses around Kobani and the setbacks in Iraq to the Peshmerga. Assad’s army was in poor shape at this time and most of the fighting was being carried out by Iranian troops and Hezbollah troops from Lebanon.

Daesh military units attacked Palmyra on May 13, 2015. It was a fierce battle that again resulted in house to house fighting. The battles seesawed back and forth with heavy losses on both sides. But on May 30, 2015, the Syrian army was pushed out of the city and forced to retreat west and set up new lines of defense.

The Syrian army officers fled west, abandoning civilians and leaving drafted Syrian soldiers to fend for themselves when the city could no longer be held. The ruthless oppression began once again as Daesh soldiers went looking house to house for Syrian soldiers who had been left behind and were in hiding. Hundreds were found and taken to public squares where they were forced to sit and wait to be killed. Some were beheaded, but most were forced to kneel in rows and then simply shot without mercy. Any civilian who expressed sympathy for the Assad régime was publicly executed. Fear gripped the population as Daesh enforced strict Sharia law.

Assad ordered his forces to retake Palmyra and the Syrian army was able to fight its way to within 3 miles of the city in July of 2015 before they were stopped.

The commander of the Daesh forces in Palmyra ordered a brutal crackdown on anyone who showed support for the Syrian army. Twenty six civilians were publically executed on May 14, 2015, with ten of them being beheaded. The next day 23 more people were killed, nine of them were children.

Two hundred eighty civilians and captured Syrian soldiers were killed on May 22nd. Some were beheaded while others were shot in public for all to see. Once the city was retaken by the Syrian army, there were many mass graves found with hundreds of bodies. The propaganda department of Daesh showed 25 teenagers kneeling down and shot in the back of their heads; the video circulated on social media.

About a year before Daesh took Palmyra, the Syrian army removed as many relics as possible and hid them. The commanding officer of Daesh in Palmyra ordered the destruction of all archeological sites and Daesh fighters were busy dynamiting or bulldozing ruins that were 4,000 years old.

Khaled al-Asaad was an 83 year old Syrian man who had been placed in charge of the ruins in Palmyra for the last 50 years. He was arrested and tortured by Daesh told to reveal the location of the hidden relics. When Assad refused to reveal what he knew, he was taken to a public square, beheaded and then his body was hung on a column in the middle of the old city of Palmyra.

Khaled al-Asaad Vladimir Putin Barack Obama

With the loss of Palmyra, it became clear to Bashar al-Assad he would be driven out of power unless he received military assistance from Russia. Iran and Hezbollah needed outside help to defeat Daesh. Then there was the issue of the Syrian Free Army and all other rebel groups who were pressing closer and closer to Damascus. Invoking Syria’s treaty with Russia, Assad requested direct military intervention from Putin.

It soon became clear to Vladimir Putin that more aircraft and ground troops were necessary and he requested permission from the Russian parliament on September 30, 2015 to deploy more Russian military forces to Syria. There was the treaty between Syria and Russia and the president of Syria had requested military assistance. Putin now had the legal authority according to International Law to send combat troops to Syria. It did not take long for the Russian military to start a massive build and Barack Obama could only watch the Russians outmaneuvered him in Syria.

SYRIA & RUSSIAALLIES SINCE 1946

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and the following account will seem so unless you are well versed in history. With the end of World War I in 1918, emissaries from France, England and the United States met in Paris to divide the spoils of war. Germany’s colonies were shared among the British and the French. The Ottoman Empire was dismantled and Turkey was stripped of its land holdings in what are today Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Iran and the Saudi Arabian peninsula.

Instead of giving the people in the Middle East freedom, Syria and Lebanon became French mandates, Palestine became a British mandate, Jordan and Iraq was controlled by Britain, and Iran and Saudi Arabia became British interest areas with some type of a national government.

A short-lived independent Kingdom of Syria was established under Faisal I of the Hashemite family in 1920. However, his rule ended after only a few months following the Battle of Maysalun. French troops occupied Syria later that year after the San Remo conference proposed that the League of Nations put Syria under a French mandate.

The people in Syria were furious because they had been offered independence for their part in a guerilla war against Turkey during World War I and there was great hate toward the Western powers.

In 1925, Sultan al-Atrash led a revolt that began in the Druze Mountains and engulfed Syria and parts of Lebanon. Atrash won several battles against the French, notably the Battle of al-Kafr on July 21, 1925, the Battle of al-Mazraa on August 23, 1925, and the battles of Salkhad, al-Musayfirah and Suwayda. France sent thousands of troops from Morocco and Senegal, making it possible for them to regain many cities although resistance lasted until 1927.

