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Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon via John McTernan’s Insights

We have been blessed with the opportunity to repost articles with permission of the author from John McTernan’s Insights and this is the first installment. I hope that you enjoy reading his prophetic insights and they bring you understanding on prophecy! God bless you!

Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon

by John McTernan

                              Verse of the Day

2Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
(3:2-5)  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away

Commentary

Science Proves Premarital Sex Rewires the Brain 05/11/13 This shows how God created us to be monogamous and why sexual sin can be so powerful to try and overcome.

“There’s a reason why breaking up from a sexual relationship is much more emotionally painful and much harder to forget than one that didn’t involve sex. There are several neurochemical processes that occur during sex, which are the “glue” to human bonding.”

This is what happens when men view pornography:

“These same neurochemicals are present when viewing pornography. A man will become bonded with whatever he is engaged in during the moment these chemicals are released. When your relationship is being carried on with an image, you become bonded to whatever you’re viewing.”

It is mental fornication, but to the soul of the person it is just like the act. The Bible calls this fornication. Many abortions are the result of a man being emotionally dead because of pornography. The woman is just a sexual object like what is in his head and the baby is meaningless to him.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Leon Eisenberg the man who invented ADHD

Leon Eisenberg the man who invented ADHD

Father of ADHD Admitted in Final Interview That Disease Was “Fictitious” 05/25/13 I am now 65 and when I went to school the classes were 30 -40 kids. There was NO ADHD. This is a modern disorder probably caused by several factors. I believe that the major factor is the breakdown of the family with no family unit. The children grow up different without both parents and with them divorced. Plus, TV, junk food and rock music and all the nonsense being taught to the kids add to the problem.

The modern American culture breeds ADHD in kids. We home schooled our four children, and they all grew up fine without any learning disabilities. These disabilities did not exist just 50 years ago.

“ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.” These were the words of Leon Eisenberg, the “scientific father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),” in his last interview before his death.”

May the LORD God of Israel bless and protect you.

1Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Israel and the Middle East War

Hezbollah Flag now in Syria fighting for Assad

Hezbollah Flag now in Syria fighting for Assad

Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon 05/27/13 This is a real interesting article. It shows that the Sunni Muslim fighters against Assad are now attacking Shiite Hezbollah locations in Lebanon to draw Hezbollah out of Syria to defend their positions in Lebanon. The war in Syria has now expanded to Lebanon. Both Lebanon and Syria have no future, as after this all-out war between Israel and the Arab nations, these two countries will not exist.

“With Hezbollah and Syrian Army forces about ready to overtake the predominantly Shiite but critical crossroads enclave of Al-Qusayr in Syria, Sunni Salafists including the Jabhat al-Nusra group have begun to open up other fronts in Lebanese cities to draw Hezbollah from Al-Qusayr, effectively bringing the Syrian civil war to Lebanon.”

Bennett: When we give up land, people are killed 05/27/13 Finally an Israeli politician who tells the truth.

“Withdrawal from land leads to deaths, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday, responding to President Shimon Peres’ speech calling for a two-state solution.”I value our president, but the concept of withdrawals failed and brought thousands of victims,” Bennett said at a Bayit Yehudi faction meeting.”Every time we give up land, people are killed,” he added.Bennett called for the government to declare “this is our land, and it is not for sale.” The government’s job is to provide security for its citizens, Bennett added, and the government is failing to do so in Judea and Samaria, where mothers and children in cars are pelted with rocks.”The IDF needs to change its understanding of its job and realize that it is also responsible for protecting the 400,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria,” he stated.”

Syria fighting rages, more chemical attacks reported 05/27/13 The fighting is now very intense.

“Heavy fighting raged around the strategic Syrian border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus on Monday and further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on rebel areas.”

Nasrallah pledges tens of thousands of volunteers to fight for Assad 05/25/13 This is great news for Israel as the war is going to weaken Hezbollah for the coming war with Israel. This also shows the desperate situation that Assad is in. He needs Hezbollah to save his position.

Iran begins ‘massive’ deployment of long-range missile launchers 05/27/13

Senate Unanimously Backs Pro-Israel Resolution 05/23/13 I heard nothing in the US about this but found out from Israel.

Who Is Really Desecrating Holy Sites? 05/23/13 This is about the Temple Mount and how  it is a flashpoint with the Muslims.

Islam and IslamoFascism/Jihad

Welcome to Malmö’s Final Solution 05/27/13

“Ilmar Reepalu, the Left-wing mayor of Malmö who had been in power for 15 years till last January, choose to not protect the Jews but to express sympathy with the terrorists. The Swedish governments have also forsaken the Jewish people. In Malmö you see Jews running after leaving the synagogue. Yet the Swedish court system did not convict anyone of hate crimes in Malmö in 2010 and 2011, despite registering 480 complaints.”

