Iran’s most prominent military leader has recently met Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war.”
It’s reported that senior intelligence sources said that Qassem Suleimani, leader of Iran’s powerful Quds force, summoned the militias under Tehran’s influence three weeks ago in Iraq, amid a heightened state of tension in the region between Iran and the U.S.
That move to mobilize Iran’s regional militia allies is understood to have triggered fears in the US that Washington’s interests in the Middle East were facing a pressing threat. Also, the UK has now raised its threat levels for British troops in Iraq today as well.
Leaders of all the militia groups that fall under the umbrella of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) were in attendance at the meeting called by Suleimani, the intelligence sources claimed. The PMU has become entrenched in Iraq influencing also the Iraqi government.
The meeting has led to a frenzy of diplomatic activity between US, British and Iraqi officials who now fear that Iraq could become an arena for conflict with clashes between Tehran and Washington.
The gathering also was part of the US decision to evacuate non-essential diplomatic staff from the US embassy in Baghdad and Erbil and to raise the threat status at US bases in Iraq.
As the head of the elite Quds force, Suleimani plays a significant role in the militias’ strategic directions and major operations. Over the past 15 years, he has been Iran’s most influential power broker in Iraq and Syria.
This leading to Tehran’s efforts to consolidate its presence in both countries and trying to reshape the region in its favor. All of which, has led to Iranian forces now being at the northeastern border of Israel.
And it seems Iran’s new Mideast proxy war against the U.S. and its allies has begun. When recently commercial oil tankers were damaged in “sabotage attacks” in the Mideast Gulf as tensions soared in the region.
Four commercial vessels of various nationalities were targeted by the acts of sabotage off the emirate of Fujairah where holes were blown in the vessels at the water line. At least one of the vessels was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.
The U.S. has blamed Iran for the attack, and at least one report said that a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards marine force carried out the sabotage attack on the oil tankers at the Fujairah port.
The port is about 85 miles south of the Strait of Hormuz at Iran, which is the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which at least a third of all oil at sea is traded. And Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in case of a military confrontation with the U.S.
And the Fujairah port is the only terminal in the UAE located on the Arabian Sea coast, bypassing the Strait of Hormuz. The pipeline and port there was done for the purpose of circumventing the Strait of Hormuz at Iran.
And by striking there, the Iranians demonstrated that alternative shipping routes in the Mideast are just as vulnerable to Iranian attack as the Gulf of Hormuz.
Then there was also another attack on a major Mideast ally of the U.S., where Saudi Arabia’s East-West oil pipeline was bombed by drones. Two oil pumping stations on the oil pipeline were attacked by the drones just two days after the oil tankers were bombed.
The drones carried explosives hitting the two pumping stations belonging to Saudi Aramco, forcing the state oil company to suspend operations to assess what they described as “limited damage.” Then Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi insurgents claimed the drone attacks on the Saudi installations.
Both targets, the Fujairah port and the Saudi pipeline, were designed to bypass the Strait of Hormuz at Iran. These attacks showed the US and Gulf oil nations that Tehran doesn’t need to block the Strait of Hormuz in order to disrupt the Gulf’s oil exports to international markets.
Now adding to concerns is the intelligence reports believing that groups of Iranian missiles were last week successfully transported from Iran, some by boat and some across Iraq, with some also transferred to Damascus, according to regional diplomats reported in the Guardian.
The transfer managed to evade US and Israeli intelligence, despite Israel’s interdiction of dozens of alleged missile deliveries in the past three years that have been flown into various Syrian airbases via an Iranian air bridge.
There’s always been great concerns of an Iranian-run land corridor from Tehran to the Mediterranean emerging from the fight against Islamic State, in which Shia militia groups played a prominent role.
To where an emboldened Iran from the Isis fight could then subvert the postwar Iraq and Syria region for their purposes toward Israel.
And Iran has made great progress in both Iraq and Syria under Suleimani’s leadership and his management of the many Iranian militia proxies across the Mideast for many years.
His success has happened because the Biblical prophecies foretold it would happen; that Iran, also known as Persia in Scripture, would successfully advance themselves in the Mideast until their forces were at the northern border of Israel at Syria (Ezekiel 38). And this has been achieved.
But the end-game for Iran in the Mideast has always been to annihilate Israel and take over Jerusalem, thereby establishing their Islamic Kingdom of a new golden caliphate in the Mideast.
And they will continue to have successes through their militia proxies in the Mideast, and also to move more of their forces and allies into Syria next to Israel, until they think there is sufficient forces in place to make their move against Israel.
But it is then, that the plans of Iran and all the efforts of the Iranian leadership as Suleimani and others come to an abrupt end and crashing defeat; which is done not by the U.S., or Israel, or any other military in the region.
But by the very power of the Lord God himself who will command nature to destroy their forces on the mountains of Israel (Ezekiel 38). The Signs of the Last Days prophecies show that fulfillment is nearing.
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