Syria and France negotiated a treaty of independence in September of 1936 and Hashim al-Atassi was the first president to be elected under the first incarnation of the modern republic of Syria. The treaty was never ratified by the French parliament, and when Germany invaded France in 1940, the Germans set up a pro-Nazi government and France became known as Vichy France. Through the use of French troops, Germany controlled Syria until British and the Free French Army defeated the Vichy forces and occupied Syria.

On October 24, 1945, four months after World War II ended in Europe, Syria declared itself as an independent republic, the same day in which the United Nations was founded. Syria sent a delegation to New York and became one of the founding nations of the UN.

France did not want to withdraw its troops from Syria and the new Syrian government put pressure on the British government to force out all French military forces and this finally occurred in April of 1946 when the last French troops left.

As World War II was winding down in 1944, it was clear that Germany had lost the war. The Syrian provincial government knew they would need help in evicting the French occupiers. The Syrians did not trust the Western powers and knew the Soviet Union would turn on the Western powers as soon as the war was over and would therefore be a useful ally.

Joseph Stalin was more than happy to extend his influence into the Middle East and diplomatic relations were established between the Soviet Union and Syria in July of 1944, which enabled Stalin to place secret agents in Syria, which was the beginning of the Soviet spy network in Syria. The secret police of the Soviet Union was the NKVD, later it became known as the KGB and it was renamed to the FSB after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.

On February 10, 1946 the Soviet Union and Syria signed an agreement formalizing relations between the two nations. A Syrian embassy was built in Moscow and a Soviet embassy was built in Damascus.

Syria underwent a number of coups from 1946 onward, and in 1970, Hafez al-Assad toppled the Syrian government and installed himself as the new leader.

In order to protect himself from Western intelligence services, he signed an agreement with Leonid Brezhnev, for the Soviet Union to open a naval base in the Syrian city of Tartus. It was the second largest seaport in Syria with a large population. The Syrian government recognized the Russian Federation as the legal successor to the Soviet Union in January of 1992 and the naval base was taken over by the Russian government.

Syria and the Soviet Union had signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation on October 8, 1980. The treaty ran for twenty years and included provisions for automatic renewal with five-year extensions unless one of the parties terminated the agreement. It provided for regular consultations on bilateral and multilateral issues of interest, coordination of responses in the event of a crisis, and military cooperation. The treaty remains in force as of today.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the son of Hafez al-Assad granted Russia permission to enlarge its naval base and make it a permanent base for its nuclear armed surface ships and submarines.

Russian military engineers have been upgrading the base and dredging it for large warships. It maintains a large Russian defense force, including attack helicopters, tanks and artillery. The Russians were using part of the airport in Palmyra for their aircraft, which were removed when Daesh took the city.

The Russians have equipped the Syrian army, air force, missile air defense and navy since 1946. The Assad family would not have been able to maintain their rule over Syria without Russia. They live on Russian military power and in return the Soviet Union and later Russia has built up a vast spy network in Syria, including electronic eavesdropping on Israeli and American military communications.

After the 2007 Israeli airstrikes on an alleged nuclear reactor at al-Kibar in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, Assad requested for Russia to upgrade Syria’s air defenses, something the Russians have repeatedly denied. According to Western experts, the Russians delivered Buk-M2 and Pantsir-S1 (also known as SA-22) mobile missile launch and radar systems. While the Syrians were not capable of using such equipment to its full capacity, the Russians also helped man the batteries and train the Syrian crews. As of late 2012, Syria’s air-defense command force consist of thousands of anti-aircraft guns, 130 anti-aircraft missile batteries, and an estimated 50,000 troops.

As the civil war has dragged on and the Syrian armed forces have lost hundreds of thousands of men, President Putin has sent thousands of Russian troops to bolster Syria’s air defenses.

RUSSIAN AIR POWER IN SYRIA

Khmeimim airbase is a Russian airbase south-east of the city of Latakia, which is the largest seaport in Syria. It is located in the tribal area of Alawites, a safe zone for the Assad régime and the Russians. While the airbase shares some airfield facilities with Bassel Al-Assad International Airport, it is only accessible to Russian personnel.

