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Islamic State Threatens New Attacks in
U.S. and European Cities

December 2, 2017
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Between Nov 27th and Dec 2, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

11/27 - New ISIS propaganda poster in circulation on social media shows Santa overlooking Times Sq. w/ case of dynamite at his side along with threat. See email.

11/29 - New 58 min English lang ISIS video entitled 'Flames of War II' rallies followers to martyrdom and ongoing attacks against the West. See email for more + link.

11/29 - Islamic State media arm circulating new propaganda poster threatening Christmas season attack on San Diego, CA Mormon Temple. See email.

12/1 - German police confirm discovery of explosives within suspicious package following evacuation of Christmas market in central Potsdam. AlertsUSA monitoring..

12/1 - Pro-Islamic State media group circulating propaganda poster threatening attack in Amsterdam, Netherlands. See email.

12/1 - Controlled detonation of of suspicious pkg in Potsdam Christmas market completed. Device rptd to have contained contained nails and was left near childrens carousel.

12/2 - New Islamic State propaganda poster threatens Christmas attack in London. See email.

What You Need To Know

On seven occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding new threats by the Islamic State. Beginning Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of a new propaganda / threat poster published by an Islamic State's media arm and widely circulated over social media platforms showing a figure dressed as Santa Clause overlooking a crowded Times Square with a case of dynamite at his side along with the threat;

"We meet at Christmas in New York... Soon."

This was followed on Wednesday by the Islamic State's release of a horrific new hour long video with English narration entitled 'Flames of War II' which references past attacks for which they have claimed responsibility ranging from Nice, France to Las Vegas, positions battlefield losses of Raqqah and Mosul as tests for true believers and the purification of jihad's ranks, threatens President Trump, and ultimately the raising the Islamic State flag over the White House.

Two additional propaganda / threat posters were also published by the Islamic State later in the week carrying threats of attack on both a busy shopping street in Amsterdam, as well on the Mormon Temple in San Diego, California. [Late Addition: Another was issued early Saturday morning threatening an attack on London.]

It is important to bear in mind that that many, but not all, attacks by the Islamic State in Western countries have been preceded by the release of propaganda posters and other public threats. Thus, notification of the release of such posters should be duly noted if you live in or are traveling to the locations specified therein.

The four posters we reported on this week are shown below:

New York / Times Square

Islamic State Propaganda / Threat poster - New York / Times Square - ALLOW IMAGES

Amsterdam

Islamic State Propaganda / Threat poster - Amsterdam - ALLOW IMAGES

San Diego Mormon Temple

Islamic State Propaganda / Threat poster - San Diego Mormon Temple - ALLOW IMAGES

London

Islamic State Propaganda / Threat poster - London - ALLOW IMAGES

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were also notified of the evacuation of a Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam near Berlin following the discovery of a nail-packed bomb in front of a pharmacy near a children's carousel. This incident is significant as just under one year ago, Germany experienced one of it's worst terror attacks when a Tunisian asylum seeker intentionally drove a large cargo truck through a busy Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring 56. The truck's original driver was found shot dead in the passenger seat. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Readers are reminded that not only are end of year holidays wonderful times of thanks, worship and celebration with friends and family, they are also, with growing regularity, a prime time for angry Muslims / Islamists to carry out terrorist attacks in the West.

If you are traveling this holiday season, you would do well to familiarize yourself with latest State Department travel alerts and warnings, as well as maintain a high level of vigilance and situational awareness when in lightly secured public gathering places and events.

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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11/26 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to active shooter at New York's Galleria at Crystal Run mall. At least two causalities. Add'l alerts as warranted.

11/26 - Alert level for Bali's largest volcano, Agung, raised to 4 (highest) over potential for explosive eruption. Ash impacting air travel, Denpasar Airport closed.

11/28 - AlertsUSA monitoring rpt of active shooter, downtown Reno. Police close 2nd & 4th Aves, Commercial St. & Virginia St. Avoid area. Add'l alerts as warranted.

11/29 - AlertsUSA monitoring Capital Hill lock down involving HAZMAT response. No further info at this time.

11/29 - Lock down lifted on Capital Hill. All clear given.

 
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New N. Korea ICBM Capable of Striking Entire U.S.

December 2, 2017
Between Nov. 28 and Dec 1, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

11/28(a)- S. Korean military reports DPRK ballistic missile launch. No tracking info yet. AlertsUSA monitoring...

11/28(b) - DPRK missile launched from South Pyongan Province located N and W of Pyongyang. Japan's J-Alert warning system activated.

11/28(c) - S. Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff DPRK rpts missile flew eastward, still in flight as of a few min ago signaling high trajectory.

11/28(d) - Japanese gov indicates DPRK missile flew for more than 30 min, crashing at sea within Japan's exclusive economic zone (200 nmi from the coast).

