Stratrisks: “Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, generating fears that the Al-Qaeda splinter group could turn off the taps to the Shiite south of Iraq, sparking a massive humanitarian crisis. Last month’s ISIS-led offensive across Iraq saw it overrun cities and battle for oil refineries as the national army melted away, but it has also been waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams and desalination plants in a bid to solidify its territorial gains.
Iraq’s 32 million people are entirely dependent on water flowing down from two great rivers in Turkey, the Euphrates and the Tigris. Where those waterways enter Iraq in the north, ISIS holds key dams and surrounding areas, leaving Shiite-majority southern Iraq vulnerable to the use of water as a strategic weapon.”
Opinion: Bakr al Baghdadi robs banks, takes oil fields, and controls water supplies, sounding a bit like the Jesse James of the Middle East. Maybe our new friends, the Iranians, will bail us out before ol’ Bakr makes good on his promise to see us in New York.
Breitbart: “While the world’s attention is focused on Hamas’ targeting of Jewish civilians in Israel, Jews are not the only religious minority in the Middle East under fire. The Obama administration’s decisions to pull troops out of Iraq, support Islamists in Syria, back the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, protect the Iranian regime, and back terrorist opposition in Libya have led to the destruction of Christian communities throughout the region.”
Opinion: There are two groups that can be slaughtered with minimal international outrage: Jews and Christians. You won’t find John Kerry or Ban Ki Moon jetting in for talks, and you won’t hear the president calling for concern for civilian deaths.
In John 15:21 Jesus told us that we will be persecuted for His name’s sake: “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.”
He didn’t specify that the persecution would be limited to any geographical location.
Revelation 13:15 teaches that persecution of Christians will reach its peak when the second person of the unholy trinity demands allegiance to the Beast: “He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”
Here is the good news: “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11.
Here is how it happens: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.
Fox News: Netanyahu “We have to clear out the homes [in which] Hamas put civilians, Palestinian civilians, we go out to ferret out rocketeers and anti-tank rocket fire. Hamas put civilians there.” Mustafa Barghouti, (general secretary of the Palestinian National Initiative Party), accused Israel Defense Forces of targeting civilians, “I’m 100% sure of that.” Opinion: If[...]
Breitbart: “When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been[...]
Business Insider: “Iraqi soldiers and the forces fighting with them walked into a spectacular trap in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. Government forces, Iranian-trained militiamen, and untrained volunteers pushed into the center of Tikrit, assuming that extremist ISIS militants had retreated, and were about to hoist the Iraqi flag over the key town of Tikrit when they were[...]