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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 9-9-18

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Two Americans Stabbed in Amsterdam Terror Attack Attempted Bombing of US Embassy Egypt

 

Sept 8, 2018

 

   

Between August 31 and Sept 4, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

8/31 – Two people wounded in stabbing incident at Amsterdam’s central railway station. Suspect shot by Dutch police. AlertsUSA monitoring.

9/1 – US Embassy Netherlands: The 2 victims in the 8/31 stabbing incident at Amsterdam central train station were American tourists, the attacker an Afghan national.

9/1 – Dutch police (Korps Nationale Politie) now classify 8/31 stabbing of two Americans in Amsterdam as an act of terrorism based on first statement from suspect.

9/4 – Man detained after attempting to detonate explosive device near the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. American citizens warned to avoid the area. See email.

9/4 – US embassies worldwide now on a heightened state of alert. Anticipate poss delays. Caution urged. Visiting a US Embassy abroad? Call ahead. More via email.

What You Need To Know

On 20 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters.

Most important for this update:

Last Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a double stabbing at the Central Train Station in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In this incident, a 19-year-old Afghan national, Jawed Santani, who is registered in Germany as an asylum seeker, pulled a knife and repeatedly stabbed two men standing at an information kiosk. Dutch police report that the assailant was being monitored by surveillance officers who were positioned nearby as lookouts for pickpockets. Within seconds of the attack taking place, uniformed officers opened fire, severely wounding the suspect in the hip.

The following day, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra, issued a statement saying the two 39 year old victims of the knife attack were American citizens.

Following initial questioning of the suspect, Dutch prosecutors issued statements indicating they have classified the incident as an act of terror, and that the suspect intentionally traveled to the Netherlands to carry out an attack because of what he said were repeated Dutch insults to “the Prophet Mohammad, the Koran, Islam, and Allah.” Police have also clarified that this was not a targeted attack on the American visitors.

Readers are reminded that on multiple occasions this year alone, AlertsUSA has warned subscribers of repeated threats and calls for attack by both the Islamic State and al Qaeda in western nations, and that the use of knives for such attacks in crowded public venues is a heavily promoted tactic due to the ease of the weapon’s acquisition as well as concealment.

ATTEMPTED EMBASSY BOMBING

On Tues, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an attempted bombing of the US Embassy is Cairo, Egypt. In this incident, the bomber can be seen on video walking across Simon Bolivar Street just outside of the heavy blast walls that surround the embassy in the Garden City area of the capital. Moments later, a device the suspect was carrying in his backpack appears to partially detonate, emitting a large plum of smoke and knocking him to the ground.

Police quickly arrested the man. Soon thereafter. an Egyptian explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the backpack in a controlled explosion. Following the failed attack, the US Embassy issued a warning message to US citizens urging them to stay away from the area.

According to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, the suspect, 24-year-old Abdullah Ayman Abdel-Sameea, embraced an “extremist” ideology and that he intended to use the material he carried in a “hostile” act. As of the time of this reports’ preparation, few other details have been revealed about the suspect.

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As a follow-up to these two stories, readers are reminded that U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert. These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture. U.S. citizens abroad, regardless of your location, are urged to regularly monitor the local news as well as maintain contact with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, ideally through registration in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Additionally, as the U.S. government regularly warns, terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa’ida, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S. citizens wherever they are. Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to target U.S. government and private interests. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles as weapons.

To this end, extremists increasingly aim to assault “soft” targets, such as:

  • high-profile public events
  • hotels, clubs, and restaurants
  • places of worship
  • schools
  • parks
  • shopping malls and markets
  • tourism infrastructure
  • public transportation systems
  • airports

On again, AlertsUSA cautions American citizens, and in particular, those traveling abroad, to maintain a high level of vigilance and personal security awareness.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the 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.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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9/2 – AlertsUSA monitoring possible active shooter situation, Legends Casino, Toppenish, WA. Heavy police presence. Avoid the area. Additional alerts as warranted.

9/3 – BBC HQ on Duchess St. in London in lockdown mode as bomb squad investigates suspicious van. AlertsUSA monitoring.

9/5 – Emirates Flt #203 (Dubai – JFK) lands with ~100 ill passengers. Quarantine of flight in effect. FDNY & hazmat on scene. Add’l details forthcoming.

9/5 – AlertsUSA awaiting statement from health authorities on Emirates Flt #203 from Dubai. Some passengers now disembarking.

9/5 – Emirates flt update: At least 10 transported to Jamaica Hospital. 12 being treated at JFK airport. 430+ now deplaned. Cause still not specified by authorities.

9/5 – Shallow M6.7 EQ strikes Japan’s Hokkaido island. NOAA prelim assessment of no tsunami threat. AlertsUSA monitoring..

9/5 – Widespread landslides, power / utility outages, and some buildings destroyed on Japan’s Hokkaido island following earlier M6.7 quake. AlertsUSA monitoring..

9/6 – AlertsUSA monitoring active shooter situation, Fifth Third Bank, Fountain Square, Cincinnati. Avoid the area.

9/6 – AlertsUSA monitoring active shooter report, Sanford Hospital, Aberdeen, SD (SW of Fargo). Local schools on lockdown. Developing..

9/6 – Deep M8.1 EQ, 115 km SE Fiji. NOAA prelim evaluation indicates no tsunami threat expected. AlertsUSA monitoring..

9/6 – Cincinnati PD reports 4 dead (incl suspect) + 2 injured in active shooter incident at the Fifth Third bank bldg at Fountain Square.

9/6 – East coast residents from GA to NJ should be paying attention to Hurricane Florence. Growing potential for coastal impact as major storm next week. See email.

9/6 – The US Embassy area in Baghdad’s Green Zone has come under mortar fire within the last hour. No casualties reported. Add’l alerts as warranted.

9/7 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing active shooter / hostage situation, Sky Motors, Pacific Ave. S., Parkland, WA. Avoid the area. Add’l alerts as warranted.

9/7 -FEMA will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on Sept 20, 2018. See email for more info.

