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Asteroid may pass Earth by just 6,880km in October – Scary news

Good news: Chelyabinsk-sized rattler won’t wipe us out, will let us test asteroid defenses.

NASA’s preparing another round asteroid defense tests, thanks to the October fly-by of a rock that may come within a cosmic whisker of the Earth.

Asteroid 2012 TC4 is said rock, and is between ten and thirty meters across. NASA says it is “certain it will come no closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) from the surface of Earth.” That’s a very close encounter indeed given the term “nearby” is applied to rocks that get anywhere inside lunar orbit.

We don’t know a lot about 2012 TC4 because when it was spotted by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescopes in Hawaii, we only got a look at it for seven days.

That’s not a bad thing for a dry-run asteroid-spotting campaign, something proposed by University of Arizona astronomer Vishnu Reddy.

As Reddy explains in the University’s announcement, what’s on the table is “an observational campaign to exercise the network and test how ready we are for a potential impact by a hazardous asteroid”.

2012 TC4 projected orbit

NASA’s graphic of 2012 TC4’s flyby

The October test run will be conducted by Michael Kelly, program scientist with NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO), with Reddy assisting.

“The goal of the TC4 exercise is to recover, track and characterize 2012 TC4 as a potential impactor in order to exercise the entire system from observations, modelling, prediction and communication”, the university says.

NASA adds that the uncertainty is big enough for 2012 TC4 to pass 270,000km away from us – another reason the flyby is a good test for the PDCO’s abilities.

More than a dozen universities, observatories and labs worldwide will look for 2012 TC4 to work out its trajectory and its size, which is in the vicinity of the rock that rattled Russian city Chelyabinsk in 2013.

GIF of 2012 TC4 approach

 

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Flaws in web-connected, radiation-monitoring kit? What could go wrong?

Ripe target for ne’er-do-wells.

Black Hat Vulnerabilities in widely deployed Radiation Monitoring Devices (RDMs) present a potential mechanism for triggering false alarms and worse, according to research unveiled at Black Hat on Wednesday.

RDMs are used to monitor radiation in critical infrastructure such as nuclear power plants, seaports, borders, and hospitals. However, like many Internet of Things devices, security shortcomings provide a means to subvert their operation.

An inspection of the technology by Ruben Santamarta, principal security consultant for IOActive, uncovered flaws in RDMs from multiple vendors, including Ludlum and Mirion. Santamarta’s research focused on testing software and hardware, firmware reverse engineering and radio frequency analysis.

The vulnerabilities create a means to meddle with “critical systems used for monitoring radiation levels, for example by falsifying measurement readings to simulate a radiation leak, tricking authorities to give incorrect evacuation directions, or increasing the time an attack against a nuclear facility or an attack involving a radioactive material remains undetected by sending normal readings to deceive operators”.

Inspection of software that ships with the Model 53 Gamma Personnel Portal from Ludlum revealed a backdoor password. “As a result, malicious personnel can bypass the RPM’s authentication and take control of the device, which could be used to disable it, thus preventing the RPM from triggering proper alarms,” Santamarta warned.

Ludlum 53 and software [source: IOActive whitepaper]

Ludlum’s gate monitors – Model 4525 – for vehicle inspection lack any security measure for data communication. Any attacker in the adjacent network can change the device’s network settings, which opens the door to multiple attacks. Worse yet, the device communicates via cleartext, so attackers would be able to falsify readings, disable alarms, or perform any other originally supported operation.

Ludlum’s gate monitors – Model 4525 – for vehicle inspection [source: IOActive]

After studying the hardware and firmware, IOActive also uncovered potential attacks against Mirion WRM2-capable Radiation Monitoring Devices at nuclear power plants. A skilled and sufficiently motivated attacker might be able to forge or sniff “WRM2 transmissions, either by repurposing a Digi S3/S3B XBee Module or by implementing the XSC and WRM2 protocol layers in a SDR device”. Such devices are located at secure facilities, reducing the likelihood of any attack in most scenarios. IOActive is convinced nonetheless that it has identified issues that merit remediation.

“Failed evacuations, concealed persistent attacks and stealth man-in-the-middle attacks are just a few of the risks I flagged in my research,” said Santamarta. “Being able to properly and accurately detect radiation levels is imperative in preventing harm to those at or near nuclear plants and other critical facilities, as well as for ensuring radioactive materials are not smuggled across borders.”

Exposed Digi S3B Module [source: IOActive]

IOActive informed the affected vendors of the findings weeks before Santamarta delivered his talk, Go Nuclear: Breaking Radiation Monitoring Devices, at Black Hat. Despite initial responses indicating the issues would not be addressed, more recent communications from some vendors have indicated work is being done to patch the critical vulnerabilities uncovered.

El Reg contacted Ludlum and Mirion for comment but we’re yet to hear back from either.

A white paper on IOActive’s research includes technical details for the testing conducted and the vulnerabilities identified.

