Friday, November 17, 2017

Global SITREP D9-17: Paradigm Shattering Changes Reshaping the Middle East

Standing by...

17 November 2017: For a couple of weeks now there have been significant I&W (Indications & Warnings) of one or more conflicts erupting around the planet. It's as if the earth was a pressure cooker and occasional whiffs of escaping steam gave notice that boiling was occurring within. I&W are duly noted, but finding corroborations of what they might mean as a potential imminent fact are extremely hard to nail down with any specificity. We dealt with this to some extent in SITREP D7-17 and in the integral comments section, but nothing concrete emerged, except for what is expected per Bible prophecy. And that's where the proverbial rubber meets the 'Prophetic Road to Revelation.'

As is always true, the Bible interprets the Bible. It was this fact coupled with what can only be described as a "how could this have been missed" moment of insight that occurred just one day ago. That moment has convinced yours truly that preconceived notions about exactly how the final act of Psalm 83's  'unfinished business' scenario will manifest required an immediate jettisoning in favor of a new and likely corrected interpretive view. 

For a specific example let's look at the sequencing of these prophecies. Does the ultimate prophetic fulfillment of Psalm 83 precede or follow that of Ezekiel 38/39? 

Stop! Before you answer that question consider the lightning bolt the Lord hit me with just yesterday. Ezekiel 38:13, which begins with "Sheba and Dedan," has long been considered a critical part of Ezekiel's post-Psalm 83 prophecy. And a critical part it is, but do you see the problem it creates in a sequential interpretation of these prophecies if the descendants of Ishmael are to be completely vanquished as a result of Psalm 83? 

How are "Sheba and Dedan" - the entire Arabian Peninsula - to remain such a prominent force politically and militarily along with the "merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions" as the Magog military confederation appears descending upon a peaceful and secure Israel in a post-Psalm 83 world?

The best clue we have to this riddle is what is occurring at the present within Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman (i.e. the GCC). And what is occurring at present is nothing short of paradigm shattering changes. Without these paradigm shattering changes even thinking of a war fought against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its terrorist proxies by a military coalition that includes the Saudi-led GCC and Israel would have been, well, way out on a limb.

And that is precisely where Eschatology Today went a little over seven years ago (September 2010) in the interpretive theory looking at Jeremiah 49:34-39. Eschatology Today presented the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy as one of a grand coalition going to war against the Islamic Republic. 

Remember this paragraph?
"In the next verse we read that the judgment comes in the form of "the four winds" (i.e. all points on the compass and intimating many nations) as being the "sword" the Lord sends after them. Also looking at the map of Iran, it does appear that Arab nations, the principle of which is Saudi Arabia, would be among those coming against Elam from the southern "wind" along with many other nations constituting the other three directions. This includes Israel and many other nations such as the NATO alliance, and clearly invokes the modern day notion of a warfighting coalition of nations such as we saw in the early 1990s Operation Desert Storm against Iraq and the present day Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan."
So, here we are in the latter weeks of 2017, and Saudi Arabia and the GCC are changing before our very eyes in ways that had we been prescient enough to elucidate it seven years ago would have resulted in copious amounts of laughter if not outright ridicule. 

Nevertheless, there were in several mostly European and Middle Eastern newspapers, published yesterday morning reports of Saudi Arabia and the GCC being allied with Israel for direct military action against the Islamic Republic of Iran and it's Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon and Syria. This joint Arab-Israeli military action is identified as one of the nascent Saudi Arabian king Mohammed bin Salman's highest priority objectives upon his ascension to the throne next week. This follows the unprecedented publication in Saudi Arabia just yesterday of an interview with Israel's military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the subject of which was Iran being the biggest common threat in the Middle East to Sunni Arab nations and Israel. 

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Israel from Space

Evening

and Morning
14 November 2017: Found these (clickable) International Space Station (ISS) photo's online, and they're worth a couple of thousand words each. Besides, all that, they're just plain cool to look at such as yours truly has done in-depth. Interesting footnote, the ISS will observe its 20th year in orbit a year from now.

