News Blog, Aug 2017

See:   Iran’s Master Plan to Destroy Israel  to understand today’s Middle East.  

Israeli government fall and regional war could begin as soon as November 2017  Events Trending Towards Autumn 2017 Mideast Crisis



 

31 Aug:  Israel is building up an arsenal of the new US F-35 stealth attack aircraft to counter the Russian Syrian air defense system integration reported yesterday.

Explosions at Houston [Crosby] chemical plant due to power interruption.

Security forces in the outlying Tel Afar farming community of  Ayadiya have been engaging in heavy street battles and door-to-door fighting to clear out the last pockets of desperate Islamic State militants. Despite the resistance, troops have captured at least 90 percent of the town, according to Federal Police Chief Major-General Raed Jawdat. Separately, Lieutenant Colonel Adnan al-Saidi said troops were ordered to liberate the town before the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday on Thursday evening; but, Shi’ite militia forces are declaring that it has already been captured. About 500 militants were believed to be in Ayadiya.

US forces evacuating their spies from within Islamic State ahead of Syrian Deir Ezzor offensive.  

Syrian Army spearhead enters Deir Ezzor province and is now only 36 miles from Deir Ezzor city which has been occupied by the Islamic State who has been laying siege to the Syrian air base there for two years.

US troops to be increased in Afghanistan to an official figure of 15,000.  

Fuel prices rising as 25% of oil refinery production shut down due to flooding in Texas, causing fuel havoc in central and eastern USA.  Other refineries are being brought on line but a fuel crunch could last for a few weeks.  Storm now moving inland and heading north.

Texas to seek $75 billion in federal aid.

 

30 Aug:  


The Russian air force deployed its most highly advanced early warning and control aircraft, the Beriev A-50 SRDLO (“Mainstay”), which is rated the most sophisticated AWACS in operation. Four of the A-50s are now based at the Russian Khmeimim Air Base in Syria’s Latakia province.

The plane’s Shmei-M radar as well as Russian ground radars have been fully integrated with the Syrian air defense systems and can now detect every movement of Israeli aircraft anywhere in Israel or over the region.  The Russian Syrian integration places Russia in grave danger of being caught up in the coming regional Mideast war.

Trump provokes extreme anti US sentiment in Pakistan.  Pakistan moving towards China see yesterday’s news.

Hurricane Harvey is moving back over land this time in East Texas and Louisiana. Mississippi and Florida are also at risk.

Iraqi forces mop up Tel Afar.  

The Islamic State is withdrawing its fighters into Deir Ezzor for a last stand there.

 

29 Aug:  Trump tweets against NAFTA, falsely claiming it is bad for America, when it amounts to an American rape of Canadian resources and cheap Mexican labor.  

The real reason for the Trump attack on NAFTA is to renegotiate the deal to force opening up Mexico and Canada to more GMO’s and other substances being pushed by the Establishment which Trump denies he represents.

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary met China’s special envoy on Afghan affairs on Monday, a foreign office spokesman said, a day after Islamabad canceled a scheduled visit by a top U.S. official.

The decision by Pakistan to postpone the visit of Alice Wells, acting assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, came a week after President Donald Trump said Islamabad was prolonging the war in Afghanistan

During Monday’s visit, Chinese envoy Deng Xijun and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua discussed “efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Pakistan’s foreign office said in a statement.

Beijing has now pledged to spend $57 billion on infrastructure projects in Pakistan as part of its “Belt and Road” initiative.

See our detailed analysis of Donald Trump’s speech on Afghanistan and an associated economic forecast for the next few years.

North Korea fired a missile over Hokkaido Japan yesterday.  The missile traveled 1,677 miles.

 

28 Aug:  Washington insiders have rumored that Rex Tillerson was on the way out for some time now and his departure appears to be coming.   Suggestions are now circulating that UN Ambassador Nikki Haley may be in line to replace Tillerson, with Deputy Secretary National Security Adviser Dina Powell possibly promoted Haley’s job in New York.  

Hamas warns it is preparing for war with Iran’s backing.

The flooding situation in Houston is very serious with over two thousand rescued so far, and another 6,000 calling to be rescued.  Water is now being released from two major dams to prevent their failure, adding more water as another two feet of rain is expected.  The storm is now moving east towards Louisiana.  Once the tribulation begins and governments lack any means to help, any such situation will be exponentially worse.

