The Syria civil war began on March 15, 2011. The conflict is between Syria’s Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it.
The United Nations stated that the war’s death toll had exceeded 60,000, as of January 2, 2013.
The number climbed to over 70,000 by April 28, 2013.
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Both Russia and Iran are supporting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
Russia leases a naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus. The Russian Navy has been conducting war games in the Mediterranean Sea, near this port.
The fighting in Syria could escalate into a widespread regional war that could threaten Israel, perhaps in fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy.
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Syria and its ally Iran are threatening to retaliate against Israel for an airstrike carried out within Syrian borders.
U.S. officials said Israel launched the airstrike inside Syria on Wednesday, January 30, targeting a convoy believed to be carrying Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles bound for Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group allied with Syria and Iran.
Israel may have also bombed a defense research center near Damascus, used for development of chemical and biological weapons.
Without directly confirming the Israel attack on the Jamraya military compound, defense minister Ehud Barak told the Munich security conference Sunday “…what happened in Syria several days ago… that’s proof that when we said something we mean it… and we say that we don’t think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon.”
Israel has frequently warned that if Syria’s chemical weapons fall into the hands of Hezbollah, this would be interpreted as a casus belli, a justification for war.
In response to the strike, Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said Thursday that Damascus “has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation.”
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 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
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Iran is modern-day Persia.
Persia is named as one of the nations which will rise against Israel in the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38.
The other invading nations will include:
Put – Libya
Cush – Sudan & Ethiopia
Gomer, Beth-togarmah, Tubal -Turkey
Rosh – Russia
Magog – Islamic southern republics of the former Soviet Union with a population of 60 million Muslims
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– Tom Irvine