Top Photo: Looking to the north at night over Israel. Not only can you see all of Israel, but also a very large portion of the Greater Middle East as well. Notice in this image you can see the curvature of the earth, even the outline of the earth's atmosphere is visible. That's due to the altitude of the ISS being approximately 251 miles (404 km).

What struck me is how bright all of Israel is, and Lebanon in the immediate north. Bright lights on the east is Amman, Jordan. Damascus, Syria is seen east of Lebanon and north of Amman. Look closely and you can see all the way into Iraq. Cyprus and Turkey are on the left-hand margin of the image.

Bottom Photo: This ISS view is from the north looking south. The entire Nile Delta region of Egypt is seen at the top. Notice the lush greenery of Israel as compared to the in land and Sinai deserts. 

If you read Bible prophecy you might be thinking the same thoughts that I had thought while looking at these images. My thought was that most of the visible land in both images will be part of Israel proper in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Global SITREP D8-17: Military Force To Pluck Euro Nations Out By Their Roots

Bundeswehr
7 November 2017: Eschatology Today has been referencing a specific event in Bible prophecy for some time now. It is an unambiguous series of signs given by God in the form of a dream to the prophet Daniel. All of these signs are detailed in what we know as chapter seven of the book which bears his name. The most critical of these signs occurs in verse eight which informs that upon the Antichrist's rising (as a little horn) among 10 already established horns (kingdoms) he will pluck up by the roots three of the 10. In other words, the newly emergent leader who will be the Antichrist, the leader of the fourth and final beast empire, will seize by some force (pluck up by their roots) three of the 10 kingdoms.

In the news yesterday, as reported by the U.K.s' Telegraph newspaper, we see the German Army (Bundeswehr) war-gaming scenarios related to the potential break-up of the European Union. These are scenarios envisioning the use of military force to prevent a BREXIT-type departure or the outright seizure of one of more sovereign nations seeking independence from a European Superstate such as the EU. The timeline for this is envision by EU military leaders as being at some point between the present and the year 2040. The underlying doctrine, known as "Strategic Perspective 2040" for the recent scenario-driven exercises of the Bundeswehr, is classified as confidential information. The direct connection between Daniel 7:8 and these type of military exercises in Europe is no coincidence.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Global SITREP D7-17: The Psalm 83 Scenario - Unfinished Business

Israel Defense Forces
1 November 2017: While the end-game plays out in both Syria and in Iraq, and probably as a direct result of those events, the past month has seen ever increasing Indications and Warnings (I&W) that the IDF will find itself involved in full-scale war in the Southern, Central and Northern Front sooner rather than later, and almost certainly during the year 2018. This assessment derives from the following link-heavy collection of recent open source news items.

The so-called "Palestinian unity" or reconciliation deal between HAMAS and Fatah of three weeks ago made clear one thing over all other considerations, and that is that all of the factions within both camps, whether in Gaza or Judea and Samaria, are in lock-step with the openly and oft-repeated goal of destroying the State of Israel. 

As we all know, this Palestinian goal is Psalm 83:4 verbatim, and that makes it a Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Palestinian, Israeli-Arab and Gazan goal.

Even overseas Palestinian diplomats are calling for Israel's destruction as was made clear in a 20 October Times of Israel report on a tweet by the Palestinian mission chief (Fatah) in Colombia who quoted Yasser Arafat: "Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace. We want WAR and victory — Yasser Arafat,"  This call for Israel's destruction was merely an echo of a call made the day before by HAMAS, as was demanded of HAMAS by their Iranian overlords. Make no mistake, Iran is seeking to engage Israel in a war involving its proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Judea, Samaria and Gaza. 

If I were the Iranian Ayatollah, I'd be worried about the potential for a pretty significant Israeli preemptive action.

These very recent newsworthy tidbits were reported on prominently in Israel and in the Brooklyn, New York-based The Algemeiner.  These important reports were completely ignored by ALL major, corporate American news organizations - including the network formerly known as "we report, you decide" FoxNews.

Today, Israeli attack aircraft (possibly F-35I Adir's) struck, apparently with impunity, an arms manufacturing plant in the area south of Homs, Syria.

