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ISIS foreign recruits drop 87+ percent

PRAYER ALERT on ISIS foreign recruits. From Intercessors Prayer Ministry International.  The number of foreign recruits entering Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State fighters has plunged to a tiny fraction of those entering a year ago. This report’s source is US Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, Deputy Commander for Operations and Intelligence for the U.S.-led […] Continue reading →

Saudi Arabia-Iran clash divides Muslim world

PRAYER ALERT on Saudi Arabia-Iran clash. On January 2 Saudi Arabia executed Shiite cleric Sheik Nimr al-Nimr with 46 others on terrorism charges. It was Saudi Arabia’s biggest mass execution in 36 years. Saudi Arabia is cracking down on dissidents in the midst of controversies over the drop in oil prices and succession issues in […] Continue reading →

ISIS defeated in Ramadi; fight for Mosul next

PRAYER ALERT for ISIS defeated. Today the Iraq military declared ISIS defeated in the city of Ramadi. Iraqi counterterrorism forces took control of the central government complex. They raised the Iraqi flag over its mostly ruined buildings. Most of Ramadi sustained heavy damage in the reconquest. ISIS left booby traps just about everywhere. It will […] Continue reading →

ISIS takes Ramadi and 60% of Anbar Province

PRAYER ALERT: On May 14 ISIS launched a blitz against Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, after besieging it for weeks. ISIS captured the northern parts of the city and closed in on the periphery. Observers feared that if ISIS takes Ramadi, Iraqi troops would flee. That is what happened when ISIS took Mosul, […] Continue reading →

Shiite militias challenge ISIS for Ramadi

PRAYER ALERT: On May 17 Shiite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq ordered Shiite militias to go into Sunni-dominated Anbar Province. Many Sunnis fear that these militias have come to fulfill Iran’s ambition of completely dominating Iraq. They consider Shiite militias as much their enemies as ISIS—which at least is a Sunni movement. Ramadi grocery-store owner […] Continue reading →

Iraqi counterattacks on ISIS to regain land

PRAYER ALERT: The Shiite prime minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, has personally given the order for Iraqi counterattacks on ISIS. They are focused on the current ISIS stronghold in Tikrit. Al-Abadi is aiming for a victory both symbolic and strategic. Tikrit is the hometown of the ousted president Saddam Hussein. It is a hotbed of Sunni […] Continue reading →

Syrian Christian villages face ISIS genocide

PRAYER ALERT: US-led airstrikes helped Kurdish forces drive ISIS out of Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border in January. But the airstrikes have not stopped ISIS’ advances into smaller Syrian Christian villages. In the past week about 15 Christians were martyred as many of them tried to defend their villages in northeastern Syria. About 350 […] Continue reading →

ISIS gains allies in Turkey, al Qaeda & MB

PRAYER ALERT: The world has recently watched ISIS become the most vicious of many competing terrorist groups in the Middle East. It is the most efficient in seizing territory. It is the most successful in attracting and recruiting individual terrorists. If ISIS gains allies in nearby nations and other global terrorist organizations, its power will […] Continue reading →

Al Maliki shunned, Iraq leader names new PM

PRAYER ALERT: On August 12 newly elected Iraqi President Fouad Massoum nominated Deputy Prime Minister Haider al Ibadi as Iraq’s new prime minister. This came one day after current PM Nouri al Maliki aggressively positioned himself for a third term. He mobilized his police and special forces throughout Baghdad. They closed key bridges and occupied checkpoints. They secured […] Continue reading →

Displaced persons over 51 million due to jihad

PRAYER ALERT: There are now more displaced persons in the world than in any year since WW2. On June 20 the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) published its annual report on displaced persons in 2013. It contains mind-numbing figures. The report counted 33.3 million internally displaced persons, 16.7 million refugees, and 1.2 million asylum-seekers […] Continue reading →

Sunni insurgents in Iraq take aim at Baghdad

PRAYER ALERT from International Prayer Connect: Iraqi Christians have requested urgent prayer as the situation deteriorates virtually to the point of all-out civil war. Sunni Muslim militants, many aligned with the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda off-shoot group, began their violent take-over on Friday 6th June. ISIS has full control of […] Continue reading →

Iraqi Christians flee from Sunni offensive

PRAYER ALERT from International Prayer Connect: Hundreds of Iraqi Christians are among those fleeing the areas taken by Sunni insurgents. At least one Assyrian church in Mosul has been burned down in the recent violence. Iraqi Christians particularly vulnerable, especially in the light of the treatment of Christians in the Raqqah province of northern Syria. […] Continue reading →

EMP attack on US East Coast is predicted

PRAYER ALERT: Intercessors are sounding the alarm for prayer against an imminent EMP attack on US East Coast power grids. It arises from a prophetic warning by Maurice Sklar of the West Michigan Prayer Center, part of Cindy Jacobs’ US Reformation Prayer Network. Sklar writes: “I saw a vision of the East Coast of America […] Continue reading →

22 US embassies close before al Qaeda threats

PRAYER ALERT: The State Department ordered as of August 4 that 22 US embassies close in mostly Muslim-dominated nations. They include Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Saudia Arabia. The State Department also sent out an extraordinary global travel alert. It warned US citizens of al Qaeda threats of terrorist attacks from August 4 through August […] Continue reading →

Egypt: Arab Spring to Muslim Fall from Power

PRAYER ALERT: The Muslim fall from power in Egypt has repercussions in many nations which experienced the Arab Spring. Many Muslims were envisioning a revived Sunni caliphate ruling from Morocco in northwest Africa to Syria in the Middle East. The Sunni Ummayad caliphate—led by one supreme religious and political “successor to Muhammad”—actually ruled that entire […] Continue reading →

Israeli Attack on Iran Seen as a Huge Task

CHRISTIAN NEWS: SOURCE. NY Times By ELISABETH BUMILLER Published: February 19, 2012. WASHINGTON: On an Israeli attack — Should Israel decide to launch a strike on Iran, its pilots would have to fly more than 1,000 miles across unfriendly airspace, refuel in the air en route, fight off Iran’s air defenses, attack multiple underground sites […] Continue reading →

Israel & Middle East war dynamics

PRAYER WATCH: The Muslim nations surrounding Israel are growing ever more hostile. God promises if we bless Israel, we too will be blessed (Gen. 12:3). Every week, almost every day, we hear of much moving and shaking in the region. Our periodic prayer alerts must turn into an ongoing prayer watch: IRAQ—On December 15, 2011 […] Continue reading →