CHAPTER 21

GOG-MAGOG SCENARIO

Gog’s Opposition:  The Antichrist

 

By Doug Krieger

Pergamos Ministries

The Tribulation Network

www.the-tribulation-network.com

 

THE FOCI OF GOG-MAGOG (Who’s Gog/Magog Attacking?)

 

40 “At the time of the end the king of the South will engage him in battle, and the king of the North will storm out against him with chariots and cavalry and a great fleet of ships. He will invade many countries and sweep through them like a flood. 41 He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand. 42 He will extend his power over many countries; Egypt will not escape. 43 He will gain control of the treasures of gold and silver and all the riches of Egypt, with the Libyans and Nubians in submission. 44 But reports from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in a great rage to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas at the beautiful holy mountain. Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him” (Daniel 11:40-45).

 

1 “The word of the LORD came to me: 2 ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops-the many nations with you’” (Ezekiel 38:1-6).

 

There are at least two major portions of Scripture which depict the coming confrontation between the forces of Gog, along with his allies known as Magog, AND the forces of Antichrist (whose forces will be pre-positioned throughout the Middle East and strategically in cooperation with the IDF (i.e., the Israeli Defense Forces)).  These Scriptures are found in Daniel 11 and in Ezekiel 38 and 39; and to some extent in Isaiah 17 and 18.

 

Invasion from North during 'dreadful eclipse of the sun' - collage and graphics art by Michael McClellan, Copyright 2001Again, the primary focus of the confrontation in Daniel 11 is between the forces of “The King of the North,” along with the “King of the South,” in concert against the forces of Antichrist; whereas the focus of this very same struggle in the book of Ezekiel pits Gog and Magog against Israel.  In other words, we are speaking here of the SAME CONFRONTATION; however, Daniel illuminates the forces of Gog and Magog as the “King of the North” and the “King of the South” who come up against the pre-positioned forces of Antichrist (obviously positioned between the two “Kings”).  If you would, Daniel’s perspective is within the context of the exile and his strategic orientation emphasizes “Gentile World Power”; therefore, the embattlement highlights a “pincer movement” “against him/engage him” (i.e., Antichrist . . . . the final leader of Gentile World Power).

 

On the other hand, what we witness in Ezekiel’s account clearly focuses the forces of Gog and Magog (while delineating specific tribes/nations and people both to the north (a.k.a., “King of the North”) and to the south of Israel (a.k.a. “King of the South”) in their coordinated attack against Israel.  We are obliged to suggest that the pre-positioned forces of Antichrist and those of Israel, since the attack is lodged against both of them, are closely coordinating their defenses and offenses!

 

 

ANTICHRIST DOES NOT ATTACK ISRAEL (at this point)

 

Some expositors suggest that the forces of Antichrist (in Daniel 11) are attacking Israel in that Daniel 11:41 states:  “He (Antichrist) will also enter the Beautiful Land (i.e., “the glorious land” which is “glorious” to Daniel’s “people” or to “Israel”), and many countries shall be overthrown (but these shall be delivered out of his hand:  Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon or what is today’s Jordan) . . . and he (Antichrist) shall plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Daniel 11:41, and 45).

 

There is, however, no suggestion in Daniel 11:40-45 that Antichrist attacks (at this time) Israel (i.e., Please stick to the literal meaning of the text!).  In Daniel 9:27 “the coming prince” (i.e., Antichrist) concludes a seven-year “defense pact” with Israel.  This “treaty” is supportive (deceptively so, however) of Israel’s immediate defense needs, as well as (in all likelihood) Israel’s aspirations for the restoration of her Temple and the sacerdotal rites associated with it.  Either the Gog/Magog confrontation precipitates such “a covenant/treaty/defense pact” or such a “treaty” concludes the outcome of the Gog/Magog War and ipso facto, initiates the 70th Week of Daniel.  In Ezekiel 38 and 39 the lands of Jordan are conspicuously absent from the federation of nations allied with Gog; and, for that matter, Sheba and Dedan (ancient lands/nations/tribes within the Saudi Arabian Peninsula) appear remiss with the intentions of Gog.

