The Iranian Horn Will Defend The Shia Crescent (Daniel 8:3)

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TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) – Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s defensive Army is not a threat to region and is ready to defend the whole critical and pivotal region of the Middle East.

Speaking at the massive military parade on Tuesday morning to mark Iran’s Army Day, President Rouhani said “I would like to extend my warm congratulations on the National Army Day to all staff, commanders, their respected families as well as the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei.”

“Army Day marks a reminder for sacrifice of brave Iranians during eight years of Imposed War against Iraq as well as protecting the country’s borderlands for almost 30 years after the war,” he continued.

“Virtuousness and grandeur have always been attributed to the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran both in the regions and in the world. Some armies in the world are associated with interference in internal affairs of other countries, genocide, protecting terrorists, coup, disrespect for view of people and the law while the Iranian Army is reminiscent of order, discipline, faith and holy defense of territories within the framework of law and national interests,” Rouhani said.

“The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran requires the Army to protect the country’s independence and territorial integrity as well as to maintain the Islamic Revolution,” he underscored.

Rouhani highlighted that capabilities of Iranian armed forces are now incomparable to the time of Imposed War since eye-catching achievements have been made in the meantime; “Iran’s defense industry and armed forces are becoming more powerful on a daily basis.”

The Iranian President rejoiced to note that one major objective of his government had been strengthening the country’s defense capabilities as evidenced by the 45% rise in the budget for defense sector despite tough economic conditions.

He recalled that the amount of progress in the past three and a half years were equal to the 10-year period before that saying “Iran’s armed forces are more prepared than any other time though they would never pose threat to others.”

Hassan Rouhani emphasized that the Army mainly seeks to prevent tensions and conflicts while at the same time maintains vigilance against conspiracies and boosts its deterrent power.

The senior official reassured neighboring countries that Iranian armed forces were ready to defend the whole critical and pivotal region of the Middle East; “other states can be confident that Iran’s Army holds defensive rather than offensive power.”

“Nevertheless, we have shown how vigorously will the Army defend people and the country in the face of aggression by invaders.”

Later at his speech, Iran’s President enumerated unique characteristics of the country’s Armed Forces including faith and divine inspiration since Army personnel are devoted and has always had sacrifice.

“Another distinguished feature of Iranian armed forces is their close relations with the nation which is a mutual relation indeed,” he stressed.

Rouhani said enjoying a Commander in Chief was another distinguished aspect of the Armed Forces, a leadership which stems from Islamic jurisprudence and moderation and possesses a legal and religious position.

He recalled the remarks made by Imam Khomeini and the Leader Ayatollah Khamenei who urge the armed forces to keep away from political games as a means of gaining more power and enjoying support of the nation.

Rouhani expressed hope that, by implementing religious orders of the Leader, unity will increase in Armed Forces in order to give sense of safety and calmness to the people.

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Iran Fires Another Nuclear Missile (Daniel 8:4)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully tested a ballistic missile, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Thursday.The report quotes Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s aerospace division, as saying the missile destroyed a target from a distance of 250 kilometers (155 miles). It said the sea-launched ballistic missile dubbed Hormuz 2 was tested last week.The Hormuz 2 is capable of hitting floating targets with high accuracy within a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles), Fars said. It provided no additional details.Meanwhile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Hajizadeh as saying the Revolutionary Guard had prepared a ballistic missile for civilian purposes but plans to launch it were canceled after a threat by the United States.

“We have prepared a ballistic missile for carrying a satellite for civilian purposes … but some people sent it to the warehouse after a threat by the Americans. This behavior is humiliating,” he said.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Last month, Iranian media reported the Revolutionary Guard launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises in the country’s central desert.

Iran Horn Plans For Israeli Attack (Daniel 8:4)

WATCH: Hezbollah Propaganda Clip Warns Of Strikes On Nine Israeli Nuclear, Chemical Sites

by DEBORAH DANAN

5 Mar 2017

Lebanese Hezbollah fighters march near portraits of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L), founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic, late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, during a parade on February 14, 2015 in the southern Lebanese town of Jibsheet. The Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah is marking today the death of three of its commanders, Abbas al-Mussawi, Ragheb Harb and Imad Mughnieh. Mussawi was killed on February 16, 1992 in an Israeli air raid on Nabatiyeh, Harb was assassinated in south Lebanon during Israel’s occupation in February 1984 and Mughnieh was killed in a car bombing in the Syrian capital Damascus on February 12, 2008. AFP PHOTO / MAHMOUD ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

TEL AVIV – Hezbollah will strike nine sensitive chemical and nuclear sites in Israel, according to a new propaganda video released by a news website affiliated with the Lebanon-based terror group.

The clip, published by the al-Ahed news website, comes after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made numerous threats saying the Shiite group is targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona and an ammonia plant in the northern city of Haifa.

In the opening sequence, the video shows what appear to be Russian S-300 missiles being fired and striking the Dimona nuclear reactor to the sound of alarms, the Times of Israel reported.

