The Watchman Episode 146: Exclusive Report from Kurdish Peshmerga Frontlines Against ISIS and Iran


– THIS WEEK ON THE WATCHMAN,
WELCOME TO NORTHERN IRAQ. THESE WERE THE FRONT LINES
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS. WHERE I AM STANDING RIGHT NOW, ISIS FIGHTERS ATTEMPTED
TO TAKE THIS GROUND 14 TIMES, 14 TIMES, BUT
THEY WERE TURNED BACK BY THE BRAVE FORCES OF
THE KURDISH PESHMERGA. TODAY, WE WILL BE JOINED BY
A KURDISH PESHMERGA GENERAL WHO WILL DESCRIBE THE
FIGHT AGAINST ISIS. WHAT IT WAS LIKE RIGHT HERE,
IN THE SHADOW OF MOSUL, ONE OF ISIS’ CROWN
JEWELS IN THEIR CALIPHATE. AND THEN, WE HEAD TO
IRAQ’S BORDER WITH TURKEY TO GET THE INSIDE STORY
ON THE TURKISH TYRANT WHO HAS DANGEROUS PLANS
FOR THE MIDDLE EAST. IT’S ALL THIS WEEK, ONLY
RIGHT HERE, ON THE WATCHMAN. [CLIMACTIC MUSIC] AND WELCOME TO THE WATCHMAN WITH ALL THE CHAOS UNFOLDING
RIGHT NOW IN SYRIA, WE’VE GOT A VERY TIMELY
SHOW FOR YOU THIS WEEK. I RECENTLY SPENT TIME
WITH THE KURDISH PESHMERGA IN NORTHERN IRAQ. NOW, THAT’S RIGHT
NEXT DOOR TO SYRIA AND ALONG WITH THE SYRIAN
KURDS, THE PESHMERGA HAVE BEEN CRUCIAL ALLIES
OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE MIDDLE EAST. NOT ONLY DID THEY STAND WITH
US AGAINST SADDAM HUSSEIN, THEY ALSO PLAYED A
LEADING ROLE ON THE GROUND IN HELPING TO CRUSH
THE ISIS CALIPHATE. THEY DID SO OF COURSE, WITH
HEAVY AMERICAN AIR SUPPORT. FOLKS, ITS BEEN A GREAT
ALLIANCE FOR BOTH SIDES BUT NOW, THAT IS
LIKELY CHANGING. FOLLOWING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S
RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT U.S. TROOPS WOULD
BE PULLING BACK FROM THEIR POSITIONS IN SYRIA, THE FORCES OF TURKISH
TYRANT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN INVADED NORTHEASTERN SYRIA. ITS A REGION THAT’S
HOME TO LARGE KURDISH AND CHRISTIAN
POPULATIONS. ERDOGAN SAID THE
OPERATION WOULD TARGET A KURDISH TERRORIST FACTION
THERE CALLED THE PKK YET, TURKEY’S INVASION
HAS GONE FAR BEYOND THAT. ERDOGAN HAS TARGET THE
SAME KURDISH FORCES THAT HAD FOUGHT BRAVELY
ALONGSIDE THE UNITED STATES IN THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS. COUNTLESS PEOPLE,
INCLUDING CHRISTIANS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED AS
REPORTS OF ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY TURKEY AND ITS
JIHADIST ALLIES ON THE GROUND CONTINUE TO EMERGE. NOW, EVENTS IN SYRIA ARE
DEVELOPING BY THE DAY BUT A FEW THINGS ARE
ALREADY VERY CLEAR. NUMBER ONE, TURKEY, LED BY RECEP
ERDOGAN, A RADICAL ISLAMIST IN THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
MOLD HAS BEEN EMPOWERED. NUMBER TWO, RUSSIA AND THE
REGIME OF SYRIAN DICTATOR BASHAR AL-ASSAD HAVE
ALSO BEEN EMPOWERED. WITH THE U.S. OUT OF THE
PICTURE, SYRIA’S KURDS WERE FORCED TO TURN TO ASSAD
AND RUSSIA TO HELP PREVENT A GENOCIDE AT THE
HANDS OF ERDOGAN. NUMBER THREE, THE IRANIAN
REGIME NOW HAS A CLEAR PATH ACROSS IRAQ, SYRIA, AND LEBANON ALL THE WAY TO THE MEDITERRANEAN
AT ISRAEL’S DOORSTEP. THE IRANIAN’S HAVE LONG
DREAMED ABOUT HAVING THIS LAND CORRIDOR IN
ORDER TO TARGET ISRAEL. NOW, THEY HAVE IT. I SPOKE TO A KURDISH
BRIGADIER GENERAL ABOUT ALL OF THESE ISSUES
RECENTLY DURING AN EXCLUSIVE TRIP TO A PESHMERGA MILITARY
BASE IN IRAQI KURDISTAN. TAKE A LOOK. [CLIMACTIC MUSIC] WELL GENERAL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE ON THE BASE. IT’S AN HONOR TO
BE WITH YOU TODAY. – WE ARE VERY HAPPY
TO HAVE YOU GUYS HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. – YOU LIVE IN A VERY
DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD. KURDISTAN IS BORDERED
BY IRAN, TURKEY, SYRIA, THE IRAQI FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT
HOW THE PESHMERGA ARE REALLY THE FIRST
LINE OF DEFENSE NOT ONLY FOR THE MIDDLE
EAST BUT FOR THE WORLD AGAINST THESE RADICAL
FORCES THAT SURROUND YOU. – SO, FIRST WHEN ISIS
ATTACKED THIS REGION, KURDISTAN PRESIDENT
NECHIRVAN BARZANI MADE THE DECISION TO
FIGHT AGAINST THEM STATING THAT THESE FORCES
WERE RADICAL AND TERRORISTS AND THAT WE SHOULD DEFEAT THEM. PESHMERGA WERE REALLY
THE VERY FIRST TROOPS THAT FOUGHT ISIS
