Basij Strike Teams to Go to Susa Vicinity

FoxNews reports that paramilitary teams, i.e., the Basij, are to be sent to the Iranian province of Khuzestan.

The Basij paramilitary are also the religious police in Iran. This photo shows Basij members with their signature red motorcycles beating a protester during the 2009 election.

The Basij teams are currently patrolling in the capital, Tehran. However, as the report says,

“There have been no recent reports of unrest in the capital that would justify the deployment of ‘strike teams.’”

If these Basij “strike teams” are by chance being placed as advance forces for the Second Signpost itself, then their reason to be in Khuzestan (the area around Susa) would be to make sure the main invasion forces are ushered through smoothly. So, of course the Basij’s presence in Tehran would be unnecessary.

The Persian Ram is to run out (Dan. 8:4) from Susa (Dan. 8:2). I wrote in Daniel Revisited that Basij paramilitary volunteers will likely be the mainstay of Iran’s invasion force (pp 199-200).

Soldiers of the million-plus-strong Basij in drill exercises.

Could this be an advance movement for the Second Signpost? Maybe. Maybe not. However, this is the kind of movement we would expect to see prior to the Second Signpost.

Stay tuned.

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  1. When Iran invades, historians will call attention to whatever backstories explain it. An obvious one is the UK’s 1917 Balfour Declaration and all that resulted from that.

    All the parties present when UAE and Bahrain signed agreements with Israel at the White House have UK connections. The White House itself was rebuilt after the UK destroyed it in 1814. A UK mandate preceded Israel becoming an sovereign state. A UK mandate preceded both UAE and Bahrain becoming sovereign states.

    UAE and Bahrain still use Scottish-style bagpipes in their bands.
    The little island of Bahrain hosts both UK and USA naval bases. These are like sitting ducks on the Persian Gulf.

  2. Mark,

    I know very little about these Basil volunteers with the IRGC. i noticed that a lot of them look fairly young and in looking how they gang up in the photo it gets me thinking if they could filter into the US and sort of blend in amongst the rioters. Your thoughts??

  3. Gary,
    I spent a few pages in Daniel Revisited talking about the Basij. Yes, they are mostly young. The Basij provides the pool of recruits for the IRGC. Children and teens are used frequently. Here’s a link to an earlier post.

  4. In a televised interview on Saturday night in Iran, IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami made some comments that several Iranian English-language websites have reported on. Since both the Tasnim and Fars news agencies are controlled by the IRGC, their excerpts translated into English are what IRGC leaders want English-speaking people to know. “We have thousands of military brigades on the ground that, if they move, will wreck all US interests.” “We are capable of capturing and sweeping all US bases simultaneously.” The article ends with an April 2018 quote from Supreme Leader Khamenei. “The US is seeking a way to evade the costs of standing against Iran and place them on regional countries, the Leader said, reminding certain regional countries that if they confront Iran, ‘they will definitely suffer blows and defeat’.” The Fars coverage of Salami’s comments adds: “All IRGC members as well as Basij forces are ready to sacrifice themselves for the great nation of Iran and will defend the dignity, prosperity, security and peace of the nation to the last drop of their blood, he said.” “‘Mr. Trump, Do not doubt about our revenge [for Soleimani’s assassination] because it is completely destined and serious,’ General Salami said, addressing IRGC commanders and officials in Tehran. Iran will take revenge in a fair manner, he added, noting, ‘This is why we did not target your soldiers at Ein al Assad. We will target those who have had a direct or indirect role in the martyrdom of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani’.”

    A broken-English translation of Salami’s comments at adds: “US officials have been caught in a dilemma, they will be defeated whether they leave the region or stay here, he stated. When IRGC targeted their airbases in Anbar, it had already prepared thousands of missiles that no power, including the US forces, could resist against them if reacted to the attack, he concluded.”

  5. In that map of the Middle East in 1930, Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia looks like a lion’s head aimed towards the north, ready to devour Europe, while Libya/Egypt/Sudan looks like a wing swept down. The lion’s chin is resting just above the proffered gift balanced on the harlot’s heel.

  6. The Bos (bull) of the Bosphorus is leaning forward to kiss the Islamic ‘angel’ of Anatolia.

  7. I am noticing a pattern in the Arab/Islamic countries making peace with Israel. In every case so far there was some UK occupation in its history, followed by independence. In 1979, the year the Islamic Republic of Iran was founded, the Arab Republic of Egypt with some UK occupation in its past made peace with Israel. In 1994, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan with some UK occupation in its past made peace with Israel. In 2020, probably motivated by the menacing power of Iran’s military, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain with some UK occupation in their pasts made peace with Israel. Arab/Islamic countries that may be on the brink of making peace with Israel include several with UK occupations in their pasts: the Republic of Sudan, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, and the State of Kuwait. Looking past the horrors of the end-time, these may be among the countries referred to in Isaiah 60:6-7 NASB:
    A multitude of camels will cover you,
    The young camels of Midian and Ephah;
    All those from Sheba will come;
    They will bring gold and frankincense,
    And will bear good news of the praises of the LORD.
    All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered together to you,
    The rams of Nebaioth will minister to you;
    They will go up with acceptance on My altar,
    And I shall glorify My glorious house.

    Many of these countries with some UK occupation in their past have Scottish-style bagpipes in their marching bands, notably Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, and Oman. There are all kinds of bagpipes. The Scottish-style in which the bag is small enough to tuck under an arm while marching may be the kind referred to in Isaiah 30:29 KJV, which mentions “gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.” This verse inspired me to write this song:
    To play a good song
    While marching along,
    The sound of the pipes on Mount Zion.
    With gladness of heart
    To play a good part,
    The sound of the pipes on Mount Zion.
    God’s glory shall stun
    And darken the sun
    Approaching the Holy One.
    The drumsticks now whirl,
    The bagpipes now skirl,
    The sound of the pipes on Mount Zion.

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