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The Tiger and the Dragon:India as a Counterbalance to China in the Indo-Pacific

The areas linking the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean—including the South China Sea, Malacca Straits, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands—are of vital strategic importance to all the major regional players, as more than a quarter of all global trade and energy transportation passes through these waterways.

The United States, China, and India are all beholden to each other to the extent that each exerts a distinct influence over these routes. For this reason, China’s effective annexation of parts on the South China Sea is particularly dangerous. The United States cannot respond to this type of threat unilaterally; and beyond Japan and South Korea, US willingness to come to the defense of its other Asian allies is viewed as questionable. In many ways, India represents a natural counterbalance in a region where China’s strength, leadership, and boldness are increasing.

This report provides an analysis of the spaces in which the United States may find success working with India to counterbalance China’s challenge to the status quo—as well as an assessment of the potential hurdles in attempts to do so—both in general and through an examination of specific lessons from the South China Sea.

Read the Full Report Here

 


 

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Sept 8, 2018

 

An Overview of Current Trends in Terrorism and Illicit Finance

In this testimony before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance on Sept 7, 2018, Colin Clarke of the RAND Corporation does a deep dive into terrorist financing, discussing its historical context, how terrorists generate income, how their methods have changed over time, current trends including the crime-terror nexus, as well as how ISIS may attempt to finance a renewed campaign of terror. Read More Here

European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend (TSAT) Report 2018

This 2018 edition of the annual TESAT provides an overview of the nature and volume of terrorism that the EU faced in 2017. Although the majority of Member States reported that they did not experience any terrorist attacks during the reporting period, the human suffering and the threat of attacks remains high. The report includes accurate numbers on the number of terrorist attacks in 2017, as well as arrests and convictions for terrorist crimes. A brief overview of the terrorist situation outside the EU is also included. Read More Here

Russia is Rehearsing for a Global War, and Giving Early Warning

What are we to make of Russia’s Vostok (East)-2018 exercise? From September 11-15, Russia’s Far East will host Vostok-2018, the largest Russian military exercise since Zapad (West)-1981. According to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, this latest exercise will engage some 300,000 Russian troops, over 1,000 aircraft, the Pacific and Northern Fleets, the entire Airborne forces, including 30 aircraft and fixed-wing helicopters, and Mongolian and Chinese troops. Read More Here

 

 


 

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World News Roundup

 

Sept 8, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Why you might soon undergo a body scan to ride the subway or bus
‘It’s like Bin Laden reaching out from the grave’: 9/11 still killing FBI agents
Trump’s GITMO Plan Could Force Court Battle Over Legality Of ISIS War
Alexander Ciccolo, son of Boston cop, to serve 20 years on terror charges
US Navy Aircraft Carriers Are Getting a Big Upgrade
African migrants surge at U.S.-Mexico border; Rio Grande drownings up
U.S let foreign govs screen terrorist suspects against US databases.
The moment Brazilian far-right presidential candidate is stabbed during rally
Teen from New Mexico compound says he was trained for jihad: FBI
Lawmakers tell Mattis not to divert military funds for border wall
Russia’s S-500: An F-35 or F-22 Stealth Slayer?
U.S., India Sign Military-Intelligence-Sharing Agreement
US, India to carry out large-scale joint military exercises in 2019

EUROPE

Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Threat from Russia is ‘real’ – GCHQ
GCHQ’s warns it will deploy its entire arsenal on ‘brazen’ Kremlin
Three arrested on suspicion of funding terrorism in west London
Russian Forces Flood Into The Med Ahead Of Syrian Offensive
British Airways data breach affects almost 400,000 customers
US Considering Enhanced Military Presence in Greece
Migrant arrivals drop as Hungary enforces tough law
Swedish far-right leader receives death threat letter with ISIS flag
We’re insubordinate’: The rural towns at forefront of Swedish populist wave
Georgia extradites Russian data theft suspect to US

MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA

US begins military exercise in Syria in response to Russian military threats
Erdogan: Turkey won’t fulfill ‘unlawful requests’ on U.S. pastor case
Officials: Mortar explosions in Baghdad happened near a US Embassy
U.S.: Syrian forces could be preparing chemical weapons for attack on Ibib
Trump says he won’t give aid to Palestinians unless they agree to peace deal
Russia and Turkey Will Collide Over End of Syrian Civil War
Baghdadi’s ‘last ditch’ effort to save ISIS
Infighting in Tehran: Are U.S. policies succeeding?
Paraguay moves Israel embassy back out of Jerusalem.
Turkey will not ‘watch from the sidelines’ any killings benefiting Syrian agenda
Russia Threatens To Attack Key U.S. Outpost In Southern Syria
Morocco says it has stopped over 50,000 migrants crossings to Europe
Anger as Italy arrests Tunisian fishermen ‘rescuing migrants’
Israel says it launched 200 strikes in Syria since 2017
Israel’s Army Ready for Any War Scenario Amid Watchdog’s Gloomy Report

ASIA

Russia’s massive military exercise with China aimed at Pacific leverage
Why Russia and China Are Expanding Their Roles in Afghanistan
British Navy warship sails near South China Sea islands, angering Beijing
Pakistan on course to become world’s 5th largest nuclear power
Chinese Tax Authorities Join Hunt for $21 Trillion in Overseas Assets
China Using Cyberespionage to Gain Military and Tech Advantages
China ‘relieved’ Philippine warship towed from shoal in disputed S. China Sea
China Responds to B-52s in the South China Sea — RCD
China Carried Out Several Dozen Hypersonic Arms Tests
China ‘nearing mass production’ of J-20 stealth fighter

 

 


 

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Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin to highlight the continuing terror threat to the U.S. Homeland.

CURRENTLY ACTIVE NTAS BULLETIN

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Travel Security

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation at your destination well prior to departure.

Active USGOV Travel Notices

Worldwide Caution

 


 

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Other USGOV Travel Resources

Traveler’s Checklist

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Travelers with Special Considerations

Travel to High-Risk Areas

Faith-Based Travel Information

Information for Women Travelers

Cruise Ship Passengers

Students Abroad

Your Health Abroad

Driving and Road Safety Abroad

 


 

Safe Travels During Storm Season

Department of State Guidance

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.