 

In point of fact, Dedan, Sheba AND “The Merchants of Tarshish” (i.e., the West, headed up by the USA; with the emphasis being upon an “International Trading Empire” akin to that of ancient Tyre) are in direct opposition to the intentions of Gog/Magog, primarily for “economic reason” (Are we surprised?):

 

13 “Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?’” (Ezekiel 38:13).

 

Again, we will discuss at greater length these “ancient designations” but now we clarify the major alliances juxtaposed to one another and the chronology of this singular confrontation.

 

Let me quote Robert Duncan Culver’s classic work, Daniel and the Latter Days (Dr. Culver was formerly professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Grace Seminary and Professor of Bible and Apologetics at Wheaton College and Trinity Seminary in Chicago), and clarify an “apparent discrepancy,” between our analysis and that of Dr. Culver’s, while reinforcing our conclusions as to this “initial confrontation” between the forces of Antichrist/Israel against those of Gog/King of the North/King of the South.

 

“He (Antichrist) shall seek to destroy Israel (referencing Daniel 11:41, 45) in his own “glorious land” (Palestine) and to obliterate the then revived worship of Israel in the land.  This is the most obvious explanation of the statements that ‘he shall enter also into the glorious land,’ and that ‘he shall plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain.’  Most commentators of all schools admit that this is, indeed, the literal meaning.  We further believe that the prophecy, ‘he shall come to his end, and none shall help him,’ is fully explained in a literal fashion by Paul (II Thess. 2:2 ff.) and by John Rev. 19:11 ff.).  This interpretation accepts the doctrines of a final Antichrist, of a restoration of Israel to the land in the latter part of this age, and of a millennium during which Israel is blessed to follow this age.” (Robert Duncan Culver, Daniel and the Latter Days, p. 169)

 

Ostensibly, we are not in disagreement with Dr. Culver.  To the contrary, the progression of confrontations in Daniel 11:40-45 substantiate our thesis; namely:  Antichrist is initially supportive (allied with) and defending Israel and this may be as a result of either a “Memorandum of Understanding” prior to the actual Gog/Magog conflagration or the very “Defense Pact” alluded to in Daniel 9:27 precipitated by the Gog/Magog War itself (i.e., the “Defense Pact” comes about shortly before/during/after the Gog/Magog War).  The sequential unfolding of Antichrist’s endeavors in Daniel 11:40-45, concluding in Daniel 12:1-2, are as follows:

 

FROM GOG TO THE COMING OF MESSIAH

 

(1)          The initial thrust of the King of the South in collusion with the King of the North against Antichrist (and against Israel in Ezekiel 38 and 39).

 

“And at the end time the king of the South will collide with him (a.k.a. Antichrist), and the king of the North will storm against him (a.k.a. Antichrist) with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships;” (Daniel 11:40a).

 

Corresponding with Ezekiel 38 and 39:

After many days you (Gog; a.k.a. King of the North/King of the South) will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants (i.e., the Jews) have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations (i.e., out from the Diaspora), and they are living securely, all of them.  And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.  Thus says the Lord God, ‘It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan, and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages.  I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls, and having no bars or gates, to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations (i.e., the Jews), who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.’”

 

(2)           The actual War against Gog/King of the North/South and its aftermath results in the total defeat and destruction of Gog/Magog (a.k.a., King of the North/King of the South), as well as a massive counterattack by the forces of Antichrist.

 

“. . . and he (i.e., Antichrist) will enter countries, overflow them, and pass through” (Daniel 11:40b).