The video goes on to list eight other sites around Israel, including the Nahal Sorek desalination plant, the Kishon chemical plant, nuclear weapons research sites, and sites allegedly belonging to the IDF as storage facilities for ballistic weapons.

The clip also includes other sensitive information such as satellite images of the locations, amount of employees, the number of buildings per site and a description of toxic materials on each site.

Israel’s military has said that the terror group has between 100,000 and 120,000 short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, as well as several hundred long-range missiles, with the medium-range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

However, there has been no evidence to suggest that Hezbollah has S-300 missiles as shown in the video.

In February, Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz warned that “all of Lebanon will be struck” if Nasrallah goes through with his threat to strike Israel’s vital infrastructure sites.

Also last month, Israel reportedly targeted Hezbollah-bound weapons in a series of airstrikes in Syria.

Earlier this week, a Haifa court ruled that an ammonia plant in Haifa must be emptied out within ten days, partially in response to an Israeli officials’ warning that a missile strike on the site could cause tens of thousands of fatalities.

Iran Simulates Attack on US Forces

Director Farhad Azimi told local media his 80-minute “Battle of the Persian Gulf II” is “a response to the gibberish of Hollywood and American politicians”.

 Four years in the making, its expensive graphics, thumping soundtrack and barrages of missiles are a slick addition to Iran’s propaganda efforts, clearly aimed at teenage boys.

The star of the show is a commander whose salt-and-pepper beard was explicitly modelled on Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guard’s external operations arm, the Qods Force.

Soleimani heads Iran’s operations in Syria, Iraq and beyond, and has become a prominent fixture in the media in recent years, often pictured on the frontline or alongside supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

His high profile has led to speculation he may emerge as a presidential candidate one day, although he has so far denied any desire to move into politics.

“Battle of the Persian Gulf II” cost some five billion rials ($140,000 130 million euros) to make, part of increasing military propaganda efforts that in many ways mirror the close involvement of the Pentagon in Hollywood’s more gung-ho blockbusters.

It comes at a time of mounting tensions after President Donald Trump warned that any Iranian boats harassing the US Navy — a regular occurrence in the Gulf, according to the Pentagon — would be “shot out of the water”.

Azimi said he wanted to highlight Iran’s defensive capabilities.

“If one bullet is fired by the enemy toward Iran, we will respond firmly,” he said.

The film has premiered in Iran’s second city Mashhad and is due to arrive in Tehran next week. The makers are also hoping to show the film in China and Russia.

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The Iranian’s Show of Force

IRGC: Khamenei & Rouhani Authorize Launch of Missiles

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 02:58

NCRI – Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif, head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Public Relations Department, said all missile launches are carried out with the authorization of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

“All IRGC missile launches are authorized by the armed forces headquarters and in coordination with the Supreme National Security Council. This council is chaired by the President and its orders have the leader’s (Khamenei) backing,” he said on Saturday, February 25th in remarks to reporters.

The Emad missile launch was authorized by the leader… no missile is launched in this country without the authority of the commander-in-chief. Even missile launches in military drills must be approved by the leader… He even specifies the exact timing of the missile launches,” said former Iranian armed forces commander Hassan Firouzabadi back in the summer of 2016. He is now a senior advisor to Khamenei.

Iran Is Nuclear Ready (Ezekiel 17)

 Report: Iran tested nuclear-capable cruise missile

By REUTERS

Thu, 02 Feb 2017, 02:02 AM

BERLIN – Iran tested a cruise missile called Sumarthat is capable of carrying nuclear weapons in addition to test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, German newspaper Die Welt reported Thursday, citing unspecified intelligence sources.

No comment was immediately available from Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency or from Iranian authorities.

The newspaper said the Sumar cruise missile was built in Iran and traveled around 600 km in its first known successful test. The missile is believed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and may have a range of 2,000 to 3,000 km, the paper said, citing intelligence sources.

Cruise missiles are harder to counter than ballistic missiles since they fly at lower altitudes and can evade enemy radar, confounding missile defense missiles and hitting targets deep inside an opponent’s territory.

But the biggest advantage from Iran’s point of view, a security expert told Die Welt, was that cruise missiles are not mentioned in any United Nations resolutions that ban work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

News of Iran’s reported cruise missile test came hours after the White House put Iran “on notice” for its ballistic missile test and signaled that it could impose new sanctions, taking an aggressive posture toward Tehran that could raise tensions in the region.

Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it had test-fired a new ballistic missile, but said the test did not breach the Islamic Republic’s nuclear agreement with world powers or a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the pact.

International sanctions on Tehran were lifted in January last year under a nuclear deal brokered in 2015 by Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States.

Under the nuclear deal Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of most sanctions. According to a 2015 UN resolution endorsing the deal, Iran is still called upon to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

Enabling The Iranian Horn

Netanyahu, Julie Bishop, speak about Iran nuclear deal
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his five-day trip to Australia was “wonderful” and that he felt Australia and Israel shared “the same path” more or less.