AND DEFEATED ISIS. MY BRIGADE WAS THE FIRST BRIGADE WHO GOT IN WAR AGAINST ISIS. IN TIME, THE ENTIRE BRIGADES
OF PESHMERGA IN THIS REGION GOT INTO WAR WITH ISIS. WE DEFEATED ISIS WITH
VERY LOW EQUIPMENT AND MILITARY CAPABILITIES. WHEN ISIS TOOK OVER MOSUL AND
OTHER TERRITORIES OF IRAQ, THEY TOOK A LARGE AMOUNT OF
THE WEAPONS THAT WERE PROVIDED TO THE IRAQI ARMY
BY THE AMERICANS. THEY GOT ALL THESE
AMAZING AMERICAN WEAPONS AND THEY USED THEM
AGAINST THE KURDS, AGAINST PESHMERGA, AND WE
WERE REALLY WITH LOW EQUIPMENT FIGHTING IN THIS
TERRORIST GROUP. EVEN WITH ALL THESE
PROBLEMS, WE DEFEATED THEM AND THEN AFTER THAT, THE
IRAQI SHIA MILITIAS CAME AND TOOK THE TERRITORIES
WE HAD LIBERATED. THEY CAME AFTER US. THEY DIDN’T FIGHT FOR IT,
THE JUST TOOK IT FROM US. – BUT NOW, WE HAVE
THIS NEW THREAT RISING AND YOU TALK ABOUT
IT, THE IRANIAN REGIME AND ITS MILITIAS
HERE, SHIA MILITIAS. TALK ABOUT HOW IRAN IS SUCH
A GRAVE DANGER TO THE REGION AND TO KURDISTAN. – WE BELIEVE THE IRANIAN
MILITIA SHIA THREAT IS NO LESS THAN ISIS. THEY ARE ALMOST THE SAME AND WE ARE ALWAYS READY TO
DEFEAT THEM AS WE DEFEATED ISIS BUT WE JUST NEED MORE
SUPPORT FROM THE COALITION AND THE AMERICANS TO DO THAT. I BELIEVE 75% OF
THE IRAQI AUTHORITY IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF IRAN. THEY ARE TOTALLY IN CHARGE. EVEN THE PRIME MINISTER
CANNOT MAKE DECISIONS WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE
IRANIAN GENERAL QASEM SOLEIMANI. HOW CAN WE FIND PEACE AND
STABILITY IN SUCH A COUNTRY WHEN ENTIRE AUTHORITY IS IN
THE CONTROL OF ANOTHER COUNTRY? ALL THESE SHIA MILITIAS
ARE RECEIVING ORDERS FROM THE IRANIAN
REVOLUTIONARY GUARD. THERE IS NO PEACE AND
STABILITY IN THIS COUNTRY WHEN THEY GET THEIR ORDERS
FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. – SO ANY AMERICAN
WEAPONS OR SUPPORT SHOULD NOT GO THROUGH BAGHDAD. THEY SHOULD GO
DIRECTLY TO KURDISTAN. – ALL U.S. MILITARY
SUPPORT AND WEAPONS SHOULD GO DIRECTLY TO KURDISTAN. FOR EXAMPLE, THOUSANDS
OF TANKS AND HUMVEES WERE PROVIDED BY THE
AMERICANS TO IRAQ. NONE OF THEM WERE
GIVEN TO THE PESHMERGA. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT
HAPPENED TO THEM. THERE SHOULD BE DIRECT CONTACT
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE KURDISH
AUTHORITIES HERE. THE SITUATION WILL GET WORSE IF THERE IS NO
SUPPORT FOR THE KURDS. IN SYRIA, THE KURDS
DEFEATED ISIS. THE SYRIAN ARMY COULDN’T. IN IRAQ, PESHMERGA DEFEATED
ISIS WHILE THE ENTIRE BRIGADES OF THE IRAQI ARMY WAS DEFEATED IN ONLY 24 HOURS IN
1/3 OF THE COUNTRY. – GENERAL, DO YOU
SEE THE POSSIBILITY OF A STRATEGIC
PARTNERSHIP WITH ISRAEL? IT SEEMS THAT ISRAEL AND
KURDISTAN SHARE OBVIOUSLY A COMMON ENEMY IN IRAN AND THE
RADICAL FORCES IN THE REGION. – WE SEE ISRAEL AS A GREAT
SUPPORTER OF US FOR THE KURDS. IT WAS THE ONLY NATION
THAT SUPPORTED US IN THE REFERENDUM IN 2017. WE WILL ALWAYS SEE THEM AS
A GREAT SUPPORTER FOR US. WE SEE THAT ISRAEL SUFFERED
THE SAME AS WE KURDS SUFFERED SO WE KNOW THEY
UNDERSTAND HOW WE FEEL. – WOW, INCREDIBLE. FOLKS, REMEMBER, IRAQI
KURDISTAN IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE
MUSLIM MIDDLE EAST SO TO SEE A KURDISH PESHMERGA
GENERAL, A SUNNI MUSLIM OPENLY PRAISE ISRAEL IS A RARE AND VERY SPECIAL THING INDEED. COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK,
GENERAL MUSA WILL JOIN US ON THE FRONT LINES
OF THAT VERY FIGHT. WE’LL BE JUST A FEW
MILES FROM MOSUL. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS AND YOU
WILL GET THE INSIDE STORY OF THE PESHMERGA’S ON THE
GROUND BATTLE AGAINST ISIS. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS
THIS AFTER THE BREAK. NOW SPEAKING OF MOSUL,
THIS WAS THE SPOT FOLKS IN JUNE 2014 WHERE ABU BAKR
AL-BAGHDAD, THE ISIS LEADER DECLARED THE ISIS CALIPHATE. MOSUL WAS ONCE ONE
OF THE CROWN JEWELS OF THAT ISIS CALIPHATE AND NOW ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDAD,
THE LEADER OS ISIS, THE SELF APPOINTED
CALIPH IS DEAD AND GONE. ON OCTOBER 27TH, HE
DETONATED A SUICIDE VEST KILLING HIMSELF AS U.S.
SPECIAL FORCES CLOSED IN ON HIM AT HIS HIDEOUT NEAR
THE SYRIA TURKEY BORDER BUT ISIS STILL POSES