Islamic State Raqqa city headquarters falls to Kurds.  

Iraqi forces liberate farmland around Tel Afar.

Israel tell UN Sec Gen that they will be attacking Syria, Lebanon and Iran.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told visiting US Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Jerusalem Monday that there is a continual flow of thousands of weapons to Hezbollah and Syria / Lebanon. Bibi pointed out that Iran is also setting up guided missile factories in both countries for war on Israel, saying that Israel will not tolerate either the missile factories or an Iranian presence in Syria – Lebanon.  

In talks with Russia, Israel has demanded that Tehran withdraw from Lebanon / Syria after the Islamic State falls [the ISIS in Syria Iraq is expected to collapse this year] and has warned Russia that if the demand is not met Israel will go to war.  

Iran announces that the Russian S-300 air defense system is now fully deployed across Iran.

 

27 Aug:  Trump to meet Abbas during UN General Assembly in late Sept to finalize Trump Mideast Peace Initiative.  Trump will meet Netanyahu Sep 17th.

Gaza is at the point of collapse and the residents are exhausted and would welcome any change that improves conditions in the Strip.  Israel is at the ready to invade the strip to remove all militant groups and the residents are ready to accept the removal of the militants if it results in a real peace and brings in the billions of already pledged reconstruction funding and ends the siege.  

Israel is also headed towards a clash with Hezbollah, Syria and Syria as the Islamic State collapses.

Politically the question is whether Israel will call an election before going to war or if Israel will wait until the conflict ends and Netanyahu can campaign on the basis of victory.

The Iraqi army has liberated 29 of the 29 neighborhoods in Tel Afar, the 2,000 Islamic State defenders being no match for the 50,000 attacking Iraqi’s.  There is now one small town occupied by ISIS left which is already being bombed preparatory to liberation, after that the only remaining Islamic Territory in Iraq is a small strip of land abutting the Syria Deir Ezzor province.  

In Lebanon / Syria a ceasefire is in place as the withdrawal of the defeated  Islamic State from that area is arranged.  Meanwhile the American backed SDF is advancing through Raqqa city and the Syrian army is moving into Deir Ezzor province from the west.

 

26 Aug:  A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful  Visit our School of Biblical Studies.

 

25 Aug:  Mass evacuations as Hurricane Harvey approaches landfall in Texas Louisiana.

Iraqi forces have broken the ISIS lines and advanced into the center of the city of Tel Afar.  12 of 28 Tel Afar neighborhoods now liberated.

Remember all the propaganda about Syrian airstrike killing civilians?  The US is killing far more civilians than Syria did, killing hundreds in Raqqa alone.  

The US backed Kurdish force has liberated central Raqqa including the old city in Raqqa and is now moving against the remaining Islamic State forces in the northern part of the town.  The battle for Raqqa is expected to conclude in the coming weeks and the Kurdish SDF is now in a race with Syrian army forces to attack the last remaining Islamic State area in Syria at Deir Ez Zor.

 

24 Aug:  All but vanquished Islamic State asks to be allowed a safe retreat from Eastern Syria and Lebanon.  

Syrian forces surround ISIS enclave with liberation of Sukhna in advance to Deir Ezzor as Islamic State now steadily losing ground.

A Spanish police tip off on a possible Rotterdam  attack proved a false alarm.

Netanyahu warns Russia in talks with Putin that Israel will attack Syria and Iran if Iran does not fully withdraw from Syria once ISIS defeated.  The buildup to an Israeli war on Hezbollah, Syria and Iran is now being reported in US government focused media.

 

23 Aug:   Netanyahu confers with Putin in Sochi for three hours over Iran in Syria.

Syrian forces advancing against Deir Ezzor.

Iraqi troops enter Tel Afar

The US Navy to relieve Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin of his duties as commander of the US Seventh fleet, the Navy’s largest, after the loss of 10 sailors in a collision between a destroyer and a merchant ship near Singapore. It was the fleet’s fourth collision since January, generally thought to be due to overworked and exhausted sailors.   Admiral Aucoin was due to retire next month, but his departure has been advanced.

 

 American forces have begun surging to Afghanistan.  The first contingents are to arrive in early September.  They are building up to attack the Taliban and the Islamic State enclave in that country and also to be ready to join the aerial attack on Iran from Afghanistan.  See our detailed analysis of Donald Trump’s speech on Afghanistan and an associated economic forecast for the next few years.  