As the civil war had gone very badly for Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin gave orders to upgrade this already large airbase. As of September 2015, Russia has deploying 12 Su-25 ground attack aircraft, 12 Su-24 interdictor aircraft, 6 Sukhoi Su-34 medium bombers and 4 Su-30 multirole combat aircraft and 15 helicopters (including Mi-24 attack helicopters)

The planes are protected by at least three SA-22 surface-to-air missile systems and unarmed MQ-1 surveillance drones are being used to fly reconnaissance missions. In addition to the air assets, ground forces include  T-90 tanks, artillery pieces, armored personnel carriers and marines.

Once the Russian warplanes began their bombing runs in Syria, they did not attack Daesh positions, but focused their attacks exclusively on crushing the Syrian rebels. These are the same forces that the U.S. have supported with weapons and ammunition to undermine Bashar al-Assad.

RUSSIAN ARMS BUILDUP IN SYRIA

It should come as no surprise that Syria’s armed forces are equipped with weapons from Russia. It is estimated that Syria purchased billions of dollars’ worth of weapons from Russia from 1970-1990, and this included tanks, trucks, fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, artillery and air defense systems.

Syria has fought three wars with Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and lost all three. They also sent large numbers of troops during Israel’s war with Lebanon in 1982 and saw those forces demolished.

Israel on the other hand is armed with American military equipment and so Syria has been a testing ground for the Soviet Union/Russia and the United States. The Soviets learned the hard way that they could not match the American weapon systems and that the Syrians were not very good in waging war with Russian equipment.

Thousands of Syrian officers have been in Russia for training from the 1970’s and thousands of high school students were sent to Russian universities to become more skilled in building up the infrastructure in Syria.

Vladimir Putin is a strong leader, and as a former KGB officer, he is also trained in military strategy. Barack Obama is a former community organizer and knows nothing about being commander-in-chief of a powerful military and has done his very best to destroy the United States.

Putin quickly realized that in order to win in Syria, all military actions had to be under the control of a Russian commander and his staff. This was not a small demand as Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian government and Hezbollah all had to agree to this demand but they acquiesced since things were going so badly and several high ranking Iranian army officers had been killed in battle.

The man that Putin chose was Colonel General Alexander Dvornikov. The western media has failed to mention that the current government in Iraq has also requested help from Russia. Even if Dvornikov has his headquarters in Syria, he is also in charge of Russian military command center in Baghdad. The Obama administration has been outmaneuvered time and time again by Putin.

It is interesting to note that when Putin was a KGB agent, he met and befriended Dvornikov when both of them lived in East Germany. Dvornikov at that time was in charge of a Soviet motorized rifle battalion.

Alexander Dvornikov has three sub-commanders at the Damascus headquarters: Syrian Chief of Staff General Ali Abdullah Ayyoub; Iranian Revolutionary Guards Gen. Key Parvar; Mustafa Bader el-Din, the commander of Hezbollah forces in Syria. Major General Qasem Soleimani, Iranian commander in Syria and Iraq, was also part of the staff until he was wounded and airlifted to Teheran for brain surgery in November.

Alexander Dvornikov Mustafa Bader el-Din Qasem Soleimani

The Iranian military leader was attacked by anti-Assad forces aligned with the Free Syrian Army, which has received support from the U.S. government in its fight to depose the Syrian president. Soleimani’s was critically injured when the vehicle which he used to oversee an operation by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and a number of mercenary forces took a direct hit from the Free Syrian Army forces. This was a major setback for the Iranian government since Soleimani was their top general.

It should be noted that Bashar al-Assad is now completely dependent upon Vladimir Putin in his bid to stay in power in Syria.

RETAKING PALMYRA

Alexander Dvornikov is a skilled Russian military tactician and he quickly realized that he needed time to build up his forces before he could go on the offensive. He ordered blistering air attacks upon the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups that were holding the city of Aleppo and the areas around it, all the way to the Turkish border. This created massive casualties on the ground and sent tens of thousands refugees fleeing north into Turkey. The television networks showed the suffering during the evening news and this is exactly what Dvornikov wanted.

As expected, there was international outcry and Russian diplomats approached Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the possibility of a cease fire. Kerry is a former U.S. naval officer with only four months of war time service in Vietnam. He subsequently took the proposal to Barack Obama, who naturally thought a cease fire was a great idea. As a military commander, Obama was absolutely clueless what was going on behind the scenes with the Russians. A cease fire was agreed upon and took effect on February 25, 2016. It was agreed that the cease fire would not apply to the Daesh since they didn’t “play by the rules” anyway.