Yes, there's probably more to come, so please stand by, there's a lot of unfinished business to take care of with respect to Psalm 83.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Revelation 13:14 - The Constructed Image of the Beast - Where AI Meets Non-Human Intelligence

UPDATED 25 October 2017: It's been almost five years since the original post below about "the image of the beast" was published. A lot has changed since then, and an update is mandatory, not primarily for most born-again Christians, but for those who will suddenly find themselves in a post-Harpazo world.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) and human intelligence interact on pretty much a routine basis. We human beings now regularly talk to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant or even the artificial intelligence embedded in your car, your refrigerator, or even your entire house. The AI talks back and responds directly to us about whatever ever it was that you wanted to know from it or to do for you. So, human daily interaction with AI has become common place in 2017 and is growing by leaps and bounds, technologically speaking. In three to five years time there will likely be another quantum leap in the technology driving AI. Futuristic thinkers are even telling us without any reservation that AI/Human Intelligent interactions will become even greater very soon. This isn't SciFi anymore, it's become Sci-Fact. 

However, what no one is thinking about, and what virtual none of the most well-known prophecy teachers have touched yet with a ten-foot pole is to discuss what will happen when AI and non-human intelligence are linked together in the very near future of the 70th Week. The Revelation of Jesus Christ tells us this will be the fact-of-the-matter during the 70th Week, and that man-made artificially intelligent construct empowered by a non-human demonic entity (i.e. Satan himself) will have the power of life or death over every individual living on the planet.

"[the second beast] 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. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[f] the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:15-17)

[Perhaps if you've not read the original post form December 2012 before, now would be a good time to do so, or to refresh, and then come back up to see where we are today in 2017.]

Think about the prophetic terminology God first used 2,600 years ago to describe what this AI coupled with satanic (non-human) power of the Antichrist and False Prophet will be, and that is "shiqquwts shamem," whose full-meaning would best be expressed as "a thing of detestable, abominable filth that will cause desolation and waste" upon the earth. This thing will be stood up in the Holy Place of the coming Jewish 3rd Temple approximate;y 42 months after the Antichrist confirms a covenant among many. 

The technology that will be brought together by men at the direction of the False Prophet (the second beast from the earth) to create this abomination of desolation, the artificial creation of the created to honor and cause worship of Satan in God's Temple, is all around us. Imagine, if you will, Artificial Intelligence that includes holographic capabilities, ultra-life-like cybernetic appearance, virtual reality; a near omniscient situational awareness capable of global control over inanimate things from finance and routine commerce,  to global fleets of drones and superhuman soldiers and robotic war machines, to animate things like human beings and the ability to kill them forthwith. (This super-soldier capability is Vladimir Putin's worst nightmare!)  The ultimate in oppression and totalitarian control of every aspect of life on planet earth. And millions of our future brethren will die professing Jesus Christ, refusing to take the mark of the beast or worship his abominable image of the beast stood up in the the Jerusalem Temple. (Matthew 24:15-22)

No, this is not a plot merger of the Terminator Sci-Fi movie series and George Orwell's 1984, this is what the Bible says will take place in the very near future, and it may well be far worse than described here. The blessed hope for all mankind is the Harpazo, the sudden catching away of the bride of Jesus Christ, to escape all these things, the likes of which have never before occurred on the earth, and never will thereafter for all eternity. The only time anyone has to make a decision for Christ is right now, while there is time to do so before the Harpazo. What will you do?
 

18 December 2012: One of the things in Revelation 13:14-15 that has always fascinated me is the God-breathed prophecy that the second beast, the False Prophet, will issue a command to all mankind inhabiting the earth that they must construct an image of the first beast, the Antichrist.

