In her remarks at the U.N. Security Council, Haley said the U.S. has been clear with Russia and other nations that “we consider any assault on Idlib to be a dangerous escalation of the conflict in Syria.”
The nothing-burger of the farcical Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings this week have driven real stories like this one to the background, but what an important story it is. For Iran, Russia and Turkey to be having a Trilateral Summit on ensuring Syria continues its civil war slaughter, this time in Idlib, while the United States warns them not to is fairly noteworthy.
“And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.” Daniel 11:2 (KJV)
All 3 nations at the Summit pop up repeatedly in end times Bible prophecy related to the time of Jacob’s trouble, with Russia and Iran, Magog and Persia, two of the main heavy hitters. Modern day Turkey appears in the Bible as Meshech and Tubal, also figures prominently in prophecy. So whenever these 3 get together for military reasons, we would do well to pay attention. Lastly, do a word search in your electronic KJV Bible and see how many times Syria and Damascus pop up in the end times. These four nations combined, Israel notwithstanding, comprise the epicenter of prophecy.
FROM THE AP: “If Assad, Russia and Iran continue, the consequences will be dire,” she said. “We urge Russia to consider its options carefully. Stop Assad’s assault on Idlib. Work with us and the U.N. to find peace at last for Syria,” she said.
Iran and Russia on Friday backed a military campaign to retake the last rebel-held stronghold in Syria as Turkey pleaded for a cease-fire, narrowing the chances of a diplomatic solution to avoid what many say would be a bloody humanitarian disaster.
The trilateral summit in Tehran involving Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan puts further pressure on the rebel forces still operating in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, including about 10,000 hard-core jihadists and al-Qaida-linked fighters. READ MORE
FROM THE MIAMI HERALD: For Russia and Iran, both allies of the Syrian government, retaking Idlib is crucial to complete what they see as a military victory in Syria’s civil war after Syrian troops recaptured nearly all other major towns and cities, largely defeating the rebellion against Assad.
A bloody offensive that creates a massive wave of death and displacement, however, runs counter to their narrative that the situation in Syria is normalizing, and could hurt Russia’s longer-term efforts to encourage the return of refugees and get Western countries to invest in Syria’s postwar reconstruction. Russia also wants to maintain its regional presence to fill the vacuum left by the U.S. and its long uncertainty over what it wants in the conflict.
“We think it’s unacceptable when (someone) is trying to shield the terrorists under the pretext of protecting civilians as well as causing damage to Syrian government troops,” Putin said. “As far as we can see, this is also the goal of the attempts to stage chemical weapons incidents by Syrian authorities. We have irrefutable evidence that militants are preparing such operations, such provocations.” READ MORE