A VERY SERIOUS THREAT AND I SEE IT ON TWO LEVELS. NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE OVER
10,000 ISIS PRISONERS STILL IN SYRIA RIGHT NOW
AND WITH ALL THE INSTABILITY IN THAT COUNTRY FOLLOWING
THE INVASION BY TURKEY, WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN THERE. COULD ISIS PRISONERS BE FREED? COULD THEY RECONSTITUTE
AND REFORM SOME KIND OF ENTITY THERE IN SYRIA? THAT BRINGS US TO THE SECOND
LEVEL OF THIS ISIS THREAT. I CALL IT THE RETURNEES. NOW, WE HAVE THOUSANDS
OF ISIS FOREIGN FIGHTERS CURRENTLY IN PRISON IN SYRIA. WHAT ARE FOREIGN FIGHTERS? THESE ARE PEOPLE FROM GREAT
BRITAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY, DENMARK AND YES,
THE UNITED STATES WHO LEFT THEIR COMFORTABLE
LIVES HERE IN THE WEST AND TRAVELED TO
SYRIA TO JOIN ISIS. NOW, THEY ARE BATTLE
HARDENED AND BATTLE TESTED AND THEY ARE WESTERN
PASSPORT HOLDERS. IF THEY RETURN TO THEIR
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN IN EUROPE OR GOD FORBID, RIGHT HERE
IN THE UNITED STATES, IT’S A GOOD BET THEY’RE NOT
GOING TO GET A JOB AT MCDONALD’S AND TRANSITION PEACEFULLY
BACK INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. THEY WILL LOOK TO CARRY ON
THE JIHAD ON WESTERN SOIL AND REMEMBER ALTHOUGH
THAT ISIS CALIPHATE HAS BEEN SMASHED IN IRAQ AND
SYRIA, ISIS STILL HAS ACTIVE AFFILIATES IN OTHER COUNTRIES
INCLUDING AFGHANISTAN, IN NORTH AFRICA AND
IN THE SINAI PENINSULA AT ISRAEL’S DOORSTEP. THAT’S PROOF ONCE AGAIN,
THAT ISRAELS ENEMIES AND AMERICAS ENEMIES
ARE ONE AND THE SAME AND THAT’S WHY OUR TEAM AT
CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL DOES WHAT WE DO. WE REALIZE THAT DEFENDING
AND SUPPORTING ISRAEL MEANS THAT WE ARE ALSO
DEFENDING AMERICA. YOU SEE THE INFORMATION
THERE ON THE SCREEN. CALL OR CLICK AND SUPPORT
OUR MOVEMENT TODAY FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. STICK AROUND BECAUSE
COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK WE ARE TAKING YOU TO THE
FRONT LINES OF THE FIGHT JUST MILES FROM MOSUL WITH
THE KURDISH PESHMERGA. ITS A WATCHMAN EXCLUSIVE. YOU WILL SEE WHERE
THEY WENT HEAD TO HEAD, TOE TO TOE AGAINST ISIS. FOLKS, YOU WILL NOT
WANT TO MISS THIS. DON’T MOVE.ANNOUNCER: FROM TERRORISTS
WHO WOULD ANNIHILATE HER
WITH BOMBS AND BULLETS
TO SO CALLED ACTIVISTS
THAT COULD ELIMINATE HER
WITH BOYCOTTS AND SANCTIONS,
ISRAEL’S ENEMIES
ARE ON THE MARCH.
IN WHY ISRAEL, YOU WILL LEARN
HOW TO BE AN ACTIVE DEFENDER
OF THE JEWISH STATE,
KNOWLEDGEABLE AND POWERFUL
AS YOU STAND UP FOR TRUTH.YOU’LL RECEIVE THE
BIBLICAL EVIDENCE
PROVING ISRAELS SPECIAL
PLACE IN GODS PLAN.
LEARN HOW HIS STEADFAST
COMMITMENT TO HIS PEOPLE
IS A MATTER OF
FACT, NOT OPINION.
FROM ITS MIRACULOUS
REBIRTH AS A MODERN STATE
TO THE DANGEROUS THREATS
IT PRESENTLY FACES,
ISRAELS INSPIRING JOURNEY IS
LAID OUT IN THIS SHORT BOOKLET.
SUPPORTING ISRAEL IS A BIBLICAL
MANDATE FOR ALL CHRISTIANS.
IN WHY ISRAEL, YOU WILL
DISCOVER WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
ABOUT THE JEWISH STATE AND
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAND
WITH GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE.[CLIMACTIC MUSIC] – WE ARE HERE WITH GENERAL
MUSA OF THE PESHMERGA AND WE ARE ON THE FRONT
LINES QUITE LITERALLY. THIS WAS THE FRONT LINE
BETWEEN THE PESHMERGA AND ISIS. BATTLES WITH ISIS OCCURRED
RIGHT WHERE I AM SITTING. NOT ONLY THAT, TODAY,
IT IS STILL A FRONT LINE BETWEEN THE PESHMERGA
AND IRANIAN SPONSORED IRAQI SHIA MILITIAS
SO WE SUBSTITUTED ISIS FOR THESE IRANIAN PROXIES,
THESE SHIA MILITIAS AND THE PESHMERGA ARE
ALL THAT’S HOLDING THESE BARBARIANS BACK. GENERAL MUSA, TELL
US FIRST OF ALL, SET THE SCENE FOR US DURING
THE BATTLE AGAINST ISIS. THIS WAS LITERALLY
THE FRONT LINE WHERE WE’RE SITTING RIGHT NOW. TALK ABOUT THE
BATTLES AGAINST ISIS THAT WENT ON IN THIS REGION. – IN ONLY FIVE TO SIX MONTHS, ISIS TRIED TO TAKE
THIS VILLAGE 14 TIMES. EVERY TIME, THEY WERE HEAVILY
ATTACKING THIS VILLAGE BUT THANKFULLY, EVERY SINGLE
TIME THEY TRIED, THEY FAILED. WE DEFEATED THEM EVERY TIME. THEY LEFT A LOT OF THEIR DEAD
BODIES HERE IN THIS TERRITORY. BUT WE NEVER LET THEM
TAKE CONTROL OF THIS. THERE ARE STILL SOME