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 8-13-17

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Growing Potential for War on the Korean Peninsula

 

August 12, 2017

 

Between August 8th and 11th, the following related Flash messages
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8/11 – USGOV issues new travel warning for N. Korea. Restricts use of U.S. passports for travel into, in, or through N. Korea as of 9/1. See email for full info.

8/9 – SecDef Mattis warns N. Korea it faces devastation and “destruction of it’s people” if it does not end its pursuit of nuclear weapons. See email for full stmt.

8/8 – Per WH pool report, Pres. Trump warns DPRK: “Best not make any more threats to the U.S.. They will be met w/ fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

 

What You Need To Know

 

On ten occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most pressing for this report, there has been a dramatic increase in tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration is taking a hard line with North Korea in the face of repeated threats of attack on the U.S. and our allies. On Wednesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a direct warning to N. Korea made by Secretary of Defense James Mattis which stated:

“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.

Analysis of commercial satellite imagery by the U.S. Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University suggests North Korea may be accelerating the development of the sea-based leg of its nuclear forces and that a new series of “at sea” test launches may be forthcoming.

Additionally, late Friday USGOV intelligence sources indicated North Korea has begun moving both Intercontinental and intermediate range ballistic missiles, suggesting the possibility of additional launches in the coming hours and days, a move likely to bring a stinging response from the international community.

AlertsUSA subscribers are urged to view this situation with balanced caution, but to be paying close attention. While it is impossible to predict the next actions to be taken by the N. Korean regime, what is very clear is the period of calm negotiation between bespoke, fine brandy swirling plenipotentiaries has drawn to a close.

When the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.

No Evacuation Recommendations… Yet

At the time of this report’s preparation late Friday, there have been no official recommendations issued by the State Department for American citizens to leave the Korean Peninsula. This past June, the Department of Defense carried out the first of two evacuation drills known as Focused Passage. Technically referred to as a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO), Focused Passage was established to ensure that all DoD family members and non-emergency essential DOD Civilians and their families are prepared in case an evacuation order is issued. In addition to DoD related personnel, the drill and this evacuation means are available to U.S. embassy personnel, DoD retirees, as well as contractors and their families. Essentially, this means anyone with normal military base access, which does NOT include general civilians.

In Focused Passage, evacuees are identified, registered, and moved to evacuation nodes located in the southern coastal region. From there, they are ultimately flown to Japan by the U.S. Transportation Command and their ROK counterparts.

U.S. Civilians in S. Korea Should Be Prepared

It is important for readers to understand that this evacuation option is NOT intended for average American civilians in South Korea for private sector work, study, summers abroad, tourism, etc.. American civilians, like those of most other western nations, are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner and have a means of evacuation in place when traveling abroad, and in particular, in dangerous or crisis-prone regions.

If you voluntarily choose to be on the Korean Peninsula during periods of tension, such as the present, you better have your act together because it is NOT the responsibility of the State Department or military to facilitate your departure.

In fact, the U.S. State Department website clearly states the following:

“The assistance we provide depends upon the nature of the crisis. Regularly scheduled commercial flights or transportation are always the best option when local communications and transportation infrastructure are intact and operating normally, even if we have advised all U.S. citizens to leave. Our efforts are devoted to keeping the local U.S. citizen community informed of developments and travel options.”

Expectations of rescue by helicopters, the U.S. military, and U.S. government-provided transportation with armed escorts reflect a Hollywood script more than reality. It is almost impossible for the U.S. government to provide in-country transportation service to individuals or specific groups during a foreign crisis. You should therefore heed State Department travel and safety information for the country you are traveling to or residing in, monitor local conditions, and have a plan of action in case of emergency.”

The State Department also encourages all U.S. citizens traveling abroad, especially those who plan to be overseas for a significant amount of time, to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It is important that you keep your contact information up-to-date so that the State Department can notify you or your designated emergency contact of developments and provide valuable information.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the situation on the Korean Peninsula, as well as 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
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8/9 – US Embassy Paris warning Americans in France to maintain security awareness flwg vehicular attack on French soldiers in the Levallois-Perret suburb of Paris.

8/11 – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula publishes teaser for next issue of Inspire Magazine calling for train derailment ops in the West. Monitoring for release.

8/10 – AlertsUSA monitoring rptd explosion in Denver, CO @ 28th and Dahlia. No injuries. Bomb squad on scene. Few details released. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/9 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to possible active shooter at the Environmental Protection Agency building (1200 Penn) in Wash, D.C. Caution if in the area.

8/8 – Police fire on vehicle in Molenbeek, Belgium. Suspect claims there are explosives on board. Bomb squad en route. Area on lockdown. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/7 – Widespread SMS outages are being reported nationwide impacting most major carriers. AlertsUSA suggests a close eye on email today as carriers work to resolve their issues.

8/5 – AlertsUSA monitoring early morning explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Ctr., Bloomington, MN. No injuries, cause unknown. Fed authorities on scene.

