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September 2, 2006

Target Intercepted In Anti-Missile Test
The U.S. military shot down a target missile using its long-range missile defense system yesterday, the first time such a test has intercepted a mock enemy warhead since 2002, officials said.

An interceptor missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and collided with its target more than 100 miles above Earth, according to the Missile Defense Agency. The target, launched from Alaska, was the first to have a trajectory similar to the path a missile fired from North Korea might follow in an attack on West Coast cities.

Annan says Syria to enforce Hezbollah arms embargo
DAMASCUS, Syria - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria had pledged to step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hezbollah. 

Iran: We won't give up nuclear program
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran underlined its disregard Friday for the U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment -- now expired -- when its president vowed never to give up its nuclear program and accused the West of misrepresenting Tehran's nuclear activities. Iran had until midnight Thursday to halt its enrichment activities or face the possibility of economic sanctions under a United Nations Security Council resolution passed July 31.

As deadline passes, US says Iran must pay for its defiance
IRAN failed yesterday to comply with a United Nations deadline to halt its uranium enrichment work, increasing tensions between the country and the international community.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UNs nuclear watchdog, reported that Iran had continued its controversial enrichment work beyond yesterdays deadline.

Russia rejects Iran sanctions
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Tehran has failed to dispel international doubts it wants nuclear bombs, the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reported on Thursday, clearing the way for the Security...

PAPERS: Deal would free 1,000 for Israeli soldier...
CAIRO, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Saudi newspapers say Israel has been working toward securing the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit in negotiations with Hamas in Egypt.

Newspaper Okaz reported that a senior Arab source said Israel and Hamas have been working on a deal to release the soldier in exchange for the freedom of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners, YNetNews.com reported Friday.

The Israeli army denies withdrawing from two-thirds of south Lebanon, says less than half handed over till now
DEBKAfile
reports Israeli forces handed over the Hatzbani plain between the river and the Hermon slopes in the eastern sector to UNIFIL and the Lebanese army Thursday, Aug. 31, after Hizballah forces removed themselves and weapons from the area.

The Hizballah withdrawal included the Shabaa and Shuba enclaves opposite Israeli positions on Mt. Dov.

EU talks on Mid-East peace plan
Finland, current holder of the EU presidency, is to propose talks on a renewed peace plan in the Middle East.

Israeli army paves way for peacekeepers...
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli army turned over a small border area in southern Lebanon to Lebanese and foreign troops yesterday, a symbolic move paving the way for United Nations peacekeepers to go into the volatile area.

The pullback came as 60 governments and aid groups attended a meeting in Stockholm, pledging more than $940-million (U.S.) for reconstruction and calling on Israel to lift its blockade after Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told the gathering that Israel's war with Hezbollah wiped out "15 years of postwar development."

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Israel is slowly pulling out and turning the border over to the Lebanese army.  U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he has secured a deal with Syria to step up border patrols and stop weapons from reaching Hizbollah.  As I said before, that's like handing the key to the chicken coop over to the wolves.

As expected, Iran has defied the U.N. deadline to halt their nuclear endeavors.  U.S. President Bush has declared Iraq must pay, but the U.N. says it's too early.  

"There must be consequences for Iran's defiance and we must not let Iran develop a nuclear weapon," Bush said.

He said America's enemies include radical Sunnis who pledge allegiance to al-Qaida and militant Shiias who join groups like Hezbollah and take guidance from state sponsors like Syria and Iran. Yet, despite their differences, Bush said, they all subscribe to the same ideology that free societies are a threat to their "twisted view of Islam."

"The war we fight today is more than a military conflict," the president said. "It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation ... and on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism," the president said.  http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060901/D8JRT8000.html

Don't look for Iran to back down.  Even if they outwardly agree to some type of peace plan they will always secretly pursue a nuclear bomb.  Russia has come out and said sanctions against Iran would result in a dead end and would accomplish nothing.  

This is nothing more than a Russian cover up.  Is it any wonder that many of today's believer's have not recognized the predicted relationship the Bible says Russia and Iran would have in these last days (Ezekiel 38 & 39).

To many, this settling of hostilities in the Middle East is just another on-again off-again battle that we have seen over and over for more than a half century.  Nothings changed, not even the players.  

Many are saying (some Christians), "Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (II Peter 3:4)."  But God knows what time it is, "for yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry (Hebrews 10:37)."

Are you ready to meet the Lord?  If not, your time is running out!

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