Saturday, February 26, 2011

Middle East Oil War Spreads: Iran Working Behind the Scenes

This article just in from Debka:

Middle East oil war spreads. First demos in Saudi Arabia, Iraq refinery blasted

Iraq's biggest oil refinery at Baiji, 180 kilometers north of Baghdad, was blown up early Saturday, Feb. 26, by an Al Qaeda cell activated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Al Qods Brigades

Thursday night, Feb. 24, saw the first signs of unrest in Saudi Arabia with demonstrations by young people demanding reforms of the kingdom's system of government and by Shiites living and working in the kingdom's oil-rich eastern regions
. They demonstrated at Awwamiya in Qatif in solidarity with the protests in Libya and Bahrain.

Once again, we see Iran in the middle of things, stirring the pot:

The slightest sign of unrest in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, is bound to affect the price of oil. Iran is the biggest beneficiary of soaring prices. Day after day, as Arab capitals are beset by popular turbulence, Tehran is watching the damage caused its economy by international sanctions shrinking.

Early Saturday, Tehran gave the oil market another nudge by knocking Iraq's biggest refinery out of action just hours after clashes with anti- government rallies left nine dead in three North Iraqi towns.

The gunmen shot four refinery guards and engineers and blew up the Al Shamal unit, its main kerosene and benzene producer, leaving sticky bombs in other operational units to explode after they fled. It took hours to put the fire out. The entire installation is now closed. "We are not talking about days," said a refinery official, "The damage is too severe."

So what does this mean?

DEBKAfile's intelligence sources report that the sabotage of the Iraqi refinery marked another stage in the fuel war becoming an integral part of the rising tide of protest engulfing the Middle East since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution erupted in January. On February 5, the Palestinian Hamas used the uprising in Egypt to blow up the Sinai gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan. Supplies have been cut off since then.

In Libya...the fighting in oil-sensitive areas is thought to have cut supplies by half. It is estimated that Libya's partition between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania will split half of its oil resources roughly equally between the two entities, leaving the export terminals with the rebels.

Today is full of news which relate to Iran's Influence:

'Syria and Iran to cooperate on naval training'

Agreement signed by commanders of both navies, Iranian news agency says; announcement comes same day of reports that Russia intends to complete transfer of cruise missiles to Syria.

The agreement came days after two Iranian warships – the Khark, which has 250 crew members and can carry three helicopters, and the Alvand, which is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – arrived at Syria's Latakia seaport on Thursday, sailing through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean.

Security and Defense: Channeling chutzpah

As two Iranian warships – the Khark, which has 250 crew members and can carry three helicopters, and the Alvand, which is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – entered the southern end of the Suez Canal en route to Syria, the Defense Ministry announced another successful test of the Arrow 2 ballistic missile defense system.

The decision to send two warships through the canal to Syria is an attempt to show the world that, despite sanctions and diplomatic isolation, Iran is still a major regional player.

it is possible they are carrying explosives, missiles and other assorted weaponry for Hezbollah. Using warships to transport weaponry would be a smart move by Iran, which was caught in 2009 using the cargo ship Francop to transport hundreds of tons of weaponry to the Lebanese guerrilla organization.

By sending warships through the Suez Canal for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, the ayatollahs are showing they can attack Israel from the sea.

The crossing was also likely aimed at flexing a muscle directly in Egypt’s face. Under Hosni Mubarak, ties between the two countries hit an unprecedented low.

Wikileaks Cables Reveal Muslim Brotherhood Ties to Iran

The Hamas charter and Iran’s use of the Brotherhood in Egypt as a proxy prove that it is a violent organization and that Iran is using it to destabilize Egypt. Given Iran’s operational style, it is only prudent to believe that our Middle Eastern nemesis is also providing clandestine support to Brotherhood chapters in Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia, and elsewhere.

So no longer does the Obama team have to rely on biased and meddlesome outside observers to advise it on the dangers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

If it just reviews its own classified State Department cable traffic it will learn that the Brotherhood in Egypt is the clandestine proxy of our arch-enemy Iran, that our allies in the UAE regard it is as too dangerous to participate in free elections, that Muslim Brothers created Spain’s first Islamic terrorist organizations, and that the jihad-mongering Muslim Brother Qaradawi, who is closely associated with our own Muslim American Society, continues to support Hamas, which we ourselves list as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist organization.