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World News Roundup

 

August 12, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Canada struggles with asylum seeker influx from US
NAFTA negotiations could mark end of era for Mexican exports
Mexican official says migration, security at stake in NAFTA talks
UK criticized over sales of military equipment to Venezuela
Here’s How the DoD Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs
Trump promises ‘billions’ more for missile defenses
The Navy’s First Female SEAL Officer Applicant Just Dropped Out
Why the Price of the F-35 Keeps Soaring
Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency
US investigating after diplomats fall sick in Havana
Pentagon’s Silicon Valley unit helps target terrorists

EUROPE

Experts debate pros and cons of lethal arms for Ukraine
Number of migrants arriving in Italy from Libya falls by half in July
Spain migrant arrivals triple compared with 2016
German Defense Industry Gearing Up
Britain’s New Supercarrier Trains Alongside US Counterpart For First Time
Extreme heat decimating crops in parts of Europe
Russian ‘ISIS fanatic’ ‘plotted to crash a US plane by flying a DRONE into it’
French police arrest suspect after car ploughs into soldiers in Paris
Man ambushes French soldiers in car attack, later arrested
Paris attack: ‘Algerian-born’ suspect in Lille hospital

MIDDLE EAST

US drone strikes in Somalia target al-Shabaab fighters
Protesters storm Shell crude flow station in Nigeria’s Niger Delta
ISIS used eBay to funnel terror cash to US, feds say
Mothers exert most influence on foreign fighters to return home
U.S. to designate the IRGC, affiliates as terrorists
Yemen’s civil war turns country into cholera breeding ground
Trump says Iran not ‘living up to the spirit’ of nuclear deal
Israel to speed up Gaza tunnel barrier

ASIA

Second India-China war in 2018? Here’s the war blueprint if it happens
US, Japanese troops begin joint military exercise amid North Korea threat
Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe
US and S. Korea to stage huge military exercise despite North Korea crisis
Nations start to choose sides in event of North Korea war
Cambodia PM gives ultimatum to Laos over ‘border invasion’
US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis
China protests after US warship sails near island
Russia Boosts Air Defense in Far East Amid N Korea Nuclear Situation
As global reach grows, China builds military to match
On Afghanistan, Trump Is Right to Hesitate

 


 

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

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

N. Korea
08/02/2017

Venezuela
07/27/2017

Jordan
07/20/2017

S. Sudan
07/20/2017

Egypt
07/19/2017

Philippines
07/17/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

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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Raise of Prepper Threat Level to Def Con 2, or.. Prep-CON 2

Private Intelligence Officers working 24/7 with www.AlertsUSA.com during this emergency who are members of The Association of Former Intelligence Officers (www.AFIO.com)  tell us that North Korea (NK) WILL NOT Nuke the USA directly, but they DO have the ability.  Rather, the 600 pound miniature nuclear device is more likely to get sold for hard currency.  Even Gold.  At an estimated price of 200-300 million US Dollars.  This is even worse for the USA than the missile threat.

AVOR has Raised its Prepper Threat Level to Def Con 2, or.. Prep-CON 2.  Prep-Con1 is WAR, or a nuke has gone off.  We are 1 step away from Prep-Con1.

North Korea has a HUGE weapons market that specializes in small arms, ammo, grenades, recoilless rifles then they jump right up to short range, intermediate range and long range missiles.  Even missiles that go into space and can orbit the globe for years only waiting for the signal to re-enter the atmosphere and nuke a city.

NK is a master at smuggling items in and out of the country and around the world.  Its been confirmed that ISIS, Al Qaeda and Iran are all players wanting to buy a nuclear device.  Such a device would be taken by something as simple as a heavy duty pickup truck into down town DC or NYC or Atlanta or Dallas or Las Vegas or Silicon Valley or LA… and detonated.

Since it will be a ground detonation it will create a heavy fallout.  Air burst nuclear devices whose fireball never touches the ground have a very small amount of fallout but they have double of the over pressure and air blast destruction.  600mph winds are literally true with a nuclear detonation

ONE nuclear device detonated ANYWHERE in the world will put the people of the planet into a panic.  Grocery stores will sell out of food and water in 1/2 a day, everywhere in the world.  Because people will think because it happened ‘there’ it can happen ‘here.’  Its the “We’re Next” attitude.

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 8- 6 -17

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Australia Foils Islamist Airline Bomb Plot

 

August 5, 2017

 

What You Need To Know

Commercial aviation stakeholders worldwide are on heightened alert following Australia’s disruption of a bomb plot to bring down a passenger airliner. According to Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner of National Security Michael Phelan, the plot, carried out under direct guidance and assistance from the Islamic State, involved an attempt to smuggle an improvised explosive device disguised as a meat mincer onto a Etihad Airlines flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Media reports suggest the bag carrying the device was turned away because it was overweight.

Although the initial attempt to smuggle the bomb on board the aircraft occurred on July 15, Australian intelligence services only learned of the plot on July 26 via foreign intelligence services.

Described as one of Australia’s “most sophisticated” militant plots, the device was determined to contain high-grade military explosives that had been shipped to the suspects by air cargo from Turkey. A backup plan to set off a highly toxic hydrogen sulphide bomb on Sydney’s public transport network was also discovered.