Alexander Dvornikov was elated when the dumb Americans agreed to constrain the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups they supported from attacking Assad’s forces. Dvornikov could now solely deal with driving out Daesh from Palmyra and all his resources have been used in the fight to the north.

Dvornikov first deployed his Spetsnaz forces (equivalent to U.S. special forces) to infiltrate Palmyra and serve as forward airstrike controllers. Airstrikes began on March 9, 2016 to soften up the Daesh defenders, which was followed with heavy rocket and artillery strikes. Some of these units were manned by Russian soldiers to make sure the attack would succeed.

The Iraqi ex-army officers in charge of the Daesh forces realized they were fighting a Russian led offensive. Dvornikov ordered the ground attack to begin on March 12th when a village west of Palmyra was taken. He directed a three-pronged attack on Palmyra with the intent to surround the city and cut off all support.

Russian led forces took two hills overlooking the city on March 14th and Daesh leader Khalil Mohammad was killed. The next day the Russian forces secured the entire mountain range around Palmyra. Russian pilots flew close air support and the Daesh forces were in the meat grinder this time.

Dvornikov moved up additional ground forces consisting of Syrian marines and Hezbollah fighters on March 17th. The Daesh commander in al-Raqqa sent additional Daesh troops to Palmyra.

Russian airstrikes increased to more than 25 per day and these were pulverizing Daesh positions. On March 20, the Russian forces captured two more hills and cut off the only supply road left for Daesh. An Iranian revolutionary guard unit was moved up to the front with additional Assad forces as Dvornikov committed some 6,000 men to the assault.

Russian pilots flew 50 bombing missions on March 21st and ground forces were able to take the Palmyra Triangle road junction. Two days later the Russian led forces were within one mile of the city. Dvornikov gave the order to move into the city on March 24th and heavy street fighting broke out with house to house combat as drug crazed Daesh fighters refused to surrender and fought until they were killed.

On March 25th the Russian led forces took control of several hilltops on the western and northwestern side of Palmyra. Later that day Daesh forces began to retreat while they planted landmines.

March 26th was another day of heavy fighting as the Russian led forces moved deeper into the city and the next day Palmyra was back in the hands of the Assad régime but most of the city had been destroyed. Dvornikov sent in Russian sappers to clear the town of booby traps and landmines.

Daesh learned an important lesson. The United States barks a lot, but has no bite, while the Russians showed no mercy. The Russians are there to stay and the Daesh commanders know their days in Syria are numbered.

THE COLLAPSE OF THE CEASE FIRE

On April 18, 2016, Barack Obama pitifully called upon Vladimir Putin to maintain the fragile ceasefire in Syria. I am sure the CIA informed Obama how the Russians have shifted the bulk of its firepower to areas outside Aleppo where a new offensive to recapture Syria’s largest city is poised to take place. Large numbers of fresh troops from Iran have arrived in Syria. This will give Dvornikov more ground troops to use against the Syrian Free Army and the U.S. backed rebel groups in the Aleppo area.

The Obama administration simply doesn’t know how these former communists think. Communist doctrine states that you attack and take an area from a nation. Then call for peace talks once a large portion has been captured. The communist negotiators then inform the enemy that they are not willing to discuss the areas they have taken but they are willing to negotiate the remaining area held by the enemy.

Barack Obama keeps telling Vladimir Putin to think about the 250,000 Syrians that have been killed so far in the civil war but that number is miniscule to the Russians who lost 20 million in World War II and another 80 million to bloodthirsty leaders like Lenin, Stalin and the other Soviet dictators.

American intelligence officers have informed the news media that the Russian soldiers and resources have been relocated from Palmyra to the vicinity of Aleppo. As of April 20th, Russian and Syrian jets have been striking rebel held cities around Damascus and Homs despite the ceasefire agreement.

Obama’s propaganda department, also known as the State Department, released a statement on April 18th, saying that the ceasefire in Syria had been largely successful, contrary to reports of resumed Russian and Syrian bombing of rebel held areas.

PREDICTIONS

I predict that Aleppo will soon be a smoldering ruin as Russian led forces smash the Free Syrian Army and the other rebel groups. The survivors will flee to Turkey and curse Obama and his administration for double-crossing them.