Mariners and U.S. citizens considering maritime travel should also review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency, the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Portal, and the U.S. Coast Guard for information related to maritime and port security globally.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

Foreign Sources of Travel Guidance

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 8-5-18

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Two Americans Killed in Vehicle Ramming and Knife Attack

 

Aug 4, 2018

 

  

On July 30, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

7/30 – Four foreign cyclists, incl two Americans, killed late 7/29 in deliberate vehicle ramming and knife attack in Danghara, Tajikistan. 3 other persons injured.

7/30 – Islamic State claims responsibility for vehicle ramming & knife attack in Tajikistan’s Danghara district that killed four foreign cyclists, incl two Americans.

What You Need To Know

On 10 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters.

Most important for this update:

Beginning Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of a vehicular attack which claimed the lives of four cyclists, including two Americans. In this incident, a group of seven cyclists touring the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan were mowed down by an automobile in the Danghara district of the country, approximately 100 miles south of the capital, Dushanbe. Multiple assailants then got out of the car and attacked the victims with knives (watch a video of the attack here).

The Tajik interior ministry said police pursued and killed four of the attackers, with a fifth being captured and multiple others believed involved in the planning taken into custody.

Less than a day later, the Islamic State’s Amaq news agency issued a formal claim of responsibility for the attack, saying that a unit of Islamic State soldiers killed four Crusaders, injured four others, and that the next attacks will be more “devastating and bitter.”

A video has also been released showing the five attackers joining hands and pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist group’s leader (stillframe shown above). The footage was published after police in the Central Asian state accused a banned opposition party of organising the attack. The release of the video suggests that the attackers had, at a minimum, a digital connection to the Islamic State, allowing them to send the video footage to the group prior the attack.

According to the US Embassy in Tajikistan, the assailants “hit seven foreign cyclists with their vehicle, exited the car, and stabbed the cyclists with knives.” Four people, including two Americans, were killed. The other two victims have been identified as Swiss and Dutch nationals.

AlertsUSA Threat Journal subscribers have previously been warned that vehicle rammings followed by knife attacks is a tactic widely promoted by the Islamic State in online propaganda and guides. Past examples of the tactic being employed include a Nov. 2016 incident at Ohio State University, the Mar. 2017 attack near British parliament, and the June 2017 London Bridge attack.

Continued Vigilance Urged

Readers are cautioned that despite the recent lull in the tempo of terrorist attacks within the U.S., this is by no means a sign that the threat is abating. In fact, the opposite is true. According to the House Homeland Security Committee’s monthly report of terrorism in America (PDF LINK), jihadist threats from homegrown terrorists continue to increase each month, with at least nine foreign born individuals living in the United States arrested or convicted in June of attempting to launch attacks on behalf of ISIS and other global terrorist organizations.

The committee’s monthly report highlights the federal government’s difficulty in thwarting terror plots across America. Domestic terror threats in the United States also have grown due to an even greater number of Western jihadists operating in Europe, where it is much easier to travel freely into the United States.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the 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.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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7/29 – 3 dead, at least 7 injured in New Orleans mass shooting. Heavy police presence around 3400 block of Claiborne Avenue. Avoid the area. AlertsUSA monitoring..

7/31 – Aeromexico flight #AM2431 has crashed near Guadalupe Victoria Durango Intl. Airport in Mexico. ~80
lives onboard. More details to follow.

7/31 – Mexican Sec of Communications and Transport states 97 passengers and four crew members were on board Aeromexico #AM2431. Plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

7/31 – In light of the earlier AeroMexico crash, the State Dept is urging US citizens in MX to contact loved ones to let them know of their welfare & whereabouts.

8/2 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to suspicious vehicle incident near White House. North Fence along Penn Ave and Lafayette Park are closed. EOD units on scene.

8/2 – Active shooter report, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (OH), Bldg 830. Base on lockdown. Add’l details as warranted.

8/2 – Large police presence in/around Wright-Patterson AFB. Situation ongoing. Initial reports indicate armed individual contained on 4th floor of base hospital.

8/2 – “All Clear” message issued for Wright-Patterson active shooter incident.

 

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

 

Aug 4, 2018

 

Downloadable Guns and Other 3-D Printing Security Threats

The growing opposition to 3D-printed guns shows that potential security threats do not have to be inevitable. The security challenges inherent in 3D printing could be addressed, while the development of industry norms can still be shaped. Read More Here

A Global Approach to Rooting Out Terrorism

“Terrorism is a global problem, and it requires a global response,” said Special Agent Rick Hernandez, who provides counterterrorism training to the FBI’s international partners. The Bureau’s highest priority is to prevent terror attacks in the United States, Hernandez noted. “But if we can prevent an act of terrorism anywhere in the world, it helps keep America safe and it helps keep our partners safe.” Read More Here

Regime Change in Iran: Watch What You Ask For

Mike Pompeo’s speech in May signaled a desire for regime change in Iran, but the U.S. will have to change its approach to shape a positive outcome. This could involve targeting sanctions more narrowly rather than seeking to impoverish the general population. And lifting the ban on Iranian visitors to the U.S. would be a good start. Read More Here

Should the DoD be Planning for an Occupation of Iran,
Even Though It’s a Nightmare Scenario?

