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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do
be done with love." (I Corinthians 16:13,14)
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" (Rev. 22:17)
The Middle East in Focus
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)
GOD SENDS A SIGN OF LIFE IN THE SKIES OVER ISRAEL
Amazing. Above Israel, "Chai" shines -- the Hebrew symbol of life!
Even though some of the headlines we bring you are naming "Palestine" as a state, in the Word of God there is no "Palestine." Rather, the correct terminology is "the West Bank" or "Judea and Samaria." The only state is the state of Israel.
Due to legal constraints, we are not allowed to change text we are forwarding to you. Thank you for hearing our heart in this critical matter.
Sara Ballenger, President and Senior Editor
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
1. US renews push to derail Shaked's NGO Transparency Law - Israel National News
United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro expressed concern on behalf of his government Sunday in a meeting with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked over the "Transparency Law" she is promoting before the Knesset.
The bill would require Israelis NGOs who receive more than half of their funds from foreign states to disclose their sources of funding and identify themselves as "foreign agents" when lobbying MKs.
A senior American official told Haaretz that during the meeting Shapiro stressed to Shaked that despite her assertions, the bill bears no similarity to legislation in the US.
2. Israel's first stealth fighter jet enters advanced production stage in Texas - Jerusalem Post
The first Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet, due to be delivered to Israel later this year, has entered an advanced production stage.
To mark the event, the head of the Defense Ministry's delegation to the US, Aharon Marmaroush, visited Lockheed Martin's production plant in Fort Worth, Texas, and inscribed a message on the frame of the future IAF jet, dubbed Adir.
"The aircraft, designated as F-35A aircraft AS-1, officially began its mate process, where the four major components of the 5th generation fighter aircraft are joined together in the Electronic Mate and Assembly Station to form the aircraft's structure. AS-1 will continue its assembly here and is expected to roll out of the factory in June and be delivered to the Israeli Air Force later this year," Lockheed Martin said.
3. Gaza terror group holds symbolic funeral for Tel Aviv gunman - Times of Israel
Palestinian Islamist group in the Gaza Strip held a symbolic funeral Sunday for Arab Israeli gunman Nashat Milhem, killed Friday by police a week after he killed three people in a Tel Aviv shooting spree.
Fighters from the Nasser Salah a-Din Brigades, a "military arm" of Gaza's Popular Resistance Committees, carried an empty casket draped with the Palestinian flag and bearing a photo of Milhem's face stapled to the front.
At the funeral, they offered prayers to the "martyr," and urged more Arab Israelis to carry out terror attacks.
The ceremony followed other Palestinian commemorations for Milhem. On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets of Hamas-ruled Gaza to honor the gunman in a rally sponsored by the terror group.
4. Christian monastery near Beit Shemesh desecrated - Jerusalem Post
Catholic monastery close to Beit Shemesh has been vandalized for the second time in less than three years. Monks of the Salesian Order at the Beit Jamal monastery discovered dozens of cruciform tombstones knocked over the at the monastery last month and reported the incident this Saturday.
The police said the incident was under investigation.
"Salesian fathers responsible for the monastery in Beit Jamal reported that unknown persons desecrated their monastery's cemetery. . . [and] that tens of crosses were destroyed," the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said over the weekend.
5. Arab MKs blame the government for B'Tselem fire - Israel National News
Arab MKs were quick on Sunday night to blame the Israeli government for the fire that broke out in the building which houses the offices of the leftist B'Tselem group.
One person was lightly injured in the fire, which is being investigated as a possible arson.
But Arab MKs did not wait for the results of the investigation and were quick to link the fire with what they called the government's "incitement" against so-called "human rights organizations".
6. Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel calls for annexation of West Bank's Area C - Jerusalem Post
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel called on the government to annex Area C of the West Bank during a tour of Judea and Samaria led by the Knesset Land for Israel Caucus.
As he spoke the Bayit Yehudi member stood on the hilltop of a controversial unbuilt area of the Ma'aleh Adumim settlement known as E1.