Once Dvornikov secures the Aleppo area, he will turn south and clear out all rebel forces in and around Damascus and continue toward the border with Israel. Once the rebellion against Bashar al-Assad has been put down, Dvornikov will turn his forces against  al-Raqqah and any other Daesh held  Syrian territory and clear the land of Daesh right to the Iraqi border. Then the Russian led forces will move toward Kobani and subdue the Kurds.

By this time the United States will have a new president, and if Hillary Clinton is in the White House, she won’t lift a finger to help the Syrians who rose up against Bashar al-Assad. You have only to look at what happened to Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador who requested help when being attacked by Libyan Daesh fighters in Benghazi. She refused as the Secretary of State to request any military assistance to save Stevens and three other Americans, who were brutally murdered on September 11, 2012. The Syrians can expect more of the same! In a congressional hearing on Benghazi, Clinton coldly stated, “What does it matter how many were killed… people were killed and it’s all in the past, so let’s move on…”

Hillary Clinton Christopher Stevens

SETBACKS FOR DAESH IN IRAQ

After Daesh forces took control of Ramadi in May of 2015, the Iraqi government and the American military command in Iraq began working on a plan to retake the city. Iraqi forces had by November encircled the city and cut off all supplies to the Daesh forces.

During a seven month period, the U.S. flew 600 sorties to destroy Daesh targets at Ramadi. The raids destroyed 400 Daesh targets, including tactical units, snipers, shock forces and suicide attacking platoons, vehicles, control and command centers, guest houses, car bomb factories, and training camps. Five thousand U.S. anti-tank missiles were provided to the Iraqi government forces which were used to destroy Daesh armored vehicles, rigged with explosives and operated by suicide drivers.

Due to the hostility between Sunnis and Shiites, the U.S. military command advised the Iraqi government not to use Shia militia to liberate Ramadi. Instead the attacking force consisted of 4,300 U.S. trained Sunni tribal fighters and Iraqi anti-terrorism forces trained by the U.S. military.

These forces are well-trained, equipped, and motivated and now number two divisions. Some of the best achievements during the battle of Ramadi were made by the engineering units’ ability to assemble bridges to mount attacks on Daesh. The anti-terrorism forces also used U.S. armored mine detection vehicles effectively. A specialized battalion dealing with hostage crises was used to free hundreds of families trapped behind the lines and used as human shields by Daesh.

Since the Iraqi army is still weak, the American led attack on Ramadi used Shia militias to secure the supply positions. It was evident that when there is a capable military commander with well-trained forces, the Daesh soldiers cannot hold their lines. It is only a matter of time for the Daesh now as the Iraqi and Kurdish forces realize they can be beaten.

There is no doubt that Daesh’s defeat in Ramadi made the terror group weaker. They have lost on other fronts as well. In December  alone, Daesh lost a dozen senior leaders, including the governors of Kirkuk and Diyala, a top police commander, recruiters in Iraq and Syria, military commanders of Dijla and Kirkuk states, top health officials in Mosul and Anbar, financial and administrative officials in Mosul, and two of its most senior judges in Mosul.

Iraqi forces advanced into the center of Ramadi on December 28, 2015. Two days later the Iraqi government declared that Ramadi had been liberated from Daesh.

Ramadi has largely been destroyed. Daesh fighters planted mines, booby trapped dead corpses, manhole covers, cars, offices, water mains, etc. and it is going to take years to clear the city of unspent munitions. Then the city has to be rebuilt since most of the houses are not fit to live in. The people who used to live in the city are traumatized and emotionally scarred for life. It is ironic that Ramadi is the provincial capitol of the Anbar province; there was heavy fighting during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and some 1,300 soldiers lost their lives there.

The American military command and the Iraqi government have now turned their attention to the bigger city of Mosul, which is much better fortified than Ramadi. When will the American led forces attack Mosul?

The city of Fallujah, which had been held by Daesh for two years, was liberated by Iraqi forces in June of 2016.

TURKEY SHOOTS DOWN A BOMBER

It would be an understatement to say that the Obama administration was unhappy about Russia moving in ground troops and aircraft to fortify President Assad. Turkish president Erdoğan was furious, since the Russians were attacking Syrian rebels from the Turkmen tribe in northern Syria. The Turkmen fighters were armed and supported by Turkey, and they were working in conjunction with the Free Syrian Army and other smaller rebel groups.

Recep Erdoğan is heavily invested in helping Daesh succeed since he is fighting a war with the Kurdish population in Turkey, known as the PKK, and at the same time trying to get rid of Assad by aiding rebels in northeastern Syria.