If President Donald Trump’s most recent tweets about Iran are any indication, a military confrontation with Iran is not off the table. And yet, there is almost certainly little consensus, even within the administration, about the wisdom of such a course of action. Mark Perry’s recent Foreign Policy article about Defense Secretary James Mattis’s efforts to avert war with Iran notes Mattis harbors no illusions regarding Iranian threats, but that he is also keenly aware any military strike would have broad and negative repercussions for the United States. One such repercussion is how an Iranian conflict might lead to regime change, possibly forcing the United States into another occupation in the region. Read More Here

 

 

 


 

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World News Roundup

 

Aug 4, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Senate outlines fed efforts to avert financial chaos from potential bio attack
GOP Intelligence Senator: Russia Trying ‘to Bring Down Our Entire System’
Mexico’s Murder Rate Hits Highest Level in Decades
TSA dismisses report it is ending passanger screening at smaller airports
Can Canadian border agents search your phone or laptop?
WTC developer loses final 9/11 lawsuit against insurer
Decisions near for man charged with helping Syria radicals
Reddit warns system users of data breach
Militia leader accused of Minn. mosque bombing took orders from ‘higher-ups’
DoD to face increased operational restrictions under defense authorization bill
Venezuela’s president admits economy has failed
Judge tosses terror convictions after high court ruling
Cyber Command wants to partner with private sector to stop hacks
New Crypto-Mining malware exploits multiple CVEs for maximum impact
Mexico extradites accused gunman in ‘Fast and Furious’ case
DOJ questions AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson on wartime business in Iraq
Trial for Montreal man accused of Flint stabbing postponed

EUROPE

Suspected Russian spy found working at US embassy in Moscow
In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing
U.S. Military Sites in Europe Are Dependent on Russia for Electricity
Russia has data on possible military plans by US, other countries, says Lavrov
Watch Russian Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Destroy Mock Enemy Vessel
UK Police release statement re ongoing investigation into Amesbury incident
Terrorist expelled by SRI from Romania
Fileless malware PowerGhost targets corporate systems
Sheffield man admits terrorism offences
Ecuador, Britain in talks over Assange fate: Ecuadorian president

MIDDLE EAST / Africa

Israel warns Iran of military response if it closed key Red Sea strait
Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza citing continued fire balloon launches
Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor’s appeal
U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkish officials over pastor’s detention
Iran rejects Trump offer of talks as ‘humiliation’, without value
Somalia: ISIL members sentenced to 15 years in prison
Tunisia: No Intention to Deport Bin Laden’s Bodyguard to Germany
1 killed, 90 wounded by Israel in Hamas-led Gaza protests
UK man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offence
Yemeni political settlement talks to return to Geneva in Sept
Armed raid on Tunisian bank treated as terrorism-related – official
Attack on convoy kills 4 soldiers in Mali’s central region
Syria rebels announce new coalition in Idlib
Exposing Al-Shabaab’s Leadership Structure and Precept Ideology
Algerian Army Confirms Slaying 4 ‘Terrorists’ in Search Operations
Egyptian forces kill five suspected militants north of Cairo: ministry

ASIA

Chinese theft continues in cyberspace as new threats emerge, U.S. warn
U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles
U.S. welcomes home remains of presumed war dead from North Korea
AI, immune to fear or favour, is helping to make China’s foreign policy
My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time
Bin Laden ‘deliberately’ wanted to tarnish Saudi-US relations
221 alleged terrorists nabbed, 21 shot dead weeks before Asian Games
‘I attempted murder’ on behalf of ISIS, student Momena Shoma tells police
Survivor of Basilan blast convinced of foreign identity of van driver
Philippines nabs cleric over bomb claimed by Islamic State
U.S. freezes assets of Pakistanis linked to militant group
Taliban’s Red Unit commander and his 5 guards killed in drone strikes

 

 

 


 

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Since 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has used the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin to highlight the continuing terror threat to the U.S. Homeland.

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation at your destination well prior to departure.

Active USGOV Travel Notices

Worldwide Caution

 


 

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Alphabetical Country List

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Other USGOV Travel Resources

Traveler’s Checklist

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Faith-Based Travel Information

Information for Women Travelers

Cruise Ship Passengers

Students Abroad

Your Health Abroad

Driving and Road Safety Abroad

 


 

Safe Travels During Storm Season

Department of State Guidance

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.

Mariners and U.S. citizens considering maritime travel should also review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency, the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Portal, and the U.S. Coast Guard for information related to maritime and port security globally.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 7-22-18

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State Dept. Issues New Travel Advisory for Mexico “Violent Crime is Widespread”

 

July 21, 2018

 

On July 17, the following related Flash SMS message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

 

7/17 – US Dept of State issues updated travel advisory for Mexico. “Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.” See email.

What You Need To Know

On Tuesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of the State Department’s release of a new travel advisory for Mexico warning that “violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread.” According to the the advisory, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas.

Additionally, U.S. government employees are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. government employees are also not permitted to drive from the US-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel on Highway 15 between Nogales and Hermosillo.

AlertsUSA cautions readers that if you, a family member, or colleague are planning a trip to Mexico, regardless of the destination or duration of travel, it is extremely important that you;

1.) Read the State Department’s country information page.

2.) Read this most recent Mexico Travel Advisory.

3.) Follow the State Department’s recommendations, including:

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 1-28-18

From AlertsUSA

 

Scene from latest Islamic State video entitled.

Al Qaeda and Islamic State Call for Attacks New Threats to Aviation

 

January 27, 2018

 

Between Jan 22nd and 26th, the following related Flash SMS messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

1/26 – Horrific new Islamic State video released entitled “Answer The Call”. Urges flwrs in “Europe, America, Russia, Australia, and elsewhere” to attack. See email.

1/23 – New Al Qaeda video calls for attacks on the U.S., France and Britain over POTUS recog of Jerusalem as capital of Israel & decision to move embassy. See email.

1/22 – TSA orders enhanced Air Cargo Advance Screening for US-bound flights from 5 majority-Muslim nations due to intel re threats to commercial aviation. See email.

What You Need To Know

Twice this week AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of new calls for attacks on the U.S. and other Western nations by both al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State.

Early Tuesday, a senior al-Qaeda leader, Khalid Batarfi, called on Muslims “everywhere” to rise up and kill Jews and Americans in response to President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Batarfi said Trump’s decision was “a declaration of a new Jewish-Crusader war,” that every Muslim had a duty to “liberate” the holy city, and that “no Muslim has the right to cede Jerusalem no matter what happens.”

Batarfi was one of approximately 150 jailed AQAP members who were freed in 2015 when the militant group, regarded by the United States as one of the deadliest branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, captured the Yemeni port city of Mukalla where he was held.

Within 24 hours of the release of this week’s video message, the State Department announced that Batarfi had been added to the U.S. government’s list of specially designated global terrorists. “This designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks,” State said in a press release.

