Europe Under Siege from Islamic Terror
June 24, 2017
Between June 19-23, the following related Flash messages to
were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:
6/23 – Islamic State releases new wave of propaganda on social media urging lone wolf strikes. Emphasis given to vehicular attacks. Caution urged when out and about.
6/21 – AlertsUSA reminds subscribers of USGOV-issued Europe Travel Alert and Worldwide Caution. If traveling abroad, be smart and visit
6/20 – US Embassy Brussels issues statement regarding explosion @ Brussels Central Station, urges Americans to exercise caution. Link to full statement sent via email.
6/20 – Security at transport hubs across the EU increasing following Brussels attack. Expect delays and expanded screening procedures.
6/20 – Brussels police confirm at least one explosion at Central Station. Large police and military response. Avoid the area.
6/20 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of an explosion, Brussels Central Train Station. All trains halted. Developing situation.
6/19 – AlertsUSA warns that ISIS-related social media is on fire with calls for revenge attacks in western nations over last night’s London incident. Vigilance urged.
6/19 – Re Paris Incident: Car attempted to strike police, crashed into police van, caught fire & exploded. Driver in custody. This is the final alert re this incident.
6/19 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of a car explosion on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Large police presence. Avoid the area. Add’l alerts as warranted.
What You Need To Know
On 17 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most pressing for this update, beginning Monday AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of reports of a car explosion on the Champs Elysees in Paris. In this incident, a man carrying guns and explosives died when he rammed a car into a police van on the famed Paris avenue in what officials characterize as a deliberate attack on a convoy of police vehicles. Fortunately for the police and those in the vicinity, upon collision, the attackers’ car burst into flames. The man died even though police were able to extricate him from the burning car. Police sources indicate the weapons included handguns and an AK47 assault rifle.
Authorities also speculate that the suspect may have intended to target the area around the Eiffel Tower based on CCTV footage of the individual tracking police vehicles at the site.
Next up, on Tuesday AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of reports of an explosion at the Central Train Station in Brussels, Belgium. In this incident, a 36-year-old Moroccan national, identified as Oussama Zariouh, entered the station, passed through the ticket hall and approached a group of passengers below the main concourse. There, the suspect grabbed his suitcase, began shouting and his suitcase violently burst into flames, but did not initially explode. As the attacker moved away from the from the burning bag, a smaller explosion did take place, at which point the attacker charged an armed Belgian soldier while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and was immediately shot dead.
Belgian police state that the bomb, which obviously failed to properly detonate, was packed with nails and the powerful explosive TATP, or Triacetone Triperoxide. Had the device operated correctly, the impact would have been catastrophic.
Readers are reminded that in March of last year, three coordinated suicide bombings occurred in Belgium: two at Brussels Airport in Zaventem, and one at Maalbeek metro station in central Brussels. In those incidents, a total of thirty-two civilians and three perpetrators were killed, and more than 300 people injured.
More Calls for Attacks
Also this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed twice of new calls by the Islamic State for followers to carry out even more attacks on western nations and disbelievers, or kufars, in general. Their encouragement includes stressing the use of vehicles to plow into groups as well as the use of guns and knives in these attacks.
Caution Moving Forward
Readers are urged to bear in mind that despite the increasing losses of the Islamic State on battlefields in the Middle East and N. Africa, this does not signal an imminent reduction in the number of terror attacks that will be occurring in western nations. Far from it. It is estimated that tens of thousands of foreign fighters from the west have already traveled to battlefields in the Middle East and N. Africa, received training in bombmaking and other forms of mayhem, and then returned to their home countries waiting for the right motivation, sympathetic reaction, or intentional call to action to launch attacks. Add to this the influx of millions of migrants and refugees (mostly military-aged males) which have already streamed (or have been invited) into the Americas and Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. While clearly not all of these individuals are prone to violence and fanaticism, even single digit percentages of these groups, so motivated, pose a grave risk to safety and security, particularly if devout followers of Islam.
The Quran states unequivocally the triumph of Islam over all religions (see the free report Deadly Verses below). Jihad, terrorism and violence against unbelievers are absolute foundational concepts of Islam and hallmarks of the life and words of Mohammad.
At present, European nations clearly face the greater threat due to simple geography, growing divisions among its member states, the comparative ease of migrant / refugee entry, and significant challenges faced in assimilation. Nonetheless, the threat of additional attacks in N. North America is still very significant, as evidenced by near weekly arrests and convictions of individuals in some stage of planning and execution of strikes or providing material support to those who would do so.
Continued security awareness and vigilance are urged.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.
OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE
6/19 – Important information regarding the London mosque outside of which tonight’s attack occurred has been sent to you via email.
6/18 – London Followup: London Metro police report van swerved into crowd exiting Finsbury Park Mosque. Driver arrested.
6/18 – AlertsUSA monitoring poss vehicular attack, Seven Sisters Road, N. London. Numerous causalities. Add’l alerts as warranted.
6/22 – AlertsUSA monitoring rpts of major gun battle/attack near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Large security force deployment. US Embassy urges caution for AMCITS in country.
6/21 – A shallow M 6.8 earthquake – 14km SSE of Isla Vista, CA (offshore). AlertsUSA monitoring.
6/21 – USGS now reporting that there was NOT a 6.8 EQ near Isla Vista. Their alert was incorrect. False alert. We are awaiting further explanation.
6/19 – Major service outages rptd across the national wireless infrastructure. Cause currently unknown. See your email for add’l information.
6/18 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of an active shooter situation, Hartford Comm College, Bel Air, MD. This is a developing situation. Add’l alerts as warranted.
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World News Roundup
June 24, 2017
Other Developments We Are Following
White House does not rule out Trump-Putin July meeting in Germany
Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time
May was Mexico’s deadliest month on record with 2,186 homicides
Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists
United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports.
Freighter Was On Autopilot When It Hit U.S. Destroyer
EU will restrict visas for states not taking back migrants
German police brace for violent protests at G20 summit
Skepticism in Brussels over Britain’s post-Brexit promise for EU citizens
EU moves to boost military cooperation
London police consider manslaughter over Grenfell Tower fire
Report: Russia may have accidentally revealed new military satellites
Britain readies base for arrival of F-35 jets next year
If Baghdadi death confirmed, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer
Hamza bin Laden, Osama’s son, is helping Al-Qaeda stage a deadly comeback
Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere
Saudi security forces foil attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca
Isis may be leaderless and facing defeat in Mosul, but the jihadis will fight on
Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar: close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran
How long can Qatar’s economy withstand sanctions?
Satellite Images Reveal Mosul’s Cultural Destruction
North Korea Is No Place for U.S. Tourists
China asked U.S. officials to remove THAAD from South Korea
China launches record-breaking UAV swarm
Afghanistan: Taliban leader wants US and NATO troops out
Australia to send spy planes to help Philippines fight militants
North Korea says U.S. student’s death a ‘mystery to us as well’
Moon: South Korea must be able to ‘dominate’ Pyongyang
Japan politician: North Koreans should be ‘starved to death’ for threats
China deploys new anti-submarine aircraft to fringes of South China Sea
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