"And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 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."
The key sequential Greek words in verse fourteen are poieō eikōn thērion, meaning that the fully deceived men of the earth of that time will be called upon by the False Prophet to construct a likeness of the Antichrist. Understand this completely: mankind will be called upon to create an image of Satan incarnate as was man created in the image of God. This will occur shortly after the Antichrist will appear to have sustained a mortal head wound yet he will pseudo-miraculously not die as a result of it. This image of the Antichrist will be constructed by mankind to honor him.
How will mankind construct such a thing? Through the all types of emergent technological know-how that mankind will have at its disposal. It will be a 21st century technology that many are seeing greater and greater glimpses of in these pre-70th Week days: the fusing and absolute convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and instantaneous global communications that provide instantaneous global situational awareness. Mind-boggling to be sure even by 2012-2103 state-of-the-art technological advancements. 
This will be the high-tech 21st century equivalent of the statue of Zeus-Olympus that the forerunner antichrist, the Hellenic Seleucid Empire's absolute ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes stood up in the 2nd Temple on the 25th of Kislev, 168 BC. The difference between this coming outrage and the latter will be that the False Prophet will be able to supernaturally embed a demonic spirit (Greek: pneuma) within this human construct so that it will be a virtual, physical being, a totally aware and communicating entity in the service of Satan which will be capable of killing both Tribulation Saints and all of mankind who will dare to refuse it the requisite worship. Perhaps it will be the demonic spirit known as Abaddon/Apollyon who will inhabit this constructed thing; the penultimate of demonic and gentile desecration of God's Temple?
As Jesus declared in the Olivet Discourse, referring the the prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel, this action will define the mid-point of the 70th Week. He has made it unambiguously clear that this utterly detestable thing will be literally stood up in the Holy Place within the 70th Week (Tribulation) Temple; that this will be the "Abomination of Desolation." This event, Jesus tells us, will be the final sign for the Jews to flee Jerusalem with extraordinary haste; to flee in the direction of the mountains of Judea meaning 'take nothing with you, just get out of the city of Jerusalem!'

the Holy Place within the 70th Week Temple
I believe there can be little confusion or wonderment as to why the wrath of God is thereafter poured out upon the earth in such a way as there has never been anything of this scope previous or ever will there be anything like it again. And there is no further mention of the image after this. We can only assume that God utterly annihilates the "Abomination of Desolation" and it passes into oblivion without further notice.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Global SITREP D6-17: A Few Things That Need Addressing...



21 October 2017: Its been a month since the sign of Revelation 12:1-2 was literally and gloriously fulfilled in the heavens above, yet the depression among the bride of Christ that's due to the Harpazo not occurring is quite obvious if not palpable. I think the remedy to this is to realize that listening to the musings of men regarding the things wholly within the domain of Almighty God the Father is something that Scripture has endeavored to teach us since we each were babes-in-Christ. 

It's very much the same reason Paul was obliged to write II Thessalonians 2, (Read it!) and that was because his earlier Spirit-filled teachings to the Corinthians were largely cast aside by a significant number of believers who had listened to and believed the non-Spirit-filled teachings of non-Spirit-filled men and the attendant rumors which followed in their wake. Wolves in sheep's clothing. Snake oil salesmen. And you know what, some of them, even a month later are still at it; still date-setting the utterly un-date settable, and some brethren are still listening to them and their calculated musings. 

Cleave ONLY to what the Word of God teaches - it really is that simple. "Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle." (II Thessalonians 2:15)

There's something else that just as disturbing if not more so. I'm talking now about all of this plant 9, Nibiru, planet X, Babylonian enuma elish garbage that has been invading mainstream Christian discussion of late. It's all abject nonsense and outright deception based upon unproven theory that originated in the non-Christian secular world. Simply put this topic has no place in Christian discourse except to dismiss it outright as garbage to be ignored. FoxNews publishes a report and that makes Nibiru real? Really??

Brethren, especially those of you lending an ear to this nonsense, listen up, and I'll explain it as simply and as truthfully as possible. The ancient Akkadian word NI-BI-RU simply refers to a crossing, something which intersects an established baseline. That baseline is the ecliptic plane our solar system which God created and set in motion the specific parameters thereof for all the heavenly bodies orbiting around the Sun. 

Every year at the time of the spring (March) and fall (September) equinox when our Sun rises above or falls below the ecliptic plane as seen from Earth, that particular day was known to the ancient Mesopotamian peoples - the Akkadians, Sumerians, Babylonians - as the nibiru, the crossing. Nibiru is not a planet, it is the day on which our Sun crosses the ecliptic plane year in and year out every March and September.  That's all this is, everything else is non-scholarly mis-translation of cuneiform texts and made-up nonsense from unqualified and unlearned charlatans like Zechariah Sitchin, et al. 