Ariel has long been a vocal proponent of building in E1 and of unilaterally extending Israeli law to include Area C where all the settlements are located. Areas A and B of the West Bank, where the bulk of the Palestinians live, are under the civil control of the Palestinian Authority.
"We should tell the prime minister, the government and the Knesset that the time has come to annex Area C," Ariel said.
7. Netanyahu: Israel needs to close gap between Arabs and Jews with law enforcement, resources - Jerusalem Post
There are huge gaps between Arab and Jewish citizens, and the government is determined to narrow them by both allocating more resources to the Arab sector and enforcing the laws there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting.
His comments came in the wake of the government's approval two weeks ago of a NIS 15 billion multi-year plan for development of Arab towns and cities, alongside his recent calls to confiscate illegal weapons in these communities.
The cabinet on Sunday approved a NIS 2b. development plan for the Druse and Circassian population, with Netanyahu saying it aims to narrow gaps and spur development of those communities that "serve in the army and see themselves as part of the State of Israel."
Addressing the Arab population, Netanyahu said that "everyone with eyes in his head can see that there are big gaps between the Arab sectors and the Jewish population: gaps in resources, gaps in enforcing the law, gaps in rights and gaps in obligations."
The Daily Brief
1. Syrian suicide bomber kills at least 10, many foreigners, in Istanbul- Fox News
A 28-year-old Syrian national blew himself up in a popular tourist district of Istanbul Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 15 more, Turkish government officials said.
Turkey's Dogan news agency reported that at least six Germans, one Norwegian and one Peruvian were among the wounded, and Seoul's Foreign Ministry told reporters via text message that one South Korean had a finger injury. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry told Norway's news agency NTB that the Norwegian tourist was slightly hurt and was being treated in a local hospital.
- Lord, we pray that You will move in the midst of this situation to turn hearts to You. We ask for comfort and healing for the victims who remain alive, and ask for justice for those who were killed.
-"For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him." (Isaiah 30:18)
2. ISIS burns fighters alive for letting Ramadi fall- Fox News
ISIS fighters who fled to the terror group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after being defeated in Ramadi were burned alive in the town square, sources told FoxNews.com, in an unmistakable message to fighters who may soon be defending the northern city from government forces.
Several residents of Mosul recounted the grisly story for stateside relatives, describing the deadly reception black clad jihadists got when they made it to Mosul, some 250 miles north of the city retaken by Iraqi forces operating with cover from U.S. air power.
- Father, the evil that this group espouses needs to be destroyed. Maranatha, Come Quickly, Lord Jesus!
- "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." (Revelation 22:12)
3. Arab League against Iran: Emergency meeting held to discuss Tehran's threat to security - Jerusalem Post
Arab foreign ministers condemned attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran and warned on Sunday that the country would face wider opposition if it continued its "interference" in the internal affairs of Arab states. Tensions between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Muslim Iran have escalated since Saudi authorities executed Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2, triggering outrage among Shi'ites across the Middle East.
In a closing statement distributed after the meeting, the Arab League also referred to the reported discovery by Bahrain of a militant group that it said was backed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards. All members of the Arab League voted in favor of the statement, with the exception of Lebanon, where Iranian-backed Hezbollah is a powerful political force. The statement did not agree on any specific joint measures against Iran but set up a smaller committee comprising the Arab League secretary general and representatives from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to follow up on the row.
- Lord, we ask that You intervene in this tense situation to protect Israel and the West. We plead Your Blood over the people of the region.
-"No weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17)
4. Europe concerned as scale of alleged migrant attacks on women grows- Jerusalem Post
Swiss media contained numerous stories about sexual assaults on women by foreigners, fueling tensions ahead of a referendum next month.
In Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve have prompted more than 500 criminal complaints, with Cologne investigations focused largely on asylum seekers or illegal migrants from north Africa, police have said.
The attacks, mostly targeting women and ranging from theft to sexual molestation, have prompted a highly-charged debate in Germany about its open-door policy to migrants and refugees, more than one million of whom came to the country last year.
