Last week, Iran’s Parliament branded all U.S. military forces ‘terrorists’. Heading into the weekend, U.S. intelligence officials blamed Iran for accidentally firing on a Ukrainian jet, causing it to crash and killing all aboard.
The accident triggered an emphatic denial and more barbs traded between the two countries, further muddying the waters on who might be backing down from war. Tuesday’s retaliatory missile attack on Iraqi military bases hosting American troops did nothing but increase tensions, as noted by the President in his address following the assault.
On Thursday, the House approved a war powers resolution, restricting the President from further action on Iran. Meanwhile, the military remained on high alert after discovering Iran was moving military equipment. The U.S. continues to watch for potential attacks specifically against U.S. locations in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and the United Arab Emirates.
A plea for calm from Iraq
In Iraq, church leaders are pleading for cooler heads. On Wednesday, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil said the situation threatens the already fragile Christian community in the Nineveh Plains. There’s also some concern that Iraq could become the stage for the clash between the two countries. It’s a proxy conflict that has already exacted a terrible price on Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for the Voice of the Martyrs USA, explains that “We think of America as a nation where some of the people are Christians, some of the people are not Christians, some of the people are Muslim, [and] some of them are Hindus, but they’re all Americans.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, R.B. Klama
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the Gospel message to break through hearts hardened by longstanding divisions and intense rivalries.
- Pray for believers to stand firm in their faith despite persecution and terror.
- Pray that the power and love of Christ and His people overcome evil and terror.