Zero Hedge: ” The entire narrative is falling apart for the US, as Russia and Iran are now moving to transform the half-hearted Western effort to contain ISIS into a very serious effort to eradicate the group. Recall that just a little over a week ago, Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani essentially accused the US of intentionally keeping Islamic State around so that the group can continue to advance Washington’s geopolitical agenda by serving as a destabilizing element in Syria.
According to the Pentagon, Soleimani’s visit to Russia (which, you’re reminded, violated a UN travel ban and infuriated opponents of the Iran nuclear deal) was “very important” in terms of accelerating the timetable on Russia’s inevitable involvement in Syria.
It is of course Soleimani who commands the Shiite militias battling ISIS in Iraq. Now, it appears that in addition to the cooperation in Syria, he has managed to secure a Russian-Iran partnership for Tehran’s Iraqi operations as well.”
Opinion: One more time “Where oh where has A-me-ri-ca gone …”
America bet its hand on training and equipping moderate jihadis. In a report by General Lloyd Austin, commander of US Central Command, the US has spent over $500 million to train 4-5 militants.
Russia sells over 150 million worth of arms to Syria each year and has signed contracts with the Russian defense industry have likely exceeded $4 billion. IN addition Russia leases a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus, giving the Russian navy its only direct access to the Mediterranean.
Iran is connected to Syria by ideology. Iran is the world’s most populous Shiite Muslim nation. The Syrian government is dominated by Alawites, a Shiite offshoot, and the rebels are dominated by Sunnis. The last thing Iran wants now is a Sunni-dominated Syria.
China, despite friendly words last week at the US State dinner, China is spreading its military wings globally, knowing that the US has been checkmated in Syria.
Biblically, all three nations have roles to play in the final war of Armageddon, Revelation 16:16.
- Russia and Iran will lead the king of the North armies (Ezekiel 38:1-6)
- China will march a 200 million man army called the Kings of the East (Daniel 11:44; Revelation 16:12)
There are two more power blocs not mentioned in the article:
- Egypt/North Africa will join in representing the king of the South (Daniel 11:40)
- The revived Roman Empire; Beast Army of Antichrist (Psalm 2:1-4; Rev.16:14, 19:19)
“…oh where oh where can she be?”