WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 9-17-17

From AlertsUSA

 

UK Threat Level Increased to Critical
Islamic State Threatens More Attacks

 

September 16, 2017

  

Between Sept 10-15, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

9/15 – Islamic State issues add’l statement, indicating cell of 3 involved in London attack & “what is coming is more devastating and bitter”. AlertsUSA monitoring…

9/15 – UK terror threat level raised from SEVERE to CRITICAL, indicating another attack “expected imminently.” Soldiers likely to be deployed in major metro areas.

9/15 – Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency formally claims responsibility for London Subway attack.

9/15 – London subway bomber remains at large. Signif concern of add’l attacks on pub transport or crowded location. US Embassy urges vigilance and security awareness.

9/15 – Scotland Yard calling device a “partially detonated IED.” Manhunt underway. Heavy security throughout London metro system.

9/15 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing response to subway explosion in southwat London at Parsons Green station. At least 18 hospitalized.

9/14 – New Worldwide Caution warns of cont threat of terrorism, political violence, & criminal activity against US citizens & interests abroad. http://bit.ly/2xo2wZn

9/13 – al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Chief Bombmaker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, issues 9/11 anniv. message vowing to continue targeting America for attacks.

9/12 – US Embassy Moscow urging incr vigilance and awareness flwg widespread bomb threats across Russia, incl schools, cinemas, malls, gov bldgs, and transport hubs.

9/10 – Al Qaeda announces the forthcoming release of a “message” on the anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks. AlertsUSA monitoring…

What You Need To Know

The UK’s terrorism threat level has been raised to CRITICAL, the highest of 5 levels indicating a terror attack is “expected imminently,” after London was hit by a new attack targeting commuters headed to work during the Friday morning rush hour.

In this incident, an improvised explosive device (IED) carried in a plastic bucket and outfitted with a crude timer and initiator constructed of small christmas lights partially detonated within a packed commuter rail car at the Parsons Green underground station in West London. 29 were injured in the attack, with many suffering severe burns and broken bones resulting from the crush of panicked commuters fleeing the station. Had the device detonated correctly, forensics investigators believe few of the passengers in the packed train car would have survived as the bomb was packed with nails and the easy-to-make and deadly explosive TATP (triacetone triperoxide) which is used by jihadists everywhere from Europe to the battlefields of Syria and Iraq.

As of the time of this report’s preparation late Friday, the individuals responsible for the attack remained at large. The Islamic State has formally claimed responsibility for the attack through an official announcement made via their Amaq News Agency. That statement was released in multiple languages on various social media platforms. Within the English version, the announcement states that “what is coming is more devastating and bitter.”

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Readers are reminded that exactly four weeks ago, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of the release of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s 17th issue of the online news and fieldcraft magazine known as ‘Inspire’, in which a majority of the publication was devoted to attacking different means of commercial and civilian transportation in the U.S. and Europe, and in particular, trains.

While it is the Islamic State which has claimed responsibility for the attack, there are two interesting data points to keep in mind. The first, are new reports that Hamza Bin Laden, a son of Osama Bin Laden, has been hard at work attempting to unify the efforts of the Islamic State and al Qaeda. The second data point was a 9/11 anniversary messages issued by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s master bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, within which he vows to continue targeting America for attacks.

Asiri is direcly credited with multiple previous attempted attacks on commercial aircraft, including the failed Christmas 2009 attempt to bring down an airliner near Detroit by underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, as well as the October 2010 attempt to bring down cargo aircraft using bombs built into printer toner cartridges. While Asiri is most well known by the public in the West for his bomb failures, he is in fact responsible for a host of highly successful attacks using innovative explosive device designs across the Middle East which have claimed hundreds of lives, including his own brother. In this incident, he somehow managed to talk his brother into packing his rectum with explosive material in an attempt to kill a Saudi government official.

 


 

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OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
NOT DETAILED IN THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

9/15 – Protests growing violent in downtown St. Louis. Streets being blocked by demonstrators. Avoid the area. Live feed: http://www.kmov.com

9/15 – AlertsUSA monitoring growing protests in downtown St. Louis flwg acquittal of white frmr police officer in shooting death of black man. Caution if in the area.

