Rumors and Threats of Wars

‘Increasing Like Labor Pains,’ Rumours and Threats of Wars; Iran shows off air defense in Kurdistan, Azerbaijan border region

Matthew 24:6-8 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mark 13:7-8 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

‘Increasing Like Labor Pains,’ Rumours and Threats of Wars; Iran shows off air defense in Kurdistan, Azerbaijan border region

While Tehran has generally conducted operations against Kurdish dissidents in this area, the highlighting of air defense is interesting for shedding light on regional commanders.

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN   SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 Jerusalem Post

Iran has granted a rare interview with one of its top air-defense officials responsible for areas in five (5) provinces that border the Kurdistan region of Iraq and also Azerbaijan. With a headquarters in Ardabil province, this is considered the “gate” to the Islamic Republic of Iran and is a sensitive area because of minority populations, simmering insurgencies and security concerns.

Iran has conducted operations against Kurdish dissidents in this area, recently bragging about having defeated the militant Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) over the last decade. The highlighting of Iran’s air defense is interesting because it sheds light on regional commanders responsible for a unique frontier. According to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, the commander in this area is named Brig.-Gen. Abbas Azimi, who said he carried out his mission successfully.

The commander of this Northwest Air Defense Zone discussed the use of special UAV radar in the region. Iran has recently boasted about using new drones with precision munitions and extending its radar range. “We have detected threats at distance from the border, but they did not dare enter the border,” the commander was quoted as saying. What were these threats? He did not specify.

Turkey has been conducting a major campaign using drones against Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq in recent months. Ankara has urged Tehran to help it fight PKK-linked groups, such as PJAK. In 2018, Iran used drones to monitor ballistic-missile strikes on a Kurdish group in Koya. A drone strike also recently targeted PJAK in Iraq.

This means Iran wants to secure the region. The air defender does not mention what countries might threaten Iran. However, last year, pro-Iranian groups in Iraq linked to the Popular Mobilization Units accused Israel of attacks on their munitions warehouses, specifically claiming it used drones.

Iran’s air-defense commander for the northwest said the country has made major advances and that 90% of systems are made locally. Iran has relied for a long time on its own technological know-how because of sanctions. It has developed its own air-defense systems, such as the 3rd Khordad, which downed the US Global Hawk drone last June. It tried to send this system to T-4 airbase in Iraq in April 2018, but that shipment was reportedly destroyed in an airstrike.

IN AUGUST, Iran unveiled the Bavar 373, which it said was a new locally produced system that was developed over the last decade. The Bavar 373 uses a missile that may have a 200-km. range. The missile’s origins actually go back to a pre-1979 American-made one used by the Shah’s regime. By contrast, the Khordad system uses a missile with origins likely in a Russian BUK air-defense missile. Overall, the systems represent achievements in using phased-array radar, with both S and X bands for detection and guidance.

Iran declared operations of S-200s in the 1990s and sought S-300s from Russia. The Islamic Republic also uses the SA-15 or Tor-M1 surface-to-air missile, which it acquired in the early 2000s and used by mistake to shoot down a Ukrainian airliner this past January.

Tehran has vast missile technology, with origins in China, Russia, North Korea and elsewhere, which it acquired or reverse-engineered over the years, experimenting with longer ranges for solid and liquid fuel.

Azimi notes in the article that there are some 20 types of systems he can access to detect enemy aircraft or drones. This includes the usual mix of using frequencies, optics and sensors to cover the skies over northwest Iran, he said. He also has the Bavar 373 long-range missile defense, which is more complex.

“The commander of the Northwest Air Defense Zone announced the design and construction of advanced command and control systems in air defense,” the report said. He also said Iran is advancing in electronic warfare and that young experts are innovating to make Iran more secure.

Of particular interest is that he mentioned the importance of drones and UAVs being constructed in his region. “At present, Iran can export UAV products,” he said.

Tehran recently has been discussing arms exports, since an arms embargo is set to be lifted in October. Iran says it maintains round-the-clock observation and uses intelligence to prevent aggression. The air defender noted that air defense is not a new military endeavor but dates back to World War I.

It was not clear why Tasnim published this interview at this time. It mentions, oddly, the difficulty of land acquisition for a headquarters for the unit and the need for regulation of helicopters. Those minor details may be for internal government consumption. Iran has sought to export its air-defense abilities, which may be designed to showcase competence for export needs.

Overall, the message may be to Turkey, Iraq, dissident groups and others that northwest Iran – a mountainous region that is difficult to defend – is not a porous airspace, but rather has advanced air defense.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

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Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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