Terrorism has been a cause of some of the "wars" predicted by Jesus as signs of the times. It has been a factor in the history of the Middle East for hundreds of years, and is now a world-wide problem, especially since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington D.C. in 2001. Terrorism produces a general sense of dread even when there is no actual attack taking place. This could be one of the most significant fulfillments of Jesus' prediction of "rumors of war" (Matthew 24:6).

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Two Russia Bombings in Two Days Threaten the Olympics

Dec. 29 & 30, 2013 - On Sunday a suicide bombing at a train station in the Russian city of Volgograd killed at least 16 people On Monday another 14 people or more were killed in another suicide bombing on a trolleybus in the same city. Russian officials are concerned that terrorists may be increasing violent activities in the run-up to the 2014 winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi in February.
The Olympics venue is close to Russia's volatile north Caucasus region, and the BBC's Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford says it was always risky staging the Games so near to the troubled republics of Chechnya and Dagestan.
Source: Official: Suicide bomber kills 16 at Russian train station - CNN
Source:Volgograd blasts: Second suicide bomb hits Russia city - BBC

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House Intelligence chair: Benghazi attack 'Al Qaeda-led event'

Dec. 29, 2013 - While the New York Times tries to deny that the Benghazi attack in 2012 was perpetrated by Al Qaida elements in Libya, Fox reminds its readers that just last month Representative Mike Rogers, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, reported that after a year and a half of interviewing everyone that was in the ground,
"It was very clear to the individuals on the ground that this was an Al Qaeda-led event."
Source: Fox
New York Times report casts doubt on al Qaeda involvement in Benghazi - CNN
A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - David D. Kirkpatrick - New York Times

Beirut bombing kills ex-ambassador to U.S.

Dec. 27, 2013 - Mohammed Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ex-ambassador to the U.S. was killed in a powerful car bomb blast in Beirut. Four others were killed and more than 70 were injured in the explosion. Chatah was a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Hariri, a Sunni politician, heads the main, Western-backed coalition in Lebanon, which is engaged in bitter feuding with the militant Shiite Hezbollah group, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Source: USA Today

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood declared 'terrorist group'

Dec. 25, 2013 - Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa announced that the Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist group. The government blames it for a deadly attack on a police headquarters earlier this week. He said,
"Egypt was horrified from north to south by the hideous crime committed by the Muslim Brotherhood group... This was ... a clear declaration by the Muslim Brotherhood group that it still knows nothing but violence."
Source: BBC

Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

Dec. 4, 2013 - Hassan Lakkis, a senior commander of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah was assassinated near his home near Beirut. He was a close associate of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death but Israel has denied the accusation.
Source: BBC
Hezbollah accuses Israel of killing top operative - Times of Israel

Graham: I will block all appointees until we get answers on Benghazi

Oct. 28, 2013 - On CBS's "60 Minutes" program yesterday an interview with the first Western eyewitness to testify about the U.S. diplomatic mission attack in Benghazi, Libya. He was a former British soldier using a pseudonym.

Today Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted that he will block every one of President Obama's nominees in the Senate until survivors of the attack are allowed to tell their stories.

Graham, a top critic of the administration's handling of the killings of four Americans in Benghazi, has accused the administration of telling the survivors not to talk about their experience.

Source: Washington Post
Report: First Western eyewitness in Benghazi to go public gives account of attack, warning signs - Fox

IDF blames Hamas for ‘terror tunnel’ from Gaza to Israel

Oct. 13, 2013 - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon halted the transfer of construction materials into the Gaza Strip after his forces discovered and destroyed an extensive tunnel from the Gaza side into Israel. Hamas had evidently been responsible for diverting 500 tons of concrete intended for civilian building into the project.
Security forces last week discovered the terminus of the tunnel some 300 meters inside Israel proper, near Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha in the western Negev, and took several days to render the passage unusable.
Source: Times of Israel

