A Michael S. Doran, a senior fellow at the conservative think tank the Hudson Institute, and Middle East watcher, has made a series of tweets, noting IRGC tanks and armored carriers crossing the border into Iraq.
Thanks go to a reader who brought this to my attention.
Doran tweeted, “Convoys of tanks and armored vehicles entered Iraq from Iran today through the Zarbatiya crossing.”
The Zarbatiya crossing is a point at the border between Iran and Iraq that is on a highway between Susa and Baghdad. In other words, these tanks would have gone WSW from Susa.
In two tweets, Doran went on: “Both Iraqi protesters and Muqtada al-Sadr’s people are expressing deep misgivings about the plan to appoint Mohammed Shia’ al-Sudani as Iraq’s prime minister. Apparently, it is Qassem Soleimani who stands behind the pressure to appoint al-Sudani — over the opposition of high-ranking Shiite elements (Sistani and Muqtada al-Sadr).”
In the final tweet Doran speculates what this is all about: “Connecting the dots, the nightmare scenario of the protesters is that Muqtada a-Sadr’s forces are in retreat, clearing the way for Iranian-backed military forces to storm the squares, crush the protests, and then crown Soleimani’s man as head of the Iraqi government.”
But the real nightmare is greater than Doran realizes.
What Seems to be Happening
If this series of tweets is accurate, there is a column of Iranian IRGC tanks and armored carriers headed to downtown Baghdad from the area of Susa, to crush the protests in Tahrir Square. The column is long if those photos are true. This was reported as happening yesterday.
More Staging for the Second Signpost?
Crushing the protest may seem bad enough, but is this another sign of the Second Signpost soon to come? The IRGC can now attack with drones anywhere it wants to cause panic and chaos, to allow more boots on the ground to move out.
The Persian ram would have to put boots on the ground in many countries to carry out the regime’s desired Revolution. This would involve the changing of governments in many countries in the Middle East to make them puppets of the Iranian Revolution. Are we witnessing this happening to Iraq right now?
If Soleimani and the IRGC are going to appoint their own leader over Iraq and use military force to end the protest, then this is a significant cross-over from the standing man-minded lion, to the bear that is going to feast.
From 2005 to now, Iraq’s prime minister was democratically elected, the process being part of the mind of the man. But with what is basically a coup by the IRGC, Iran could install a puppet.
If this is the case, we may be witnessing another prelude to the all-out Second Signpost. The most violent part of the Second Signpost, in my opinion, is where the IRGC will run out over Sunni-inhabited areas. Baghdad is right on the boundary inside Iraq between the Shia south and Sunni north. This whole action could be an overt act to ready southern Iraq as part of the launching area alongside Khuzestan.
Please stay tuned.
Categories: In The News, Signpost #2: Iran
The Michael Doran tweets concerning IRGC incursions into Iraq are dated December 14. The IRGC-controlled Tasnim News Agency has understandably not reported on these incursions. Instead, it has published a reminder that since October of 2019, the IRGC Navy has been monitoring all foreign vessels in the Persian Gulf.
“‘The Persian Gulf belongs to Iran and other littoral states and we have the right to question the vessels because the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz is located in Iran’s territorial waters,’ Rear Admiral Tangsiri stated.”
Meanwhile, the IRGC’s Quds Force maintains secrecy over its operations, which are under the command of Major General Qasem Soleimani.
wow, if this is all true, then we may be in for a doozie of a Christmas! So greatly appreciate that Christ has won the victory for his children!!!
Hoping you post on the following soon with your thoughts and observations, Mark! I just heard about it a few minutes ago. The Saudis are given control of the mount as part of the deal.
Beginning in January of 2020, Israel will be pumping natural gas from fields under the Mediterranean Sea, through pipelines already laid, to sell in Egypt and Jordan.
The Iranian regime is not happy that Islamic nations will be paying Israel for wealth that the Iranian regime believes is the property of occupied Palestinians.
Israel has made agreements to eventually lay gas pipelines to Cyprus, Greece, and Italy.
The Turkish regime wants to stop Israel from laying gas pipelines to Europe.
Will either or both of the second and third signpost invasions spill over into the Mediterannean Sea because of Israel’s plans to sell natural gas to Egypt and Europe?
Israeli offshore gas fields