WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 3-25-18

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al Qaeda Leader: Fight Americans Everywhere Terror Strikes Southern France

 

March 24, 2018

 

Between March 20-23, the following related Flash SMS messages
were sent to
AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

3/20 – New video by al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri entitled “America: The First Enemy of Muslims” urges Muslims to combine efforts to fight Americans everywhere.

3/23 – Twin attacks underway, Trebes & Carcaasonne, France, SE of Toulouse. Hostage situation, least one dead, Islamic State claiming resp.

3/23 – French authorities report attackers shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ & claiming allegiance to Islamic State. Reports of 10+ injured, at least two dead.

3/23 – US Embassy Paris / State Dept. warning Americans in France of attacks, urging those in area of incident to contact loved ones to report personal status.

What You Need To Know

On 19 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. On Tuesday, subscribers were notified of a new video message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri entitled “America: The First Enemy of Muslims” within which he urges Muslims to combine efforts to fight Americans everywhere.

Zawahiri begins by referring to President Trump as a “blatant crusader” who has “revealed the true face of America, and the true psychology of a majority of the American people toward Muslims.” Noting past teachings of Osama Bin Laden, Zawahiri points out that he was not satisfied with merely declaring America as the Muslims principal enemy, but that he set a practical example by showing that striking America was possible.

After rallying jihadists and other Muslims around the idea of striking the US, Zawahiri puts out the call:

“Here is our Muslim Ummah [community] so let us fight America everywhere as they transgress against us everywhere, let us unite in confronting it, and do not divide, and come together and not split up, and unite and not divide.”

He goes on to say:

“… the goal of our jihad is the restoration of the rightly guided Caliphate” and all of the territory once controlled by Muslims from Jerusalem to al Andalus (Spain) is still “ours.”

Zawahiri closes his message with the following:

Undertake jihad against America, the head of the snake and the Hubal [pagan idol] of the era, undertake it for the glory of this world and the victory of the Hereafter, rise to a paradise that displays the heaves and the Earth.

A full transcript of Zawahiri’s video can be downloaded below.

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Terror Strikes Southern France

On Friday morning, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of a terror attack and hostage situation unfolding in the South of France. Initially, a policeman was shot and wounded while jogging with colleagues in the city of Carcassonne, located approximately 60 miles SE of Toulouse. The gunman then shot and killed the driver of a car, stole the vehicle and fled to the nearby city Trèbes where he entered a Super U supermarket, opened fire and took hostages. After a four hours standoff with police, French special forces stormed the supermarket and killed the gunman. In the follow up investigation, three homemade explosive devices were discovered in the supermarket.

In total, four people were killed and 16 injured in the attack. One of the dead is a French police officer who exchanged himself for a hostage during the siege. Once inside, the officer was able to leave his cellphone in a mode enabling emergency responders to gather intelligence.

The Islamic State’s Amaq news agency was quick to claim responsibility for the attack.

The attacker in Trebes located in southern France is a soldier of the Islamic State, and he carried out the operation in response to the Islamic State’s calls to target coalition states.

French authorities identified the gunman as Radouane Lakdim, age 25, who was born in Morocco and lived in Carcassonne. He was known to police as a petty criminal and drug dealer, and had been previously flagged by French intelligence because of his radicalization and ties to the Salafist movement.

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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3/17 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac of The Oaks mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. Reports of gunfire. Facility on lockdown. Add’l alerts as warranted.

3/17 – At least two individuals shot in Thousand Oaks mall incident. Shooter reported in custody.

3/20 – AlertsUSA monitoring response to shooting at Great Mills High School, Lexington Park, MD. Multiple victims reported. Threat contained.

3/23 – BLM / Antifa protests growing in downtown Sacramento, CA flwg police shooting. Crowd agitated, police geared for clashes. Caution urged if in the area.

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Austin Bomber Kills Self

March 24, 2018

Between March 18-20, the following related Flash SMS messages
were sent to
AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

3/18(a) – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of two new explosions in Austin. More information to come.

3/18(b) – Austin EMS confirms one explosion, 4721 Eagle Feather Dr, two male causalities. Add’l alerts to follow.

3/18(c) – Austin authorities again warn residents not to touch or open suspicious packages. Unexpected or unknown sender? Call 911 immediately.

3/18(d) – Austin PD advise residents within .5 mile radius of 4800 block of Dawn Song Dr. to stay in their homes til daylight. Active search for add’l devices underway.

3/19 – ATF reports latest Austin bomb used trip wire as initiator, urges increased vigilance and awareness for suspicious objects and packages. See email for more.

3/20(a) – Package explodes at FedEx dist facility near Austin. More info to come.

3/20(b) – Location of FedEx explosion was 9935 Doerr Lane, Schertz, TX. One person injured. Package destined for Austin.

3/20(c) – Emergency protocols being implemented across postal and shipping sector for acceptance, processing & delivery nationwide. See email for more info.

3/20(d) – Multiple agencies investigating suspicious package at 2nd FedEx facility, 4100 McKinney Falls Prky, SE Austin. Add’l alerts as warranted.

3/20(e) – AlertsUSA monitoring response to report of package explosion, 9801 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX. Add’l alerts as warranted.

3/20(f) – Latest package explosion occurred at Goodwill store drop-off. At least one person seriously injured. Location in close proximity to earlier bombing.

What You Need To Know

The nearly month-long search for a serial bomber ended early Wednesday morning when police and federal agents identified the suspect’s automobile and traced it to a local hotel parking lot in Round Rock, just outside of Austin.