Readers are reminded that on multiple occasions over the past year, AlertsUSA has warned that a number of Islamist terror networks including al Qaeda and the Islamic State continue to target the aviation sector for attacks. These threats are of such significance that the Dept. of Homeland Security has raised the baseline for aviation security globally by implementing enhanced security measures, both seen and unseen, at airports in 105 countries around world providing last-point-of-departure flights headed to the U.S.. This includes restrictions on electronic devices larger than a cell phone in the cabins of flights bound for the U.S. from 10 predominantly Muslim nations spread across the Middle East and North Africa. This move is based on gathered intelligence which pointed to attacks in the planning stages.

Readers are also reminded that since the events of Sept 11, 2001, there have a number of attempts at targeting both civilian and commercial aircraft for attacks, including the failed Christmas 2009 attempt to bring down an airliner near Detroitby underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as well as the October 2010 plot to bring down cargo aircraft using bombs built into printer toner cartridgesbeing shipped to the U.S. from the Middle East.

More recently, Islamist terror organizations have targeted civilian airliners on least three instances in the last three years. On February 2nd of 2016, an explosive device believed to have been built into a laptop computer was detonated on board Daallo Airlines Flight 159 as it flew from Mogadishu, Somalia en route to Djibouti City. Approximately 20 min into the delayed flight, but before reaching cruising altitude, the blast ripped a hole in the starboard, or right-hand, side of the aircraft. In this incident, the only fatality was the bomber, whose burnt body was sucked through the blast hole and discovered near the city of Balad, Somalia. Had the explosion taken place at normal cruising altitude with a fully pressurized cabin, the result would have likely been catastrophic.

And in another incident, on October 31st, 2015, a can of Schweppes pineapple soda was converted into a bomb that was used to down Metrojet Flight 9268 over the northern Sinai Peninsula as it flew from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport in Egypt en route to Saint Petersburg, Russia. All 217 passengers and seven crew members were killed in the incident. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for this attack, even publishing a picture of the explosive device.

AlertsUSA sources within the Department of Homeland Security warn that restrictions on electronic devices allowed into the cabins of flights bound for the U.S. may be extended to other countries outside of the Middle East in the coming months.

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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World News Roundup

 

August 5, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following:

 

AMERICAS

You Can Thank Leakers for New Russia Sanctions
U.S. Nuclear Strategy in the Face of China’s Rise
US Military Eyes New Mini-Nukes for 21st-Century Deterrence
US attorney general says four charged in crackdown on leaks
Venezuela’s Maduro Fledgling Dictatorship
Canada faces calls to freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia
‘El Chapo’ seeks release from US prison, says conditions like ‘torture’
A journalist’s murder underscores growing threat in Mexico
VH-92A Marine One Replacement Helicopter Has Taken Its First Flight

EUROPE

Pentagon asks White House to give lethal weapons to Ukraine
US arming Ukraine? A look at how Moscow might respond
Europe’s leaders struggle over a Trump strategy
Kremlin agrees with Trump that Russia-US ties at dangerous low
Four men given life sentences for plotting ‘Lee Rigby-style’ terrorist attack
US plans ‘global’ drills to counter Russia & other ‘complex threats’
NATO ‘Demands Military Schengen Zone’ in Europe

MIDDLE EAST

Russia, Not the US, is Now Calling the Shots in the Middle East
Addressing Iranian Influence in Iraq
Iran’s Top Export to Latin America: Radical Islam
Embassy, mosque attacks fuel fears ISIS bringing Iraq war to Afghanistan
Al-Qaida-linked militants’ advance throws west’s Syria plans into disarray
Gulf crisis: Is there a risk of a military escalation?
US killed Al-Shabaab militant group’s commander in Somalia
Iran rocket launch condemned by Germany, France, UK and US

ASIA

US unveils tougher new UN sanctions on N. Korea, vote due Saturday
US Carriers May Be Headed to Korean Waters for Forward Deployment
North Korea could soon develop a hydrogen bomb
US Renews Push for THAAD in S. Korea After North’s Latest ICBM Test
Chinese state media slams S. Korea’s Moon Jae-in for THAAD
Five Fast-Track Options For Blunting N. Korea’s Missile Threat To America
156-year-old map may reignite Japan-South Korea island dispute
A coming crisis over Taiwan?
China tells India that it won’t back down in border dispute
China and the US are battling to become the world’s first AI superpower


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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

Somalia
08/03/2017

N. Korea
08/02/2017

Venezuela
07/27/2017

Jordan
07/20/2017

S. Sudan
07/20/2017

Egypt
07/19/2017

Philippines
07/17/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

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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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 7- 23 -17

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U.S. Warns on Women’s Euro 2017 Championship
Hawaii Preps Public for Nuclear Attack

 

July 22, 2017

 

Between July 17th and 20th, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

 

7/17 – US Consulate Gen Amsterdam issues warning re terror threat to Women’s Euro 2017 Championship. Urges incr vigilance in large crowds & at soft target locations.

