Sep 222014
 

The Washington Free Beacon: “Khamenei, who rose to power as Iran’s second supreme leader in 1989, was in the hospital last week to undergo prostate surgery.

The well-publicized surgery—coupled with 2010 U.S. diplomatic cables stating that Khamenei has terminal cancer—suggests that the regime is “preparing the nation and the world for a transition to a third supreme leader,” according to a report released by the global intelligence giant Stratfor.

With Khamenei’s health in question, longtime regime insiders appear to already be paving the way for him to be replaced with an equally extremist and hardline ruler who would enter the political fray at perhaps the most significant time in Iran’s history.”

Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rouhani

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Sep 182014
 

muqtada-al-sadrThe Middle East Monitor: “The head of Iraq’s Shia Sadrist movement Muqtada Al-Sadr yesterday threatened the United States’ troops if they decide to return to Iraq.

Al-Sadr said, in a statement posted on his official website: “The Black House [The White House] has decided to resume its attacks on Iraqi territory and perhaps the American decision comes after it had regretted its mockery of a withdrawal from Iraq to avoid the Iraqi fierce military and political and popular resistance.”

Al-Sadr continued: “I say, if you [United States] decide to return to Iraq, we will fight you with all our power and you will regret your decision.”

Opinion: Remember the name Muqtada al-Sadr? He’s the radical Shiite cleric who fiercely opposed the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Back then, the Mahdi Army was responsible for some of the deadliest days of the Iraq  war.

Al-Sadr’s Mahdi army rose to international prominence on April 18, 2004 when it spearheaded the first major armed confrontation against the U.S.-led forces in Iraq from the Shia community. At its height, the Mahdi Army’s popularity was strong enough to influence local government, the police, and cooperation with Sunni Iraqis and their supporters.

Then he overplayed his hand.

The U.S. got other Shiite leaders to turn on him, issue an arrest warrant, and in 2007 he fled to Iran, where he sought exile and supposedly studied theology. But when he returned in 2011, his followers remained loyal to him, and he wields real political power in Iraq.

Al-Sadr appears to be trying to become the new power broker of Iraq, condemning ISIS and the Sunni terrorist groups, but also appealing to moderate Sunnis. Whether or not he succeeds, we are probably witnessing splits in the Shiite coalition, and that can only mean more chaos in an already chaotic situation.

So now we have the Obama doctrine (no boots on the ground) and a Shia cleric in agreement … scary.

(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)

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Sep 182014
 

YNet News: “The office of Iran’s supreme leader published a series of graphics on Wednesday highlighting how little he believes the country has gained from dialogue with Washington as nuclear talks resume. The graphics posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official website include a cartoon of US Secretary of State John Kerry standing and pounding the negotiating table flanked by aides.

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“The military option is still on the table if Tehran wants to relaunch its uranium enrichment program,” the cartoon Kerry thunders.

“Dialogue with the Americans has not reduced their animosity and has not been useful,” the graphic complains, quoting Khamenei’s words in an August 13 speech.

“The Americans’ tone has become tougher and more insulting.”

Opinion: Negotiations with the Iranians begin again this week. Khamenei’s Arabic cartoon tells the world how worried he is about Kerry’s threat…

Not.

Since we know that Iran is prophesied to be part of the Gog Magog (Ezekiel 38-39) alliance, we already know the outcome of Iran’s disarmament.

Not.

 

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Sep 182014
 
Kerry Slammed on Capitol Hill

Breitbart: “Wednesday at the Senate Foreign Relation Committee hearing on U.S. strategy for combating ISIS, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) criticized President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry as “three senators” exercising “terrible judgment” on the U.S. strategy against ISIS.”   Opinion: The US government is in disarray and confused

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Sep 172014
 
Ex-Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Welcome In Turkey

Stratrisks: “Turkey would welcome exiled leaders of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who have come under pressure to leave Qatar,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. A Brotherhood official said on Saturday that several members of the group were relocating after Qatar came under enormous pressure from other Gulf Arab states to cut support for the

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Sep 162014
 
Iran: Shadow Enemy In Syria

The Daily Beast: ” Iraq, Tehran was our silent partner, working to break an ISIS siege and edging out Maliki. But it’s not in Obama’s new coalition—and may try to destabilize U.S.-led efforts in Syria. At the big table in Paris where 24 world leaders met Monday to discuss a war plan against ISIS, one nation

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Sep 092014
 
Islamic State's goal is to conquer Jerusalem, just like Hamas

The Jerusalem Post: The Islamic State’s goal is to conquer Jerusalem, Kadima party chairman and former defense minister Shaul Mofaz said Monday. Speaking at a conference held by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Mofaz said Islamic State terrorists are active throughout the region, and are looking to move in to Jordan, Gaza and

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