ISIS attacks Egypt in North Sinai

Some 200 dead – Egyptian troops, Islamists, civilians – in major ISIS-Egyptian battle in North Sinai

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moved ominously close to Israel’s borders Wednesday, July 1 – not as predicted in the north, but in the south, from the Sinai Peninsula. There, ISIS followed up on its Ramadan terror outrages in France, Tunisia, Kuwait and Kobani, with a massive assault on Egyptian forces and reportedly capturing the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwaid close to the Israeli and Gaza Strip borders. Confirmation of this would mean that the MFO facility at Gora is under ISIS siege. It would also mean that the Islamists had captured their first Egyptian town, a victory comparable to seizure of the Iraqi city of Ramadi. In the fierce 10-hour battle for the town, at least 200 Egyptian soldiers, terrorists and civilians were killed.
Not just a terrorist attack, ISIS launched a full-scale military offensive, starting with mortar fire and suicide bombings against five Egyptian military checkpoints.

Using a tactic similar to that employed in the capture of the Iraqi town of Ramadi last month, ISIS gunmen followed this initial assault by riding in on minivans, backed by heavy mortar fire, to storm the positions held by stunned Egyptian troops. Altogether some 20 Egyptian army positions were attacked in and around Sheikh Zuwaid.

Egyptian troop reinforcements setting out from El Arish to the northeast to aid the beleaguered force, went up on mine and bomb traps secretly planted around their camps and police stations. Egyptian Apache assault helicopters striking the ISIS force themselves faced ground fire from shoulder-borne anti-air missiles.

The Islamists are additionally said to have taken Egyptian prisoners as hostages.

As the fighting grew fierce during Wednesday, Israel shut its border crossings with Egypt and the Gaza Strip, and sent reinforcements south in case the jihadis launched an attack on Israel from northern Sinai.

Our military sources also report that US Middle East forces located in Jordan and at Sharm el-Sheikh are on the ready in case the Islamic State decides to attack the US officers and men at the Multinational Force (MFO) facility in Sinai, which is located near the Sheikh Zuwaid battlefield.
The ISIS Sinai offensive is part and parcel of the reign of terror launched last Friday by Yassin Sahli when he beheaded his French boss, and Seifeddine Rezgui, who murdered 39 holidaymakers on a Tunisian beach. Standing ready for the Islamist offensive in Sinai were the jihadis of the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which recently declared Sinai a province of the Islamic State and took an oath of allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

ISIS draws on two additional major sources for its fighting manpower: the infrastructure it established in turbulent Libya for training and arming jihadis to cross the Egyptian border into Sinai; and the fatal attraction its radicalizing ideology holds for young Muslims who are taught that the brutal murder of Islam’s foes is a cleansing and purifying act.

Operation Decisive Storm

The coalition of Arab countries attack against the Houthis in Yemen has now been given the name of “Operation Decisive Storm”. Coalition partners below.

4b77db59-4784-4b5b-8574-251fe04a62e7Your guide to ‘Operation Decisive Storm’

Concerning the joint Arab army:

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti said that 19 nations have confirmed their attendance in the upcoming Arab Summit scheduled to be held on Saturday 28 March in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The Egyptian delegation is also expected to discuss the creation of a joint Arab army.

19 nations confirm attendance in Arab summit

 

 

 

Houthis, Iran, and the Saudis

Over the last year Iran has developed a major presence in the middle east conflicts and “Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are now leading war action in four Mid East arenas: Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon,while building Shiite “popular” armies deferring to Tehran in three: Syria, Iraq and Yemen.”

Like so many other Middle East countries, the country of Yemen has recently fallen into civil war with the Iranian backed Houthis at the center. With the recent solar eclipse behind us, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in a joint effort, have attacked the country of Yemen. It seems the predictions of Middle East expert, Avi Lipkin are now coming to past. The end game is the capture and control of Islam’s two most holy cities. That of Mecca and Medina located in Saudi Arabia. Both the Sunnis (Saudis) and the Shiites (Iran) want control.

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Read about the attack below:

Egypt seizes Bab el Mandeb ahead of Iran. Saudis bomb Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis. US launches air strikes over Tikrit

If you missed the previous post with the short Avi Lipkin videos which explain the complex situation in full, they are re-posted below.

