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Shifting Sands of the Middle East… Czekmate

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Czekmate, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2021 by paulthepoke

We are coming up on the 20th year since the images of 9/11.

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Kabul has fallen. The talking heads are chattering as they will. ‘Jihad is back’ some say, they might be right. “Again Jihad” examines the contemporary phenomena of Jihad and where we go from here in combatting it.

Czekmate is a must follow if you want to stay up to date with what is happening in the Middle East. He posts articles, videos, analysis and opinion. See the link below.

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Czekmate is wired into the Middle East and follows the region closely. He is up to date with current events and provides excellent analysis in the theater.

The Fighting Czekmates is a home for people with an unconventional outlook on world affairs. Get in touch with your instincts and don’t get married to your opinions. We welcome good natured argument, we tolerate stubbornness, but not rudeness or trolling. It is proctored by a seasoned practitioner. Gauge your audiences above all. We value information exchange and patriotic teamwork.

Czekmate is a nom de guerre for a Washington DC based consultant who specializes in International affairs and national security regulatory matters. He holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. He has worked in Republican politics, Congress, and the Departments of State & Defense for the bulk of his career. In those endeavors he received awards for research pertaining to international illicit weapons networks.

He is a Christian and a practitioner of charismatic faith whose current work involves advising clients on cyber security compliance in the defense arena.

Czekmate is an original content provider at https://valortube.com/

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Where Is America In Prophecy???

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2021 by paulthepoke

This Week in Prophecy

Where is America in Prophecy???

The short answer is, America is not there. It is not mentioned directly.

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America is stepping away from the world stage. And every place America has left, a vacuum is created. Something will fill the vacuum.

As America left Afghanistan, the Taliban took its place. As chaos rules, the Taliban is supported by players in end times Biblical prophecies, specifically Russia, Iran, and China.

In this edition, we go around the region and look at the void left by American departure and who has taken its place. The recent histories of Libya, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon are covered.

Ezekiel 38-39 are in play, big time!

How close are we to these events unfolding and prophecy being fulfilled?

These questions and more are answered on This Week in Prophecy.

Euphrates & Tigris Rivers Going Dry, September 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Euphrates River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2020 by paulthepoke

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.

First things first. The current events to be discussed below are not the fulfillment of the Revelation prophecy. Currently, the seven year tribulation has not begun. The seals have not been broken let alone the bowl judgments poured out. Bet yet another example, we are trending in this direction.

Basra, Iraq: Salt water from the Persian Gulf is pushing inland due to the lack of water flow from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers north of town. Farmers are going north looking for fresh water.

“Salinity has gone up in recent years and it’s killing the farmlands. Before, we could sell our dates in the Gulf and as far as the United States. Now, you can see with your own eyes. This whole river died.” Abu Shaker, a 70-year-old date palm farmer.

With the filling of the Ilisu Dam, Turkey is slowly cutting off water to Iraq. Water levels behind Mosul Dam in northern Iraq have dropped by three billion cubic meters. Water flow from Turkey has been reduced by 50%.

The Ilisu Dam is one of 22 dams being constructed in southeast Turkey. The dams are impacting both the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Syria is feeling the brunt of the decreased water flow of the Euphrates.

https://www.france24.com/en/20200826-as-neighbours-build-dams-iraqis-watch-twin-rivers-dry-up

Iran is cutting off water from the Sirwan and Little Zab Rivers which dump into the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad.

To make matters worse, the water hyacinth is taking over the two rivers. The “Nile Flower” was introduced about 20 years as a decorative plant. The purple flowered plant is native to South America’s Amazon basin.

A plant is estimated to drink up to 1.3 gallons of water per day. The water hyacinth also blocks sun and oxygen from life on the rivers. As a result, fish are dying and water levels are dropping further. This has been devastating to carp fisherman. Carp supplies have been cut in half. Carp is a delicacy in Iraq.

A 1,000 square foot area weighs up to five tons. The thick vegetation blocks water from reaching fields for farming.

“During this harvest, our vegetable sales in the local market were down by a third,” Ahmed Yasser, farmer.

And with COVID-19, the wild flower is spreading unchecked.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/afp/2020/06/iraq-environment-water-hyacinth.html#ixzz6XKBQbBkB

Just another sign of the time…

Historic Tombs of Bible Figures Desecrated

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2020 by paulthepoke

Today, Hamadan is believed to have approximately 554,000 people per 2016 census numbers. Hamadan is home to the tombs of Esther and Mordechai.