Lebanese forces supported by a strong contingent of US special forces have nearly completed the eradication of the ISIS from Lebanon.  

 

22 Aug:  Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and Dina Powell have quietly departed for their Middle East trip and will arrive on Wednesday night. In anticipation of meetings with the US delegation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he plans to give the team an ultimatum on the peace plan. A Palestinian source said: If we don’t hear within a month and a half that the American team has stopped talking and started doing, Abbas intends to mobilize anyone and everyone he can for the UN General Assembly session on the establishment of a Palestinian state, regardless of the Israeli and American reactions.”

 

21 Aug:  US Navy operations have been suspended worldwide after the third navy caused fatal accident at sea in two months.  The first two accidents were caused by poor navy seamanship and it looks like the third stemmed from the same cause.  Today’s accident was identical to the first accident in Japan with both navy vessels turning directly in front of a much larger ships.

Islamic State Caliphate preparing to make its last stand at Deir Ezzor.  The IS is now in a state of collapse in Iraq / Syria.  The Syrian army is now ready to relieve the Syrian Deir Ezzor air base which has been besieged for two years. 

Israeli United Torah Judaism party prepares anti Sabbath construction work bill for Knesset placing further pressure on the coalition.  

US President Trump has scheduled a 9 p.m. EDT Monday address to the nation and US troops stationed at the Army’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Next door to the base is Arlington National Cemetery.  Among other things he is expected to announce a decision on American plans for Afghanistan

The Defense Ministry in Moscow announced that the Russian Air Force had destroyed “another large column of ISIS fighters heading for the city of Deir ez-Zour,” in eastern Syria – “their last base in Syria.” The Russian jets were described as also  destroying around 20 SUVs armed with large caliber weapons and mortars, as well as armored vehicles and tanks.  

One person is dead and several others injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters in the French city of Marseille Monday. The driver, a 35-year old man, was arrested. The bus shelters were in different parts of the city.  Local police are sweeping Marseille port. The attacks were clearly deliberate.  The Islamic State is engaged in a paroxysm of violence as it dies in Syria / Iraq. 

 

20 Aug:  Saturday night Iraq launches operation to liberate Tel Afar.

A senior Israeli security delegation led by Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen arrived last Thursday night at the White House to discuss the coming Trump Middle East Peace Initiative, Iran and Hezbollah’s presence in Syria.

Included in the Israeli delegation were National Security Council Deputy Chief Eytan Ben David, and Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate Chief Major-General Herzi Halevi. In the White House, they met US National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster and his deputy, as well as Middle East Special Peace Envoy Jason Greenblatt.

“NSA LTG McMaster led the meeting on the American side and we had a very productive discussion on our strong and continuing partnership, Greenblatt tweeted on Thursday night

Of note is the Trump firing of Steve Bannon who was the only one in the White House voicing opposition to attacking Iran and North Korea.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet this coming Wednesday in the Russian city Sochi, near the Black Sea.  The two leaders will speak about regional developments.

White House adviser Jared Kushner, Greenblatt and Netanyahu are scheduled to meet  this coming Thursday in Jerusalem. During the meeting, the sides are expected to discuss renewing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In advance of the Kushner regional tour, the Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers expressed support Saturday for US Middle East peace efforts, at a Cairo meeting ahead of a White House delegation visit to the region.

Earlier this week, Israel Hayom reported that a senior PA official said the PA received messages from sources in Washington that Jared Kushner will meet Abbas with a pledge or guarantee of massive economic assistance in exchange for a peace deal/from Trump.

See also Middle East Peace Initiative Planned for September 2017.

Netanyahu may respond by calling elections to try for a broader mandate when the Knesset convenes after its summer recess at the end of October.  

It appears that the recent confrontation in Charlottesville was contrived to provide a Casus Belli for new anti hate speech legislation.   This could be used to severely limit American freedoms in direct proportion to the broadness of any presumed definition of “hate”.  The time may come when any disagreement with the establishment is considered to be “hate” and outlawed.  Remember Germany 1933 anyone?  On the other hand Trump has found it impossible to get his agenda through congress.