We are one step closer…….while the Iran Nuclear deadline is fast approaching…..

https://lookingforthatblessedhope.com/2014/12/01/middle-east-in-the-midst-of-the-storm/

 

 

Breaking – Middle East Whirlwind!

You may remember a post here back in December of Avi Lipkin outlining the possibility of the Houthis overtaking the country of Yemen and how that may affect the future of Saudi Arabia. Well that vision has now come to pass as today Yemen’s president, cabinet resign amid rebel standoff.

Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has resigned under pressure from Shiite rebels who seized the capital in September and have confined the embattled leader to his home for the past two days.

Presidential officials said Hadi resigned after being pressured to make concessions to the rebels, known as Houthis.

On top of that, the King of Saudi Arabia has died with power currently transferred to his half-brother, but it will be interesting to see what develops in the near future.

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah puts the Yemen crisis on the front burner for the king’s successor Prince Salman. Abdullah’s death comes on the heels of the resignation of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which is a major setback for American and Saudi diplomacy, a limited victory for Iran and a plus for al-Qaeda.

To make matters worse, ISIS is gaining ground in Yemen, competing with al Qaeda.

Remember that ISIS has threatened to invade Saudi Arabia and the Saudi’s have taken the threat very seriously as they are determined to build a 600 mile wall to keep them out.

430-1421230259686332861Link to the original post with Avi Lipkin here: https://atharris.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/middle-east-in-the-midst-of-the-storm/

 

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Middle East updates

Israel

Netanyahu vowed that no matter how dark the present situation, the terrorists “will never, ever beat us. This is the strength of an ancient people that has always prevailed and thank God, look around you, here in the mountains of Jerusalem, today we have a state of our own, flourishing and advanced, a state that is a moral beacon to the world.”

Israeli Leaders Defiant as Paris Victims Buried in Jerusalem

Almost half of British Jewish people fear they have no long-term future in Britain or Europe, while nearly one in two British people hold anti-Semitic views, a pair of surveys published on Wednesday showed.

Polls show British Jews fear for future in rising anti-Semitic climate

Iron Beam will constitute the fifth element of Israel’s integrated air defense system:

Israel Iron Beam will become the world’s first active duty combat laser in 2015

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President Francois Hollande visited the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in Toulon Wednesday ahead of its departure for the Gulf and Indian Ocean. There was no word on its mission in those waters, but the presidential visit on the carrier’s deck, a week after deadly Islamist terror attacks shocked France, suggested operations were afoot against Al Qaeda in Arabia (AQAP), its Yemen headquarters and/or Islamic State targets in Iraq. DEBKAfile: If the Charles de Gaulle does carry out such operations, it will be the first time that a Western nuclear warship has ever gone into action against Al Qaeda targets.

Iran

In the eyes of most Iraqis, their country’s best ally in the war against the Islamic State group is not the United States and the coalition air campaign against the militants. It’s Iran, which is credited with stopping the extremists’ march on Baghdad.

Iran eclipses US as Iraq’s ally in fight against militants

The commander of Iran’s notorious Basij forces declared Monday that the Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal is the destruction of America and Israel.

Iran General: Our Ultimate Goal Is the Destruction of America And Israel

A decline in oil exports, largely because of Western economic sanctions, has cost the Iranian economy more than $100 billion, a senior official said.

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2015/01/12/Iran-out-billions-of-dollars-in-oil-revenue/8591421061748/

Syria and the Bomb?

Underground facility under construction near Lebanese border reportedly being protected by Nasrallah’s fighters

Assad said seeking nuclear weapons with Hezbollah aid

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran.

Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

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Senior Free Syrian Army official says suspicious Syrian, Iranian movement noted in Qusayr, where plant is said to be, enhanced by ‘unprecedented’ Hezbollah security.

Syrian rebels: Iranian officers spotted near site of reported nuclear facility

Russia

Moscow State University declares ambitious project to collect DNA samples of all of Earth’s living and extinct creatures

In Russia, a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of genetic proportions

The gigantic ‘ark’, set to be completed by 2018, will be 430 sq km in size, built at one of the university’s central campuses.

Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov stated that the strengthening of Russia’s nuclear triad will be the top priority for the Russian Armed Forces next year.