9/13 – AlertsUSA is now back up and following the mass shooting incident at Freeman High School in Rockford, WA. 5 shot, 1 dead, shooter in custody.

9/11 – Tropical Storm Irma Situation Update – Sept 11, 2017 sent via email.

9/10 – Hurricane Irma Situation Update – Sept 10, 2017 sent via email.

9/10 – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal expands emergency declaration to include all 159 counties in the state due to Hurricane Irma. GA residents should tune to local news.

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N. Korea Launches Missile Over Japan

 

September 16, 2017

 

Between Sept 10-14 , the following related Flash messages were
sent to
AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

9/14 – Japanese gov indicates missile came down ~2000 km (1242 miles) E of Hokkaido. Gov say no missile intercept attempted. Regional mil forces on high alert.

9/14 – Japanese gov stating N. Korean missile has “likely” overflown Hokkaido Island and crashed in the Pacific. Approx half of Japan on alert.

9/14 – AlertsUSA monitoring new N. Korea missile launch fired eastward from Pyongyang. Add’l alerts as more info becomes available.

9/10 – DPRK Central News Agency: N. Korea threatens to inflict on the US “the greatest pain and suffering in its entire history” if it pursues more UN sanctions.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday evening AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices of a new North Korean missile headed eastward from Pyongyang (with an actual launch location of Sunan, just north of of the capital). Overflying Hokkaido Island, the intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile ultimately fell into the Pacific Ocean 20 minutes after launch approximately ~2200 km (1367 miles) east of east of Cape Erimo. Residents of Northern Japan were advised to seek refuge, and local and bullet train services were immediately halted.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the country’s missile tests over Japan “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam” and said his country should conduct more missile tests into the Pacific Ocean.

This most recent launch was the longest-ever such flight carried out by the rogue regime, and traveled 3,700km – 800km further than the previous launch over Japan just weeks ago.

President Trump, who has vowed not to let North Korea develop nuclear missiles that can hit the mainland United States, has previously warned on Tuesday that all options are on the table for the United States to respond.

As previously reported by AlertsUSA, 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.

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

 

September 16, 2017

 

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens
Five senators ask Tillerson to close Cuba embassy
Russia, China Playing Major Role in Keeping Venezuela Afloat
Expert: U.S. Should See China as ‘Number One’ Adversary
Air Force Lowers Promotion Standards to Address Officer Shortages
Trump to ‘slap’ foes, embrace friends in first U.N. speech
Arrest the American Islamic State Fighter
More Rules for Launching Nukes Won’t Make U.S. Safer
Lockheed lands contract for more-secure GPS military signals

EUROPE

Extend border controls to counter terror threat, say France and Germany
Russia launches much-hyped Zapad exercises in Belarus
Only one in four Navy brit navy ships can sail due to spending cuts
If Russia started World War III, here’s how it would go down
Catalonia to launch campaign for independence referendum
Soldiers on Europe’s streets dent NATO’s defense edge

MIDDLE EAST

Trump administration plans new sanctions against Iran
Could North Korea help Iran develop nuclear weapons?
Israel concludes massive drill for war in north
Watch As Screaming Arab League Members Accuse Each Other Of Terrorism
Iran produces propaganda video showing its forces destroying US Navy
Yemen rebels threaten to target UAE with missiles

ASIA

What are North Korea’s other WMDs?
Why China won’t help US against North Korea
Tillerson on N. Korea: Russia and China must take ‘direct action’ over launch
Philippine Defense Chief Hints That Duterte May Impose Martial Law
Japan refuels U.S. missile defense ships under new security laws
US General:l Size of most recent N. Korean test ‘equates to’ a hydrogen bomb

 


 

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

Cuba
09/13/2017

Kenya
09/13/2017

Haiti
09/12/2017

Ethiopia
08/25/2017

Bangladesh
08/24/2017

Mexico
08/22/2017

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
08/31/2017

Worldwide Caution

09/14/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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