 

19 Aug:   A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!

 

18 Aug:   Kelly asserts himself, Bannon fired.

America and the Kurds making long term agreements for the US to guarantee Kurdish autonomy or independence.

In a press briefing yesterday, the top Palestinian official in Washington said that the upcoming Kurshner visit, “as part of U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to restart the peace process, would be crucial. If it fails. . . the Palestinians could renew efforts to gain recognition through the international arena.”

In Israel the pressure is on Netanyahu to call elections in an effort to gain a broader mandate to deal with the coming talks after the Knesset resumes sitting at the end of October.

Spain Attacks:  A suspect got out of a car and was shot dead when he opened fire on a police checkpoint, three hours after a van plowed into Las Ramblas crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people. The driver was captured holed up in a nearby restaurant holding hostages. An accomplice got away. He is presumed to have been the suspect since shot dead.Catalan

Second attack:  police report they have killed five terrorists wearing suicide belts in a shootout, after they drove their Audi A3 into pedestrians in Camrbils, two hours’ drive south of Barcelona. Six civilians and one police officer were knocked over and injured
he Cambrils attack.

Third attack:   Two explosions occurred at a house in the town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night. Officers said suspects had been preparing explosives. Inside the house, a woman was found dead and a man injured in critical condition. The fifteen others injured are thought to be neighbors. In the house, which police believe was occupied for a few months, they found around 20 canisters of butane and propane gas.

 

17 Aug:  Thirteen dead as the number of injured rises to over 100, in Barcelona terrorist car attack.  Hostage situation underway.  Two suspects arrested, driver sought.  Islamic State claims attack.

Germany’s Sep 24 elections is coming down to a referendum on German attitudes towards Donald Trump.  Martin Schulz is climbing in the polls and because of the way the German system is set up may upset Chancellor Merkel.  

Schulz like Macron in France is a champion of the New United Federal Europe which could be set up outside of the present EU with a core German French union joined by other nations interested in further political integration.  Scripture tells us that such a system will be formed but that it will take papal influence to entice the nations to approve and join this new system now in the planning stage.  

Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour [a short time i.e. 42 months] with the beast [the overall political president or ruler].

17:13 These have one mind, and [ALL ten] shall give their power and strength unto the beast [the overall political president or ruler].

17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb,  [This leader will lead these ten nations to resist Christ when he comes]. 

The scripture also says that this system will NOT be led by Germany – which will still be the economic backbone – but that a new leader will be chosen by ten nations with papal approval, to which the other ten nations will give their authority over financial, security and international issues; somewhat like the American presidential and state governors system.

 

16 Aug:  The tide is turning against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards:  In a political earthquake the Iraqi Shia are reaching out to Saudi Arabia and beginning to break with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.   Saudi Iraqi border crossing opened for the first time in decades and Saudi’s to invest in Iraq.  

Today’s Iran government is moderate but the country is still controlled by the Revolutionary Guards [IRG] and is not under full government control.  The coming war will destroy the IRG, freeing the moderate government and putting it in full control of the country.    

Kurds defeat Sunday’s Islamic State Raqqa city breakout attempt killing 95 fighters. The SDF will now resume its offensive in Raqqa city.

 

15 Aug:  Islamic State launches desperate “Battle of the Bulge” type counter attack in Raqqa Sunday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said early Tuesday that he would watch and evaluate further US actions before making a decision on the planned missile test.    This is not a resolution of issues, and if the whole problem is not resolved this will merely be a postponement until a more opportune time arises.

Iraq’s defense ministry spokesman announced Tuesday that the Iraqi air force had begun a bombardment of ISIS-controlled Tal Afar, 80km west of Mosul. A ground attack to liberate the area will follow the air campaign, he announced.  After Tel Afar  there will be only one tiny Islamic State area remaining in Iraq.  Simultaneously Raqqa  and Deir Ez Zor in Syria are in the process of liberation.  Islamic State in Syria/Iraq should be finished by the end of the year or sooner.  An  Israeli regional war is expected in the near future. 

Recently some people being characterized in the media as “white supremicists” gathered to protest the planned removal of a statute of Robert E Lee in Charlottesville, only to be surrounded and attacked by counter demonstrators.   Things quickly got out of control and one man drove his car into the crowd killing one person.  Trump condemned the violence by all sides and now some of his advisers are quitting.  