 

Corresponding with Ezekiel 38 and 39:

 

(a)  The initial recognition that “Israel is in trouble”  . . . the forces of Antichrist and his “economic allies” will challenge Gog’s intentions (How ironic . . . but not the first time that the Almighty has used him whose “house is divided” for the “abundance of his merchandise” has gotten the best of him.):

 

        Sheba, and Dedan (Saudi Arabian Peninsula nations), and the merchants of Tarshish (the West; especially its leader), with all its villages, will say to you, ‘Have you (Gog) come to capture a spoil?  Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’”

 

(b)   “‘And it will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,’ declares the Lord God, ‘that My fury will mount up in My anger.  And in My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel (divine intervention on behalf of Israel) . . . And I shall call for a sword against him (Gog) on all My mountains,’ declares the Lord God.  ‘Every man’s sword will be against his brother.  And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone.  And I shall magnify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

 

There are, at this point in the Ezekiel account, numerous subsequent passages which detail/amplify the destruction of Gog and Magog; however, we must now turn to Daniel’s account wherein the “aftermath” of Gog’s destruction is detailed; whereas Israel’s immediate “victory” issues forth in a massive “clean up,” (Ezekiel 39:9-20); international recognition of “Israel’s God,” and “His purposes on their behalf” (Ezekiel 39:21-29); as well as the commencement of His UNVEILING to His people (Ezekiel 39:29).  It will be according to Ezekiel 39:26 that Israel now enters into a period of “security in their own land” but Antichrist, though he may at this time “enforce the Treaty,” persists in his “wars of liberation” and . . . .

 

(3)           Antichrist enters Israel . . . “He (Antichrist) will also enter the Beautiful Land (Israel) (Daniel 11:41a).

 

Immediately after the armies of Gog/Magog are resoundingly defeated—the King of the North and the King of the South are sent to flight and the counterattack has commenced—Antichrist will “enter” the land of Israel and will no doubt be heralded as their liberator!

 

(4)           Many countries (no doubt Gog’s “allies” and the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38, allied with Gog (i.e., Magog)) are defeated on their “home turf” . . . “And many countries will fall” (Daniel 11:41b).

 

Clubs come into play as police subdue protesters as demonstrations heat upAntichrist not only defeats Gog, enters Israel, but he also occupies the nations which originally launched the attack against him and, of course, against Israel; however, and interestingly enough, Jordan (i.e., “Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon” . . . Daniel 11:41) are spared his wrath.  This, in today’s world, could readily be Jordan’s fortune.

 

(5)          Antichrist occupies Egypt and the other countries in the coalition, and perhaps others in the region primarily for “economic conquest” (including Libya, and other African nations like Sudan/Ethiopia) “Then he (Antichrist) will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.  But he will gain control over of gold and silver (i.e., “hidden treasurers”), and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels” (Daniel 10:42-43).

 

“Economic hegemony” is the very footprint of the Antichrist!  “The Merchants of Tarshish,” “The King of Tyre,” and many other allusions of this end time’s figure reveal his motif as the leader of that final and most unique of all empires the world has ever witnessed:  “Commercial Republic” . . . and that is precisely what Charles Krauthammer declared the USA insofar as our alleged desire NOT to covet territory—and why would we, if we could gain their “hidden treasurers of gold and silver, and over all the precious things” (e.g., oil)?

 

(6)          Antichrist will then launch further global conquests from both the North (obviously north of Turkey, Iran, etc.) which most probably has to do with the “European theater of operations” (stretch your imagination) and from the East (and you don’t have to go far to stretch your imagination there).  Thus, in all likelihood, Russia and China (perhaps Pakistan and Indonesia (other Moslem countries) and/or even India may be in view here, where Antichrist will continue his “pursuits” of conquest and world empire.

 

“But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many” (Daniel 11:44).

 

(7)          In his global expanse, something has caused him to “relocate” his “World Capitol” to the Middle East from his previous domicile.  We could contemplate a “strategic relocation” or that which might have been “forced upon him” by natural consequences (e.g., “economic catastrophe” and/or “natural disasters” may suggest the permanence of his move); however, if we are to research the Scriptures . . . it has always been his prerogative to usurp the Holy One’s aspirations and to counterfeit and supplant what the Almighty desires.  Thus, is it any wonder he would do the following:

 

 “And he will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas (Mediterranean Sea) and the beautiful Holy Mountain (Jerusalem)”

(Daniel 11:45).