U.S. Raids Terror Targets in Somalia, Libya

Oct. 6, 2013 -
In separate raids, U.S. Navy SEALs carried out a predawn strike in Somalia ... while a group of U.S. commandos in Libya captured a man suspected of taking part in the 1998 American Embassy bombings in east Africa.
The militant captured in Libya was Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known as Abu Anas al-Libi. He was on the FBI most wanted list.
Source: Wall Street Journal
US forces target leading al-Shabaab militant in Somalian coastal raid - The Guardian
Nabbed: Terror chief linked to 1998 embassy attacks - WND

Americans and Briton 'among mall attackers', says Kenyan foreign minister

Sept. 24, 2013 - Kenyan Foreign Minister, Amina Mohamed claims that a British woman who has a history of terrorist activity was one of the attackers in a Nairobi shopping mall.
Mohamed said the militant acted alongside "two or three" Americans during the atrocity in Nairobi which has killed at least 62 people, including six Britons.
The British terrorism suspect is Samantha Lewthwaite. She was married to the 7/7 bomber [July 7, 2005 London], Jermaine Lindsay.

According to Mohamed, the Americans were young adults of Somali or Arab origin who had lived "in Minnesota and one other place." in the US.

Group behind Kenya mall attack claims militants still holding out - Fox
Source:Guardian - UK
O'REILLY: The World Failing to Confront the True Nature of Muslim Terrorism - Fox

Kenya standoff

Sept. 22, 2013 - The Westgate Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, is the target of an ongoing attack by Al-Shabab militants, part of the al-Qaeda network. The attack, which has killed at least 59 people, comes after repeated threats of violence unless Kenya pulls its troops out of Somalia. More than 10 attackers are thought to still be in the complex. They have targeted non-Muslims and foreigners who frequent the Israeli-owned mall.
Source: BBC
Update Sept. 23, 2013 - Nairobi Westgate attack: Assault begins to break siege 62 dead and more than 170 injured - BBC
Kenyan Forces Move to Free Hostages From Mall Siege - Wall Street Journal
Three Attackers in Kenya Mall Siege Lived in US — CNN - NewsMax

Navy vet ID'd as shooter in DC attack that killed 12 arrested in two other gun incidents

Sept. 16, 2013 -
Aaron Alexis, believed to be the lone gunman in the killing of 12 people at a Navy building in Washington Monday morning, was a Navy veteran from New York with a troubled past who was arrested in two previous shooting incidents.
Source: Fox
Investigation turns to DC gunman's motive - Fox
DC gunman obsessed with violent video games, reports say - Fox

9/11 anniversary: US heightens security in wake of last year's Benghazi attacks

Sept. 11, 2013 - A statement from the White House said:
"The president's national security team is taking measures to prevent 9/11 related attacks and to ensure the protection of US persons and facilities abroad."
One year ago four Americans including the US ambassador to Libya were killed in an attack on a compound in Benghazi.
Source: Telegraph - UK
9/11 anniversary a time of commemoration, reflection - USA Today
Coverage from the past: Prophecy Central in the September 11 Archives!
Are Terrorists Setting U.S. Wildfires? - WND

U.S. facing al-Qaida payback strike?

Aug. 3, 2013 - In recent months the U.S. has been working with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf states to support the Syrian rebel group called the Free Syria Army. But there is great concern that lethal weapons will fall into the hands of al-Qaida affiliates such as al-Nusra. U.S. efforts to disarm or eliminate the al-Qaida groups have evidently led these al-Qaida factions to mount a large attack against some Western target on Sunday, but the target itself is not known to our intelligence sources.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the Congressional Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told a New York radio station yesterday the terrorist threat is serious and ”very specific.”
Source: Aaron Klein - WND
Peter King: Terror Intelligence Suggested 'Enormous' Attack, Possibly in United States - NewsMax\
Report: Al-Qaida developed liquid that turns clothes into explosives - Haaretz

US to temporarily shut down embassies around the world Sunday amid security concerns

