Iran’s military chief held meetings with counterpart, Erdogan in Ankara Wednesday

First visit by Iranian military chief of staff to Turkey since Islamic Revolution; Meeting centered on Syria, Kurds; Russian military head to visit Turkey

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Iran’s military chief of the Revolutionary Guard, General Mohammad Bagheri, visited Turkey on Wednesday, meeting with Turkish military and political officials, the meetings centered on Syria, the Kurds and “counter terrorism”.

It was the first visit by an Iranian chief of staff to Turkey since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Bagheri met with his counter part as well as Turkey’s Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli,, followed by a private meeting with President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey announced that Bagheri’s meeting comes ahead of a scheduled meeting in Turkey with “the Russian chief of staff”.

The meetings were reportedly centered on Syria and Kurdish forces on the Iranian and Turkey borders and follows a meeting held in early August between Turkey, Russia and Iran on Syria. Last week, a meeting was held between Russia and Iran on increasing military cooperation, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan meeting to discuss additional sales of Russian arms to Iran.

Additionally last week, Iran, Turkey and Russia had all signed a deal on investment in oil and gas fields. According to the Shana News Agency, companies from all three states “have signed an agreement on joint investments in oil and gas fields’ development projects… to finance projects both in Iran and outside the country”.

This week’s visit is just another sign of the rapidly increasing relations- economic, political and military- between Turkey, Iran and Russia.

Baqeri stated on his visit “There have been no such visits between the two countries for a long time, but considering regional developments and security issues, border security and the fight against terrorism, there was a need for such a visit.”

As reported earlier this week, Prime Minister Netanyahu was given an intelligence report by Mossad regarding Iran’s ongoing territorial gains in the Middle East, mainly in Syria, the Islamic Republic taking over territory previously taken by ISIS. Chief of the Mossad, Director Yossi Cohen, gave an update to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday, Cohen reporting on Iran’s ongoing rush for territory in the region. According to Cohen, “The areas where Daesh [ISIS] presence is decreasing, Iran is working to fill the void,” referring to Iran’s increasing presence mainly in Syria, but also in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

Iran constructing long-range missile factory in northwest Syria

Satellite imagery shows construction of long-range missile factory in northern Syria; Underground storage for missiles seen in photos

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Iran is building a long-range missile factory in northwest Syria.

The factory, located near the town of Baniyas, reportedly includes underground storage to avoid destruction by airstrikes.

Evidence of the factory’s construction was provided to Israeli media and includes satellite imagery that was taken recently. According to reports, the Scud-missile factory has been under construction for a year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Last month, the IDF confirmed that Iran has been constructing underground weapons factories in Lebanon. The Iranian weapons factories built in Lebanon are funded by the Revolutionary Guard to provide terrorists organizations, mainly Hezbollah, with weapons. The factory’s locations in Lebanon are intentional as to avoid Israeli strikes preventing weapon transfers.

In March, intelligence was released of several factories having been built and funded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in Lebanon. According to reports at the time, Iran gave the factories and productions lines to Hezbollah which has been running them since January of 2017.

The factories reportedly produce guns and rockets and missiles with capabilities of reaching as far as 500 kilometers. Hezbollah has also been reportedly testing some of the weapons in Syria’s civil war, several of the tests reported successful as Hezbollah continues to grow its rocket supply.

Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal is reported to be 10 times larger than during the Second Lebanon War.

Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Iran’s efforts, warning “ISIS going out, Iran coming in. Simple. We’re mostly talking about Syria. Our policy is clear: We firmly oppose to the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria. And we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security.”

Israel first responder to humanitarian crisis in Sierra Leone

Israel’s IsrAID working on the ground with Red Cross and local efforts; PM instructs to send humanitarian aid Monday, supplies arriving Tuesday

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Israel has acted as a first responder to the humanitarian crisis in Sierra Leone sending much needed supplies and support teams just hours following the devastating mudslides.

Israel’s main humanitarian relief organization, IsrAID, has been working on the ground in Sierra Leone, supporting the country during this ongoing crisis.

Close to 3,000 have been displaced and humanitarian workers have collected over 400 bodies and are estimating around 600 still missing. IsrAID has been assisting by providing search and rescue assistance, medical care and much needed supplies alongside the Red Cross and local efforts.

The main concern is breakout of disease, mainly cholera and typhoid. According to UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric “Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate any potential outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhea.”

Prime Minster Netanyahu instructed the shipment of food and supplies to Sierra Leone on Monday, the supplied delivered on Tuesday. The aid includes food, medical supplies and blankets.

Mossad chief, Israeli security officials to hold meetings in Washington later this week

Defense officials and Mossad Director to hold meetings with security and White House officials later this week; Talks to center on Syria and Lebanon; White House: The delegation’s arrival in Washington is a powerful sign of the trust between Israel and McMaster.

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A security delegation from Israel led by the Director of the Mossad will travel to Washington this week, holding meetings centered on Syria and Lebanon with top US security and White House officials.

President Trump’s special advisor Jared Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt organized the meetings.