- Lord, we pray against the rampaging spirits that have beset Europe. We ask that Your power be released to turn this evil situation into something good.
-"I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living" (Psalm 142:5)
5. U.S. General: Military Will Face 'Great Pressure' to Lower Standards for Women in Combat Roles- Washington Free Beacon
Current and future U.S. military leaders will face immense pressure to lower standards in the services in order to allow more women to serve in combat roles, a top general recently warned.
Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command and a Marine for 45 years, told reporters on Friday that his "greatest fear" is the easing of the military's stringent training standards as a result of the new policy of integrating women into combat and infantry posts.
- Lord, let the standards of the U.S. Military be left strong for the safety of those who are involved, and for the protection of the United States and our interests. Let no compromise be made in this massive change.
-"fear the Lord and the king; do not associate with those given to change; for their calamity will rise suddenly" (Proverbs 24:21)
6. Obama Admin Stonewalling Investigation Into 113 Terrorists Inside United States-Washington Free Beacon
Leading senators on Monday petitioned multiple Obama administration agencies to stop stonewalling a congressional investigation into the immigration histories of at least 113 foreign-born individuals implicated in terrorist operations after legally entering the United States, according to a copy of the letters.
The latest investigation comes just days after the Washington Free Beacon disclosed that an additional 41 foreign-born individuals who legally entered the United States had been arrested for planning a number of terror attacks.
- Lord, we pray that the truth will come out in a way that those who are blinded will be able to see.
-"To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison" (Isaiah 41:7a)
7. American reportedly detained by North Korea on suspicion of spying- Fox News
The government of North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying, CNN reported Monday.
It said a man identified as Kim Dong Chul was being held by the Pyongyang government and that authorities had accused him of engaging in spying and stealing state secrets.
In an interview with a CNN correspondent, Kim said he had traveled extensively in recent years between China and North Korea and had made some trips to South Korea as well.
In Washington, a State Department official refused to confirm the story.
The official said "speaking publicly about specific purported cases of detained Americans can complicate our tireless efforts to secure their freedom." The official spoke only on grounds of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
- Lord, we ask that this American be freed quickly, and protected from harm.
- "When the wicked came against me, to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes they stumbled and fell." (Psalm 27:2)
8. Feds still gunning for free-speech restrictions online- Washington Examiner
Washington last year witnessed a glut of proposals from regulatory agencies seeking to restrict digital forms of political speech on YouTube, Facebook and other online venues. Those proposals largely fell short, but conservatives are still worried they may find new life.
"I find it very troubling," former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky told the Washington Examiner. "My experience on the FEC left me with the impression that some of the Democratic commissioners were more lenient in granting the statutory media exemption to media they saw as liberal, and much more stringent and unwilling to grant the exemption to media they perceived as conservative."
- Lord, we pray Your protection over the internet and the ability of Your people to spread the Good News.
-"Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries" (Psalm 27:12)
The Daily Jot
Monday, January 11, 2016
Above the law, is Clinton above the vote?
Heavy sigh. It seems no matter how many issues of illegality arise, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton refuses to acknowledge wrongdoing and the news media, for the most part, will not hold her accountable. Some chinks in her armor, however, have been exposed and some media are starting to wise up. Lifezette.com's Keith Koffler may be one of them. He wrote, "The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department early Friday contain what may be the smoking gun that forces the Justice Department to charge the former secretary of state with a crime, according to former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova." Still many are skeptical that Clinton will be prosecuted.
DiGenova is not one of them. He continued, "This is gigantic. She caused to be removed a classified marking and then had it transmitted in an unencrypted manner. That is a felony. The removal of the classified marking is a federal crime. It is the same thing to order someone to do it as if she had done it herself." He concluded, "This makes it impossible for the bureau not to recommend charges. This makes it impossible not to go forward, and it certainly ties the hand of the attorney general." It appears in an exchange of emails on June 17, 2011 that Clinton illegally instructed a senior State Department advisor to change the marking on classified information so that it was no longer flagged classified.