AQAP claimed responsibility for 2015 attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris and often boasts of having one of the world’s most feared bomb makers, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri (see more on AQAP below).

On Friday, subscribers were also notified of a new video released by the Islamic State’s Al-Hayat Media group urging followers in Europe, America, Russia, Australia, and elsewhere to rise up and kill kuffars, or unbelievers. In what is one of the group’s most horrific videos to date, an English language nasheed (acapella chant) backs brief news clips of attacks in Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Paris, Nice, London, and Manchester. Also mixed in are brief clips of beheadings, throat cutting, burnings, severed heads being waved around, as well as clips of jihadists in battle.

From the Nasheed (punctuation added):

GO AND ANSWER THE CALL
DON’T SPARE NONE, KILL THEM ALL.
IT IS NOW TIME TO RISE,
SLIT THEIR THROATS, WATCH THEM DIE.

THE ISLAMIC STATE STANDS,
AND IT STANDS AND DEMANDS
THAT YOU WORSHIP THE ONE,
WHOM BESIDES THERE IS NONE.

[…]

THROUGH OUR BLOOD COMES SUCCESS
AND WE’LL GIVE IT OUR BEST,
TO DESTROY THE KUFFAR,
WE WILL SLAUGHTER THEM ALL.

SO MY BROTHERS ERUPT,
LET THE WORLD KNOW WE’RE UP.
BY THE WILL OF ALLAH,
WE WILL CONQUER THE WORLD.

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NEW THREATS TO AVIATION

On Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of an emergency order from the Transportation Security Administration requiring stricter scrutiny of air cargo being loaded onto flights bound for the U.S. from last point of departure airports in five countries — Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The TSA/CBP “emergency” order affects cargo carried by EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways.

Citing intelligence pointing to an increased threat of a bomb being smuggled on board an aircraft bound for the United States, TSA administrator David Pekoske stated the following:

“The continued threat to commercial aviation calls for enhanced screening and security to protect international air travel direct to the United States. The countries were chosen because of a demonstrated intent by terrorist groups to attack aviation from them.”

“TSA looks at threats emanating from each country uniquely, and cannot provide specific information about those threats, but after analyzing evaluated intelligence, we determined that we needed to expand the ACAS program within each of them at this time.”

Under the new measures, airlines would be required to provide the Transportation Security Administration and Customer and Border Protection detailed information about all cargo destined for or transiting through the United States prior to being loaded onto aircraft.

In addition to new threat intelligence prompting this latest round of enhanced security measures, readers are reminded that in July of last year, U.S. and Australian authorities foiled a plot to smuggle an improvised explosive device onto an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. The particular flight targeted was carrying more than 400 people.

Another notable foiled plot occurred in October of 2010, within which two packages, each containing a bomb consisting of approximately 12 ounces of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism, were found on two separate cargo planes. Both were bound for the U.S. from Yemen and were discovered en route during stop-overs, one at East Midlands Airport in the UK, and one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

As a final note on this story, readers are reminded that as recently as April of last year, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has made clear they continue to target the aviation sector for attacks. Just two years ago, the al Qaeda branch published what counterterrorism experts say was an extremely detailed, and potentially lethal, bomb recipe in the 13th issue of their internet magazine known as Inspire. Also included in that issue were instructions on getting the bomb through airport security and even where to sit on the plane to maximize damage.

Despite a recent lull in domestic terror attacks, the threat environment remains extremely serious. AlertsUSA strongly encourages readers to maintain a sensible level of personal security awareness and vigilance when in public places and gatherings. Leave the smartphone in your bag or jacket and pay attention to your surroundings. Make it a point to know the location of exits.

Get in the habit of “scanning and calculating.” Scanning involves continuously and subconsciously scanning one’s immediate area to identify potential security threats. Calculating is the mental planning of a response that takes place after scanning identifies a threat. After a little practice, these actions become second nature.

If you have a bad feeling about a person or situation, follow your instincts. While sometimes wrong or misread, your “gut” will often warn of actual threats not appearing in your conscious awareness. Trust it.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the 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.

 


 

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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

1/25 – Shallow EQ swarm off coast of CA, ~125 miles WSW of Eureka. M5.0-5.8. Could portend larger quake along major W coast fault lines. Have a plan, be prepared.

1/23 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to shooting incident, Marshal Co High School, Benton, KY. At least 5 shot. Heavy police presence. Shooter in custody.

1/23 – The NWS Tsunami Warning Center has canceled the Tsunami Watch for CA: “A tsunami was generated by this event, but does not pose a threat to California.”

1/23 – Residents of the W. Coast of N. America from the MX border to AK should be paying attention. Tsunami WATCHES & WARNINGS in effect. 7.9 EQ in Gulf of Alaska..

1/23 – 7.9 EQ, Gulf of Alaska. Tsunami WARNING: British Columbia, S. Alaska, Aleutian Islands. Tsunami WATCH: U.S. West Coast. More details to come.

1/22 – U.S. Embassy Philippines warns Americans re Mayon Volcano, SE of Manila. Alert level increased from 3 to 4. “Hazardous eruption imminent.” More via email.

1/23 – An IED was reportedly detonated this evening at Eagle Ridge Mall, Lake Wales, FL. No injuries. Add’l “devices” found in backpack. See email for more info.

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World News Roundup

 

January 27, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

USAF Is Jamming GPS For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise
The Pentagon’s Readiness Crisis Threatens To Worsen In 2018
Biggest bunker-buster upgraded by US for B-2 bombers amid N. Korea crisis
US sees most active flu season since 2009 ‘swine’ pandemic
IMF: Venezuela inflation will increase 13,000% this year
Brazil judge seizes ex-President Lula’s passport
After Hawaii false alarm, lawmakers want POTUS, DoD involved in alerts
US Treasury Dept reveals new details about the Taliban’s network
The Doomsday Clock just ticked closer to midnight
Venezuelan refugees in Colombia face deportation threat.