REMAINS OF THEIR BODIES THAT THEY LEFT WHEN THEY
WERE DEFEATED IN THIS AREA. THERE WAS HUGE SUPPORT
FROM THE COALITION PROVIDING AIR STRIKES AND
COVERING AIR SUPPORT FOR US. THE PESHMERGA, WE WERE VERY
GRATEFUL FOR THIS SUPPORT. – WHEN MOSUL FELL, THAT HAD
TO BE JUST A MAJOR SHOCK TO THE ENTIRE REGION GENERAL, THE SECOND LARGEST CITY
IN IRAQ AT THE TIME. TWO MILLION PEOPLE
TO FALL TO ISIS, THAT HAD TO SET OFF ALARM
BELLS I’D IMAGINE IN KURDISTAN SINCE MOSUL IS AT THE DOORSTEP. – MOSUL WAS NOT ONLY A
THREAT TO THE KURDISH REGION BUT A THREAT TO THE WHOLE WORLD AS IT WAS THE SECOND
LARGEST CITY OF IRAQ. AND THEN THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR
OWN ISLAMIC STATE IN MOSUL. IT WAS ANNOUNCED AS THE
CAPITOL OF THE ISLAMIC STATE. THE CALIPH HIMSELF
ABU BAKR AL-BAGHDAD WAS RULING FROM THERE. THEY GOT THE WEAPONS OF
THE TWO ENTIRE LEGIONS OF THE IRAQI ARMY,
ALL THE MOST DEVELOPED AND ADVANCED AMERICAN WEAPONS. WE WERE HOPING TO STOP
THEM WITH THE MACHINE GUNS THE MOST ADVANCED
MACHINE GUNS WE HAD AND THEY HAD ALL THESE
TANKS AND HUMVEES AND HEAVY MACHINE GUNS SO
IT WAS REALLY DANGEROUS AND A REALLY TOUGH FIGHT FOR US. SOMETIMES, THEY
WERE ATTACKING US WITH THEIR MOST
ADVANCED WEAPONS. – IF ISIS WOULD HAVE SUCCEEDED AND THEY DIDN’T BECAUSE THE
PESHMERGA DEFEATED THEM, IF THEY HAD SUCCEEDED
IN TAKING THIS AREA, WHERE WOULD THEY HAVE GONE NEXT? – IF WE HADN’T TAKEN THIS
AREA, THAT WOULD BE THE CUT OFF BETWEEN ARBIL AND DAHUK SO IT WOULD BE A REAL
THREAT AND DANGEROUS FOR US. THERE WAS ALSO ANOTHER POINT
THAT ISIS WAS TRYING TO ATTACK BECAUSE THERE IS A HISTORIC
CHRISTIAN MONASTERY ON THIS MOUNTAIN. IT IS 1,600 YEARS OLD. THEY WERE TRYING TO TAKE
DOWN THIS MONASTERY AS WELL. – NOW ISIS IS IN
SHAMBLES, DEFEATED HERE BUT THESE IRAQI SHIA
MILITIAS, GENERAL IF YOU CAN, TELL US MORE ABOUT
THE THREAT POSED BY THESE IRANIAN SPONSORED, KEY POINT THERE,
IRAQI SHIA MILITIAS. YOU STILL HAVE THE FRONT LINE. THE FRONT LINE HASN’T GONE AWAY BECAUSE YOU JUST
HAVE A NEW DANGER IN THE FROM OF
THESE SHIA MILITIAS. – THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
ISIS AND THE SHIA MILITIA FRONT LINES IS THERE
IS NO SHOOTINGS. OTHERWISE, WE ARE HOLDING
THE LINES AS BEFORE. THEY ARE NOW HOLDING
THE ISIS LINES. WE WERE HOLDING THE GROUND
UNTIL OCTOBER 16, 2017. THEN THE IRANIAN BACKED SHIA
MILITIAS ATTACKED THIS AREA AND THEY CAME BACK TO
THE SAME ISIS LINES WITH THE SUPPORT OF IRAN. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE,
THESE SHIA MILITIAS FORMED UNDER THE
NAME OF SHIA MILITIAS BUT THEY ARE THE SAME AS
IRANIAN REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS AND AS LONG AS THERE IS
IRANIAN INFLUENCE IN IRAQ, THE SITUATION WILL GO ON. – THANKS AGAIN TO GENERAL
MUSA AND THE KURDISH PESHMERGA FOR BEING SUCH GRACIOUS
HOSTS AND FOR GRANTING US EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO SOME
VERY PRECARIOUS PLACES. FOLKS, KEEP THE PESHMERGA
IN YOUR PRAYERS. THEY ARE ON THE FRONT LINES
AND FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST. WELL, UP NEXT, WE
HEAD NORTH OF MOSUL TO IRAQ’S BORDER WITH TURKEY
TO LEARN WHY TURKISH STRONG MAN RECEP ERDOGAN IS A GROWING
PROBLEM FOR THE MIDDLE EAST AND FOR THE WEST. STICK AROUND.– ANNOUNCER: WITH OVER
SEVEN MILLION MEMBERS,
CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR
ISRAEL IS AMERICA’S LARGEST
PRO-ISRAEL ORGANIZATION
AND FOR ZION’S SAKE,
WE WILL NOT KEEP SILENT.WE ARE EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS TO
STAND WITH ISRAEL, OUR GREATEST
ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL
NOT ONLY SHARE COMMON ENEMIES,
WE ALSO SHARE COMMON VALUES.AT CUFI, WE’RE SPEAKING
WITH ONE UNIFIED VOICE
TO STRENGTHEN THE INDISPENSABLE
U.S. ISRAEL ALLIANCE.
WE’RE FIGHTING AGAINST THE
RISING TIDE OF ANTI-SEMITISM
AND MAKING AN IMPACT FOR
ISRAEL IN COMMUNITIES,
THE MEDIA, ON CAMPUS, AND
IN OUR NATIONS CAPITOL
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP.TO SUPPORT CHRISTIANS
UNITED FOR ISRAEL,
VISIT CUFI.ORG/GIVEOR CALL THE PHONE NUMBER THAT
YOU SEE THERE ON YOUR SCREEN.
GOD PROMISES A BLESSING
TO THOSE WHO BLESS ISRAEL