Associated Press reports that the State Department is stonewalling regarding questions about whether the document was sent classified or unclassified. AP also asks, "And was Clinton wrong to instruct a senior aide to send it through nonsecure means, even if that request wasn't fulfilled? The department says it isn't making a judgment. Even the subject matter hasn't been revealed. The only indication in the email exchange of what the document might have been about was redacted in Friday's release of some 3,000 pages from Clinton's tenure as America's top diplomat." Clinton's legal problem is just one aspect of this issue. The ethical problem of having an unsecured email server in her house for government business is at the root of this, and it is mainly being ignored.
Despite Clinton's handling of the Benghazi terrorist massacre, the emails relating to national security on her private server, her turning a blind eye to her husband's demeaning and abusive treatment of women, and a host of other documented issues, there are Democrats, women and even Christians who intend to support her candidacy. A person of a certain political persuasion, or of a certain gender, does not a leader make. Exodus 18:21 informs us on leader selection: "Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." By these standards, Clinton is unfit to serve. She has been above the law most of her life. Is she also above the vote?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Next 12 Days Critical!
NEXT TWELVE DAYS CRITICAL
A Letter from Allan Parker
The Supreme Court of the United States will make key decisions on Jan 15, Jan 22 & March 2
It's now official! The Supreme Court of the United States has scheduled a status conference on January 22, 2016 - The 43rd anniversary of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton - to consider whether to accept the North Dakota case banning abortion after six weeks.
This is a year of miracles, signs and wonders and this is a sign from the Lord. It only fell on this date because the Arkansas abortionists tried to ignore the case and not file a response brief, and the Supreme Court demanded a response brief from the Arkansas abortionists. Seeing this unusual interest from the court, the North Dakota abortionists asked for extra time to file their response brief. That request for extra time by the abortionist was granted which threw the status conference consideration date for North Dakota to Jan 22. Their time is up. The covenant with death will be annulled, the agreement with the Lord will not stand. The Lord will rise up as in the valley of Gibeon, but we must pray and contend. Isaiah 28:14-22
NEXT TWELVE DAYS CRITICAL
Friday, January 15th: ARKANSAS
The Arkansas law bans abortion after 12 weeks. The Arkansas Petition for Certiorari (Please Take Our Case), the abortionist reply brief and The Justice Foundation Brief on behalf of 3,355 Women Hurt By Abortion And An Abortion Survivor have been distributed to the Supreme Court judges and clerks. The Supreme Court will meet in private on January 15, 2016, at 9am Eastern to decide what to do with the case. Each justice and their staff are reading the briefs and evaluating them independently. On January 15, they will meet to discuss whether to take the case, to put the case on hold for further consideration or to deny the cert. petition which would mean that the decision below stands. If they deny cert. (don't take the case) then the decision below that the law was unconstitutional stands. This is the first look by the whole Court and the case could die if they deny cert. on Jan. 15.
Friday, January 22nd: NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota's law bans abortion after six weeks. North Dakota's briefing is now complete. It was distributed to the judges last week and is set for status conference at 9 am Eastern on Jan. 22,2016, which could last all day. Same options as above exist for the court at that time. The judges and their three briefing attorneys are reading the states briefs, the abortionist briefs, and the briefs of thousands of post abortive women who are part of Operating Outcry:Silent No More. It is time to cry out to God so that our outcry may be heard. Our three main arguments are:
1. The child in the womb is a human from the moment of conception.
2. Abortion hurts women
3. There is a better way to help women. All 50 states are now willing to remove all burden of unwanted child care from any woman. Safe Haven laws allow a woman to transfer here child to society without killing the child and injuring herself. See brief below for more details.
Wednesday, March 2nd: TEXAS
Cert has already been granted in The Texas case involving ambulatory surgical centers and hospital admitting privileges and requirements and is set for Oral Argument on March 2, 2016. This case has already been getting lots of media attention and the Reuters article (click here) shows that your prayers to bind the abortion powers have already been heard because this is a tremendously fair article about the Texas case, including quotes by two women of Operation Outcry:Silent No More and myself. Many prolife groups are writing amicus briefs in this case which are due Feb 3. Texas' brief is due Jan 23. The abortionists briefs and their friends are on file now, with many prominent democrat women telling the court they had to have abortions to get where they are now professionally.