7/20 – ISIS affiliated Nashir News Agency warns of imminent attacks on the U.S. Russia, Europe, Turkey & Iran. Calls on Muslims to fight for Islam & the caliphate.

What You Need To Know

On six occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most important for this update, on Monday, the US Consulate General in Amsterdam, the Netherlands issued a security message for U.S. citizens acknowledging a terror threat to the Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship taking place in multiple venues across the country through August 6th. The security message cautions American citizens of an increased risk to their safety when in large crowds and urges a review of personal security plans and increased situational awareness.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Europe.

At present, the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands stands at 4 on a scale of 1 to 5., indicating a “real chance of an attack.”

In related news:

On Thursday, subscribers were informed of new threats by the Islamic State to carry out attacks on the U.S. Russia, Europe, Turkey & Iran. In addition to the threatening statements propagated through varied social media channels, the group also called on true believers in the U.S., Europe, Turkey and other “countries of the tyrants” to fight for their religion and the caliphate. In separate messages, the group also called on supporters to take advantage of their now widely disseminated weapons guides and manuals and mount attacks to avenge Israeli crackdowns this week at the al-Aqsa Mosque and on rioting Palestinians.

Hawaii Preparing for Nuclear Attack

The State of Hawaii is now preparing residents for the threat of nuclear attack. The campaign, by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, will see regular Cold War-style evacuation drills for schools, emergency sirens that will on the first work day of every month, an increased tempo of first responder training and more.

Given that the travel time for a missile from N. Korea would be around 20 minutes, the state’s initial guidance calls for residents to “get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.”

According to Vern Miyagi, administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, “We don’t know the exact capabilities or intentions of the North Korean government, but there is clear evidence that it is trying to develop ballistic missiles that could conceivably one day reach our state. Therefore, we cannot wait to begin our public information campaign to ensure that Hawaii residents will know what to do if such an event occurs.”

Readers can find more information on the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website.

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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7/19 – Enhanced security checks now active for carry-on elec devices larger than a cell phone for US-bound flights from Mexico. Move in resp to incr security threat.

7/17 – New tsunami advisory issued for Aleutian Islands, Samalga Pass, AK (30 miles SW of Nikolski) to Attu, AK including the Pribilof Islands. Monitoring…

7/17 – Strong M7.4 earthquake strikes Bering Sea between U.S. & Russian islands. Tsunami alert issued for some areas of Russia’s Far East. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/17 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing suspicious car investigation on Capital Hill. Two controlled explosions carried out by bomb squad. Add’l alerts as warranted.

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World News Roundup

 

July 22, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Trump warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ over detained Americans
Mexico City sees drug-war-style violence come to the capital
Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes as millions join strike
CIA Chief: Russians find any place they can make our lives more difficult
Top US general warns against rogue killer robots
Here’s how a North Korean nuclear attack on the US would play out
Why the ground shifts under Venezuela’s regime
U.S. lawmakers want fresh sanctions on Hezbollah

EUROPE

Growing number of potential Islamist terrorists in Germany
How Putin sparked a Western military renaissance
Germany sends Turkey carefully calibrated warning signal
Moldova calls on Russia to withdraw troops from breakaway region
US ‘closely tracking’ as Chinese navy in the Baltics for war games with Russia
Russian parliament bans use of proxy Internet services & VPN
High-Precision Cruise Missiles to be Core of Russian Navy’s Weapons by 2025
This Su-35 Flight Demo Will Make Your Head Explode

MIDDLE EAST

Pentagon chief says he thinks IS leader Baghdadi is alive
US special ops chief confirms CIA ending support for Syria rebels
Abbas announces immediate halt to ‘all contacts’ with Israel
Palestinian protests over Jerusalem Temple Mount site turn deadly
Jerusalem — an urgent issue for Trump administration
The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Working
Europe’s Libya Problem
Yemen’s cholera epidemic is worst on record
Iran accuses US of nuclear deal ‘sabotage’
A coup in the House of Saud?

ASIA

No Korean military talks after North snubs South’s call
North Korea submarine deployment could mean SLBM test
CIA chief signals desire for regime change in North Korea
US to ban citizens from travel to North Korea
North Korea’s July 4 ICBM Test: Propaganda Ploy or the Real Deal?
Playing on fears, Duterte guns for unchecked power
Philippine MPs to vote on Duterte bid for longer martial rule
Why is the India-China border stand-off escalating?
IS galvanized in Asia by Philippine city siege
What Are China’s Military Ambitions?


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Colombia
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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 7-16-17

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Islamic State: It is Permissible to Kidnap Children
Calls for Attacks on Women’s Euro 2017 Championship

 

July 15, 2017

 

Between July 9th and 13th, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

 

7/13 – Latest issue of Islamic State’s Rumiyah (Rome) magazine teaches it is permissible to kidnap children of non-Muslims in order to raise funds. Vigilance urged.

7/12 – Islamic State social media channels calling for attacks on UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 soccer championship (7/16 – 8/6) in the Netherlands. More info via email.