The delegation will be led by Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen and include Head of IDF Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Herzl HaLevi, and Zohar Palti from the Defense Ministry. Meetings will be held with Kushner, Greenblatt, Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Power and Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

The White House confirmed the meeting on Tuesday, emphasizing that the meetings will center on Syria and Lebanon and not the peace process or Palestinians, releasing the statement “Talks will focus on Israel’s security needs vis-a-vis Syria and Lebanon, and will not deal with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The delegation’s arrival in Washington is a powerful sign of the trust between Israel and McMaster.”

The meeting scheduled for later this week follows Mossad Director Yossi Cohen’s intelligence report to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Iran’s ongoing rush for territory in the region on Sunday. In his report, Cohen showed Iran’s territorial gains, mainly in Syria, but also in Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as on the Islamic Republic’s economic growth following the nuclear deal. According to Cohen, “The areas where Daesh [ISIS] presence is decreasing, Iran is working to fill the void.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the Mossad Chief’s report, stating on Sunday evening to the press “I’ll give you a summary in one sentence—ISIS going out, Iran coming in. Simple. We’re mostly talking about Syria. Our policy is clear: We firmly oppose to the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria. And we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security.”

Iran to increase funding for ballistic missile program in retaliation over US sanctions

Iranian lawmakers reportedly shout “Death to America” following vote on increasing funds for missile program and Quds Forces; Iran’s Deputy FM: Bill designed wisely to not violate nuclear deal; Rouhani threatens to restart nuclear program

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Iran’s parliament approved a new bill that will direct $260 million to Iran’s missile program.

The new legislation is in retaliation for the United States placing additional sanctions on the Islamic Republic, or as reported by Iranian media to “counter America’s terrorist and adventurist actions”.

The vote was taken on Sunday with 240 out of 247 lawmakers voting in favor of the bill. Several lawmakers reportedly yelled “Death to America” following the announcement of the vote results. The bill will be processed and be voted for a second time before officially becoming a law.

The funds will come from an allocated $800 million defense fund, $260 million to go towards Iran’s missile program, another $240 to be used for “military and intelligence-related projects” and $300 for Iran’s Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard.

According to Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, the bill was “designed wisely so that it does not violate the [nuclear deal] and provide excuses for opposing sides.”

On Tuesday morning during a televised address, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned against “threats and sanctions” on the Islamic Republic, directed at the United States, claiming it could resume its nuclear program within a “hours and days”. Rouhani stated ”The failed experience of sanctions and coercion brought their previous administrations to the negotiating table. If they want to go back to that experience, definitely in a short time – not weeks or months, but in the scale of hours and days – we will return to our previous situation very much more stronger.”

Iran is prohibited from testing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, as well as under the nuclear deal made between world powers and the United States. Iran denies its missile development and tests violate any UN resolutions, claiming its military advances are not subject to investigation nor any violation of the nuclear deal made with world powers.

At the end of July of 2017, Iran reported that it tested a rocket capable of delivering satellites into orbit, again violating a U.N Security Council resolution.

In January of this year, Iran carried out a ballistic missile test, violating the United Nations resolution banning such missile tests. The test was of a Khorramshahr ballistic missile, reports claiming the test failed after reaching 600 miles and exploding.

In May of 2016, Iran reported that it successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile, the missile tested reported to be capable of reaching over 1, 240 miles. Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Iran’s Deputy Chief of Army, Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi at the time who stated “We tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and eight meters error margin two weeks ago. An eight-meter error margin means …full accuracy.”

In March of last year, Iran tested two ballistic missiles with “Israel must be wiped out” written on the missiles. Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Aerospace Division, Brid. Gen. Ali Hajizadeh, confirmed the test stating at the time “The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 kilometers is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance.”

Mossad and Netanyahu: ISIS going out, Iran coming in.

As ISIS leaves territory, Iran “vacuuming” it up; Mossad chief updates PM on Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East; Russia reports highest territory gain for Syrian government a result of Iranian and Russian efforts alongside Assad regime

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Iran is actively expanding its influence in the Middle East, the Islamic Republic taking over ISIS territory in the region.

Chief of the Mossad, Director Yossi Cohen, gave an update to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday, Cohen reporting on Iran’s ongoing rush for territory in the region. According to Cohen, “The areas where Daesh [ISIS] presence is decreasing, Iran is working to fill the void,” referring to Iran’s increasing presence mainly in Syria, but also in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

Cohen also reported on Iran’s economic growth and its ability to increase and expand its influence for itself and its proxies since the implementation of the nuclear agreement in 2015, an agreement that Iran continues to violate with its build-up of its missile program.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the Mossad Chief’s assessment, stating on Sunday evening to the press “I’ll give you a summary in one sentence—ISIS going out, Iran coming in. Simple. We’re mostly talking about Syria. Our policy is clear: We firmly oppose to the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria. And we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security.”

He added that Israel, the Mossad and IDF are “protecting the country and its borders. We are bolstering the IDF, strengthening security forces all the time, to ensure security. We know that in order to build this country, we must protect it. That’s the top priority.”

On Monday morning, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported that the Syrian government has increased the size of its territory over two and a half times in the past two months, a result of Russian, Iranian and Syrian army forces.

Amir gave a LIVE update from Copenhagen on this breaking story, where he addressed these current events, the increasing alliance between Iran, Turkey and Russia- all in light of Bible Prophecy (Isaiah 17). Check it out!