Please continue to pray as before Isaiah 28:14-22 (that the covenant of death would be annulled, that the agreement with the grave would not stand) over the Court, Jeremiah 9:17-24 (asking that the women's testimonies would teach the judges' eyes to mourn for the children we have lost; and ask the Lord to bind the abortion power, to bind the strong man over abortion, over the Supreme Court of the United States and over the media as well.
Advancing Life, Liberty and Justice in Him,
Allan E. Parker
The Justice Foundation
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Please join us in decreeing for the unborn in our nation:
"YOU WILL NOT DIE BUT LIVE AND PROCLAIM/ DECLARE THE WORKS OF THE LORD."
More Attacks Coming?
More Attacks Coming?
Last week we told you about the assassination attempt on Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett. Edward Archer, who fired 13 shots at close range into Officer Hartnett's patrol car, confessed to police that he did so "in the name of Islam."
In recent years, Archer made two trips to the Middle East -- one to Saudi Arabia for the hajj and one extended visit to Egypt.
At a press conference Friday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said, "In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with" the shooting of Officer Hartnett. "It is abhorrent," Kenney continued. "It is terrible and it does not represent the religion or any of its teachings."
An informant has warned Philadelphia police that Edward Archer, Officer Hartnett's attacker, has several associates who are more "radical" than he is. Officials are warning that "the threat to [Philadelphia] police is not over."
. . .Meanwhile, other pundits are pointing to another connection to radical Islam, one much closer to home. Several months ago, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan delivered a speech in Florida in which he called for ten thousand volunteers to rise up and murder white people. Given events at the time, the speech was widely perceived as a threat to police officers. (Gary Bauer; Excerpt)
Re: Ms. Clinton: FBI Expands Investigation
FBI Expands Investigation; Indictment Coming?
We have all watched as questionable legal activities in the Obama Administration have passed without consequences. But events in the past 72 hours have raised serious questions about whether Hillary Clinton can continue to avoid an indictment. Here is a brief summary:
- Friday, in response to a court order, the State Department released (at 1:30 in the morning!) thousands of pages of new documents related to Hillary Clinton's email scandal. Of course, the court did not instruct the department to release information at that bizarre time of day. Was the most transparent administration in history trying to hide something? Of course it was.
- The number of classified emails on Mrs. Clinton's unsecure private server now exceeds 1,300. But one in particular could be a "smoking gun." In a June 2011 email, then-Secretary of State Clinton specifically directs a top staff member to evade security protocols by removing identifying headers and sending a document "nonsecure."
Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova said that this email by itself could constitute a felony. He also said that the FBI is in a near state of civil war over whether Hillary should be indicted. DiGenova added that many FBI agents and intelligence analysts are prepared to speak out publicly if the Justice Department refuses to act.
- Fox News reports today that the federal investigation is expanding into possible public corruption charges. Agents are said to be looking into the Clinton Foundation's access at the State Department.
The issue of Bill Clinton's speaking fees reemerged recently when the Wall Street Journal reported that "two dozen companies and . . . one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton . . . more than $8 million . . . around the time they also had matters before Mrs. Clinton's State Department." (Gary Bauer)
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The Persecuted Church
Christians in the Philippines suffering new levels of violence and intimidation
Christians in the Philippine island of Mindanao are suffering similar levels violence and intimidation as Christians in Iraq, according to a missionary priest.
Christians in the Philippine island of Mindanao are suffering similar levels violence and intimidation as Christians in Iraq, according to a missionary priest.
In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Father Sebastiano D'Ambra said he feared growing radicalisation in the Philippines after 14 people were murdered on Christmas Day. In one attack, a grenade was thrown at a chapel.
On Christmas Eve alone, Barnabas Fund reported, nine Christians were murdered as 200 Islamist gunmen raided villages in Mindanao.
"In some areas of Mindanao we are experiencing exactly the same thing as is happening in Iraq," said Father D'Ambra.