SO JOIN OUR MOVEMENT AND
TAKE A STAND FOR GOD’S LAND.
[CLIMACTIC MUSIC] – WELCOME BACK TO THE WATCHMAN. SINCE 1952, TURKEY HAS
BEEN A MEMBER OF NATO ALONG WITH THE UNITED
STATES AND EUROPEAN NATIONS YET, UNDER THE RULE
OF ISLAMIST STRONG MAN RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN, TURKEY
HAS GONE FROM NATO ALLY TO SOMETHING MORE LIKE
NINO; NATO IN NAME ONLY. WE HEADED TO IRAQ’S
BORDER WITH TURKEY TO HEAR FROM OUR GOOD
FRIEND DALTON THOMAS ABOUT WHY YOU SHOULD BE CONCERNED
ABOUT THE RISE OF ERDOGAN. [CLIMACTIC MUSIC] – WELL DALTON, WE ARE ON
THE IRAQ TURKEY BORDER. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT A VIEW. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING
BUT WE’RE HERE FOR A REASON. WE HAVE A NOT SO PLEASANT
ACTOR RIGHT OVER HERE IN TURKEY IN PRESIDENT ERDOGAN,
GIVE US YOUR VIEW OF WHAT’S GOING
ON IN THE REGION. – THE BEST WAY TO EXPLAIN IT
IS BY EXPLAINING THE GEOGRAPHY OF WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. JUST OVER THESE MOUNTAINS
HERE, IS THE BORDER OF IRAN AND JUST OVER THESE MOUNTAINS
HERE IS THE BORDER OF TURKEY AND THEN IF YOU
DRIVE A FEW HOURS, YOU’RE AT THE BORDER OF SYRIA WHERE NOW AN EIGHT YEAR
CIVIL WAR IS RAGING AND SO YOU CAN SAY IN
MANY WAYS THE KURDS ARE SURROUNDED BY
JIHAD AND BY GENOCIDE AND IF WE LOOK AT THE HISTORICAL
CONTINUUM OF SUFFERING THAT THEY’VE ENDURED, YOU
BEGIN TO ASK THE QUESTION IS THEIR SUFFERING FINISHED OR WILL THEY FACE ANOTHER
ROUND IN THE FUTURE? AND I THINK IN LIGHT
OF THE AYATOLLAHS, I THINK IN LIGHT OF
THE IRANIAN REGIME AND IN LIGHT OF
THE TURKISH REGIME, THESE MOUNTAINS HERE FOR
THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS HAVE BEEN LIT UP WITH
AIRSTRIKES ON A WEEKLY BASIS, INDISCRIMINATE AIRSTRIKES
FROM THE TURKISH REGIME, SHELLING, ARTILLERY
SHELLING IN COMMUNITIES AND THEY’RE DOING IT IN
THE NAME OF FIGHTING TERROR BUT THE REALITY IS I THINK
ERDOGAN’S REGIME IS CLOSER TO ACTUALLY BEING THE
MANIFESTATION OF TERROR THAN THE PEOPLE THAT
HE’S ACTUALLY TERRORIZING AND SO NOW ERDOGAN’S
SAYING WE WANT TO ELIMINATE THE TERROR CORRIDOR, WHAT HE
MEANS IS, WE’RE GONNA ELIMINATE THE KURDISH FORCES THAT
ELIMINATED THE TERROR CORRIDOR. WHAT WAS THE TERROR CORRIDOR? IT WAS THE ISLAMIC STATE, IT WAS THE CALIPHATE AND
WHO AIDED AND EMBEDDED AND ALLOWED THEIR OPEN
BORDER TO SUSTAIN AND NURTURE THE ISLAMIC STATE FOR THE
DURATION OF ITS EXISTENCE? AND THEN THE KURDS… – TURKEY DID. THERE WAS A FREE FLOW OF
FOREIGN FIGHTERS FROM EUROPE, EVEN THE UNITED STATES
TRANSING FROM TURKEY INTO SYRIA AND IRAQ TO JOIN
AND FIGHT WITH ISIS AND ERDOGAN LOOKED
THE OTHER WAY, THE TURKS LOOKED THE OTHER WAY. – ABSOLUTELY, TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF FOREIGN FIGHTERS POURED INTO IRAQ AND SYRIA.
HOW’D THEY GET IN? THEY GOT IN THROUGH TURKEY. THE WOUNDED WERE BROUGHT
OUT THROUGH TURKEY, FUNDS WERE BROUGHT
IN THROUGH TURKEY, ARMS WERE BROUGHT
IN THROUGH TURKEY. TURKEY MEDDLED WITH
OPPOSITION FORCES THAT WERE TRYING TO
STEM THE FLOW OF IT AND TURKEY GOT IN THE WAY OF IT. IN MANY WAYS, TURKEY WAS ONE
OF THE GREATEST CHAMPIONS OF THE ISLAMIC STATE YET,
THEY’RE A MEMBER OF NATO. AND YOU KNOW, THE KURDISH
FORCES THAT ACTUALLY ELIMINATED THE TERRITORIAL CALIPHATE
AND NOW ERDOGAN IS ATTACKING THE FORCES THAT ELIMINATED ISIS WHICH MEANS IT’S PRETTY CLEAR
WHAT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. – HE’S VICIOUSLY ANTI-ISRAEL, NOT VERY FOND OF
THE WEST EITHER. TELL US MORE ABOUT ERDOGAN AND WHY HE IS SUCH A DANGEROUS
PLAYER HERE IN THE REGION. – THERE’S A LOT OF REASONS
WHY HE’S A DANGEROUS PLAYER BUT HE BELIEVES THAT HE HAS
THIS PROPHETIC ROLE TO PLAY AS THE LEADER, AS THE
RESTORER OF THE CALIPHATE. – THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE. – WHAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND
IS THAT THE CALIPHATE, THE ISLAMIC EMPIRE THAT
EXISTED FOR OVER A MILENIUM WAS DISMANTLED AT THE
END OF WORLD WAR I, AND HE BELIEVES THAT IT’S
THE RESTORATION OF THE EMPIRE SO EVEN WHEN HE TALKS
ABOUT KURDISTAN, HE’S SPEAKING ABOUT THE
TERRITORIAL BOUNDARIES OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