It was the first time a sitting Israeli Prime Minister visited Australia.

“This has been a wonderful visit here. Your people are amazing,” Netanyahu told Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop before holding bilateral talks behind closed doors.

“I’d stay longer if I could.”

“I know they were both very much looking forward to your visit,” Bishop said.Bishop visited Israel in September 2016.

Netanyahu explained the substantial dangers of the nuclear agreement and in Iran’s aggressive conduct in the region as well as in its support for terrorism and the continued development of its ballistic missile program. In addition, he explained the difference between the concept of two states and the content and substance of two states.

During Netanyahu’s visit, Australia and Israel agreed to upgrade security, intelligence, economic, cyber and technology relations.

Iran Horn Continues Its Threats (Daniel 8)

IRGC: missile tests carried out under supreme leader’s approval

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 26

By Khalid Kazimov – Trend:

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says that all missile tests in the Islamic Republic have been carried out following coordination with the country’s Supreme Council of National Security chaired by President Hassan Rouhani and the approval of Supreme Leader Aytatollah Ali Khamenei.

The head of public relations office at the IRGC, Brigadier General Ramazan Sharif, has said that the general staff of the armed forces of the country has also approved all missile tests carried out by the IRGC, ISNA news agency reported.

Brigadier General Ramazan Sharif further asserted that the missile tests and the country’s nuclear deal with the world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are two different issues, adding that such missile tests have a deterrent effect.

The officials from Iran and the US have recently exchanged sharp criticism over several reports on the Islamic Republic’s recent missile tests.

Iran Tests Another Nuclear Capable Missile (Daniel 8:4)

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REPORT: IRAN TESTED NUCLEAR-CAPABLE CRUISE MISSILE
BY REUTERS
FEBRUARY 2, 2017 11:02
German newspaper said the Sumar cruise missile was built in Iran and traveled around 600 km in its first known successful test.

No comment was immediately available from Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency or from Iranian authorities.

The newspaper said the Sumar cruise missile was built in Iran and traveled around 600 km in its first known successful test. The missile is believed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and may have a range of 2,000 to 3,000 km, the paper said, citing intelligence sources.

Cruise missiles are harder to counter than ballistic missiles since they fly at lower altitudes and can evade enemy radar, confounding missile defense missiles and hitting targets deep inside an opponent’s territory.

But the biggest advantage from Iran’s point of view, a security expert told Die Welt, was that cruise missiles are not mentioned in any United Nations resolutions that ban work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

News of Iran’s reported cruise missile test came hours after the White House put Iran “on notice” for its ballistic missile test and signaled that it could impose new sanctions, taking an aggressive posture toward Tehran that could raise tensions in the region.

Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it had test-fired a new ballistic missile, but said the test did not breach the Islamic Republic’s nuclear agreement with world powers or a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the pact.

International sanctions on Tehran were lifted in January last year under a nuclear deal brokered in 2015 by Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States.

Under the nuclear deal Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of most sanctions. According to a 2015 UN resolution endorsing the deal, Iran is still called upon to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

Iran Prepares For The Nuclear Show Down

Iran prepares to bolster URANIUM stocks as nuclear tensions with Donald Trump escalate

Iran will increase its nuclear uranium supply during tensions GETTY

The announcement comes a week after President Donald Trump warned: “Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!”

According to an Iranian news agency, the head of Iran’s Energy Organisation said Tehran will receive a final batch of 149 tonnes of natural uranium by Tuesday, in a addition to 210 tonnes already delivered since early 2016.

Ali Akbar Salehi, revealed the country will accept 60 per cent more uranium stocks than they did last year, although the Arab nation signed an agreement with the UN to halt “activity” related to nuclear weapons until 2025.

David Albright, from the Institute of Science and International Security, said earlier this month the shipment could be enriched to enough weapons-grade uranium for more than 10 simple nuclear bombs, “depending on the efficiency of the enrichment process and the design of the nuclear weapon”.

When highly-enriched, uranium is a key ingredient for lethal nuclear weapons, but low-enriched uranium is useful for civilian applications.

The 135 metric tonnes of natural uranium will be sent from Russia before Tuesday, in exchange for exporting tonnes of reactor coolant to the former Soviet state, according to senior Iranian officials.

A week after Trump included Iran in the “Muslim ban” and sanctioned the Russian ally over a ballistic missile test, James Mattis, the US Defence Secretary said: “Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.

“It does no good to ignore it. It does no good to dismiss it and at the same time I don’t see any need to increase the number of forces we have in the Middle East at this time.”

James Mattis, “mad dog” called Iran, the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world

The US Treasury said the sanctions are part of the Treasury’s “ongoing efforts to counter Iranian malign activity abroad” that is outside the scope of the 2015 nuclear deal.

In retaliation, Iran said it will impose restrictions on US individuals and companies helping “regional terrorist groups”.