An Italian missionary of the Pontifical Istitute for Foreign Missions who has been in the Philippines for nearly 50 years, D'Ambra added: "The situation is a worrying one. It is difficult to establish for certain whether the violence was directed specifically against Christians, even though everything points to the fact that this was the case. Without doubt our brothers and sisters in the faith are at least one of the targets of these fundamentalist groups." (Christian Today) Read more here.
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
BE THOU MY VISION
"When a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal Myself to him in visions,
I speak to him in dreams." (Numbers 12:6)
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father and I, Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart;
O King of glory, my treasure Thou art.
O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me 'til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
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About the Author:
Words: Attributed to Dallan Forgaill, 8th Century (Rob tu mo bhoile, a Comdi cride); translated from ancient Irish to English by Mary E. Byrne, in "Eriú," Journal of the School of Irish Learning, 1905, and versed by Eleanor H. Hull, 1912, alt.
Music: Slane, of Irish folk origin (MIDI, score).
About this Hymn: Slane Hill is about ten miles from Tara in County Meath. It was on Slane Hill around 433 AD that St. Patrick defied a royal edict by lighting candles on Easter Eve. High King Logaire of Tara had decreed that no one could light a fire before Logaire began the pagan spring festival by lighting a fire on Tara Hill. Logaire was so impressed by Patrick's devotion that, despite his defiance (or perhaps because of it), he let him continue his missionary work. The rest is history.
Signs and Wonders
Magnitude 4.7 and 4.8 Earthquakes Shake Oklahoma 30 Seconds Apart;
30 Quakes Reported in 19 Hours
A pair of moderate earthquakes shook northwest Oklahoma late Wednesday night, part of a swarm of Sooner State temblors that has produced more than two dozen quakes in less than 24 hours.
A 4.7-magnitude tremor was followed 30 seconds later by another 4.8-magnitude quake centered in a sparsely populated area about 20 miles northwest of Fairview, Oklahoma, about 97 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The quakes struck at depths of 2.1 and 3.7 miles below the surface.
The twin earthquakes occurred at 10:27 p.m. CST Wednesday night and were felt from central Kansas to southern Oklahoma and the eastern Texas panhandle, including in Wichita, Kansas, and the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
This was one of 30 separate earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater reported in Oklahoma within a 19-hour span from Wednesday evening through early Thursday afternoon. Twenty-seven of those, including the two strongest quakes mentioned above, were clustered in southern Woods County. Two others were reported in the far northern Oklahoma City metropolitan area east-northeast of Edmond, and a third occurred around midday Thursday near Perry in north-central Oklahoma. (Weather.com) Read more.
The Good News Corner
ISIS Loses 40% of Its Territory in Iraq
ISIS militants have also been driven out of the city of Tikrit in the past year, but they continue to control Mosul, the largest city in the north.
(Iraq)-[ANS] The BBC is reporting that Islamic State (IS) has lost 40% of the territory it once controlled in Iraq, a spokesman for the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group says.
Col. Steve Warren told reporters that IS was "on the defensive," and had "not gained one inch in Iraq since May."
It had also been driven out of 20% of its territory in Syria, he added.
"Despite the losses, IS has continued to launch counter-offensives-including several near the western Iraqi city of Haditha in the past 48 hours," said the BBC.
Col. Warren said coalition air strikes had helped Iraqi government forces repel an assault on Monday by about 200 militants, and that more than 100 had been killed.
He did not give a figure for casualties on the government side, but a Sunni tribal commander told AFP news agency that they had lost more than 25 fighters.
The BBC went on to say that Haditha Mayor Mabrouk Hamid said the IS counter-offensive had involved more than 40 armored vehicles, some of them filled with explosives.
Col. Warren said IS had shifted its focus to Haditha, situated near a key dam in the north of Anbar province, after losing control of the provincial capital Ramadi the government last week. (Assist News Service) Read more here.
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
Father's Heart - Julie True
Worship here . . . before our Lord . . .
Two Daily Conference Calls
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