When the Russian air force began a massive bombing campaign against the Turkmen, Erdoğan ordered the Turkish air force to watch for an opportunity to shoot down Russian bombers. The Turks are equipped with American F-16 fighter jets, and when one Russian Su-24M bomber strayed into Turkish airspace on November 25, 2015, one of the Turkish F-16s fired a missile and downed the Russian bomber.

The Russian pilot and weapon officer ejected over Turkmen held territory. A Russian search and rescue party managed to find the weapon officer and bring him back alive to the Russian airbase in Latakia. They also found the dead pilot, who had been shot while descending in his parachute.

The Russian search and rescue team consisted of two Russian MI-8 helicopters, eight Hezbollah Special forces fighters and 18 Syrian commandos. A firefight broke out as the Russians inserted the troops, losing one of their helicopters and having to send in additional helicopters to extract all the troops. One Russian helicopter crew member was killed. 

Vladimir Putin was furious when he was informed about Turkey’s actions, but since Turkey is a member of NATO, he didn’t dare order a retaliatory strike, which would have triggered a full blown war with the United States.

In order to defuse the situation, Putin ordered his foreign minister to contact the Turkish foreign minister and they came to a mutual understanding that neither side wanted a full scale war over the incident.

Nevertheless, Putin ordered four S-400 surface-to-air missiles to be sent to the Russian airbase in Latakia, a number of naval ships with powerful surface-to-air missiles to sail just outside the coast of Turkey and Syria. All trade between Russia and Turkey has been suspended and Russians have been told they can no longer take vacations in Turkey.

Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdoğan and Barack Obama all hate each other. Obama and Erdoğan know that Russia is in Syria to stay and there is nothing they can do about it. Putin knows he has to stay clear of Turkey in order to avoid a full scale war, something that he can’t afford at this time.

It’s basically a high risk poker game. So far Putin has been able to take the Crimean peninsula along with three eastern provinces from Ukraine and maintain a low intensity war. He is pushing hard in the Baltic Sea against U.S. naval forces and threatening to destabilize the three Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania while Obama and the Western nations have slapped sanctions on Russia and are slowly crushing its economy.

THE FUTURE OF SYRIA

The future of Syria is in the hands of Russia as Vladimir Putin consolidates his hold and clears out all rebel forces fighting the Assad régime. Once the Free Syrian Army and all other rebel groups have been defeated, Putin will turn east toward al-Raqqah and Daesh. This is a Syrian city and Putin is not going to cede it to the Kurdish Peshmerga which is also making preparations to take the city from Daesh.

Barack Obama ordered 200 additional special forces to Syria on April 25th to work with the Peshmerga. Russia will eventually deal with the Peshmerga and begin to bomb their positions. The U.S. military command in Iraq will not be allowed to push back and the Peshmerga fighters they have trained will be betrayed.

It is only a matter of time before Russia secures all of Syria with the help of Iranian and Hezbollah troops. This will be another defeat for the United States and part of Obama’s failed legacy.

IRAQ

The future of Iraq does not look promising since it is not a homogeneous nation but consists of several religious and ethnic groups. Baghdad and the area immediately south is populated by Shia Muslims who are loyal to Iran. Saddam Hussein was a Sunni Muslim and the Shiites were oppressed by his régime. They won’t forgive the Sunnis and that’s the reason that there is no unity government in Iraq.

The Sunnis live in the middle and eastern part of Iraq and they are filled with hate for the Shiites. There is also a large group of Arabs living in Iraq along with Yazadis and Kurds in the north. The western powers after World War I forced these groups to live as one nation but everything fell apart once Saddam Hussein was toppled. Hussein was a ruthless dictator who ruled with an iron fist. Any opposition was quickly and violently put down through mass executions. It was brute force that held Iraq together but that method no longer works with the current government. Iraq will eventually be divided into three states for the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.

TURKEY

Turkey has an immense problem with its Kurdish population that numbers close to 15 million and represents nearly 20% of the total population. President Recep Erdoğan wants to suppress the Kurds and keep them from breaking away and forming their own nation. Turkey cannot do what they did to the Armenians in 1915 when they brutally slaughtered a million men, women and children.

The Kurds are not giving up and it is going to be a long struggle before the Turkish and Kurdish leaders sit down to establish peace and a free nation for the Kurds.

Turkey also wants to become a full member of the European Union but they have been rejected because of their bad human rights record. The country will become more even unstable as the civil war with the Kurds escalates.

