Mar 302015
 

Part-NIC-Nic6433713-1-1-0Yahoo News: “Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism.

Arab representatives will meet over the next month to study the creation of the force and present their findings to defence ministers within four months, according to the resolution adopted by the leaders.

Assuming the great responsibility imposed by the great challenges facing our Arab nation and threatening its capabilities, the Arab leaders had decided to agree on the principle of a joint Arab military force,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the summit in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.”

Opinion: Let’s go back two months to January 20. The Houthis, a rebel group sponsored and directed by Iran, overthrew the pro-American Yemeni government. After they conquered the capital city of Sanaa, crowds of Houthis began chanting “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” The same battle cries that Iran uses, exactly.

yemenYemen is strategically important to the Gulf states as well as the US and Egypt.

In order to reach the Mediterranean Sea from the Indian Ocean,  3.8 million barrels of oil per day—passes through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait (bottom left of map), the southern gate of the Red Sea.

The strait measures 18 miles across. The channel is the closest point between the two landmasses of central Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The northeast edge of the strait is in Yemeni territory.

The strategic importance of controlling this passage is equal to controlling the Suez Canal, since both are part of the same thoroughfare.

Iran knows what Saddam Hussein knew, “control ME oil; control the world.”

President Al-Sisi understands the importance of oil all too well even though Egypt produces about 600,000 barrels a day, with a retail value of about $18 billion annually. Because of Egypt’s large population, this would translate to only about $220 per capita.

But al-Sisi also knows the major challenges ahead before any Arab leader will give up control of their armies to an Egypt-led coalition.

It will be interesting to watch al-Sisi, since one day, possibly soon, Egypt will take up its prophesied position in the final battle of Armageddon as King of the South, Daniel 11:40.

 

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Mar 282015
 

LA Times: “A joint military force should be created to defend Arab nations, Egypt’s president said Saturday.

President Abdel Fattah Sisi made his comments at a summit of Arab leaders in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where the escalating conflict in Yemen was top of the agenda.

“The challenges are grave,” he told the Arab leaders. “It is a huge responsibility, heavy and burdensome.”

Opinion: Our post on October 31, 2014  regarding the absence of US leadership and the rise of Vladimir Putin: “We have said it so many times – nature abhors a vacuum. A job opening appeared in the global consciousness. The world was looking for new leadership, since the US president abdicated that position.”

Emerging leaders:

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi – Egypt.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – first Turkish president to assume office through direct elections

Vladimir Putin rising czar – Russia

Bakr al Baghdadi –  ISIS

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Mar 282015
 

spying-1-v2The Independent: “Asked whether Saudi Arabia would ever build nuclear weapons in an interview with US news channel CNN, Adel Al-Jubeir said the subject was “not something we would discuss publicly”.

Pressed later on the issue he said: “This is not something that I can comment on, nor would I comment on.”

Western intelligence agencies believe that the Saudi monarchy paid for up to 60% of Pakistan’s nuclear programme in return for the ability to buy warheads for itself at short notice, the Guardian newspaper reported in 2010.”

 Opinion: Yemen is close to spinning out of control and its strategically important next door neighbor, Saudi Arabia, is more than a bit worried.

  • The US deal with the Iranians has the Saudis offering Israel air space to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations
  • A  Saudi-led bombing campaign has begun and troops from Egypt and some other countries may soon intervene on the ground.
  • In addition to the Gulf States , Jordan, Morocco, Sudan and Turkey are threatening to get involved

The coalition, named by the Saudis “Decisive Storm”,  is getting together without US or British leadership.

What is interesting is that  the US and Britain are prophetically tied to the Saudis and are prophesied  to be powerless (Ezekiel 38:13) in the war of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39).

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Mar 132015
 
US War Planes Are Helping Iran Win

  The Daily Beast: “Iran and America are still enemies, technically. But US air power has ISIS pinned down in Iraq. And that’s helping Iran move in. Forces loyal to Iran are threatening to break ISIS’s grip on the key Iraqi city of Tikrit. Officially, the American military isn’t helping these Shiite militias and Iranian

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Mar 102015
 
ISIS’ Plan to Take Its Caliphate Worldwide

The Daily Beast: “Boko Haram isn’t about to become a mere extension of ISIS, despite a purported pledge allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State this weekend. Instead, ISIS is likely to offer resources, training, and its brand so the Nigerian terror group can create a distinct province within an Islamic caliphate, experts and U.S. officials

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Mar 062015
 
Israeli Air Force faces new challenge from Egypt

YNet News: “Egyptian and Russian media outlets have been reporting that an advanced Russian surface-to-air missile system, the S-300, has arrived in the Middle East. The Egyptian military has likely already commenced deployment of the long-range anti-aircraft batteries across the North African country. The S-300, the Russian version of the American Patriot system, is capable

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Feb 232015
 
How the President’s Summit Helped ISIS

Breitbart: Friday saw the close of the of the three-day international summit on violent extremism hosted by the White House. Coming as it did just a just after the release of ISIS/Islamic State videos on the immolation of Lt Kassasbeh, the Jordanian Royal Air Force pilot, and the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians, and the

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