What a week it has been! On April 1, Germany launched the Cyber and Information Space Command of its military. Two days later, a suspected suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb at a Russian metro. On the following day, the Syrian government allegedly fired a chemical bomb at civilians in northern Syria. In response to that attack in Syria, the United States on Thursday fired Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base.
Here are the five most important news stories this week, as well as relevant links to the full articles and videos here on theTrumpet.com.
On Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar Assad almost certainly authorized a chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria. The attack killed about 80 people, including at least 20 children.
The United States responded on Thursday by firing around 60 Tomahawk missiles that hit a government air base just south of Homs in western Syria.
The world is about to see exactly how the Syrian crisis will end . Based on Bible prophecy, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in August 2012 about a future Syria without Assad and without Iran as an ally. Thursday’s air strikes—America’s first direct assault on Assad’s forces in the six-year history of the Syrian civil war—could mark the beginning of the end for the Assad regime.
On April 3, a nail bomb killed at least 11 people and injured dozens of others at a metro station in the center of St. Petersburg, Russia. Reports that a second bomb was found, undetonated, nearby suggest that the attack could have been far deadlier.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the bombing a “terrorist act,” but so far, no group has claimed responsibility.
Whoever is guilty of the barbaric attack, acts of terrorism in Russia ultimately work to strengthen the grip of President Vladimir Putin. The era of Putinism, as Stratfor wrote, began over a decade ago. History shows that it feeds off of terror attacks.
On April 1, Germany launched its latest venture to combat cyberthreats: the Cyber and Information Space Command . It is now the sixth branch of the German military, staffed by 13,500 computer specialists, and it will operate on the same level as the army, air force and navy.
Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and her team want to make Germany a world leader in cybersecurity, even capable of engaging in offensive cyber warfare. History as recent as World War ii, and Bible prophecy, further illuminate the role offensive cyberattacks will play in the future.
The state of California came down hard two weeks ago on two anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed their conversations with Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted baby body parts. The activists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, have both been charged with “15 felonies for violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent,” the Washington Post reported.
The European Council’s draft guidelines for Brexit negotiations state that a Brexit deal won’t apply to British-owned Gibraltar without Spain’s permission.
The guidelines state: “After the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.”
Brexit negotiations, and even the broader EU-Britain relationship, could become vindictive and result in huge losses for Britain . ▪