This is only the beginning;  after the coming wars and Mideast peace the radical Settler Movement will sabotage that peace and the now rising New Federal Europe will ally with the various Islamic countries – except Egypt – abandoning the petrodollar and bringing economic collapse to America.  When that happens the simmering racial and political discord will burst into flames across America.  

 

14 Aug:  Israel threatens to destroy all of Lebanon not just Hezbollah.

The United States is planning to begin a massive exercise called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, rehearsing a decapitation of the NK government and an invasion of North Korea on Aug 21 – 31.  This annual exercise which has been getting bigger and bigger each year may be the reason that the DPRK feeling seriously threatened is announcing a long range missile test at about the same time.  

The Real Issue:  North Korea, Russia and China are asking that the threatening and very provocative US exercises be stopped in return for a freeze of the DPRK’s missile program and the US refuses.

Syrian forces have broken the Islamic State lines and are sweeping through the Al-Kom area which is considered one of the most important remaining IS areas in Homs Province.  Most of the Islamic State areas in Homs have now been liberated as the Syrian Army advances towards the final battle at Deir Ez Zor. 

Israel setting up new system for authorizing war.  The full cabinet will delegate the 10 person Security Cabinet to make all decisions concerning war making.  This will give Netanyahu and the far right full war making powers outside of wider government control.  Details here.  

The US backed Kurdish SDF liberated the districts of al-Mahdi and al-Rafqah in eastern Raqqa city, they now control 60% of the city with 2,000 Islamic State defenders trapped in the city centre.

 

13 Aug:   Japan mobilizes its air defenses: Convoys of Patriot PAC-3 advanced missile defense systems were seen arriving Saturday at a military bases in Hiroshima, Tokyo and three other main cities.

US and Japanese troops began a joint exercise on the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday. The drill, named Northern Viper 17, involves about 500 U.S. Marines and 18 American aircraft. It is scheduled to last until August 28.

Trump has indicated that his goal in this situation is to de-nuclearize Korea.  Congress is currently in summer recess.

 

12 Aug:   A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful!

 

11 Aug:  Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country’s U.N. mission, have been holding talks while Canada has held talks in Pyongyang on behalf of the United States.  The US is still refusing to renew the six party talks as requested by the DPRK, demanding that North Korea freeze its programs BEFORE any talks on those programs begin.  A Russia China plan to deescalate the crisis is being discussed but Trump has little interest and seems bent on war.

Trump announces Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely”.  China announces its position on Korean hostilities.

Update: Kushner now to head a delegation to the Middle East the last week of August, to hold talks with Israel and the Palestinians as well as senior officials in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt.  “The president has asked that these discussions focus on the path to substantive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks”.  See also Middle East Peace Initiative Planned for September 2017

Jared Kushner will be accompanied by  Special Envoy for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt and Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy Dina Powell. 

Kushner to arrive in Israel next week for further talks on the Trump Peace Initiative.  It is beginning to look like the pressure for peace talks from Trump and the corruption investigation could bring an election call after the Knesset reconvenes from its summer recess.  The election would be complicated by the corruption investigation which could discourage folks from voting Likud. Israel is also expected to attack Gaza in the coming months escalating into a regional Mideast war.  Today, according to a KAN TV poll, 67% of the public don’t believe Netanyahu’s claims of innocence and 69% believe he should resign

After consulting with his military chiefs on Monday, Trump has sent most of his B-1B bombers to the Pacific where they will augment the six already stationed on Guam for a possible attack on the DPRK, if Chairman Kim is foolish enough to carry out his planned long range missile test.  The warplanes began arriving in the region on Tuesday.  The possibility remains that  Kim might delay his missile test – and another nuclear test – until the US is occupied with Iran during the coming Mideast war.

President Trump and the American propaganda machine are falsely presenting a planned North Korean missile test as a direct attack on the US – when it is an attempt to demonstrate that the DPRK does have a long reach in order to bring Trump to negotiations – and the US is presenting such a test as a Casus Belli for a crushing military attack on the DPRK.  See yesterday’s link on the missile test.

 

10 Aug:   Israel to expedite anti tunnel trench fence as Hamas digs.  The expedited building of a Gaza barrier is expected to bring war with Gaza.  Netanyahu is now eager for a war to try and fend off his indictment for corruption and the IDF is in the midst of preparations for a Gaza war.

Israel to receive three more F-35 stealth warplanes on Sunday.