May 16, 2020: The tombs of Esther and Mordechai have been set on fire. Allegedly, there was not significant damage.

“Since February, members of the Iranian Basij militia have once again threatened to raze the tomb of historic Jewish heroes Mordechai and Queen Esther. It appears that these domestic terrorists attempted to carry out this outrageous act of desecration with this premeditated attack,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tomb-of-mordechai-and-esther-in-iran-reportedly-set-ablaze

The Basij is a volunteer militia of the Iranian government. The Basij was set up by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. The stated purpose of the Basij is as follows: “create the necessary capabilities in all individuals believing in the Constitution and the goals of the Islamic Republic to defend the country, the regime of the Islamic Republic, and aid people in cases of disasters and unexpected events.”

The role of the Basij is to handle “resistance areas” within Iran…

Here is a quote that likely best describes the role of the Basij in Iran. This is a group of enforcers.

“But because they receive less training than other Iranian security forces, their tactics are often the toughest against dissidents—and in turn generate more public anger that could weaken rather than strengthen the regime long-term.”

If interested (highly recommended) in more detail of the Iranian Basij, click on the link below.

https://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/basij-resistance-force

Kifl, Iraq: An ancient synagogue at the tomb of Ezekiel has been replaced by a Shiite Mosque. Ezekiel is a prophet listed in the Quran as well as the Bible. He is called Thel Kifl in the Quran. Hence, the town in Iraq is named after Ezekiel. Iraqis call him Hidkel.

Kifl is located about an hour and 45 minutes south of Baghdad on the Euphrates River.

It is thought Ezekiel died in 569 BC.

Now it is Muslims making the trip to Ezekiel’s tomb instead of Jews and Christians.

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-jewish-shrine-of-prophet-ezekiel-s-tomb-open-to-visitors-in-shi-ite-iraq-1.8508401

Esther, Mordechai, and Ezekiel were real people. They lived and died and they were buried. Esther and Mordechai were buried in what is modern day Hamadan, Iran. Ezekiel was buried in the middle of Iraq and has a town named after him. The book of Esther and Ezekiel are not fables or a fairy tales. Shiite Islam is trying to erase their memory from history.

US Embassy in Iraq Hit by Missiles, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on January 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

Breaking…

January 26, 2020: Five rockets are reported to be fired at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Three of those rockets allegedly were direct hits. As of this post, there are no reported injuries or deaths.

US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

https://www.foxnews.com/world/baghdad-embassy-rocket-dining-room

No party has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.

Operation Martyr Soleimani, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on January 7, 2020 by paulthepoke

Breaking Story…

January 7, 2020: In response to the death of General Soleimani, Iran has launched a series of missiles from Iran towards American military bases in Iraq. American soldiers and resources have been targeted. Multiple waves of missiles are reported to be fired.

The locations of attack were al-Assad in central Iraq on the Euphrates River and the oil rich ares of northeast Iraq near Erbil. It should be noted that Turkish troops are in the area of northern Iraq as well.

Liveuamap: Iraq

The Pentagon has confirmed the reports. President Trump is acutely aware of the developing situation. Trump has not tweeted regarding the attack at the time of this post.

Damage reports and casualty information are not present at this time.

Iran has released a statement. If the United States retaliates, Iran will target Haifa, Israel and Dubai among other targets. See the tweet below from Richard Engel of NBC News.

Below is alleged video from the Iranian attack via Lebanon…

Oil has spiked to $65 a barrel on the news.

Update with recent President Trump tweet on damage assessment.

Turkey Begins Filling Ilisu Dam, April 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Euphrates River, Mosul/Nineveh, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on April 10, 2019 by paulthepoke

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has issued the order to begin filling the Ilisu Dam. This dam will withhold the waters of the Tigris River. Experts estimate it will take two to three years to fill the lake behind the dam.

The Ilisu Dam is about 45 miles from Iraq. It is 1.1 miles in length. The dam is 443 feet in heigth. Ilisu is over a mile wide. The basin area is 127 square miles. The Ilisu Dam is a monster!

http://www.offbeattravel.blog
for additional pictures of Ilisu Dam

The Ilisu Dam is looking to produce 1,200 megawatts of electricity to southeast Turkey. Filling with water will relocate thousands of people. The water will also cover an ancient town thousands of years old.