Aug. 2, 2013 - Because of a terrorism threat, which officials would not describe, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world will be closed and shuttered on Sunday. The greatest alarm is in the Muslim world.
“We have instructed all U.S. embassies and consulates that would have normally been open on Sunday to suspend operations, specifically on August 4,” a senior State Department official said Thursday night. “It is possible we may have additional days of closing as well.”
Source: Fox
Rep. Peter King says Al Qaeda threat is 'very specific' as US issues travel alert - Fox

Syria is a terrorist hotbed, IDF intel chief warns

July 24, 2013 - Aviv Kochavi, Israel's head of military research, warned that Islamist fighters are pouring into Syria, threatening to make the country an extensive global jihad center right on Israel’s doorstep. He said,
For example, Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, a radical group fighting Assad in Syria, announced that it had merged with al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq in April.
Source: Times of Israel

EU puts Hezbollah on terror list

The European Union declared Monday that the military wing of Lebanese political party Hezbollah was a terrorist organization, a year after it was implicated in the fatal bombing of a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said that it was good that the EU labeled Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Now that they are identified as such the EU can freeze their assets and hinder their fundraising ability.
Source: Times of Israel

Al Qaeda branch says No. 2 leader killed in Yemen

July 17, 2013 - Saeed al-Shihri, the Saudi-born Al Qaeda leader was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen.
Al-Shihri, also known as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi, fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in Guantanamo. He was returned to Saudi Arabia in late 2007 and later fled to Yemen to join the Al Qaeda branch there.
Source: Fox

New front opens in Syria as rebels say al-Qaida attack means war

July 12, 2013 - The civil war in Syria is complicated by a division withn the rebel forces there. The tension was highlighted by the assassination of one of the top commanders of the Free Syrian Army by al-Qaida-linked militants. The victim was Kamal Hamami, whose vision was a future, democratic Syria.
Syrian rebels said on Friday the assassination of one of their top commanders by al-Qaida-linked militants was tantamount to a declaration of war, opening a new front for the Western-backed fighters struggling against President Bashar Assad's forces.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Meeting al-Qaeda in Syria - Zeina Khodr - Al Jazeera

Libyan official ties Morsi to Benghazi attack

July 10, 2013 - A letter from Col. Mahmoud al-Sharif, the chief of the Department of Security of the Libyan government in Tripoli, blamed last year's Benghazi attack on Mohamed Morsi, the now deposed president of Egypt. The letter was written four days after the attack.
The letter mentions Morsi as being implicated in the planning that led to the Benghazi attack and identifies the Egyptian jihadist group Ansar Sharia as the group responsible.
The letter claims that the attack was revenge for the production of an anti-Islam film, assumed to be “Innocence of the Muslims.”
Source: WND

Ex-spy chief: How KGB created modern Islamic jihad

July 10, 2013 - A book, and now a DVD movie, named "Disinformation" explains how modern Islamic terrorism began. Pacepa and his co-author, historian and law professor Ronald Rychlak, explain that the hate-filled rhetoric and terrorist activities that are so prominent in today's world were were virtually invented during the Soviet era to turn Muslims against Israel and the United States.
In fact, says Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, former head of Romania’s foreign intelligence and top adviser to dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, inflaming Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism and promoting terrorism were high on the KGB’s to-do list for many years.
In the late 1960s, KGB head Yuri Andropov devised the scheme of turning the rest of the world against the U.S. by reviving anti-Semitism. The U.S. would stand with Israel and this would convince the European leftists and the Islamic world that America was dominated by Jews. Terrorism was seen as a better method of getting people's attention than conventional warfare.
Source: WND

NSA Director Says Data Programs Foiled Plots

Jun. 12, 2013 - The director of the National Security Agency, Army Gen. Keith Alexander, told a Senate committee that NSA data collection has foiled dozens of terrorist attacks in recent years.
He said he would brief senators privately on Thursday and would push to make available more details about attacks that were foiled.
Alexander admitted that the NSA uses classified orders from a secret court to collect the phone records of tens of millions of Americans.
Source: Wall Street Journal

Terrorist super-axis to strike within U.S.