North Korea announces it is waiting for the order to conduct a new missile test, this time sending four missiles to an area near Guam.  Trump would probably respond harshly to such a test but Chairman Un might act at what he judges is an appropriate time.

 

9 Aug:  US Defense Sec. Mattis threatens to destroy North Korea.

An Israeli air strike hit two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip Tuesday night. Three people injured, one seriously.  Meanwhile, near Bethlehem, an Israeli soldier was injured by friendly fire during a raid of the Dehaisha refugee camp to arrest suspects. During the night, IDF forces, the Shin Bet, the Border Police and the Israel Police arrested 25 wanted persons in the West Bank.

President Donald Trump appears to be ready to attack North Korea if another nuclear test is carried out.  After a recent missile test and today’s announcement by American and Japanese intelligence agencies that “there is evidence that North Korea had achieved miniaturization of nuclear weapons, meaning that it could build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit onto an intercontinental ballistic missile; Trump warned Tuesday: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he told reporters from his golf club in Bedminster.  “He has been very threatening — beyond a normal statement,” Mr. Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “As I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”  

North Korea has responded by threatening to hit the massive US base on Guam if attacked by the US.  North Korea is also placing anti ship missiles on fast boats, copying an Iranian plan.

North Korea is working closely on joint missile and offshore nuclear programs for Iran. Both Iran and North Korea could be attacked by the US in future.  

A general Middle East war is coming soon and North Korea may be planning its next nuclear test when the US is deeply engaged elsewhere.  In  any military action today’s North Korea and Iran stand little chance, especially if Trump decides to use one or two small relatively radiation free nuclear weapons to clear missile launching areas.

 

8 Aug:  BREAKING 11:00 PDT:   Incoming rocket sirens sounded in  locations adjacent to the Gaza Strip as one rocked landed in an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Region.

Watch lovely pics and video: summer southward bird migration begins from Palestine.  

A day after the US was reported to have participated in an anti al-Qaeda offensive in southern Shabwa Province of Yemen, the Pentagon is confirming that a “small number” of US ground troops have been deployed into Yemen for an ongoing operation against the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) force.

In Iraq Brigadier-General Yahya Rasool said that troops will remain in Mosul until local police forces are able to take over security. However, one army division was ordered to move towards Tal Afar, one of the last remaining Islamic State areas in the country.

Al Sukhna, the last ISiS-held town in the eastern Syrian Homs region, has fallen, clearing the way for Syrian troops and allied militias to advance on Deir ez-Zour.

The Iranian backed Iraqi Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia reports that a US air strike Monday killed and wounded dozens of its fighters near the Iraqi border with Syria.

Israeli Apache attack helicopter crashes, pilot dead.  

Key close Netanyahu coalition partner Yisrael Beytenu officials indicted in massive graft case.

Sara Netanyahu to be indicted on four felony counts for diverting the Prime Ministers household funding to personal use. The charges of stealing from the government are being ridiculed as trivial by the Netanyahu’s.  

Netanyahu blind to the illegality of his own conduct, thinks he had a right to do everything he did.

 

7 Aug:  Former Netanyahu chief of staff was in charge of the PM’s alleged graft schemes and police now have considerable evidence, will interview Bibi and wife again.  Several weeks ago Harow realized he was in trouble and turned state’s evidence, he then opened up on everything before being given an agreement to avoid prosecution – based on the high quality of his evidence – last week.

Over the weekend in Syria near the Lebanese border, 7,000 rebel Nusrah Front fighters were surrounded by Hezbollah / Syria and agreed to be evacuated with their families, to the northern Syrian province of Idlib.  

Sunday US and Lerbanese special forces began an operation against Nusra – ISIS forces holding positions in the Lebanese towns of Ras Baalbek and al-Fakiya in the northern Beqaa Valley.

 

6 Aug: The end approaches for Netanyahu as police prepare to ask for an indictment citing damning evidence already received.  Key coalition partner Yesh Atid is calling for Netanyahu to step down.  Bibi refuses to step down but once charges are filed there is little chance that he can save his coalition government.  Even Likud is cooling on support for its leader.

The Syrian army advances against the last Islamic State town in Raqqa province on its way to Deir Ez Zor.