And finally, this:

IAF strikes Islamic Jihad and Hamas targets in Gaza

IAF attacked two Islamic Jihad and Hamas targets in the central Gaza strip overnight Friday, in response to Kassam rockets fired on the Sdot Negev Regional Council earlier in the day.

On Thursday Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Hamas, “I do not suggest that anyone test the State of Israel’s resolve,” a day after two Grad-model Katyusha rockets slammed into Beersheba for the first time since Operation Cast Lead over two years ago.

Never a dull moment in the Middle East and today is no exception. It is truly amazing that just a little digging with almost any developing turmoil will find Iran in the mixture - pushing buttons behind the scenes - attempting to set the stage for Israel's destruction.


Anonymous said...

Well, I guess Ah'madinnerjacket of Iran has decided it is time to start the world in turmoil to bring out their "mahdi".

No vacations or they will be close to home... gas IS going up. In the last two weeks in FL, it went up .43 cents!! Just a few days ago in ONE DAY it went up .26 cents. It takes my husband ONE HOUR of driving to get to work. And, one hour coming home. That's a lot of gas and soon a lot of money!!!


Expected Imminently said...

It is ironic how fervently the enemy is so determined to try and steal away our Stephanos (victory crown). We are lost to satan, the best he can do is rob us, and Jesus of His rightful Glory.

Titus 2:13 looking for the BLESSED HOPE and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Finally, there is laid up for me the CROWN of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have LOVED HIS APPEARING.

Rev.3:11Behold, I am coming quickly! HOLD FASTH what you have, that no one may take your crown.

2John1:8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a FULL REWARD.

Romans 14:11 For it is written: "As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God."

The 24 elders are symbolic of the Church in heaven BEFORE the a/c is revealed when Jesus breaks the first seal.

Rev.4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and CAST THEIR CROWNS before the throne, saying:
11.You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created

Quote“…The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him: The twenty-four elders worship (which means to credit worth or worthiness to) God. The elders credit God for their own work and reward, and they do this as they cast their crowns before the throne. They recognize that the worth, the worthiness belongs to God, not to themselves.

Casting the crowns simply acts out their declaration, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power. If God is worthy of the glory and honour and power, then HE should get the crown…” (From the Blue Letter Bible commentary on Rev4:10 ).

John10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Hold fast to the blessed hope, the closer we get to the Tribulation, the harder it will become to continue believing the Truth of the imminency of the Pre-trib Rapture; and the harder the thief will work to steal away our crown of righteousness. Be determined to give Jesus the FULL glory He deserves in that day.


Caver said...

Well, its starting to hit home.....with a bang.

Two days ago, filled up at 2.92/gal at BJ's wholesale club. Today, it was 3.29. That's about 12-13% in two days.

OJ went up from 3.59 to 3.99 in a week.....only 11%. Nobody cut the OJ pipeline in Florida that I know of.

I think its starting folk. For real.

Anonymous said...

Should be interesting as we
drive home next week. I will be
grateful if the price of gasoline
remains under 5.00. Even that is
a bit less of a concern at this
point as being able to get gasoline
at all should things go further
downhill. Also safety on the roads as
things possibly begin to heat up in this country. Prayer would be
appreciated. Still am completely
at peace, there is no doubt at all
that God is worthy of all of our
trust and love and cares about every
detail of our lives.

Anonymous said...

Drudge report headline said gasoline hit $9.00 a gallon in the UK...I guess it could be a lot worse...I am thinking we won't be here that much longer anyway


Scott said...

Kem - I agree - $5 gas is right around the corner. What is so infuriating (serenity now..) is that we have SO MUCH oil and gas right beneath us, yet we aren't "allowed" to get it - better to be dependent on our enemies.

God's Girl - I've been wondering the same myself...Is this the beginning of Ahmadinejad's quest to bring forth the Mahdi. He may be realizing that he doesn't have much longer in his position.

Thanks for those scriptures Sue...As mentioned before - the only "group" who would have the "Victor's Crown" in Heaven, at that time, would be the Church, after Bema, post-rapture. There is no other biblical group who would have those crowns....And just after the apostle Paul ascended in Rev 4:1 in a manner identical to the Rapture.

Caver - Good point. We're close.

Anonymous said...

Dear Scott >>>> Please go here....

it appears that MARCH will be very
active around the Arab Oil fields.

Also, I thought Paul got executed
like the other disciples....please
tell me, I want to know, thanks

Stephen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

PS I am still VERY BULLISH on the

Scott said...
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Scott said...

My bad - I meant to say the apostle "John" - referring to Rev 4:1...I have no idea why I said Paul...