Iran, Russia Hold Wargames

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, passes by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Putin credited Tehran for the success of international talks on the Iranian nuclear program and called for boosting Russian-Iranian trade. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, passes by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Putin credited Tehran for the success of international talks on the Iranian nuclear program and called for boosting Russian-Iranian trade. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)


Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in January 2014 / AP

Iranian and Russian naval forces on Tuesday staged a series of war drills in the waters near northern Iran, in another joint show of force meant to display the two nations’ control of nearby waterways.

Moving Towards Ezekiel 38-39

“Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:”
Ezekiel 38:2-5

ITD Editor's Note about the words: Gog, Magog and Persia

Many Bible teachers believe that Gog is the leader of the Russia alliance in the latter days.
Many Bible teachers believe that Magog, the descendant of Japheth, is identified as the Russian coalition in the latter days.
Persia in concert with Adolf Hitler, changed its name to Iran (Aryan Land) in May of 1935.
Russia the leader, of a coalition which is made up of Iran, Syria, Hosbollah and Hamas.
Three of that four have vowed to destroy Israel and every Jew in the world. More of Hitlers evil legacy.
Russia is the supplier of the weapons that all in coalition use as they press towards their objective, Israel.

An Iranian destroyer and team of Russian warships staged a series of war drills and engaged in joint training exercises, according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled press.

Two Russian warships docked over the weekend in Iran’s northern Anzali port in anticipation of the wargames.

The military exercises come just weeks after Iran and global powers signed a nuclear accord that will provide Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief and lift restrictions on the country’s ballistic missile program.

At least 200 Iranian naval forces also will participate in the war drills, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

Iranian Admiral Ahmad Reza Baqeri, the commander of Iran’s war fleet, disclosed that an Iranian destroyer and several “missile-launching warships” will participate in the drills with the Russian fleet.

The war games are a sign of the increased military ties between Russian and Iran, which have signed multiple arms agreements in recent months. Russia also has agreed to aid in the construction of new nuclear reactors in Iran.

The Russian fleet docked in Iran’s port “carrying a message of ‘peace and friendship,’” according to Iranian officials quoted by Fars. The fleet was “welcomed by Iranian naval commanders and staff.”

A ceremony was held in recent days to celebrate the arrival of the Russian warfleet, with Russian Captain Kirill Taranenko stating that military relations between the two countries are set to grow.

In addition to the war drills, Russian and Iranian military officials held a series of meetings.

“The maritime relations between Russia and Iran will be expanded and we will go ahead with our official and unofficial visits to Iran,” Taranenko was quoted as saying.

“Iranian forces will most likely pay a visit to Russia in mid-October,” the Russian military leader added.

Levan Jagarian, Russia’s ambassador to Tehran, reportedly attended the docking ceremony and called for “for boosting mutual ties between the two countries in various fields,” according to the report.

The two nations went on to say that “expanding bilateral economic, political, and military cooperation is among the priorities of the visit.”

Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and expert on rogue regimes, told the Washington Free Beacon on Monday that the Obama administration is ignoring the Russian-Iranian military buildup.

“We’re witnessing a new great game, and Obama is so self-centered he keeps playing solitaire,” Rubin said at the time. “Obama simply doesn’t understand that the world is full of dictators who seek to checkmate America. What he sees as compromise; they see as weakness to exploit.”

Referring to a visit last week to Russia by IRGC leader Qassem Soleimani, who is responsible for the deaths of Americans, Rubin said it is clear that Moscow and Tehran aim to build a tight military alliance.

“Visiting Russia to talk arms purchases and now this naval visit, it’s clear that Putin and Khamenei will waste no time to really develop their military cooperation,” he said.

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