They’ll Take Sweden 05/27/13 Europe is now falling like rotten fruit to the Muslims. They are powerless to stop Islam because God has given them over to it. Ancient Israel was powerless to stop the Babylonians because God had given them over to them. Now, Europe is given over to Islam for judgment. They do not like Jews, so they get Muslims. They do not like the Bible, so they get the Koran with all that goes with it. They want to embrace the homosexual agenda, so they get the Muslims who will put an end to it by violence. Europe is in big trouble with the Holy God of Israel.
“Yes, it’s all the fault of the “Nordic model”: the roots of the Stockholm unrest, Reuters (and virtually every other major Western news organization that deigned to report on the disturbances) would have us believe, lay “in segregation, neglect and poverty,” in years of “fruitless job hunts, police harassment, racial taunts and a feeling of living at the margins.” And so on. Which means, I suppose, that 9/11 revealed the flaws of the American model, and the car-burnings in French suburbs reflect the weaknesses of the Gallic model, and the explosions in Madrid were all about the failings of the Spanish model, and the savage murder of Lee Rigby in London last week…well, you get the idea.”
London Mayor: “It Is Completely Wrong to Blame this Killing on Islam.” 05/23/13 The Hard Left are all the same whether in Great Britain or in America. They love Islam and will defend it to the end. The reason for this is the same God-hating spirit is in the Hard Left as is in Islam. At the core they are the same. They are like brothers.
“It would appear that Johnson is the deluded one here. The point that Mayor Johnson deems so obvious that it need not even be backed up with obvious proofs or verifications is that two Muslim terrorists quoting the Koran and carrying out an attack in line with Islamic beliefs had nothing to do with Islam.”

Media Censors London Beheader Using Koran to Justify Atrocity 05/22/13 Islam must always look good.

Berkeley Profs: ‘Islamophobia’ Greater Threat Than Islamic Terrorism 05/27/13  They hate the Bible but love those Muslims and the Koran.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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Al Assad’s Last Stand

Syria

Syria (Photo credit: ewixx)

By Omar Lamrani

The battle for Damascus is raging with increasing intensity while rebels continue to make substantial advances in Syria’s north and east. Every new air base, city or town that falls to the rebels further underlines that Bashar al Assad‘s writ over the country is shrinking. It is no longer possible to accurately depict al Assad as the ruler of Syria. At this point, he is merely the head of a large and powerful armed force, albeit one that still controls a significant portion of the country.

The nature of the conflict has changed significantly since it began nearly two years ago. The rebels initially operated with meager resources and equipment, but bolstered by defections, some outside support and their demographic advantage, they have managed to gain ground on what was previously a far superior enemy. Even the regime’s qualitative superiority in equipment is fast eroding as the rebels start to frequently utilize main battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, rocket and tube artillery and even man-portable air-defense systems captured from the regime’s stockpiles.

Weary and stumbling, the regime is attempting to push back rebel forces in and near Damascus and to maintain a corridor to the Alawite coast while delaying rebel advances in the rest of the country. Al Assad and his allies will fight for every inch, fully aware that their power depends on the ability of the regime forces to hold ground.

The Battle for Damascus

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It is important to remember that, despite considerable setbacks, al Assad’s forces still control a sizable portion of Syria and its population centers. After failing to take Damascus in Operation Damascus Volcano in July, the rebels are again stepping up their efforts and operations in the Damascus area. However, unlike in their previous failed operation, this time the rebels are relying on an intensive guerrilla campaign to exhaust and degrade al Assad’s substantial forces in Damascus and its countryside.

After the last surge in fighting around Damascus in July and August, the regime kept large numbers of troops in the area. These forces continued search and destroy operations near the capital despite the considerable pressure facing its forces in the rest of the country, including in Aleppo. Once the rebels began to make gains in the north and east, the regime was forced to dispatch some of its forces around Damascus to reinforce other fronts. Unfortunately for the regime, its operations in the capital area had not significantly degraded local rebel forces. Rebels in the area began intensifying their operations once more, forcing the regime to recall many of its units to Damascus.

Aware of the magnitude of the threat, the regime has reportedly shifted its strategy in the battle for Damascus to isolating the city proper from the numerous suburbs. The rebels have made considerable headway in the Damascus suburbs. For example, on Nov. 25 rebels overran the Marj al-Sultan military air base in eastern Ghouta, east of the capital. Rebel operations in the outskirts of Damascus have also interrupted the flow of goods to and from the city, causing the prices of basic staples such as bread to skyrocket.