OF THE CALIPHATE AND HE BELIEVES ITS HIS ROLE TO
RESTORE IT TO THE GLORY DAYS. – AND SO PEOPLE AT
HOME UNDERSTAND, TURKEY WAS THE BASE, THE HEADQUARTERS
OF THAT OTTOMAN EMPIRE, AND ERDOGAN IT SEEMS DALTON,
SEES HIMSELF AS THE MODERN DAY, AS YOU SAID, THE MODERN
DAY CALIPH OR LEADER OF WHAT HE BELIEVES
WILL BE A NEW CALIPHATE. – YEAH, ABSOLUTELY. AND HE’S DRIVEN BY THE SAME,
LET’S SAY GENOCIDAL TENDENCIES AND AMBITIONS AS MANY BEFORE
HIM LIKE SADDAM HUSSEIN. NOW, SADDAM HUSSEIN
COMMITTED GENOCIDE AGAINST THE KURDS HERE. APPROXIMATELY, SOMEWHERE
BETWEEN 150-180 THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE SYSTEMATICALLY TARGETED,
ETHNICALLY CLEANSED, TERRORIZED, KILLED, MASSACRED,
THROWN INTO GRAVES ALIVE, CHEMICAL ATTACKS, I MEAN
THIS WAS DECADE LONG, SYSTEMATIC CAMPAIGN TO
ANNIHILATE THE KURDISH PEOPLE THAT THE ONLY THING CLOSE
TO IT IS THE KIND OF THINGS THAT THE JEWISH PEOPLE
THEMSELVES HAVE EXPERIENCED WHICH IS WHY THERE’S
THIS SIMILAR EXPERIENCE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
AND THE KURDISH PEOPLE. THE GENOCIDES OF THE PAST
POINT TO THE POTENTIAL OF THE GENOCIDE IN THE
FUTURE IF WE DON’T WAKE UP AND SEE WHAT’S
ACTUALLY HAPPENING AND WHAT’S ON THE LINE
BECAUSE LOOKING AHEAD AND LOOKING WHAT’S HAPPENING
IN THESE HERE MOUNTAINS, THERE’S SOME DARK,
HEAVY DAYS COMING AND I DON’T THINK THE
WESTERN WORLD IS AWARE OF IT. – FROM THE IRAQ
TURKEY BORDER, FOLKS, BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
HERE, BUT DANGER LURKS BEYOND THESE MOUNTAINS. MY FINAL THOUGHTS COMING UP
FROM HERE IN NORTHERN IRAQ AFTER THE BREAK. DON’T MOVE. – EDUCATION WITHOUT A
MORAL COMPASS IS THIS. THIS TOO IS PART OF EDUCATION
AND SO WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT WE BEGIN THE EDUCATION
PROCESS WITH A MORAL COMPASS.– JOIN HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR
AND HISTORIAN IRVING ROTH
ON A ONCE IN A LIFETIME
REMEMBRANCE TOUR THROUGH POLAND.
HIS STORY OF LOSS, SURVIVAL,
AND HOPE WILL BRING THE PAGES
OF HISTORY TO LIFE AS YOU
WALK THROUGH THE STREETS
OF THE INFAMOUS WARSAW GHETTO,THE SILENT BARRACKS
OF NAZI DEATH CAMPS
LIKE THE ONE WHERE
IRVING SLEPT AT AUSCHWITZ
AND THE MEMORIALS TO THE
HEROES WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES
TO RESCUE THEIR JEWISH NEIGHBORS
FROM HITLER’S EVIL PLAN.
YOU’LL BE INSPIRED
AND CHALLENGED
TO PUT YOUR FAITH INTO ACTION.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY
TO WALK WITH AND
LEARN FROM IRVING ROTH
AS HE TAKES YOU ON A JOURNEY
OF HIS MEMORIES OF LIFE BEFORE,
DURING, AND AFTER THE HOLOCAUST.TO REGISTER FOR THIS
HISTORIC TRIP TO POLAND
WITH CUFI AND IRVING ROTH,
GO TO THE CUFI WEBSITE
AND SIGN UP TODAY.[CLIMACTIC MUSIC] – AND WELCOME BACK. WE ARE WRAPPING UP FROM HERE
ON THE IRAQ TURKEY BORDER. FOLKS, WHEN I THINK
OF THE KURDISH PEOPLE AND THE IRAQI KURDS, IT SEEMS
LIKE JUST GOOD COMMON SENSE AS AMERICANS TO STAND WITH THEM. THINK ABOUT IT, OVER THE
PAST SEVERAL DECADES, THE KURDS HAVE FOUGHT
AGAINST COMMUNISM, SADDAM HUSSEIN, ISIS,
NOW THE IRANIAN REGIME AND IRAQI SHIA MILITIAS
ARE AT THE DOORSTEP. IN EACH CASE, THE KURDS
HAVE BEEN ON THE FRONT LINE AGAINST THESE EVIL FORCES THAT
ARE NOT ONLY ANTI-KURDISH, THEY ARE ANTI-AMERICAN AND YET,
THE KURDS ARE PRO AMERICAN, PRO FREEDOM, PRO ISRAEL,
IMAGINE THAT IN THE MIDDLE, THE HEART OF THE
MUSLIM MIDDLE EAST WE HAVE A PRO ISRAEL
REGION RIGHT HERE. THE KURD’S ENEMIES
AND AMERICA’S ENEMIES AND ISRAEL’S ENEMIES
FOR THAT MATTER, ARE ONE AND THE SAME SO
PRAY FOR THE KURDISH PEOPLE. WE’RE GONNA CONTINUE TO BRING
YOU SOME CUTTING EDGE MATERIAL HERE FROM NORTHERN IRAQ WHERE
WE HAVE FELT VERY WELCOME. GOOD PEOPLE HERE, FREEDOM
LOVING PEOPLE HERE. WE NEED TO STAND WITH THEM
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. AS THE BARBARIANS ARE
NOT JUST AT THE GATES, THEY’RE INSIDE THE GATES AND
THE IRAQI KURDS NEED OUR HELP, THEY NEED OUR PRAYERS, SO
THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY FROM THE IRAQ TURKEY BORDER. MUCH MORE COMING UP FROM
THIS PIVOTAL REGION. UNTIL NEXT TIME, GOD BLESS YOU AND REMEMBER NEVER
HOLD YOUR PEACE. [CLIMACTIC MUSIC]