Again, none of this planet Nibiru, planet X nonsense has any place within Christian talk or any discussion about specifics within The Revelation of Jesus Christ about these last days prior to the establishment of our Lord's millennial kingdom, except to abruptly and soundly dismiss it as something added to that text. Adding something to the God-breathed prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is addressed in Revelation 22:18-19.

We are all alert and looking at and for the signs of His coming for us the bride of Christ. It's a "day and hour" which only God the Father knows. Yet, according to the Jewish betrothal tradition upon which the Harpazo/Rapture of the bride is derived, once the Father instructs the Son to begin the wedding by collecting His bride, one of the Grooms procession would lead the way loudly proclaiming, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!" The sounding of the shofar (trumpet) accompanies. This is what we are waiting for, this will be how our departure will occur, with an angelic shout and trump to announce His coming. 

There is no need to look at any calendar for this, that would be a completely futile endeavor to engage in because neither the day or the hour are recorded in any book, not even the Holy Bible. Therefore, there is no way to count or to calculate the number of days before its occurrence. We encourage one another with the knowledge that we are today living in the very season of its occurrence; that it will happen at any moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Global SITREP D5-17: The War Continues... Part II

Kurdish Peshmerga front line facing Iranian-led PMU southwest of Kirkuk
UPDATE 18 October 2017: This is very likely the final update for this SITREP. In support of all that has been written here on this particular subject, I submit a Threat Matrix blog report by Bill Roggio of the very highly respected Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) Long War Journal. I urge you to read the linked report for yourselves.

This report confirms what has been independently posted here in contradiction to the obvious politically-motivated statements made by CJTF-OIR spokespersons over the course of the past few days. Those statements clearly expressed the propaganda of the Shi'a-dominated Government of Iraq (GoI) in Baghdad and their terrorist Iranian overlords. These CJTF-OIR statements are diametrically opposed to what President Trump announced concerning Iran and the IRGC last week. 

The glaringly obvious disconnect between the Commander-In-Chief in the White House and the U.S.-led CJTF-OIR HQ in Baghdad is extremely distressing. Since when does the United States provide political cover for the terrorist Ayatollah Khamenei of the Islamic Republic of Iran and his various Iranian and Iraqi sock puppets? These are the same Iranian terrorists responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of American troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as recently reported here, continue to kill American troops serving in Iraq.

17 October 2017: Why is this SITREP important? Because Jesus said it would be important. Matthew 24:7 records our Lord saying "For ethnos shall rise against ethnos, and basileia against basileia ..."  This prophecy precisely defines what is occurring across the world, but especially in the MidEast, and particularly in Iraq. In this battle of Iraq there are Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Persians ethnic groups. Within them there are Christian, Sunni, Yazidi and Shi'a religious groups; some fighting to conquer the other, some fighting for their very survival. The importance of this should be as self-evident as it is prophetic.

What led to the Kurdish defeat and retreat at Maktab Khalid junction, Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk? Within the militias that make up the Kurdish Peshmerga there are eastern Iraqi Kurds loyal to the family clan in Suleimaniya, and then there are those loyal to western Kurds of Erbil and Dohuk. The Kurds are, and have been in the past, a house divided.

The eastern Kurds were visited prior to shots being fired by IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani who issued his own ultimatum to the Kurdish PUK militia to stand down as his Shi'a Turkomen Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen advanced in state-of-the-art American M1 Abrams tanks and combat vehicles acquired from stocks given by the U.S. to the Iraqi government in Baghdad. So, the PUK abandoned their posts on the southern Kirkuk front leaving the YPG and other Kurdish militia exposed in indefensible positions in the center and western fronts around Kirkuk.

For it's part the U.S. did nothing except to plead for the Iraqi government and the Kurdish government in Erbil, both of whom are supposed to be U.S. allies with the CJTF-OIR, to dialog with each other and not fight.  The offset here is that from the get-go back in 2014 when IS rampaged through Iraq the U.S. provided mechanized brigade equipment to the Kurdish Peshmerga while providing heavy armored division equipment to the Iraqi ISF. Hands-down the Kurds would be no match on a future battlefield against the forces of Iranian-dominated Iraqi government forces. The Shi'a government in Baghdad had no qualms about letting the IRGC Qods force terrorist share in the American military largesse of war-winning equipment.

