Murmurs Of War: ISIS Militants Moving In On The Heart Of Damascus
While the world groans and labors with birth pains Syria is also beginning to feel significant chest pains. If ISIS militants were to overtake Damascus this would certainly spur a soon-to-be-nuclear Iran to get involved militarily. For both the Islamic State and the Islamic Republic, however, a fight for the heart of Damascus will unfortunately result in a myocardial infarction that no defibrillator can fix …
Daniel 8:4, 17, 20, “I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great… ‘Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end… The ram which you saw, having the two horns — they are the kings of Media and Persia.”
Isaiah 17:1, “The burden against Damascus. ‘Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.’”
AFP – “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) battled Syrian rebel forces in a Damascus neighbourhood on Monday, bringing the extremists closer than ever to the centre of the capital, a monitoring group said.
Isil militants fought street battles against Islamist rebels in Asali, part of the capital’s southern Qadam district, after seizing two streets there over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
‘This is the closest Isil has ever been to the heart of Damascus,’ Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.
He said Isil had advanced from the adjacent Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighbourhood, where they have been based since July 2014.
A Syrian military official confirmed the clashes and said he was ‘very happy that they are fighting’.
‘But we are ready to react if they try to advance into government-held territory,’ the official told AFP.
According to the Observatory, opposition-held Qadam has been relatively quiet since a truce between rebel groups and regime forces there a year ago.
It said fighting in the district on Sunday left 15 fighters dead, but it could not specify how many were from Isil and how many were Islamist rebels.
Mr Rahman said the ‘fierce street battles’ had forced civilians to flee the area.
Since its expulsion from the Eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus last year, Isil has used Al-Hajar Al-Aswad as a base for attacks on the capital.
From there, it tried to seize the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in April, but was pushed back.
That same month, Isil kidnapped two opposition fighters from Qadam and beheaded them in Al-Hajar Al-Aswad.
More than 240,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict …” Read more.
Daniel 2:41, “Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided …”
Flashback: US Secretary Of State Kerry Suggests Iran Could Lead Fight Against ISIS If US “Fails Miserably” – “John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was ‘failing miserably’ in its effort to defeat the jihadists. The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq.Mr Kerry’s words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil.” Read more.