22 thoughts on “The Watchman Episode 146: Exclusive Report from Kurdish Peshmerga Frontlines Against ISIS and Iran

  • May one day their ideologies change, may those that do not know the Lord their God repent and come to Him through faith in Christ Jesus. May our battle Hymn be shared:
    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
    He is trampling out the vintage where grapes of wrath are stored;
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword,
    His truth is marching on.
    CHORUS:
    Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
    Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
    I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps;
    They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
    I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,
    His day is marching on.
    CHORUS
    He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
    He is sifting out the hearts of men before His Judgement Seat.
    Oh! Be swift, my soul, to answer Him, be jubilant, my feet!
    Our God is marching on.
    CHORUS
    In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
    With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
    As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
    While God is marching on.
    CHORUS

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
    He is trampling out the vintage where grapes of wrath are stored;
    He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword,
    His truth is marching on.
    CHORUS:
    Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah!
    Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on.
    I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps;
    They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
    I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps,
    His day is marching on.
    CHORUS
    He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
    He is sifting out the hearts of men before His Judgement Seat.
    Oh! Be swift, my soul, to answer Him, be jubilant, my feet!
    Our God is marching on.
    CHORUS
    In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
    With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me;
    As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
    While God is marching on.
    CHORUS

    Thank God for the wisdom of our leader that took the necessary steps to take out the head of iSIS and expose those in our own govt that have been supporting the forces of evil for decades, making a way for the Kurds to go forth.