11/28(e) - Defense Sources: Missile was ICBM class, launched from Sain-ni, flew 53 min to altitude of 2485 mi & ~1000 mi downrange, crashed in Sea of Japan. See email.

11/28(f) - DPRK officials tells CNN reporter Will Ripley for second time that country is planning atmospheric nuclear detonation. See email for more info.

11/28(g) - DPRK special news broadcast moments ago claims successful test of Hwasong-15 ICBM "which can reach all of the mainland US."

12/1 - Shallow M2.5 seismic event just recorded in the vicinity of N. Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Monitoring..

What You Need To Know

On Tuesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch. In this latest test, the new missile, referred to as the Hwasong-15, flew both high enough (approximately 2700 miles) and long enough (approx. 54 min) to demonstrate that it was fully capable of delivering a nuclear payload to anywhere in the United States and beyond. In addition, one of the more disturbing aspects of this demonstration was the fact that the massive ICBM was launched from a mobile platform just outside of Pyongyang.

Following the launch, N. Korea's formal statement indicated that the Hwasong-15 could be armed with a "super-large heavy nuclear warhead" and is capable of striking the "whole mainland" of the United States. The report went on to say that N. Korean leader Kim Jung Un declared that the country had now finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force.

Also on Tues, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of statements by a senior N. Korean official that the country has two final steps remaining to achieve the goal of a strategic deterrent. The first step is the "testing of a long range ICBM" capable of reaching the USA. The second step is an above-ground nuclear detonation or a “large scale hydrogen bomb” test. The official indicated that both steps are necessary for the DPRK to send a clear message to the Trump administration.


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World News Roundup
December 2, 2017

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Is Donald Trump Getting Ready to Attack North Korea?
At Pearl Harbor, first attack siren test in decades raises ‘goose bumps
Venezuela Welcomes All Tourists Crazy Enough to Go There
No lawyer for detained American accused of fighting with IS
Should the US help fight terrorism in Africa’s Sahel?
U.S. military to indefinitely delay ban on cluster bombs
US nuclear stockpile is world's second largest
The USAF Is Rebuilding WW II-Era 40mm Shells for AC-130U Gunships
Air Force Eyes Next-Gen Electronic Warfare
MQ-9 Reapers Heading to Florida as Air Force Expands Drone Fleet

EUROPE

Russia calls U.S. threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'
New S-400 missile battalion to beef up Moscow air defense
Russia already preparing military withdrawal from Syria: agencies
Russia’s Expanding Footprint: From Sochi to the Sahel -
Kremlin: US trying to turn oligarchs against Putin
Russia Isn't Going Away in Ukraine
Why the U.S. shouldn’t send arms to Ukraine
Ukraine's Poroshenko says NATO, EU referendums to be held soon
Kremlin sides with plan to ban US media from Russian parliament
Former Catalan leaders appear before supreme court in Madrid
High-Technology Set to Dominate Russia’s Rearmament Program

MIDDLE EAST

White House considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital soon
Syrian government negotiator quits Geneva talks, says may not return
Syrian government using banned Soviet-made cluster bombs
Nigeria puts fortress towns at heart of new Boko Haram strategy
EU, African leaders back migrant evacuation plan in Libya as summit closes
Saudi and Iran trade insults at conference on 'positive agenda'
Saudi Arabia 'intercepts another Houthi missile'
Turkey seeks arrest of ex-CIA officer Fuller over coup plot
Israeli soldier stabbed to death in 'terror attack'
Saudis say thousands of arms seized at Yemen border since 2016
The Future of Incirlik Air Base

ASIA

Seoul says DPRK puts Washington in range, but needs to prove critical tech
Seoul: Naval blockade against North Korea not discussed
Nuclear tests or corn harvests? Making sense of North Korea satellite imagery
Kim Jong-nam was holding antidote when poisoned by VX nerve agent.
ROK's “Decapitation Unit” Will Take Down North Korean War Leadership
Which countries have diplomatic relations with North Korea?
Rising China Signals Historic Power Transition
Singapore on edge as Islamic State circles
Gunmen attack agriculture institute in Pakistan, killing 12.
China’s Navy Inducts 2 More Sub Killer Stealth Warships


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 international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation well prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

N. Korea   11/09/2017
Togo   11/07/2017
Niger   10/24/2017
Cyclone Season   10/24/2017
Venezuela   10/23/2017
Sudan   10/19/2017
Syria   10/18/2017
DR Congo   10/16/2017
Mauritania   10/12/2017
Cameroon   10/02/2017
Cuba   09/13/2017
Kenya   09/13/2017
Haiti   09/12/2017
Europe   11/16/2017
  09/14/2017
   

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