 

Here we suggest that Antichrist, full of global power, makes an audacious move from “wherever” he once headquartered—his original administrative center—and plants his “strategic” and “administrative center” in the very land committed under divine trust, flaunting his final rebellion in the face of the Almighty!  Indeed, his deception has become so profoundly convincing, that the world will acknowledge the sanctity of his move into the “center of the world”—only fitting recognition in consolidation of his power and glory . . . we are close to the last half of the 70th Week of Daniel, the “Abomination of Desolation,” and the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Daniel 12, which follows Daniel 11).

 

(8)          “Yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him” (Daniel 11:45b).  But prior to his disaster, the concentration of his satanic powers are cast to the earth and indeed:  ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE . . . “Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time” (Revelation 12:12).

 

MeggidoAbruptly the eschatological script catapults the career of Antichrist to its immediate conclusion!  However, Daniel 12 picks up the “gap” between the Abomination of Desolation (wherein “Antichrist” receives a “wound” in the head and is miraculously “resurrected” before the entire world (Revelation 17:8-13)); and commences his “war against the saints” (Revelation 12:17); and the “Campaign of Armageddon” (Revelation 16:12-16, 19:17-21; Zechariah 14:1-3) and the ultimate “wrath of God and the Lamb” (Revelation 11:18, 14:14-20; 16:17-21;  followed by the Coming of Messiah (Revelation 19:11-16; Zechariah 14:4, 9).

 

Having said all of the above, we do not disagree with Dr. Culver but simply expand upon his thesis.  Thus, as Antichrist “enters the Beautiful Land” and establishes his presence through his victorious struggle over Gog, and subsequent counterattacks, as well as “countering rumors” from the north and east, he will undoubtedly “confirm a defense treaty” with Israel for SEVEN YEARS but in the midst of the “week” he will break the agreement (Daniel 9:27) . . . for he will not only establish his administrative center nigh Jerusalem, but immediately from the “Abomination of Desolation” (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14) will commence his “war against the saints” (Revelation 11:7, 12:17, 13:4; Daniel 12:1):

 

(9)          The “tribulation of the saints” commences as Antichrist, transfigured into the “The Beast” via the “Abomination of Desolation”; launches his greatest wrath, not only against all those peoples, tribes, tongues and nations resisting his efforts at TGE (“Total Global Empire”), but against those who “keep the commandments of God” (Israel) and “hold to the testimony of Jesus” (the Church) (Revelation 12:17b); against the Two Olive Trees (Israel) and against the Two Lampstands (the Church) 11:4, 7-10; Daniel 12:1).

 

It is during this “time of distress (trouble) such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time” . . . (Daniel 12:1) . . . “a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues . . . these are the ones who come out of the great tribulation” (Revelation 7:9, 14) that we rehearse the glorious intervention of the Deliverer (the Messiah), our King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to preserve and rapture “We who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep . . . the dead in Christ shall rise first . . . then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air” (I Thessalonians 4:15-17).

 

(10)       “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise . . . and at that time your people (Israel), everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.  And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life . . . (Daniel 12:1-2) . . . and after the three and a half days (the last half of Daniel’s 70th Week) the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were beholding them.  And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’  And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them.” (Revelation 11:11-12).

 

This is the scenario of earth’s final week.  The scope of the prophetic time table is divinely calculated . . . we have traversed from Gog to the Coming of Messiah.  At the conclusion of Jacob’s Trouble, of the Great Tribulation, is both the Rapture and the Resurrection of the righteous PRIOR to the final Campaign of Armageddon and the visitation of the Wrath of the Lamb upon Babylon the Great (Revelation 17, 18, 19).

