FRANCE - Eagles to Attack ISIS Drones

Arno Froese

The French Air Force is currently training birds of prey to take down remote-controlled objects following reports that ISIS recruits are weaponizing consumer markets drones to carry out attacks against enemy fighters.

“These eagles can spot the drones several thousand meters (yards) away and neutralize them,” Jean-Christophe Zimmerman, a French Air Force general, told Reuters.

Considered more robust than other birds like falcons, eagles also present a great advantage: they are seen as safer than using guns or nets to take down drones during events with large crowds, such as public ceremonies, festivals or fireworks.

Rogue or poorly controlled drones have been branded “a credible threat for a terrorist mode of action on our national territory just as they do for external operations” by French security officials, particularly after the wave of terrorist attacks that shook France over the past two years.

Last spring, dozens of mystery drones were spotted flying over the Eiffel Tower, the US embassy, the Elysée Palace and other famous landmarks in central Paris, but also over military installations and nuclear plants, prompting fears that the machines were being used as spying technology.

France is not the only country using eagles to capture drones. The practice is also common in Holland., 20 February 2017

Arno's commentary

With all the advanced sophistication in the technological field, the simplicity of a bird—in this case an eagle—is being employed to protect modern society.
Just as the lion is the king of the animals on earth, so is the eagle in the air. Not surprisingly, many nations have chosen the eagle as their national emblem. This is not something new, but can be traced back to the Egyptians, the Romans, and many eastern European countries.

In the Bible we find the eagle mentioned on a number of occasions, particularly when it comes to the protection of Israel: “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him” (Deuteronomy 32:10-12).

Furthermore, we read in the book of Revelation about Israel’s escape into the wilderness from the face of the serpent. “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent” (Revelation 12:14).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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