  • They need to make an app so people that can’t get TBN can actually watch this show entirely instead of getting tidbits here and there on YouTube even a good 4.99 subscription fee wouldn’t be too bad

  • "The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His Name." Exodus 15:3 #GodAlmighty #CUFI #TheWatchmanWithErickStaklebeck #JesusChrist #Savior #Messiah #Redeemer #Friend #Israel #Christians #United #TheHolySpirit #TheHolyBible #TheHolyLand #TheAlphaAndTheOmega #Shalom

  • WOW !!! Praying for the Kurds and the Kurdish Peshmerga !!! God Bless The Peshmerga as they fight evil regimes and terrorists !!! GREAT interview with the Peshmerga !!!! #CUFI #TBN #GodAlmighty #JesusChrist #Christians #United #Israel #Jews #Jerusalem #TheWatchmanWithErickStakelbeck #TheHolySpirit #TheHolyBible #TheHolyLand #ThePromisedLand #GodsPromises #TheAppleOfGodsEye #Canaan #BeaulahLand #water #purify #purity #baptize #seek #search #dig #learn #artifacts #archaeology #history #ancient #AncientOfDays #TheAlphaAndTheOmega #Savior #Messiah #Redeemer #Friend #Shalom "The Lord is a warrior; The Lord is His Name." Exodus 15:3

  • You need to have more concern for these Islamists on American soil that are being supported and aided by some local and state governments! These Islamists on American soil are just biding their time until they can do jihad to us that actually love this country!!
    You have support for foreign countries but do not mention the evil brewing here in the US!! ✝️🇺🇸🔯🇮🇱

  • La Biblia ya ha hablado sobre éstas guerras, y rumores de guerras, toda la plataforma se prepara para el Anticristo, el Arrebatamiento y la segunda Venida visible de Jesucristo nuestro Rey Victorioso!!!! Él aplastará en Breve a satanás . Animémonos, que los enemigos al final serán como tamo que arrebata el viento, polvo a los pies de Jesucristo.

  • Congratulations Celebrates superiority CHANA TOVA!! Happy SHABBAT SHALOM JERUSALEM CAPITAL OF ISRAEL CUFI.ORG CONGRATULATIONS CELEBRATES SUPERIORITY CHRISTIANS UNITED UNION jw.org Congratulations!!
    Judges 6: 23 But Jehovah said to him: “Peace be with you. Have no fear; you will not die.” 24 So Gidʹe·on built an altar there to Jehovah, and it is called Jehovah-shalom down to this day. Amen"!
    “Lord of the Sabbath.” While on earth, Jesus Christ referred to himself as “Lord of the sabbath.” (Mt 12:8) The literal Sabbath day, which was meant to bring the Israelites relief from their labors, was “a shadow of the things to come, but the reality belongs to the Christ.” (Col 2:16, 17) In connection with those “things to come,” there is a sabbath of which Jesus is to be the Lord. As Lord of lords, Christ will rule all the earth for a thousand years. (Re 19:16; 20:6) During his earthly ministry, Jesus performed some of his most outstanding miraculous works on the Sabbath. (Lu 13:10-13; Joh 5:5-9; 9:1-14) This evidently shows the kind of relief that he will bring as he raises mankind to spiritual and physical perfection during his coming Millennial Rule, which thus will be like a period of sabbath rest for the earth and mankind.​—Re 21:1-4. "Amen"!

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    Congratulations for fightagainst terrorism Regime's cultures of Terror attacks jihad against israelites around the World’s '! Türkisch Plan a big terrorism Regime's cultures of Terror.
    Antisemitismus – Anti-Israel is a big Scheize Problem Today against israelites around the World’s.

  • Congratulations Celebrates superiority CHANA TOVA!! Happy SHABBAT SHALOM JERUSALEM CAPITAL OF ISRAEL CUFI.ORG CONGRATULATIONS CELEBRATES SUPERIORITY CHRISTIANS UNITED UNION jw.org Congratulations!!
    Judges 6: 23 But Jehovah said to him: “Peace be with you. Have no fear; you will not die.” 24 So Gidʹe·on built an altar there to Jehovah, and it is called Jehovah-shalom down to this day. Amen"!
    “Lord of the Sabbath.” While on earth, Jesus Christ referred to himself as “Lord of the sabbath.” (Mt 12:8) The literal Sabbath day, which was meant to bring the Israelites relief from their labors, was “a shadow of the things to come, but the reality belongs to the Christ.” (Col 2:16, 17) In connection with those “things to come,” there is a sabbath of which Jesus is to be the Lord. As Lord of lords, Christ will rule all the earth for a thousand years. (Re 19:16; 20:6) During his earthly ministry, Jesus performed some of his most outstanding miraculous works on the Sabbath. (Lu 13:10-13; Joh 5:5-9; 9:1-14) This evidently shows the kind of relief that he will bring as he raises mankind to spiritual and physical perfection during his coming Millennial Rule, which thus will be like a period of sabbath rest for the earth and mankind.​—Re 21:1-4. "Amen"!

  • Fantstic show!
    Praying for Syria(Kurds) everyday.
    Brilliant filming(drone footage and scenes of soldiers jumping off the car).
    Thank you, Blessings from Egypt!

  • Great report Erick. Pity the West doesn't wholly support the Kurds, they are amazing. Israel recognised the desire for Kurdish independence. Glad to see Iraqi Kurdistan is strong. Great people.

  • The King is coming. 👑 Come Lord Jesus come! Praying for the peace and salvation of Israel!!! And peace and praying for the Kurds!!! God bless and thank you!!!❤

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