EUROPE

The Russia threat is real — and it matters
Is it illegal to call someone a Nazi?
Nigeria’s Boko Haram attacks in numbers – as lethal as ever
Ethiopia could be sitting on one of the world’s great untapped gold deposits
Russia says new U.S. sanctions are destructive step, will retaliate
Catalan officials deny receiving CIA warning ahead of Barcelona attack
Russia is ready to ‘kill thousands and thousands’ of British people.
US, Europe huddle on Iran after Trump ultimatum
Will Russia Build 8,000 Nuclear Weapons by 2026?
Germany sends tanks to Lithuania as part of increased NATO presence

MIDDLE EAST

Fears over US-Turkey military confrontation in Syria
US drones ‘wiping out’ Shabaab in Somalia: AU mission head
Why Israel’s New F-35 Stealth Fighters Are a Game-Changer
The US just changed course in Syria — and could confront Iran
Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to expand Syria border offensive
Kurdish forces call on Damascus in fight against Turkey.
Iran leader said eyeing ways to muzzle ‘Mad Dog’ internet
Trump threatens to stop aid to Palestinians
Bigger Iran Military Budget Could Mean More Proxy Wars
A Reagan Doctrine for Iran?

ASIA

Mattis: US could ‘fight tonight’ if S. Korea attacked
Will India and Asean serve as a counterbalance to China?
China-India tension: Satellite imagery shows Doklam plateau build-up
Despite sanctions, North Korea exported coal to South and Japan
Unease mixes with excitement as Pyeongchang awaits the world
Okinawa governor says U.S. military ‘crazy, ‘out of control’
Philippines warns powerful volcanic eruption may still come
China unveils huge plans for the Arctic, with ‘Polar Silk Road’ on the way
US-S. Korean war games will go on after Olympics, Pentagon says
Japan Deploys First of Ten F-35A Jets Purchased From US

 


 

Travel Security

The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation well prior to departure.

Major USGOV Travel Notices

Europe Travel Alert
11/16/2017

Worldwide Caution

12/06/2017

The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides several resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector abroad. Additional information can be found on OSAC.gov

Mariners and U.S. citizens considering maritime travel should also review information at the websites of the National Geospatial Agency, the Maritime Security Communications with Industry Portal, and the U.S. Coast Guard for information related to maritime and port security globally.

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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DoD to conduct Nationwide EMP Drill

Nov 4-6 DoD will hold a nationwide communications interoperability exercise simulating a coronal mass ejection impact disrupting the national power grid.

 

The following press release was issued a short time ago by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and U.S. Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS):

 

Communications Interoperability Training with Amateur Radio Community Set


Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.


“This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.


During the exercise, a designated DOD Headquarters entity will request county-by-county status reports for the 3,143 US counties and county equivalents, in order to gain situational awareness and to determine the extent of impact of the scenario. Army and Air Force MARS organizations will work in conjunction with the Amateur Radio community, primarily on the 60-meter interoperability channels as well as on HF NVIS frequencies and local VHF and UHF, non-Internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.
Again this year, a military station on the east coast and the Fort Huachuca, Arizona, HF station will conduct a high-power broadcast on 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz) on Saturday from 0300 to 0315 UTC. New this year will be an informational broadcast on Sunday, on 13,483.5 kHz USB from 1600 to 1615 UTC. Amateur Radio operators should monitor these broadcasts for more information about the exercise and how they can participate in this communications exercise, English said.


“We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,” English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario.

 

http://www.arrl.org/news/communications-interoperability-training-with-amateur-radio-community-set

 

Unsaid in this release is the fact that this exercise is also crucial to national preparedness for possible man-made EMPs via Intentional Electromagnetic Interference (IEMI) devices and High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP). IMEIs and HEMPs are produced by devices designed specifically to disrupt or destroy electronic equipment, or by the detonation of a nuclear device high above the earth’s atmosphere.

 

Don’t know or want more info? Maybe you should read up on EMP’s:

 

North Korea threat: EMP attack can destroy a nation’s entire infrastructure in a flash

‘Very Few People Understand How Great and Imminent the EMP Threat Is’

EMP Threat: ‘Within One Year 9 Out of 10 Americans Would Be Dead’

Carrington Class: “The World Escaped an EMP Catastrophe”

“Super EMP” Capable of Disabling Power Grid Across Lower 48 States

Life After An EMP Attack: No Power, No Food, No Transportation, No Banking And No Internet

EMP Survival & The First 15 Things You Must Do Immediately After An EMP

Tips You Must Remember to Protect Your Vehicle from an EMP

Prepare for a large-scale nuclear EMP attack over North-America

 

 

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Survival Intelligence Methods For SHTF

Most of us store as much as we can. We train as much as we can. We read as much as we can and we hope to be as prepared as possible. Of course, we all know that there is a limit to what we can truly be prepared for. There is just too much variability.

There are several areas of weakness in most preppers plans and one that always stands out to me is intelligence. It’s post-disaster information. How are you going to know when to react if looking out the windows is the extent of your survival intelligence plan.

How do you plan to have a steady stream of intel coming into your home or command center during a serious disaster? Once the lights go out and the WIFI is gone how will you get the information you need?

This intelligence is critical because it will allow you to make decisions based on your own personal survival. During an emergency, we often look to those with a public voice for direction. We look to the news, radio or a presidential address. Their job is to alert the public of the danger and give recommendations for safety.

What about imminent threats that are unique to your family or community?

What happens when those faces are gone and you cannot get the news on television anymore?

If you utilize these powerful, survival intelligence methods, you will be able to access knowledge in any situation. You will then use this knowledge to make critical decisions about the following:

  • Your Current Location
  • Evacuation
  • Defensive Strategy
  • Direction of Threat
  • Overall Conditions of the Area

There are three important methods you can use to create a flow of survival intelligence in times of disaster. These methods are very diverse and will take a unique person to be able to achieve all three methods.

Survival Intelligence Method #1

POLICE AND FIRST RESPONDER INTEL

If you are looking to dig a little deeper than what the news media has agreed to tell you, think about consulting the police. I don’t mean calling them directly. Get yourself a handheld police scanner that will tap into their communications. This will allow you, at the very least, to see where the police presence is and what areas are being affected.