May 14, 2013 - Rheza Kahlili reports that Iran has developed plans for three imminent attacks in America using al-Qaida, Quds Forces from Iraq, and Hezbollah. One of these would be a Mumbai-style attack against a hotel that would kill innocent people. If just one of the three plans works Iran will be satisfied that it has weakened the U.S.
The source said the regime views the Boston bombing as a successful terrorist attack in which fear was created, U.S. intelligence questioned and a sense of security diminished.
Source: WND

McCain: I'd Call Benghazi a Cover-up

May 13, 2013 - ABC News revealed that the talking points about the Benghazi attack that were given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice had been revised 12 times to eliminate information the State Department didn't want the public to know. On the basis of this new information Senator John McCain said,“I would call it a cover-up in the extent that there was willful removal of information, which was obvious."
Source: NewsMax
U.S. ambassador to Libya killed by lethal injection? - WND

Israel to Russia: Don't Give Syria S-300 Missiles

May 9, 2013 - Israeli security officials say that Israel has asked Russia to cancel the sale of S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Syria.
Israel aircraft evaded Syrian air defenses twice in the past week to strike weapons said to be headed to Hezbollah. . . Officials said the aim was to deprive Hezbollah of weapons that could someday be used against Israel.
Source: ABC
Benghazi lies exposed - Boston Herald

The Damning Dozen: Twelve Revelations from the Benghazi Hearings

May 9, 2013 - While the liberal media largely ignored yesterday's congressional hearings about Benghazi, claiming that it was nothing new, or not important, at least twelve important new revelations were made. Most of these show that the government didn't do their job at the time and they raise valid questions about the motives of people in high places.
One of the few points of bipartisan agreement was that the number of unresolved issues merit additional hearings on Benghazi.
Source: Townhall
Benghazi lies exposed - Boston Herald

Diplomat: Request for Special Ops team in Benghazi denied

May 8, 2013 - New information given to a House committee today bolstered the Republicans' view that the Obama administration tried to shield embarrassing facts about the attack against U.S. diplomats in Benghazi.
Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya during the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks, testified ... that he was frustrated when the U.S. military turned down a request to dispatch four Special Operations troops from Tripoli to Benghazi.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Whistle-blower: Botched talking points hurt FBI probe of Benghazi attack - Fox
John Bolton: Benghazi could bring down Obama administration - Washington Times
Benghazi buzz: Obama predicted to leave office - WND

Republicans look to show 'cover-up' as whistle-blowers give Benghazi testimony

May 8, 2013 - Witnesses will testify at a congressional oversight committee meeting this morning about a possible cover-up of the Benghazi attack. Two of the witnesses will be Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; and Mark I. Thompson, a former U.S. Marine and presently the deputy coordinator for operations in the State Department's Counterterrorism Bureau.
Source: Fox
Huckabee: Obama will be ousted over Benghazi - WND

Newsmax Exclusive: US Hired al-Qaida-Linked Group to Defend Benghazi Mission

May 3, 2013 - The U.S. State Department hired the "Martyrs Brigade" in Libya to defend its mission in Benghazi. The group was sympathetic with al-Quaida and displayed the al-Qaida flag on its Facebook page for months before the attack there. It was also openly sympathetic to Ansar al-Sharia, the hardline Islamist extremist group widely blamed for the deadly attack on the mission.

with When their help was needed there is no indication that the Martyrs Brigade tried to defend the American outpost. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attack.

Source: NewsMax
State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms - Fox
BENGHAZI: Names of ‘whistle-blower’ witnesses revealed - Three to testify to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this Wednesday - Fox
Clinton sought end-run around counter-terrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say - Fox
Lawyer Implies State Department Is Threatening Benghazi Whistleblower - NewsMax

Saudis said to have warned US of Boston bombing

May 1, 2013 - Last year Saudi Arabian officials sent a written warning to the U.S. about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The 2012 warning was a “very specific” one and explicitly named Tamerlan as a suspect, an unnamed Saudi official told the Daily Mail. The message, sent to the US Department of Homeland Security, warned that “something was going to happen in a major US city.”
Source: Times of Israel
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