Rebel Gains in the East and North

Damascus is not the only area where the regime is finding itself under considerable pressure. The rebels have made some major advances in the last month in the energy-rich Deir el-Zour governorate to the east. Having seized a number of towns, airfields and military bases, the rebels have also taken the majority of the oil fields in the governorate. They captured the Al-Ward oil field Nov. 4, the Conoco natural gas reserve Nov. 27 and, after al Assad’s forces withdrew from it on Nov. 29, the Omar oil field north of the town of Mayadeen. Al Assad’s forces now control only five oil fields, all located west of the city of Deir el-Zour. With the battle for the city and its associated airfield intensifying, even those remaining fields are at risk of falling into rebel hands.

The rebel successes in Deir el-Zour have effectively cut the regime’s ground lines of communication and supply to Iraq. They have also starved the regime of the vast majority of its oil revenue and affected its ability to fuel its war machine. At the same time, the rebels are reportedly already seeking to capitalize on their seizure of the eastern oil fields. According to reports, the rebels are smuggling oil to Turkey and Iraq and using the revenue to purchase arms. They are also reportedly using the oil and natural gas locally for power generators and fuel.

While all of eastern Syria may soon fall into rebel hands, rebels in the north have continued to isolate al Assad forces in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, particularly in the capital cities of those two provinces. After overrunning the 46th regiment near Atarib on Nov. 19 following a two-month siege, the rebels are now looking to further squeeze remaining regime forces in Aleppo by taking the Sheikh Suleiman base north of the 46th regiment’s former base.

The Rebels’ Improved Air Defense Capability

Isolated and surrounded, regime forces in the north are increasingly relying on air support for both defense and supply. However, this advantage is deteriorating every day and is increasingly threatened by the rebels’ improved air defense arsenal and tactics.

The rebels first attempted to acquire air defense weaponry by seizing heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft artillery. They captured a number of air defense bases, taking 12.7 mm DShK heavy machine guns, 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine guns and even 23 mm ZU-23-2 autocannons. Over time, the rebels became more proficient with these weapons, and an increasing number of Syrian air force fixed-wing and rotary aircraft were shot down. The rebels also formed hunter-killer groups with air defense equipment mounted on flatbed trucks that provided them mobile platforms for targeting regime air and infantry units.

As more and more regime bases were taken, the rebels were able to bolster their air defense equipment through the capture of a number of man-portable air-defense systems. At the outset of the conflict, the Syrian military maintained a large inventory of shoulder-fired air-defense missiles, likely thousands of missiles ranging from early generation SA-7s to very advanced SA-24s. These missiles were stored in army bases across the country. There are also unconfirmed reports that Qatar and Saudi Arabia may have transferred some man-portable air-defense systems to the rebels through Turkey.

The rebels tallied their first confirmed kill with shoulder-fired air-defense missiles Nov. 27, when they shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Mi-8/17 helicopter near Aleppo city. The weapon system used in the attack was likely an SA-7, SA-16 or SA-24 captured from the 46th regiment. The surface-to-air missiles are a serious upgrade in the rebels’ air defense capability.

The Fight Continues

Having isolated al Assad’s forces in the north and made substantial advances in the east, the rebels are poised to push farther into the Orontes River Valley to relieve the beleaguered rebel units in the Rastan, Homs and al-Qusayr areas of Homs governorate. For months, regime forces have sought to overwhelm the remaining rebel forces in Homs city, but the rebels have managed to hold out. The rebels are also set to begin pushing south along the main M5 thoroughfare to Khan Sheikhoun and the approaches to Hama. However, first they need to overwhelm the remaining regime forces in Wadi al-Dhaif near Maarrat al-Numan.

Alternatively, the regime is fighting hard to maintain its control over the Orontes River Valley around Homs in order to keep an open corridor linking Damascus to the mostly Alawite coast. Not only is this corridor at risk of eventually being cut off, but the regime is also facing a substantial push by rebel forces into northeastern Latakia governorate from Idlib. Rebels have advanced in the vicinity of the Turkman Mountain, have taken control of Bdama and are now fighting their way down in the direction of Latakia city.

While events in Damascus and Rif Damascus are increasingly worrisome for the regime, al Assad’s forces in the rest of Syria are also under considerable pressure from rebel advances. It is by no means certain that al Assad’s forces are under imminent threat of collapse because they still hold a great deal of territory and no major city has yet been completely taken by the rebels. The retreat and consolidation of al Assad’s forces also allows them to maintain shorter and less vulnerable lines of supply. However, it is clear that the regime is very much on the defensive and has been forced to gradually contract its lines toward a core that now encompasses Damascus, the Orontes River Valley and the mostly Alawite coast. With the regime’s situation rapidly deteriorating, even the attempt to stage a gradual withdrawal to the core is risky.

Read more: Al Assad’s Last Stand | Stratfor

Al Assad’s Last Stand is republished with permission of Stratfor.”
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