Are there riots? Injuries? What types of crimes or issues are happening in your area? The police will most likely be responding and the airwaves will be full of intelligence.

Survival Intelligence Method #2

COMMUNITY INTEL

This is one of the toughest channels to open in today’s world. We are facing serious isolation in our communities. Some of the very best information can come from people right in your neighborhood. They may work for the media or they may be first responders.

If we can learn to communicate with our neighbors on a daily or weekly basis we can take advantage of this community intel. In our neighborhood we are part of an app called Nextdoor. This allows us to have open channels of communication on various issues in the neighborhood.  It is a great app and one of the best ways for us to stay connected.

In the event of a low-grade disaster or storm we will use Nextdoor to check on older neighbors and people who may be at risk. In severe conditions we are more apt to come out of our homes and start talking about next steps. Get connected with your neighbors today.

Survival Intelligence Method #3

DRONE INTEL

You may look at the drone craze and think of it as little more than kids’ toys. The drone world is much like anything else, there are levels. You have the cheap quadcopters that are nearly impossible to fly. They do little more than frustrate kids and parents. Then you have models in the $200+ range that get seriously functional.

Think about how the major news networks get their information. Many times, they are looking from the seat of a helicopter down on a scene. They bring this footage and their findings to you. Since you don’t have money for a helicopter you can use one of these quadcopter drones that features a powerful 4k camera to get your own birds eye view.

This can be particularly helpful when you are looking at damage to roads and routes out of town. The last thing you want to deal with is a traffic jam in a disaster situation. Invest in a reliable drone that can provide you with serious intelligence on your immediate surroundings.

As the host of the I AM Liberty Show I am always impressed by the steps my listeners take to stay prepared. They are some of the most knowledgeable people out there on the subject of readiness. It is rare that I hear people talking about an intelligence plan and how they will get the information needed to make snap decisions in a survival scenario.

I hope this article offers some answers and sparks some thoughts on the importance of survival intelligence and the tools you will need to gather it.

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 3-26-17

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New Threats to the Aviation Sector
Deadly Attack Outside UK Parliament

 

March 25, 2017

 

Between March 20 and 23, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:

3/20 – DHS now forbids nearly all elec devices in cabins of non-stop US-bound flights on 12 carriers servicing Middle East & Africa. No current impact on US carriers.

3/21 – UK to announce US-like ban on laptops and other elec devices in the cabin of certain airline flights from the ME and Africa. Move based on solid threat intel.

3/22 – Shots fired on Westminster Bridge outside of Parliament in London. Multiple injuries. Building on lock down. AlertsUSA monitoring…

3/22 – London incident began with SUV mowing down 10+ people on bridge, then crashing into Parliament fencing. Driver then attacked police w/knife and was shot.

3/23 – Islamic State group says through its Aaamaq news agency that the London attacker was a `soldier of the Islamic State’.

 

What You Need To Know

On six occasions AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security threats. Beginning Monday, subscribers were notified of new restrictions on the types of electronic devices allowed in the cabins of non-stop US-bound flights from eight Muslim-majority countries: Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. Those traveling to the US from 10 airports in these countries will be barred from bringing laptops, tablets, or any devices “larger than a cellphone” as carry-on items. Instead, these items will need to placed in checked luggage.

 

According to the Dept of Homeland Security, intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, DHS and TSA determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.

At present there is no impact on domestic flights, or flights departing the United States. Following the announcement of the ban by DHS, the UK government announced similar restrictions.

 

Readers are reminded that on multiple occasions over the past several years, AlertsUSA Threat Journal has warned of increasing threats to the aviation sector:

 

In January 2015 we reported on a new issue of al Qaeda’s quarterly Internet magazine known as ‘Inspire’ that included what counterterrorism experts say appears to be the most detailed, and potentially lethal, bomb recipe published by al Qaeda to date. In addition, instructions are also provided on getting the bomb through airport security and even where to sit on the plane.

 

In July 2014 we reported on new warnings that Al-Qaeda in Yemen, despite the media narrative of their deep animosity with ISIS, was passing on bomb making expertise to militants fighting in Syria and Iraq.

 

In Feb 2014 we reported on intelligence indicating Islamic terrorist organizations were working with methods for smuggling individual components for liquid explosives onto planes. It was this intelligence that led to DHS banning liquids, gels, aerosols & powders above a certain size within carry-on baggage.

 

Also in Feb 2014, we reported on DHS warnings to domestic and international airlines of intelligence suggesting an increased threat involving explosives hidden in shoes on overseas flights bound for United States.

 

Vehicular Attack Outside UK Parliament

On Wednesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of reports of shots fired on the Westminster Bridge outside of the Houses of Parliament in London. In the aftermath, London police report the incident began with British-born Khalid Masood, age 52, driving his SUV at approximately 70 MPH along the walkway of Westminster Bridge, intentionally mowing down pedestrians. Upon reaching the far end of the bridge, he crashed the SUV into the concrete and iron fence outside of Parliament, then fatally stabbed a responding police officer before being shot. As of the time of this report’s preparation, four people had died in the incident and more than 50 were wounded, some with what responders described as c atastrophic injuries.

On Thursday, the Islamic State formally claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the now dead suspect was a `soldier of the Islamic State’.

The group also released a new series of threatening graphics showing different landmarks buildings from London ablaze, with messages such as “we will bring the war in your countries: wait for the worse and be sure this operation will be the first but not the last”, and another which carries the vow “there is nothing but fire in front of you”.

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.


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OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

 

3/23 – Satellite imagery of N. Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site shows activity consistent w final prep for underground nuclear test. Regional forces on high alert.