Setting the stage for World War 3, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is threatening to expand Russia’s nuclear weapon defense systems near Europe in response to efforts by NATO and the United States to extend air and anti-missile defense coverage over Europe.
Vladimir Putin Sets Stage For World War 3, Expands Russia’s Nuclear Weapons Defenses Near Europe

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ISIS

The arrival of the Dhar family in Syria last month represents a key strategic goal of the Islamic State: to build not just an army but a society. The group has vowed to create a nation ruled by Islamic sharia law, and its leaders and online recruiters have encouraged doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers and accountants to join them in building the institutions of a new holy land.

Entire families — fathers, mothers and children — have answered that call in numbers that have surprised and alarmed analysts who study the extremist group.

Hoping to create a new society, the Islamic State recruits entire families

 

High Taliban officers in Pakistan and Afghanistan made a vow of allegiance Sunday, Jan. 12 to the Islamic State’s leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – initiating concord among key groups of the Islamist terror movement in defiance of the values that brought millions out in a mammoth rally of Western unity against terror that day.
The Islamic State’s elite unit wiped out the forward command group of the a commando force belonging to Iran’s Al Qods Brigades early Monday, Jan. 12, killing its commander, Gen. Mehdi Norouzi,
Al-Qaeda in Yemen is becoming more powerful because it provides the troops for a Sunni community that feels under increasing threat from a Shia insurgency that has seized much of the country.
A top leader of Yemen’s al-Qaeda branch claimed Wednesday responsibility for last week’s attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including much of the weekly’s editorial staff and two police officers. Al-Qaeda in Yemen claims attack on Charlie Hebdo

Egypt

Egyptian experts tell the Guardian the ruler’s anti-democratic decrees are unmatched in rate and scope

Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!

I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.

All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.

Egypt’s Sisi: Islamic “Thinking” Is “Antagonizing the Entire World”

 

The successful roll-out so far of a new “smart card” system to distribute subsidized bread has been a major achievement for Egypt’s government, saving money while earning praise from families who no longer have to wake early to fight for loaves.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appears to be succeeding where predecessors Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Mursi both failed in the delicate task of reforming a system that has drained the state’s finances while angering the population.

Egypt’s Sisi scores early success with smart cards for bread subsidies

 

Archeologists discover Mythical Tomb of Osiris, God of the Dead, in Egypt

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Middle East in the midst of the Storm

With so many distractions in the media today, it is hard to keep up with the real action in the Middle East. As Israel and the Middle East are at the center of prophecy, it is important to keep up with the increasing complexity of developments. Avi Lipkin is an expert in the world of Islam and their 1400 year long battle to control their most holy land of Mecca. Avi outlines a possible plan for the Shiites to invade the Sunni country of Saudi Arabia to take the city of Mecca.

Watch the two short videos below for an outline of what may be soon to come. The link is a previous post concerning Mecca and ISIS and is still relevant today.

https://atharris.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/isil-and-the-return-to-mecca/

The Yemen card is a strategic bargaining chip that Iran may now be holding vis-a-vis the sudden rise of the Houthis.

Iran-Backed Shiite Rebels Are Yemen’s New Masters

 

 

Israel at the Crossroads

Sweden’s new government is set to recognize the State of Palestine, in a move that will make it the first member of the European Union to do so.

“The two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to co-exist peacefully. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine,” he added.

He didn’t say when or how that would happen.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is set to ask the UN Security Council to vote on a resolution that would seek an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines in a timeframe of two years.

Sweden to be first EU country to recognize Palestine Read more: Sweden to be first EU country to recognize Palestine

Some Israeli politicians see in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stirring speech before the UN General Assembly the final nail in the coffin of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In his speech, Netanyahu made clear that the current “template” for peace has failed, and that Israel is not prepared to repeat the mistakes of the Lebanon and Gaza withdrawals in Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”).

Did Netanyahu Bury the Two-State Solution?

Israel may consider the use of force against Iran if world powers accept a nuclear agreement that Jerusalem finds unacceptable, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suggested on Wednesday.

All I’ll say is, Israel always reserves the right to defend itself,” Netanyahu said, asked what his government would do if a bad deal was signed and sealed.

Pressed on whether that might lead to the use of preemptive force, Netanyahu said: “I’m the only Israeli who doesn’t talk about military operations.”

Netanyahu suggests force on the table if US agrees to ‘bad deal’ with Iran

 

 

 

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