Turkey is the point of origin for the Tigris River and the Euphrates River. This is of significance to the people of Iraq.

Seventy (70) percent of Iraq’s water comes from rivers in other countries. Recent water shortages in 2018 resulted in farmers leaving their land in Iraq. Restrictions were placed on planting crops. Reports of limited drinking water are noted in Iraq.

The Ilisu Dam is one of 22 dams Turkey intends to build on the Tigris River and the Euphrates River.

“Iraq is subject to a true water blockade and Turkey is using the water issue for political purposes. Iraq must take action to contain the crisis, which may extend for years to come. The UN and international organizations must intervene to solve this crisis. The common rivers are common property, and postponing filling the dam, or an abundance of rain, doesn’t mean a drought won’t occur, unless Iraq signs agreements to guarantee fixed water shares.” -Mansour al-Baiji, Iraqi Parliament Water Committee

Long term, Iraqi water issues are not going away. Iran is also blocking water flows into Iraq. The Iranians have stopped or reduced the flow of 42 rivers and streams into Iraq. Iran has built 109 dams blocking water flow into Iraq. There are others dams under construction in Iran at this time to further restrict water flow into Iraq.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/04/ilsu-dam-water-tigris-iraq-zab.html#ixzz5kd0RqrTj

https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/07/erdogan-says-turkey-will-start-filling-ilisu-dam-in-june

Granted, this is later in the seven year tribulation. But this prophecy in Revelation 16 does not seem that far fetched now…

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.

Click on the link above for additional geography and analysis.

Currently, weeks of rain and melting snow have resulted in a short term flooding crisis across Iraq. Major lakes in Iraq are full. The Tigris and Euphrates are flooding.

Fear not, experts say everything is okay…

“We are in control of the dams and reservoir levels. We are not worried about their safety or stability. The ministry has warned people living in flood zones, is coordinating with local governments, and is monitoring the reservoir and dam pressure levels.” -Aoun Diab, Water Ministry Spokesman

https://www.voanews.com/a/iraq-seeks-to-reassure-over-reservoirs-and-dam-pressures/4868429.html

Nahum tells what the future of the Tigris River holds. He promises the judgment of ancient Nineveh or what is 21st century Mosul, Iraq. It comes with a flood after a long history of bloodshed.

Nahum 1:8 But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.

Graphic: The Globe & Mail

For recent news of the Tigris River, the Mosul Dam, and ancient Nineveh, click on the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/page/1/?s=mosul+dam&orderby=relevance&order=DESC

This Is a Holy War…Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier, Culture with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by paulthepoke

The following is from an American active duty soldier serving in the Middle East.

When we deployed to Iraq, I did not realize how that part of the world is still in a Holy War mindset. In the western world, our youth only think of the next iPhone, Poke someone on Facebook, Instagram, or the next PlayStation/XBOX, etc. In the western world, we think of future technology, future colleges, the future…

But in the Middle East, their youth only think of how corrupt the white western people are. INFIDELS need to be wiped off the face of the Earth. In the Middle East they are living in the past…literally.

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Photo: Shutterstock

Front Lines and Care Packages…Most of the care packages were stripped to useless items. Military personnel in Kuwait who handle the packages would take all the good stuff when inspecting. By the time we would receive the boxes, they would be almost empty. We would get screwed over. For example, we would not have batteries for our Night Vision Goggles.

After 3 months into the war, we finally got to use a satellite phone to call home for 15 minutes. We had to use our own money. It cost me $78.89 to talk to my mom for 10 minutes.

If we captured a prisoner of war, we would have to find a way to give them 3 meals & 3 bottles of water a day. While United States soldiers would only receive 1 meal and 1 bottle of water each day. They told us to give our prisoners our sleeping cots. So they would not sleep on the floor. We slept on the ground using our rucksacks for comfort. Iraqi prisoners were just trying to kill us. They survived our battles and they would get this kind of treatment.

Muslims are in a Holy War. It is scary that westerners are clueless. Western culture has no idea they are in this war, even if they don’t want it.

I can ramble when I’m just talking to a screen. In person I don’t really say much. I’m just a regular guy who loves his God, Country, Family… And even though I am quiet, I’ll do what it takes to defend those I love.

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Please pray for our military service personnel who protect us and our freedoms.

