It’s important you understand what has taken place in Iraq in the past week, because it provides clear proof of a forecast we made 25 years ago.
It all started Sunday night when, for the first time in a decade, the United States decided to strike against pro-Iranian militants in Iraq. The air strike was against Kataib Hezbollah, a dangerous terrorist group whose leader answers directly, and publicly, to Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force. Twenty-five members of Kataib Hezbollah were killed in the attack. This is an Iraqi-based force that’s meant to number somewhere around 10,000. This group is not to be confused with Lebanese Hezbollah, which is a separate group. However, they both answer to Iran and get their funding from Iran.
This attack from the United States was not unprovoked. Ten times since October, Kataib Hezbollah has attacked U.S. bases or installations in Iraq. The final straw came when they killed a U.S. contractor and injured U.S. personnel last week in their last attack.
Now, this poses a problem for Iraq, because as of two years ago, Kataib Hezbollah is an official part of the Iraqi security forces. They make up a portion of the Popular Mobilization Units forces, mainly Shiite organizations that fought against the Islamic State but were later absorbed into the Iraq’s military structure after the Islamic State was defeated. It also became a political party in Iraq.
This means that when America attacks Kataib Hezbollah, it is attacking part of the Iraqi state.
As you probably saw, tensions increased dramatically on Tuesday. I watched the livestream from my desk here as protesters, we’ll call them, entered Baghdad’s Green Zone, a walled area of the embassy and Western outlets, and started gathering in front of the U.S. Embassy. They then torched some of the outbuildings, threw stones, chanted “Death to America”—and this continued for two days.
In response, the United States sent more forces to the embassy: 750 marines and others flew in. On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump said that this wouldn’t be another “Benghazi.”
And it wasn’t. The protesters got the message. Their Iranian rulers told them to stand down.
But who were these protesters? And why did the Iraqi guards let them into the Green Zone?
According to the New York Times, they were mourners.
Then the New York Times claimed that these were the same people who have been protesting in Iraq for the past three months. A later tweet said:
Both accounts from the New York Times are blatantly false. These were not the same protesters. The anti-Iran protesters were elsewhere in Baghdad on Tuesday and Wednesday, still protesting against Iran’s intrenchment into their country.
Instead, these embassy protesters were part of the same Shiite militias that were attacked by the U.S. They were largely terrorists. But they were terrorists that were backed by the state of Iraq. Iraqi politicians who are allied with Iran also showed up at the protests.
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted in a tweet:
The last two names Amari and Fayyad actually are Iraqi politicians. Amari leads the second-largest bloc inside the Iraqi parliament.
Do you see what has happened to Iraq?
For the past three months, Iraqis have taken to the streets to fight government corruption and Iranian infiltration into Iraq. Instead of listening to the people, 500 of them have been killed. And then the government keeps trucking along. Then, you have one protest against the United States, and there are terrorists and Iraqi parliamentarians standing side by side.
Both these instances show that Iran is now effectively in control of Iraq. While there is some heavy resistance against Iranian rule, that resistance is proving futile. While the United States might have some troops in Iraq, it is only a matter of time before those troops leave or are pushed out by the Iraqi government.
Now consider what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2003, right after America flooded Iraq with thousands of troops:
It may seem shocking, given the U.S. presence in the region right now, but prophecy indicates that, in pursuit of its goal, Iran will probably take over Iraq.
Fast-forward 17 years, and the events of this week prove that has happened.
How did Mr. Flurry know this was going to happen? That forecast came from the most unlikely source, as some would see it, the Bible—and specifically the Prophet Daniel.
The Prophet Daniel has a lot to say about this current Iranian regime and how it is pushing the world toward war. Iraq falling to Iran is just one of those events. And just as that has taken place, the others will shortly follow.
I strongly encourage you to request our free booklet “The King of the South” to see where these events in Iraq and Iran are leading.