7/9 – New Islamic State social media campaign urges lone wolves to carry out attacks in the US and Europe. Vigilance urged when in unsecured public areas and venues.

 

What You Need To Know

On five occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most important for this update, on Thursday, subscribers were informed of the release of the latest issue of the Islamic State’s monthly internet magazine known as Rumiyah, within which followers are taught that it is permissible to kidnap children of harbi kuffar, or disbelievers, in non-Muslim lands, in order to raise funds.

Jihadists residing in non-Muslim lands should “not hesitate to take the wealth of the harbi kuffar [non-Muslim disbelievers], either by force or through theft and fraud […] Likewise, if he kidnaps them or their children, or subdues them in any way, then the lives and wealth of the harbi kuffar are permissible for the Muslims. So if they seize them in a shar’i [legitimate] manner they own them.’”

An image is included in this article showing young males, all members of King’s College Choir in Cambridge, UK, along with a caption saying; “PERMISSIBLE TO KIDNAP THE CHILDREN OF THE HARBI KUFFAR.”

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The article goes on to say:

“Do not forget that their war on the Islamic State is dependent on wealth, so purify your intentions, place your trust in Allah, and do not seek anyone’s advice with regards to taking their wealth. Proceed forward with Allah’s blessing, for indeed stealing the kuffar’s wealth weakens them, threatens the security of their economies, strengthens and emboldens the believers, and prepares them for something greater than theft, and this is among the aspects of jihad that have been abandoned in this era except by a group of those who are truthful, and how few they are.”

This latest issue of Rumiyah was published in 11 different languages, including English, French, Russian, German, Bosnian, Indonesian, Kurdish, Turkish, Uyghur, Pashto and Urdu, with each issue providing slightly varying content. For instance, the German version of this most recent issue provides instructions on how to properly assemble and use Molotov cocktails, while the English version does not.

Readers are reminded that back in early April, AlertsUSA warned subscribers of a similar call by the Islamic State to kill unbelievers, steal their wealth and cause economic harm to their businesses.

Just as the blood of the kafir is halal to shed, so too is the kafir’s wealth halal to take. […] There should be no misunderstanding about the excellence of this deed, as taking this wealth is in accordance with the command of Allah.

AlertsUSA cautions parents, as well as business owners and managers, that it would be prudent to take note of this call to action and to carefully evaluate your vulnerabilities. Many Muslims want to participate in the jihad (as is mandated in the Koran), but not everyone is inclined to travel to a distant battlefield or to become a martyr.

Calls for Attacks on UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 Soccer Championship

This week AlertsUSA subscribers were also informed of calls by the Islamic State for attacks on the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 soccer championship taking place between July 16 – August 6 in the Netherlands. The initial calls were made via the terror organization’s channels on the encrypted social media platform Telegram.

The quadrennial international football tournament is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors, including thousands from N. America. 16 European national teams will play 31 matches at 7 different venues across the country (Breda, Enschede, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Deventer, Tilburg and Doetinchem).

Caution and vigilance are urged if attending any of these matches or if you or a family member are simply visiting any of the host cities during the tournament. While security at the venues is expected to be tight, the greater danger is on the multitude of soft, less secure targets in the host cities.

At present, the terrorism threat level in the Netherlands stands at 4 on a scale of 1 to 5., indicating a “real chance of an attack.”

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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7/11 – Overnight: DHS/FBI invest explosion at an USAF recruiting office in Bixby, OK. Believed caused by pipe bomb. Add’l details later today when feds release stmt.

7/8 – AlertsUSA monitoring evacuation of Notre Dame (Paris) and surrounding area over suspicious pkg discovery. Police & military on scene. Add’l alerts as warranted.

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World News Roundup

 

July 15, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Chinese spy ship lurks off coast of Alaska during missile defense test
U.S. issues revised security directive to airlines worldwide
F-35 Total Costs Climb Past $1.5 Trillion
House backs massive increase in defense spending
Boeing and Lockheed Are Heading Toward a GPS Bidding War
Don’t Worry About U.S. Space Leadership
Production of coca leaf surges in Colombia
Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of ‘close relative’
Fixing the U.S. Army’s Looming Heavy Armor Crisis

EUROPE

A Franco-American Axis?
Russia, mulling expulsions, says too many U.S. spies work in Moscow

Russia threatens personnel cut at U.S. Embassy in Moscow
Brexit: Warning of ‘constitutional crisis’ over repeal bill
Acid attacks in east London leave five injured, teenager arrested
Here’s how many countries buy military equipment from Russia
Turkey Chooses Russia Over NATO for Missile Defense
With Fraying U.S.-Russian Ties Comes Fraying Arms Control

MIDDLE EAST

The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate
One year after failed coup, Turkey lurches toward dictatorship
Turkey dismisses thousands more police, civil servants and academics
Two Israeli police and three gunmen killed in shootout at holy site
U.S. cannot prove Islamic State chief is dead: U.S. defense secretary
Pentagon wants to build new US facilities in Iraq, Syria

