Re: The Battle For Khorasan
My reply is with regards to the following thread (which was closed?) because I am unable to post in it.http://www.wup-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=16555&start=40
Regarding the black flags, I think many people do not how and where it is used in contemporary times. I've been researching this concept since 2005 (almost 8 years) and would like to share some of my insight.
First of all, the Khorasan area mentioned during Prophet Mohammad's time refers to a region which spans from eastern Iran to far-Western Pakistan (mainly the Malikand division in Pakistan). This is not only limited to the present-day eastern Iranian province of Khorasan or the present-day eastern Afghani province of Khorasan. The vast majority of the said region lies in present day Afghanistan, and we all know what is happening there right now.
Secondly, there are only two places in the world right now where Black Flags are used: 1) mounted atop of major Iranian mosques; and 2) the standard flag used by the (Afghani) Taliban who are resisting NATO.
From my research, I conclude that this "Army of Khorasan" will erect amidst the Taliban administration and (mainly) backed by both the Shias of Iran and Sunnis of Pakistan. The top US generals said they are losing ground every day against the Taliban, that the Taliban is ever stronger, and the fact that the Taliban still controls over half of Afghanistan after 11 years of war is indicative of the idea that the Taliban, technically, are unstoppable (just like the Hadith says "the unstoppable Army of Khorasan). Pakistani military and intelligence establishment, though on the surface sides with the US, is actually the main supplier and backbone of the Taliban (even the US military accuses Pakistan of helping the Taliban).
The Afghan Civil War of the 90's created a vacuum of power in which the Sunni-dominated (Pakistan-supported) Taliban became the ruling entity while the Shia-dominated (Iran-supported) Northern Alliance became the anti-Taliban resistance force. This created very hostile relations between Pakistan and Iran. However, shortly after the NATO invasion, the Northern Alliance disintegrated and now Iran is also supportive of the (Sunni-dominated) Taliban. I can't tell for certain what is happening under the table, but I think Pakistan and Iran have both settled their issues and have collectively united against the American presence, and as a result have fostered a much more friendly diplomacy. One thing that both Iran and Pakistan have in common is that they both threaten to wipe out Israel; Iran more openly, but back in the late 90's when Pakistan was testing its nukes and on the brink of war with India, the Pakistani military establishment said that any attack on Pakistan (be it from India or the US) will result in a nuclear attack directly on Israel. This shows that both Iran and Pakistan have a similar agenda with regards to Israel, and with both backing "the unstoppable Taliban", I think this ties in very well with the hadith about the Army of Khorasan reaching Jerusalem.