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Danger Ahead as Russia Enters War in Syria

Oct 3, 2015
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On September 30, AlertsUSA issued the following
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9/30 (Wed) - Russia launches first airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, says coalition aircraft in airspace will be treated as hostile. Developing...

What You Need To Know

On Wed of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding the launch of Russian combat sorties in Syria. Operating out of a base established over the last several weeks near the coastal city of Latakia about 50 miles south of the Turkish border, Russian fighters have been pounding positions held by the U.S. backed fighters attempting to collapse the government Syrian President Bashir Assad.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, “The main task is to fight terrorism and to support the legitimate government of Syria in the fight against terrorism and extremism.” This is the first time Russia has deployed combat forces to the Middle East in over three decades and was reportedly done so at the specific request of the Syrian President.

It is being reported that only one hour before the air strikes began, a 3-star Russian General entered the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad where he informed the military attaché of Russia's intent to launch combat operations and, actually using the word "please," warned of the need for U.S. forces to clear Syrian airspace. It is reported that U.S. officials said they would not alter their plans. Since Wednesday, the tempo of Russian sorties has increased, with those attacks initially focused on U.S.-backed ground forces presenting the gravest threat to Assad regime territory. Russia is also building additional bases and housing for thousands of troops.


Additionally, Reuters is reporting that hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria and will soon join government forces and Lebanese Hezbollah in a major ground offensive backed by Russian air strikes.

This is an extremely dangerous situation brewing with U.S. and Russian aircraft operating in the same airspace. Late this week there are also reports that the Obama Administration is now considering options for using force to protect U.S. backed rebel groups coming under Russian attack.


It must be remembered that U.S. involvement in Syria did not begin with the rise of the Islamic State. The Obama Administration has us involved in the conflict because of a desire to collapse the government of Bashir Assad. If you think back to 2013, AlertsUSA Threat Journal regularly reported on a buildup of thousands of U.S. ground troops as well as fighter aircraft in Jordan and Turkey (see this and this), preparing for an invasion following questionable accusations from the Obama Administration about Syria's use of chemical weapons. You may also recall the concurrent buildup of more than a dozen Russian and Chinese warships in the Eastern Mediterranean, with both countries directly threatening military action against Western nations attempting to become involved in the Syrian conflict.

This led to President Obama backing down at the last minute, the diplomatic effort leading to the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, followed by more than two years of convoluted Obama Administration policies spending billions backing different, supposedly moderate, rebel groups in an attempt to bring down the Assad government. Several of these groups, in turn, bailed out and headed to Iraq to join what has now become the Islamic State, or to become allied with al Qaeda.


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AlertsUSA asks readers to consider a few realities about the Syrian conflict. Truth be told, USGOV interests in Syria have very little to do with the use of chemical weapons, heartstring-pulling news stories of dead babies or an evil dictator wiping out his own people. Prior to the claims of chemical weapons use, their two year long civil war had already claimed the lives of more than 150,000, left tens of thousands injured and more than two million people displaced. Are we really expected to believe that the use of chemical weapons, instead of bullets and bombs, are the real reason for our involvement even after prosecuting two full blown wars?

Hardly. There is far more in play.

As previously reported by AlertsUSA, major new oil and gas pipelines are to be constructed in Syria. The resulting trillions of dollars in energy revenues and the pockets into which those revenues flow, will be decided by the outcome of the Syrian conflict. It will either be the U.S. and it's allies, or Russia, their state run gas company Gazprom and their allies. In this light, it should be no surprise why the Arab Gulf states have offered to fund a U.S. military campaign in Syria.


Pipeline Politics in Syria
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March 21, 2014

We can add to this the massive natural gas fields discovered the coast of Israel since 2009. Historically an importer of oil and gas, Israel will soon become an energy exporter and a major player in the world oil and gas market.

And so here we are. Russia and Iran are making good on their commitment of support for the Syrian government. There are also reports that Chinese military personnel and aerial assets are scheduled to arrive in Syria the coming weeks. Their efforts are not only in support of the Assad regime (thus directly opposing U.S. efforts), but also out of their own security interests as both Russia and China have sizeable Muslim populations. Like the U.S., there is no desire to have the recently minted jihadists returning home to stir up trouble.

The dangers in this conflict have dramatically increased in the last week. Be prepared. The mixture of personal arrogance and legacy, radical Islam and strategic control of dwindling global energy supplies representing trillions in future revenues makes the Middle East a highly charged flash point.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor ongoing developments in this region and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall threat picture as events warrant.


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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for
Oregon College Shooting

Oct 3, 2015
On October 1, AlertsUSA issued the following
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10/1 (Thurs) - AlertsUSA monitoring active shooter situation, Umpqua Comm College, Roseburg, OR. Initial reports of 10 dead, 20 injured. More alerts as situation warrants.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding an active shooter situation at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR. At least 10 people were killed many more injured in the attack by a lone gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, who assumed room temperature in an exchange of gunfire with police.

At the time of this report's preparation on Friday, scant information was being released about the shooter beyond his name, in part, because of a potential nexus to terrorism.

To begin, eyewitness accounts indicate that after the gunman shot a professor, students trapped in a classroom were asked one by one to stand up, after which they were posed just one question; "Are you Christian?" If they answered yes, they were shot in the head. If they answered no or did not respond, they were shot in the legs.

Further, the suspect's MySpace page contains direct connections to others who themselves shower praise on mujahidin fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Additionally, an interesting aspect of this story that has investigators scratching their chins is the fact that this small community college in Roseburg, OR happens to be the school being attended by one of the U.S. soldiers responsible for the takedown of the shooter in last month's terror incident on a high speed train traveling between Amsterdam and Paris. Had that soldier not been out of town in rehearsals for a television show, he may have been on campus the day of the attack.


The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

As AlertsUSA Threat Journal has reported on multiple occasions over the last several months (see this, this, this and this), the attack comes on the heels of repeated recent calls by the Islamic State and al Qaeda for supporters to carry out lone wolf attacks. Such calls have come in the form of audio and video messages posted to the internet as well as via the different terror organizations quarterly publications such as Inspire and Dabiq.

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
Oct 3, 2015

Other Developments We Are Following


New Patch for U.S. Troops Fighting ISIS Looks Like ISIS Logo
U.S. aircraft carrier and destroyer to conduct naval exercises in Peru
US Debt limit coming a month earlier than expected
Mexico extradites 13 high-profile accused crime bosses to the US
Netanyahu warns that Iran is building terrorist cells worldwide


Frosty faces as Hollande, Putin discuss differences over Syria
Sweden sees record number of asylum seekers in 2015
Germany took in more than 200,000 migrants last month
Hamburg to seize commercial property to house migrants
Nearly 100,000 people protest against US nukes in Germany


Putin Has His Own No-Fly Zone in Syria
Russia's Quick Jump Into Syria Leaves Obama With Few Options
Obama’s Syria debacle
Israel's military option is back on the table
The Middle East Meltdown and Global Risk


Satellite Images May Show China’s First Domestic Aircraft Carrier
Warplanes: The J-31 Mystery Deepens
India to Pakistan: 'Give up terrorism' and we can talk
Unification with China not on agenda, says Taiwan president
China navy calls for United States to reduce risk of misunderstandings


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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.

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