The Kurds are natural allies to the West and America in particular. So too the Israeli's. However, the American government has yet to understand and foresee or to do anything constructive to halt Iranian penetration into what remains of Iraq. This issue is dealt with in detail (for those who pay attention to details) in a Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs January 2016 article entitled The Iranian Penetration of Iraqi Kurdistan. America has been more concerned about its failings in the Obama retreat of 2010 and ignored the Iranian threat to the whole of Iraq entirely. As a result the Kurds and (remnant) Assyrian Christians in Erbil and Dohuk are paying the price.

16 October 2017: Early this morning the Iranian-led PMUs initiated an all-out assault on the Kurdish defenders of Kirkuk. 

The Eschatology Today assessment of the designed purpose of IRGC general Qassem Soleimani's gambit in Kirkuk appears to have at least two primary objectives:

1) To destroy the cohesion within the United States-led CJTF-OIR Coalition headquartered in Baghdad by forcing the Iraqi Army into battle against Iraqi Kurds. An Iraqi civil war in layman's terms which pits the two primary military forces within Iraq against each other. 

2) To create a self-fulfilling prophetic condition which is a pillar of Shi'a Hojjatieh eschatology - a chaotic warfighting situation in Iraq which hastens the arrival of their mythical al-Mahdi figure. Of course Qassem Soleimani is well-positioned to inherit that coveted Shi'a mantle.

This gambit has the potential to backfire in a very big way, and that depends largely on how the United States and its allies as well as the State of Israel react to this fighting. How the Iraqi army itself reacts to fighting against the Kurds, many of whom are within its ranks, is also a critical potential to backfire. Sunni Arabs and Kurds being led into a war by scheming Shi'a is an extremely risky gambit for Iran to undertake.

Also overnight, the IAF attacked and almost certainly destroyed a Syrian SA-5 SAM site near Damascus. The potential for a full-scale three-ring circus of war in the Middle East may be in the offing, which is something most of us have been expecting for some time. More to come, obviously.

15 October 2017: Fighting has erupted between the Shi'a Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) Hashd al-Shaabi militia and the Kurdish Peshmerga at a strategic junction south of Kirkuk known as Maktab Khalid. There are also confrontations which amount to Iranian ethnic cleansing of Kurdish families in Tuz Khurmatu, about 40 miles south of Kirkuk. The initial combat engagement at Tuz Khurmatu went on for at least five hours. Thus far Iraqi regular army units have not attacked the Kurds, but have their weapons pointed at them.

The Peshmerga have stood their ground in rejecting the PMU ultimatum to withdraw by midnight Baghdad time (9 PM in London, UK). The Peshmerga have been ordered to defend their hard won territory "at all costs." The Maktab Khalid junction controls access to a nearby airbase and oil production facilities south of Kirkuk.

The PMU is a collection of Iraqi Shi'a militias which are under the direct control of IRGC Qods Force General Qassem Soleimani. The Peshmerga cites hard intelligence that IRGC officers and troops are embedded within the PMUs. These foreign-led troops are the only forces thus far to exhibit aggression against the Kurdish people. 

The Peshmerga are the primary military force of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and have been an integral component of the U.S.-led CJTF-OIR in the fight against the Islamic State. U.S. special forces are known to been embedded with Peshmerga and other Kurdish units. In the Kurdish language Peshmerga means "those who face death." They are obviously very highly-regarded Kurdish soldiers.

Given President Trump's very recent casting of the IRGC as terrorists as part of his Iran Doctrine, it therefore follows that all IRGC-led militias would also fall under the terrorist categorization as well. The PMF attack on the Peshmerga could well be seen in the White House as an Iranian terrorist attack upon a component of CJTF-OIR. This is something that was predicted in SITREP D4-17 less than 48 hours ago.


General Geographic Area of Conflict
More as developments occur...