ASIA

North Korea may have more bomb fuel than thought
Has Duterte’s China engagement backfired?
Concerns flare up as Philippines considers drilling in Beijing’s claims.
China has ‘almost doubled the fighting power of its aircraft carrier’
China Tells Japan ‘Get Use To It’ As It’s Bombers Fly Near Japan
U.S. prepares new sanctions on Chinese firms over North Korea ties


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Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Mali
06/29/2017

Ukraine
06/27/2017

Burundi
06/23/2017

Algeria
06/21/2017

Colombia
06/16/2017

Iraq
06/14/2017

Ethiopia
06/13/2017

Burkina Faso
06/07/2017

Chad
06/062017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

Worldwide Caution

03/06/2017

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UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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LONG-RANGE MISSILE THAT CAN FIT IN SHIPPING CONTAINER TEST-FIRED AT SEA

Long-range missile that can fit in shipping container test-fired at sea

An Israeli defense contractor has successfully test-fired a missile with a 400-kilometer range that can fit into a standard shipping container.

Launched from a ship, it joins the trend of weaponizing civilian freighters.

The missile that was fired on Tuesday, dubbed LORA or Long-Range Artillery weapon system, is produced by state-owned defense giant Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). According to company specifications, the solid-propellant ground-to-ground 1,600-kilogram projectile has a range of 400 kilometers and can be fired at a target in just 10 minutes.

First revealed in 2006, the missiles were originally designed to be secretly deployed. To protect them from detection, the missiles are stored in dedicated sealed canisters that can fit inside a standard shipping container and have a shelf life of seven years without maintenance.

From the start, IAI saw LORA as both land-based and ship-based system. This week, a missile fired from a ground launcher placed on a freighter vessel out at sea successfully hit its intended target on land.

“This was one of the most complex trials we held over the past few years and a technological breakthrough for IAI’s missile development operations,” said Executive Vice President Boaz Levi, according to an IAI statement.

“The trial was held according to a full operational outline, including an assessment of the system’s maneuvering, assault, and precision capabilities. The impressive results attest to the system’s maturity and advanced capabilities,” he said.

In theory, a complete containerized version of LORA would not need a dedicated launcher system. Rather a standard container would house four missiles and everything needed to fire them. A command and fire control section inside another container would be enough to serve up to four launchers.

The new technology could potentially turn any civilian freighter ship into a naval missile platform, a consideration that raises concerns about potential sneak attacks. Standardization would also make deploying such missiles on dedicated warships more flexible.

Russia has a similar system, a version of its Kalibr cruise missiles called Club-K, which was unveiled in 2011. Artist concepts show the Russian Navy’s upcoming Arctic patrol boat with two containerized Kalibr launchers on its stern.

 

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 7-9-17

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North Korea Launches First ICBM
U.S. Territory Now in Range

 

July 8, 2017

 

On July 4th, the following related Flash message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

7/4 – Flwg test launch of long range ballistic missile (poss ICBM) hours ago, N. Korean state run media threatens preemptive nuclear strike on the US. Monitoring.

 

What You Need To Know

On ten occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security matters. Most important for this update, on Wednesday subscribers were informed of new threats of attack on the U.S. by N. Korea following the launch of what has been determined to be their first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

North Korea’s central news agency has released a video of the launch, stating the missile flew for 39 min and achieved a maximum altitude of 2,802 kilometers (or 1741 miles) before impacting in the Sea of Japan 933 km (or 580 miles) downrange and within Japan’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Western defense and intelligence trajectory reconstructions generally agree with these performance figures. For an altitude comparison, the International Space Station orbits the Earth at an average altitude of just 250 miles.

The so-called “lofted” trajectory the missile traveled is intentional in order to prevent overflight of neighboring countries while still demonstrating high performance. Analysts indicate that if the missile were fired on a more efficient trajectory it could achieve a range of up to 8000 kilometers, or about 5000 miles. This easily puts Alaska, Hawaii and possibly parts of the Pacific Northwest within striking distance.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has confirmed that the rocket was indeed an intercontinental ballistic missile, calling it a “new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners.”

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that North Korea’s actions were “quickly closing off the possibility of a diplomatic solution” and the United States was prepared to defend itself and its allies.

“One of our capabilities lies with our considerable military forces. We will use them if we must, but we prefer not to have to go in that direction.”

South Korea’s defense minister Han Min-koo this week warned parliament that there was a “high” possibility of Pyongyang carrying out another nuclear test in the short term given their history of conducting nuclear experiments following long-range missile tests.

While it may be easy to dismiss N. Korean threats of attack on the U.S., it should be noted that with each nuclear and missile test, their capabilities continue to improve. Of equal concern is that once the reclusive regime achieves the ability to miniaturize their nuclear weapons, it is highly likely they will be made available for sale to the highest bidder, as is the case with all of their other domestically produced weapons systems, including chemical weapons used in Syria.