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World News Roundup

March 25, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Obama Admin Officials Could Face Criminal Charges Over ‘Unmasking’
US Senators introduce new Iran sanctions
Venezuela president asks United Nations for ‘help’ boosting medicine supplies
U.S. sanctions 30 firms, individuals for aiding Iran, North Korea arms programs
Saudi Arabia faces $6 billion U.S. lawsuit by Se pt. 11 insurers
The Navy Will Struggle to Build Trump’s 350-Ship Fleet
New amphibious landing tactics and technology
Pentagon, Air Force Continue F-35 vs A-10 Close Air Support Testing

 

EUROPE

Why Erdogan Seeks to Provoke European Leaders
Estonia’s lessons for fighting Russian disinformation
As the European Union turns 60, it starts to feel its age
Scottish independence might hurt defense industry more than Brexit
Germany blocks defense exports to Turkey
Why France is Boosting Its Military Muscle in Pacific
Poland mulls F-35, F-16A/B fighters acquisition
NATO forces assemble in eastern Europe

 

MIDDLE EAST

US Warships Being ‘Harassed’ By Iranian Forces In The Straits
Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak freed after six years in detention
US Senators introduce new Iran sanctions
US-led coalition vows to crush ‘Islamic State’.
One in five Arab Mediterranean youths hopes to emigrate: study
Syria army retakes Damascus areas from rebels

 

ASIA

U.S. general: Russia possibly supporting Taliban in Afghanistan
U.S. turns down Russia invitation to Afghan peace conference
Report: North Korea preparing for another nuclear test
Report: North Korea security agents are being purged
China dismisses ‘mi litarization’ of disputed islands in South China Sea
Japan commissions new $1bn helicopter carrier amid tensions with China
China says hopes new Japanese carrier doesn’t mark return to militarism
China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps


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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

 

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Peru
03/24/2017

French Guiana
03/24/2017

Mauritania
03/22/2017

Cameroon
03/22/2017

Syria
03/22/2017

Afghanistan
03/21/2017

Eritrea
02/22/2017

Worldwide Caution

03/06/2017

 

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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How to Successfully Still Get the Internet Even When You’re Living Off the Map: Off the Grid Internet

Living off the grid is a dream for a growing segment of Americans, especially as civilization goes to crap before our eyes. The one thing keeping most people from realizing this dream is the fear of losing the internet. Fear not! There are a few simple ways you can get the web even when you’re hundreds of miles from civilization.

Going off grid doesn’t mean you have to cut all ties to civilization. In fact, thanks to modern technology you can still live your off the grid dreams, while still staying connected to the rest of the world.
One of the questions that I receive most from people looking to go off-the-grid is how they can access the internet when living in remote areas of the country. This is especially important for those of us that rely on the internet for our jobs.
Offered Internet Options:
1) Cell phone connections

There are plenty of rural off the grid locations that still have accessible cell towers within reach of the land. If you live within range of one of these towers, you can use a data-capable cell phone to stay connected and surf the web. While these connections are usually pretty slow, they are one of the cheapest options on the market, and can be a good option for those that are not going to require a lot of bandwidth.

2) Your own hotspot

Depending on how remote you live, using a wireless provider for internet access can help keep you connected 24/7. Most Cell Phone companies and even some newer specialized companies offer wireless Internet services designed specifically for laptops and tablets.
3) Satellite Internet

For travelers and people who have decided to live in remote areas of the world, satellite internet is now a real possibility. Companies like HughesNet and WildBlue now provide fast, affordable service to almost anywhere in the country.

From personal experience I can tell you to avoid HughesNet. Horrible service, bad support, they charge a fortune to keep it working, hidden fees. Might better avoid it unless no other option, and then there’s always Ham Radio for good basic service.
4) Internet via Ham Radio

Although not really practical for large downloads or streaming large files, it is possible to build a repeater network that allows you to access the internet through a ham radio. In fact, during emergency situations ham radios can be used quite successfully to send email, data, and documents when all other forms of communication have gone down.

Even before the internet, Ham radio operators were using an internet of their own called Packet Radio. Packet Radio allows Hams to send files, update bulletin board systems, send text messages and even control remote systems and networks via their radios. Should some catastrophic event ever occur that takes out the internet, Packet Radio technology can still be used to link remote stations and form an ad hoc network — or emergency internet of sorts.

Today, through worldwide radio messaging systems like DStar and Winlink, Ham radio operators can send email with attachments, send emergency relief communications and message relays, and even access the internet. Although the legality of using it to access certain parts of the internet is still in question, and one would not want to transmit personal data or passwords via these technologies, it is a viable option for accessing the internet during emergency situations.

Here is a good video from Amateur Radio Operator Chris Matthieu showing that it is possible to access the internet with a Ham Radio.


5) Connect Via Dial-Up Internet. Remember dial-up? Yep, it’s still available, even though it has its limits (such as not being able easily to watch videos).  More than 2 million Americans are still using dial-up, saving lots of money along the way. Dial-up would work for a while when the electricity is out because landlines would still be working. Landlines are “powered” by the phone company, allowing them to operate when, for instance, a storm knocks out electricity to your town.

For most off-the-grid homes, a favorite choice and growing segment is the option of running a mobile hotspot. Of course, there are still many places in which this option doesn’t work due to the lack of a mobile signal, but those spaces are filling in daily, and until then, satellite internet is an option.

A surprising option, if you happen to be proficient at using a Ham radio, is using a repeater to get some basic internet. It’s not much, but for those of us who want to live off-the-grid, anyways, maybe it’s just what we need.

Internet Connections of the Future

One of the many projects of our wireless companies and Internet service providers is to develop a true nationwide Wi-Fi network. There have been reports that they intend to use every wireless device in every home as a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing true coast-to-coast mobile coverage. Of course, there be will many privacy concerns with such a system.

Another experimental program is being developed by Space X, the private space flight company. They have just received government approval to install a constellation of low altitude satellites, specifically for providing worldwide Internet access.

This isn’t the first time that something like this has been proposed. Other companies have either looked at the possibility or even made some strides towards launching a satellite. But in all cases, the program has failed. Developers say the big difference this time is that the plan is being fostered by a company that sends rockets up into space regularly. Then there’s the possible health issues they are coming out on this type of service.

Don’t give up on the Internet, even if off grid or even in a crisis situation. There are ways of connecting and there will probably be service available to use. The key is to have the right sort of equipment and connections available for what you will need.

This is a really good basic look at the options for internet away from the lights of the cities.

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Via: offthegridnews,
offgridsurvival,
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