 

5 Aug:   A Blessed Sabbath for all God’s Faithful   

Israeli media  gag order issued after police inform court that  Netanyahu is being investigated for fraud, bribery and breach of trust cases.  The order is to expire September 17th which could indicate that charges may be laid in September.  

Former Netanyahu chief of staff agrees to testify against him in corruption cases.

Pentagon Islamic State war update.

Special counsel Robert Mueller Thursday announce that he had convened a criminal grand jury to question witnesses on oath for his probe of Russian interference in the US 2016 election.  This circus is to hide the fact that Trump is as Establishment as a man can get; just like his “America First” slogan is to hide the fact that his job is to initiate the New World Order of a united Europe as a counterbalance between America and Russia.

 

4 Aug:   New Syria ceasefire zone between Homs and Hama. 

The Council on Foreign Relations: Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies. Entitled “Political and Military Contours of the Next Conflict with Hezbollah,”

The US State Department and CIA continues to pump money to destabilize Venezuela through the National Endowment for Democracy “NGO.”  America uses the NED and other NGO’s to finance interventions in many nations including spending five billion to destabilize Ukraine before the recent coup.  America is the number one nation interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.

Russia reacts to US sanctions.

Gen. John Nicholson Jr. is the 17th commander of the US occupation of Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion. It’s not exactly a plum job, as the war is going poorly, and he appears to be falling out of favor quickly with President Trump, after having inherited the position back in March of last year.

Officials are now revealing details of a tense, multi-hour meeting on July 19, during which President Trump complained that the US is losing the war in Afghanistan, and expressed frustration with his advisers, who have been urging an escalation in the protracted war to try to slow the rate of loss.

Trump has been resistant to the escalation calls, skeptical that they’ll do anything to change the tide of the war, but also appears to be increasingly frustrated with Gen. Nicholson in particular, repeatedly suggesting during the meeting that Nicholson should be fired “because he is not winning” the conflict.

 

3 Aug:   Former Netanyahu chief of staff to turn “State’s Evidence” against him as corruption investigation advances.  Sara Netanyahu being questioned under caution today about inflated receipts concerning the PM’s residence expenses.

 

2 Aug:  In comments Sunday, German Economic Minister Brigitte Zypries declared the latest round of US sanctions against Russia a violation of international law, pushing for the European Union to retaliate against the US to protect its economic interests.  Such retaliation for the bill signed by president Trump on Tuesday is not likely or would be an insignificant measure to indicate displeasure.

German companies are heavily invested in the Nord Stream pipeline, risking US sanctions

Several European nations, but particularly Germany, have been concerned with the wording of the latest US sanctions, which intend to target foreign investment in Russia’s energy industry. Germany, and indeed much of the EU, are heavily dependent on Russian natural gas, and German companies working on gas pipelines fear they could be hit with US sanctions by this latest move.

 

1 Aug:  After months of patience with American allegations and sanctions Russian President Vladimir Putin today ordered 755 U.S. diplomats to leave the country by Sept. 1, saying that his high hopes of a good relationship with the US and Trump administration had been dashed by American failure to return US seized Russian property and new sanctions on Russia just passed in congress.  

The irony of the US complaining that Russia wanted to help a side in the recent US elections, when the United States is the world’s leader in interfering in the internal affairs of other nations, is not lost in the world at large.

This sour East West relationship will not be helped by the coming Mideast regional war, in which Russia will surely lose allies Syria and Iran.

The EU in Crises:  The EU launches legal action against Poland.   The EU is entering a political crisis as members Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania are bucking current EU rules.  

As the present EU lurches from crisis the real news is that Germany and France are working to become the core of a New Federal Europe which other interested countries can then join. 

Their assumption is that the present EU will never form a political federal union and may not even continue for long as a trading bloc; therefore the time will come when other countries will be willing to join a New German French created Federated European political system now being put together.

Scripture tells us that a Catholic pope will be empowered to do miracles and the Vatican will endorse this New Federal Europe, into which ten nations will join and give their economic, foreign affairs  and military powers to a single overall leader.  

This New Europe will then ally with many Islamic countries – who will abandon the petrodollar for the European currency – as well as allying with Latin America; becoming a great world power as the United States collapses into economic and internal turmoil.  This miracle worker will also visit the Temple Mount at Jerusalem WITHIN 75 days after he was set up and the 42 month great tribulation will begin, to be ended by the coming of Messiah the Christ.

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