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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7/6 – Delta #129, Seattle to Beijing, turns back after passenger attempted to force entry into the cockpit. 3 injured during incident. Now on ground. Monitoring…

7/6 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac and lockdown of Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts. Truck security check reveals poss explosives. FBI on scene. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/5 – Islamic State social media channels urging attacks on the Wimbledon tennis tournament underway in London, incl the sharing of facility maps. Vigilance urged.

7/3 – AlertsUSA monitoring shooting incident in Toulouse, FR. Man & woman in Arab dress dismounted motorbike and fired into crowd. 1 dead, several injured.

7/3 – Boston police rpt incident occurred at taxi staging area outside Boston Logan Intl airport. ~10 injured. Driver in custody. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/3 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of poss vehicular attack in E. Boston, near airport. Mass casualty incident declared w serious injuries. Add’l alerts forthcoming.

7/2 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac and halt of all train service @ WTC, NYC following discovery of suspicious package. Add’l alerts as warranted.

7/1 – Gov of Portugal issues EU-wide terror alert following theft of explosives, grenade launchers and grenades from National Arsenal of Tancos. AlertsUSA monitoring.

7/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac at Charles de Gaulle Airport, NW Paris. All gates closed & flights grounded over unspec security matter. Add’l alerts as warranted.

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World News Roundup

 

July 8, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

 

AMERICAS

Scariest Thing About Cyberwarfare: No Rules of Engagement
Federal judge turns back Hawaii’s motion on Trump’s travel ban
Trump’s leaks crackdown sends chills through national security world
European banks exit Honduras dam project after killings
Trump, with Peña Nieto, ‘absolutely’ wants Mexico to fund border wall
Jury sentences Hasan to death for ’09 Fort Hood massacre.
Homeland security head to Mexico: US drug use fuels violence
FBI: Flight attendant broke wine bottle over man’s head
Air Force F-35 Trains Against Russian, Chinese Air Defenses
Navy Tests New Amphib Amid Broader Moves to Change Future Strategy
US military will finally start encrypting soldiers’ emails
The 12 countries that spend the highest proportion of GDP on their military

EUROPE

Now is the summer of Britain’s discontent
Islamist recruiters in Germany ‘go right for young people’s hearts’
Belgium manhunt as Brussels raids prompt fears of attack
G-20 clashes leave dozens of officers and activists injured
EU countries decline to help Italy with Mediterranean refugee crisis
Russia claims N. Korea launch not ICBM, objects to condemnation statement.
U.S. taps ex-envoy to NATO Volker to resolve Ukraine crisis
Russia’s troops just carried out a massive test airstrike on a “simulated” foe
Trump welcomed by cheering, flag-waving supporters in Warsaw

MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s Collision Course With the G20 Summit
Mattis affirms US-Qatar cooperation: Pentagon
Qatar is rich enough to face threats of the blockade
Qatar crisis: Saudi-led bloc vows new measures
Israel outraged as UNESCO declares Hebron, West Bank, a world heritage site
Car bombs in Egypt’s Sinai target soldiers
Egypt’s Foreign Minister blames Qatar for ‘human suffering’ in Syria, Libya.
European parliament votes to suspend Turkey EU accession talks

ASIA

The Rubicon Is Crossed in North Korea
U.S. plans to test THAAD missile defenses as North Korea tensions mount
SecState: Not many good North Korea options if pressure fails
Chinese, Russian media lock arms to challenge Western press
US must have stomach for sanctions on Pyongyang and Beijing
What Is Stopping a War With North Korea? –
S. Korea Bomb Shelters Forgotten With No Food, Water
Himalayan Stand-Off Makes for an Awkward G-20 for Xi and Modi
Beijing denounces U.S. B-1B bomber flight over South China Sea
China’s first operational aircraft carrier Liaoning arrives in Hong Kong.
Navy to train with Vietnam amid rising tensions with China
White House Limits Pentagon on Afghan Troop Level


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DEADLY VERSES
164 Passages about Jihad from the Koran


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80 Passages on Rape, Pedophilia, Misogyny, Female Inferiority,
Wife Beating and Related Doctrines from Islamic Holy Texts


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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

Mali
06/29/2017

Ukraine
06/27/2017

Burundi
06/23/2017

Algeria
06/21/2017

Colombia
06/16/2017

Iraq
06/14/2017

Ethiopia
06/13/2017

Burkina Faso
06/07/2017

Chad
06/062017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

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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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 6-25-17

From AlertsUSA

 

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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.

 

Brussels Attack

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.


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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

 

AMERICAS

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

 

EUROPE

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

 

MIDDLE EAST

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

 

ASIA

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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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

Burundi
06/23/2017

Algeria
06/21/2017

Colombia
06/16/2017

Iraq
06/14/2017

Ethiopia
06/13/2017

Burkina Faso
06/07/2017

Chad
06/062017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Cent African Repub
05/26/2017

Haiti
05/22/2017

Pakistan
05/22/2017

Yemen
05/10/2017

North Korea
05/09/2017

Tunisia
05/02/2017

Europe
05/01/2017

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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