LEBANON

Lebanon is a volatile nation because there are three people groups (Christians, Sunni and Shiite) trying to coexist. Syria has more or less treated Lebanon as a vassal state since 1945 and every government has been approved by the Syrian government. Since Syria has been governed by Alawites, they have been more benign to the Sunnis in Lebanon. As a result, the large Shia population in southern Lebanon has asked Iran for help and Hezbollah is in reality an extension of the Iranian armed forces. They are using Iranian military equipment and are being trained by the Iranian revolutionary guard.

Once the Russians have firmly re-established Bashar al-Assad, there will be a conflict between Assad and Iran as to who will control Lebanon in the future.

ISRAEL

The Palestinian issue in Israel is not going to disappear anytime soon because there are three types of Palestinians:

The first group of Palestinians are the one who were not driven out in 1948 and are now Israeli citizens. Most of them do not want to revolt against the Jewish state since they have a fairly good life in Israel. Rising up in rebellion would result in being pushed back to the status of having nothing and living as refugees.

The second group lives in the West Bank. They have chosen to build up an economy instead of waging war and many of them work in Israeli factories in the West Bank, while others cross over into Israel every day to work. They do not want to lose their jobs which afford home homes and cars.

The third group lives in Gaza, which was completely destroyed during the many wars Hamas fought against Israel. Most adults are tired of the fighting but the young people do not share the same values and only want to drive the Jews out of Israel and create a Palestinian state.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) rules the West Bank while Hamas rules in Gaza. As long as Hamas is in power, there will be no peace and the perpetual war will continue.

Jordan and Egypt do not want infinite wars and they are cooperating with Israel against Daesh and in Sinai against Hamas and Daesh.

IRAN

Iran is ruled by fanatical Shia mullahs who dream of resurrecting the Persian Empire and instituting Sharia law for all people. They are not much better than Daesh since the people who do not comply with the mullah’s are arrested, tortured, flogged, hanged, beheaded or have their hands cut off.

Unless the Iranian people rise up and oust the mullahs, Iran will continue to be belligerent. The goal of the mullahs is to attack Israel and kill or drive out the Jews from the land.

SAUDI ARABIA

The ruling Saudi family is just as militant as the mullah’s in Iran. Wahhabism is the Sunni brand of Islam that controls Saudi Arabia. Sharia law is strictly enforced and the mullahs are just as brutal as their counterparts in Iran. Torture, flogging, beheading, hanging, cutting off hands and oppression of women is the norm. The Saudi régime knows that it must have western allies to survive but they hate western culture at the same time. The same holds true for all the Islamic monarchies around the Persian gulf.

Saudi Arabia is currently supporting the Sunnis in a Yemeni civil war while Iran is reinforcing the Shiites. Yemen is systematically being destroyed as the fighting rages from city to city.

PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

Will there ever be peace in the Middle East? Yes and no. Most Christians don’t understand that the Antichrist will arrive and set up his kingdom on earth before Jesus’ second return. This Man of Sin will bring about a false peace upon all the nations in the Middle East and any government that fails to go along with it will be harshly dealt with. Satan is the spiritual force behind the Son of Perdition, and even if he is responsible for all the wars in the Middle East, he is going to force peace upon these nations and merge them into his world federation.

“And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:2-8)

All the fighting, dying and destruction we have seen will continue in the Middle East until Satan’s man arrives on the scene and forces these volatile and war hungry nations to join his world federation. But the peace that Satan gives the world will not last. It will be a false peace and one day it will be taken away when the real Messiah comes back a second time and establishes a 1,000 year kingdom.

“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)

Jesus will come as a conquering Messiah and crush all opposition. He will establish His kingdom on this earth and in those days there won’t be any Muslims, Buddhist, Hindus, Jews, atheists, agnostics or scoffers. The only ones to survive will be those who have been born again. It won’t matter if you are Jew or Gentile, free or slave, male or female because we will all be one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:1-29) More importantly, there will be a lasting peace for 1,000 years until Satan is loosed a final time to deceive the nations.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God.

And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.

These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19:11-21)

The adherents to Islam would have you believe it is a peaceful religion but that is far from the truth as there is a war taking place on earth and in the heavens. We have made a reference library notebook about the ugly side of Islam but please note that it is disturbing and some of the pictures are very graphic!
 


[1] bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27994277

[2] The Dove, Winter 1995, pp.24-35

 

 

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