 

CONFIRMING OUR THESIS OF ANTICHRIST IN DANIEL 11:36-45

 

Robert Duncan Culver in Daniel and the Latter Days (pp. 163-168) cites numerous expositors and personal exegesis to illuminate the human figure of Antiochus Epiphanes (the Greek Seleucid king, Daniel 11:21-35) wherein his human form morphs into the cosmic identity of the end-times Antichrist. One of his references is from the German expositor C. F. Keil (Biblical Commentary on the Book of Daniel), who, like Culver and many others (Amillenarians (Keil) or Premillenarians (Culver)), confirms the anthromorphosis of this vile creature:

 

“These circumstances . . . show that in the prophetic contemplation Daniel 11:20-45 there is comprehended in the image of one king what has been historically fulfilled in its beginnings by Antiochus Epiphanes, but shall only meet its complete fulfillment by the Antichrist of the end” (Commentary, 462, 463).

 

Culver continues his own exegesis:

 

“In the fourth place, since this fourth party may be identified by correspondence with other predictions of Antichrist, as Antichrist, it seems most likely that the point at which his career is begun in the prophecy (v. 36) is the place at which to begin the eschatological interpretation.  Begin somewhere it must, and it is not possible to introduce it later in the chapter.

 

“With the main portion of the prophecy of Antichrist (11:36-45) there is no necessary quarrel either with Amillennialists or with Postmillennialists.  Reputable representatives of both these schools join with Premillennialists in recognition of the fact of antichrist, and of the general character of his person and career.  Neither is there any disagreement over the final reward of the righteous (12:3).  All Christians are in agreement on this” (Daniel and the Latter Days, p. 168).

 

The late Dr. John F. Walvoord of Dallas Seminary validates Antichrist’s identity as well:

 

“‘The king will do as he pleases.  He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard of things against the God of gods’ (v. 36).  Some interpreters have attempted to relate this king to Antiochus IV mentioned in the earlier verses of this chapter.  However, the evidence of history is that Antiochus IV died shortly after fulfilling the preceding verses in the year 164 B.C.  Some think he was insane at the time of his death.  In any event he did not fulfill any of the events described in the latter part of this chapter, beginning in verse 36.

 

“A more plausible explanation is that this ruler referred to the little horn of Daniel 7:8, 21-24 as well as to the beast out of the sea (Rev. 13:1-10).  In this identification he will be the future world ruler and a Gentile.” (Walvoord, Prophecy Knowledge Handbook, p. 271)

 

Dr. Walvoord’s end-times’ scenario fundamentally (insofar as Antichrist is concerned) mirrors what you have read here; however, and again, what we have linked is Daniel 11:40-45 with Antichrist’s immediate war with Gog/Magog in that Armageddon does not pit the “King of the South” and the “King of the North” against Antichrist, but both Southern and Northern Confederations are altogether present in the Gog/Magog conflagration (i.e., there are not three major conflicts at the close of the age . . . there are but two:  Gog/Magog and Armageddon).

 

Furthermore, the nefarious and despicable dealings of the Prince of this World cannot be underestimated.  The ascendancy of Antichrist during this period of human history replicates that of Judas himself . . . “until Satan entered into him” to commit the dastardly betrayal.  Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse lent credibility to his whereabouts in our last tome (i.e., Satan’s incarnation into the very body or “human temple” of Antichrist takes place in the “midst” of the 70th Week of Daniel).  Therefore, he who comes “but for to steal and to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10) and who is termed by Daniel in 9:27 as the one of “complete destruction” – the one termed the “pale horse” of death in Revelation 6, has but one intention:  DEATH BY DESTRUCTION.

 

His divided house could and does pit Gog against Antichrist for the sole intention of the aforementioned goal; for by the complete annihilation of humanity would his purposes be defined, and the Almighty’s thwarted without a trace of mankind upon the globe!  No, there are but two conflicts and Satan will initiate his awful conflagration behind the mysterious warlike figure of Gog (Barnhouse also confirmed this suspicion); then transfer his toxic influence and personage into the hapless image of Antichrist at the Abomination of Desolation—just as he inhabited Judas!  