While waiting for backup to arrive, the suspect began to drive away. As law enforcement followed, the suspect pulled off the road and detonated an explosive device inside of the car as agents approached. According to police reports he was killed instantly.

At an evening press conference, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said the suspect, Mark Anthony Conditt, video taped a confession the night prior in which he described seven explosive devices. In total, two people were killed and five were injured during the string of attacks.

Police continue to urge Austin residents to exercise caution and vigilance as the investigation into the bombings and the suspects movements and activities prior to his death, continue.

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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Migration as Jihad (4:53 min)

March 24, 2018

This is the 6th in a series of short, insightful videos by Dr. Bill Warner, a highly respected expert on political Islam. In 2006, he founded the Center for the Study of Political Islam (CSPI) to further the study of the politics of the ideology of Islam and its dangerous ramifications for Western Civilization.

Dr. Warner is the author of fifteen books, including the Amazon bestseller, Sharia Law for Non-Muslims, which is published in 20 languages. His Simple Koran is the first Koran that can be easily understood by integrating Mohammed’s life into the Koran verses. This method gives a context to the book which makes the meaning transparent. All of his books are concise and easy to understand.

About This Video:

Migration is part of the doctrine of jihad. Migration is so important that the Islamic calendar is based upon the Hijra, Mohammed’s migration from Mecca to Medina. Why? Because it was migration that lead to the creation of jihad in Medina. And it was jihad that made Islam triumphant. In the past Muslims tended to stay in Islamic countries. Today, the new politics is to migrate to Kafir lands and immerse themselves in local politics. This is the jihad of money, writing and speech. Their politics is to bring the Sharia to Kafir culture. An example is using Islamic money is to build departments in universities that will support Sharia and never criticize Islam.

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Previous videos by Bill Warner appearing in Threat Journal include the following:

Sharia – Destroyer of Civilizations (5:06)

Tough Questions for Islam (3:58)

Islamic Reform Is Impossible (5:19)

Islam & Inbreeding (3:06)

Jihad vs Crusades (5:07)

 

 


 

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World News Roundup

 

March 24, 2018

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

StratCom Chief Worries Amid Claims of ‘Unstoppable’ Russian Missile
U.S. Army Forges Ahead With Its Railgun
U.S. Special Forces: Soon to Be Armed with Russian Guns?
The End Of The American Way of War; The Cold War Really Is Over
The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal
Nuclear warhead manager seeks FY19 funding for new nuke designs
US Army Close to Fielding Howitzers Firing Hypersonic, Precision-Strike Shells
Canada introduces new gun control measures.
Bolton appointment lets Trump negotiate from position of strength
With Bolton, Trump shakes off generals’ restraints
Mexican leftist extends lead in presidential race, poll shows
Incoming Peru president a political novice facing tough odds
Hackers demanding bitcoin ransom attack Atlanta city computers
Lawsuit alleges Saudi, Iran support for 9/11 hijackers
U.S. charges, sanctions Iranians for global cyber attacks on behalf of Tehran
Peace through strength!: Trump says ‘getting along with Russia is a good thing’
US blacklists mystery French chemical terrorist
Peru’s president, ensnared in scandals, resigns on eve of impeachment vote

EUROPE

Russian Spy Attack Offers a Glimpse of Britain’s Future Place in the World
Europeans to unveil new steps against Russia over UK spy attack
Russian spy: EU recalls Russia ambassador after nerve agent attack
Mosque in Germany attacked with Molotov bombs
Italy detains Spanish ship after picking up 218 migrants
Turkey to send drill ship to contested gas field off Cyprus.
Germany proposes Ulm as NATO logistics hub against Russia
Poland accuses EU of ‘double standards’ on democracy as standoff deepens.
Russian Forces take delivery of ‘new’ Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile
Russian Copter-Based Electronic Jammer Spotted in Syria for the 1st Time
Germany looks to LNG to cut reliance on Russian gas

MIDDLE EAST

The Saudi Crown Prince is in Washington and Has Iran on His Mind
Will Saif Gaddafi run in Libyan elections?
Syrian army celebrates as rebels quit most of their Ghouta stronghold
Khamenei says Iran has foiled US plans in Mideast
Israel will prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons: Netanyahu
Amnesty International slams Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia
Israel-bound plane flies over Saudi Arabia for first time
Wagner Group: the mercenaries serving Putin in Syria
Israel admits striking suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007
Assad mum on new Israeli disclosures regarding 2007 attack on Syrian reactor
UN: Armed groups in Libya torturing migrants, selling slaves
US, Jordan launch new counterterrorism training center
Turkey Is Launching the Next Middle East War With Attacks in Iraq and Syria

ASIA

China’s aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions rise
Russia ‘arming the Afghan Taliban’, says US
Japan in diplomatic contact with North Korea through Beijing embassy
How Trump Can Separate North Korea From Its Nukes
Chinese Navy Plans Combat Drills in South China Sea
US destroyer sails close to contested island in South China Sea
The craziness of China’s island claims
Tensions Rise Between China and Taiwan
Kashmir: 10 killed after fierce gun battle
India’s Seychelles military base plan hits choppy waters
China’s growing submarine force is ‘armed to the teeth’

 

 


 

Homeland Security

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. The United States is engaged in a generational fight against terrorists who seek to attack the American people, our country, and our way of life. An informed, vigilant and engaged public remains one of our greatest assets to identify potential terrorists and prevent attacks.

 

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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 at your destination well prior to departure.

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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.

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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