This Is War…Thoughts From An American Soldier

Posted in American soldier, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2018 by paulthepoke

Psalm 144:1-2 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

 

The following is from an American active duty soldier serving in the Middle East. His identity and location will be protected.

 

A lot of movies about war at times make my eyes roll. But if you like to see the closest it was on D-Day entering Iraq, I recommend this miniseries. They filmed it very well.

Generation Kill

American television miniseries

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Yeah, a lot of Americans don’t know how unprepared we were for this war. When we first entered Iraq, we would drink one bottle of water a day and have one MRE meal a day and that blistering heat. That’s why they pushed so hard to take Baghdad’s Airport. Until we took the airport we had to live with what we could carry; water, food, ammo, etc. And it was very limited. Sometimes at night, we would trade with farmers to get chickens so we were able to eat.

Another thing that made it real tough in the beginning was the reporters. Examples, CNN would announce exactly where we were, how many of us there were, and what our plans were. The enemy…all they had to do was watch CNN. And they knew all our battle plans. Pissed me off. It may sound funny but I was so glad that later on in the war that me and my team were so far into dangerous areas that reporters could not be around us.

Anyways I don’t want to ramble on. I just want to say that this miniseries is very well filmed if you wanted to see how it was for the basic soldier entering Iraq on D-Day.

P.S. Well here’s a little funny part. The Iraqi natives believed that my Oakley sunglasses had X-ray vision. My body armor had air conditioning and special powers. And the U.S. government biologically, genetically engineered us. That’s why we are so big and can carry so much. I thought that was funny.

Anyways have a good night all and talk to you soon.

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Please pray for our military service personnel who protect us and our freedoms.

Trend Update: US Army Assists with Mosul Dam Assessment, January 2018

Posted in Mosul/Nineveh, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2018 by paulthepoke

Nahum 1:8 But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.

The prophet Nahum promises the judgment of ancient Nineveh or what is 21st century Mosul, Iraq. It comes with a flood after a long history of bloodshed.

The Mosul Dam was built by Saddam Hussein in 1986 on soluble gypsum. Translation, the dam is built on a shifting, poor foundation. The dam faces a continued high risk of catastrophic failure. The Mosul Dam has been called the most dangerous dam in the world. It is located 35 miles north of Mosul, Iraq. The dam manages the Tigris River in Iraq. The dam holds an estimated 11-12 billion cubic meters of water. This equates to approximately 3,170,064,624,000 US Fluid Gallons. Translation, 3.1 trillion gallons of water!

http://www.asknumbers.com/CubicMeterToGallon.aspx

On the lake side of the dam, sinkholes are increasing in size and number. As of December 2016, the size of the sinkholes are 60 feet and larger.

Globe & Mail Mosul Dam

Graphic: The Globe & Mail

December 2017: Soldiers from the 569th Engineer Dive Detachment assisted with assessment of the Mosul Dam. The dive team was assessing the sinkholes or caves in the plunge pool. The Army chose a remote-control vehicle instead of divers for safety purposes. Direct observation of the caves was obtained.

Captain James MacGibbon, 569th Engineer Dive Detachment Commander, stated, “The work we did at the Mosul Dam was extremely rewarding because the lead United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) engineers have been wanting to get a look into the caves for months, and we were able to provide that for them.”

“The capabilities and professionalism of the dive team was incredible. They were able to help us answer a lot of unanswered questions of the underwater terrain as well as the southern bridge. Using both their analysis and the video, we were able to conduct some key classifications of the area and gain a much better idea of what we are dealing with throughout this uncertain terrain,” USACE Project Engineer Matthew Collins.

Specific details of the assessment were not provided. How much have the caves grown???

https://www.army.mil/article/198674/divers_support_the_mosul_dam_and_local_iraqi_government

A dam breech would spell big trouble for those in the Tigris River valley. The city of Mosul would be underwater within four hours of a dam break. Within 77 hours, Baghdad would be targeted.

An estimated 45-70 foot wall of water could flood the river valley if the dam breaks. This could potentially kill millions and displace 150 million more per estimates.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/mar/10/the-mosul-dam-is-crumbling-if-it-bursts-it-would-be-a-disaster-on-a-biblical-scale

Concern for the dam increases in the Spring with snow melt from the mountains in Turkey. Then come the rains. This is likely to be a story again come March, April, and May…

 

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