 

Shortly before, during, or immediately after Gog/Magog, Antichrist will initiate the “Treaty with Death and Hades” (Isaiah 28:15, 18).  Thence, these two conflicts are as two bookends to the 70th Week of Daniel.  Within these two bookends we witness his “defense pact” with Israel; his rise to TGE (“Total Global Empire”); the “Abomination of Desolation” (in the “midst of the week”) and the subsequent termination of his “defense agreement” with Israel; his “war against the saints”; the Rapture and Resurrection (at the terminus of the 70th Week); the climax of the Armageddon Campaign; and the Coming of the Deliverer/Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords culminating in the Millennial Rule and Reign of Messiah.

 

. . . . . to be continued . . . but first news concerning the pre-positioning of Antichrist’s forces in the region and NEXT TO SYRIA!

 

U.S. BUILDING FORTS ON IRAQ BORDER


January 18, 2005 9:27 a.m./US/Mountain AL WALID, Iraq, on the border with Syria (CBS).  By CBS News Correspondent Cami McCormick: 

“The line of trucks and cars waiting to approach this Iraqi—and U.S—manned checkpoint on the border with Syria stretches for dozens of miles. Drivers are forced to wait days before they’re allowed to pass into Iraq. And many are turned back. Most of them are men of fighting age.  A force of about 500 Iraqis patrols this area of the border. Overseen by U.S. Marines, the Iraqis call themselves the ‘Desert Wolves.’ Many are former soldiers from Saddam Hussein’s regime and most are recruited from Tikrit (Saddam's hometown), Samarra and Baghdad.

 
“They were trained in
Jordan to take over for a border police force that was largely disbanded because of corruption. Acting on the orders from the interim Iraqi government, Marines stripped many of the former guards of their weapons and vehicles.  Securing these borders is a priority of Task Force NAHA, based at Camp Korean Village near the town of ar Rutbah. And at the remote Al Walid border crossing, just over two dozen Marines work with the Iraqis, overseeing their inspection of cars and trucks.

“The
U.S. military is also supervising a complex of 32 forts being built along the borders with Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. The Marines move the Iraqis into them as quickly as possible, because in the past the forts have been looted and destroyed before they could be manned.

 
“U.S. officials say the number of foreign fighters they’ve detained has decreased in this area. But while the order to turn back men at the al Walid checkpoint may be having some effect, military officials admit they still see evidence the Syrian-Iraqi border is being infiltrated elsewhere.  Flyovers suggest desert berms have been breached and there is evidence of ‘rat lines,’ where foreign fighters may be making their way into the country.

 
“At one outpost in the so-called ‘Triangle,’ where Iraq’s border meets Syria and Jordan, 50 Iraqis are manning a fort, still under construction. It sits so close to the border, Syrian soldiers are clearly visible, and come out to watch, as a convoy of Marines heads to the fort to check on the progress of the Iraqis. When the Marines arrive, the Iraqi commander asks for kerosene (for heating) and drinking water.  U.S. military officials admit supplying these outposts will be difficult and they’re working with the Iraqi government to speed up deliveries. Logistics will continue to be a problem as more of the forts are built and manned.

 

“Still, Capt. Abbas, the commander of this unit of Desert Wolves, says his men feel good about the job they’re doing. He says they believe much of the violence in Iraq is being inflicted by foreigners. In the future, he hopes to keep those outsiders from making their way into the country undetected.

 
“The Marines hope the border patrol forces will eventually number more than 1,200.  ‘But this is a start,’ said Marine Capt. Chris Curtin. ‘They understand and have demonstrated a desire to make a difference out here.’ And when the Iraqis become more competent at their jobs, Curtin says that will not only protect U.S. forces fighting insurgents elsewhere in the country but will stabilize all of Iraq.”

http://kutv.com/topstories/topstories_story_018113151.html

 

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