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Al Qaeda Issues Fresh Call for Attacks on U.S.
USGOV Issues New Worldwide Caution

December 9, 2017
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Between Dec 3-8, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

12/3 - US embassies & consulates worldwide on heightened alert in anticipation of POTUS announcing US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. See email.

12/5(a) - Pro-Islamic State media org circulating propaganda poster threatening New Year's Day attack(s) in Paris, France. See email.

12/5(b) - State Dept. issues security msg for US citizens in Israel. Warns of 'Day of Rage' on 12/6. Tied to forthcoming move of embassy to Jerusalem. See email.

12/6(a) - Large wave of new threats of attacks on US and interests abroad on ISIS & AQ social media in resp to upcoming Trump Jerusalem declaration. Vigilance urged.

12/6(b) - DHS warns Senate panel: "There is currently an elevated threat of Homegrown Violent Extremist lone offender attacks by ISIS sympathizers." See email.

12/6(c) - POTUS announces official U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, directs Dept. of State to begin process of moving embassy.

12/6(d) - US Embassy Jordan suspends public services, USGOV employees and families limiting pub movements, incl school attendance, due to security concerns. See email.

12/6(e) - US Embassies across Europe warning of need for caution & personal security awareness noting Jerusalem recog may spark protests w poss violence. See email.

12/6(f) - USGOV issues new Worldwide Caution warning of cont threat of terrorism, violence, and criminal activity against US citizens & interests globally. See email.

12/7 - Al Qaeda formally calls followers to carry out attacks on America, Israel and "Crusader allies everywhere." See email for more.

12/8 - AlertsUSA cautions anti-American/Israel protests are taking place in dozens of cities across Canada, EU and the ME. Low profile urged in the coming days.

What You Need To Know

On 15 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Beginning last Sunday, AlertsUSA began warning subscribers that US embassies & consulates worldwide were on heightened alert in anticipation of President Trump's formal announcement of U.S. policy recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the directive to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy to the city from Tel Aviv.

The President's announcement was made on Wednesday

From Sunday to the present, Islamic State and Al Qaeda-linked social media accounts have been on fire with threats of attacks on U.S. citizens and interests at home and abroad. US Embassies across Europe are warning American citizens of need for caution & personal security awareness noting that recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will likely result in protests, many of which have already begun.

On Wednesday, the State Department issued a new Worldwide Caution warning of the continued threat of terrorism, violence, and criminal activity against US citizens & interests globally.

According to the warning statement:

"Terrorist groups including ISIS, al-Qa’ida, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations, are intent on attacking U.S. citizens wherever they are."

"Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to target U.S. government and private interests. Terrorists are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles as weapons. Extremists increasingly aim to assault “soft” [ lightly protected ], targets, such as:"

  • high-profile public events (sporting contests, political rallies
    demonstrations, holiday events, celebratory gatherings, etc.)
  • hotels, clubs, and restaurants
  • places of worship
  • schools
  • parks
  • shopping malls and markets
  • tourism infrastructure
  • public transportation systems
  • airports

"In multiple regions, terrorists, guerrilla groups, and criminals seek to kidnap U.S. citizens to finance their operations or for political purposes. The Department also remains concerned that terrorists could again seek to down aircraft using concealed explosives or hijack commercial flights."

On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were also informed of a formal call by al Qaeda for followers to carry out attacks on America, Israel and "Crusader allies everywhere" (see this and this).

"The surest and shortest way to confront the aggression and arrogance of the Pharaoh of the age - America - is Jihad in the Way of Allah, by targeting its vital interests and the interests of its Zionist and Crusader allies everywhere. This is a simple equation; just as you kill us, you shall be killed; just as you bomb us, you too shall be bombed, and the one who initiates hostilities shoulders the blame."

Also this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of new Islamic State propaganda poster widely circulated on social media platforms threatening New Year's Day attack(s) in Paris, France.


Islamic State Propaganda / Threat Poster for Paris
( Issued 12/05/2017 )


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Readers are reminded that last week, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed of new propaganda / threat posters published by pro-Islamic State media groups for Times Square in New York City, a busy shopping street in Amsterdam, the Mormon Temple in San Diego, as well as London.

It is important to bear in mind 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 and kept in mind if you live in or are traveling to those locations.

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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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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12/5 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to shooting @ Graham-Kapowsin High School, SE Tacoma, WA. 2 students down, shooters at large. Add'l alerts as warranted.

12/7(a) - AlertsUSA monitoring response to active shooter situation, Aztec High School, Aztec, NM (NE of Farmington) Evac underway. Fatalities reported. Add'l alerts as warranted.

12/7(b) - 3 dead (2 students + shooter), 15 injured in the Aztec High School shooting incident reported earlier. Scene secure.

12/7 - Multiple people struck by car in Lower Manhattan (Broadway & Liberty) Driver in custody. Unknown if intentional. Developing situation...

 
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December 9, 2017

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

US is losing ground on technology superiority
Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters.
US Navy Sends Deep Water Experts to Find Plane, Sailors
Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs
California fires stretch from north of Los Angeles to San Diego County
Congress puts confidence in new A-10 wings
Congress Eager for Results of Air Force's Light Attack Aircraft Demo
Analyst: With ballooning costs for a smaller Navy, can it really afford 355 ships?
DoD wants 12 month procurement time for major weapons programs, official
Army Says These New Weapons Will Help America Win Its Next War

EUROPE

Russia Says It's Ready For Talks With U.S. On Key Arms-Control Treaty
Russia DENIES being source of radioactive cloud across Europe
Two Lean Years: Russia’s Budget for 2018-20
U.S. presses Russia to comply with nuclear missile treaty
Protests in Ukraine raise specter of another uprising.
Britain moves to restore carrier strike capability with warship commissioning
Briton jailed for 10 years for joining Islamic State.
Catalan independence supporters in Brussels demand EU attention
Ukraine - biggest obstacle to normal Russia ties, says Tillerson.

MIDDLE EAST

Palestinian president says U.S. can no longer broker peace
Israelis Will Pay for Trump's Jerusalem Gambit
Violence rises between Israeli troops, Palestinians
Despite furor over Jerusalem move, Saudis on board with U.S. peace efforts
Tillerson tell Saudis to be measured in Yemen action
'Worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history: 14 dead
How Nigeria Can Win Its Bloody War With Boko Haram
In Greece, Turks tell of lives full of fear in Recep Erdogan's Turkey
Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public
Israel Declares ‘Air Superiority’ for the Next 40 Years in Middle East

ASIA

North Korea: War is inevitable
China Prepares Refugee Camps at Border with N. Korea
DPRK Says U.S. Declared War, Trying to Invade With ROK and Japan
Three Military Ideas for Dealing With North Korea
Russia says ready to exert influence on North Korea
Japan to purchase offensive missiles capable of striking N. Korea
Pakistan air force chief order: Shoot down US drones
'Samurai sword' attack leaves three dead at Tokyo shrine
China warns of imminent attacks by "terrorists" in Pakistan
China’s navy puts on show of strength for N. Korea and U.S alliance


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

Pakistan   12/07/2017
Honduras   12/06/2017
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
Europe   11/16/2017
  12/06/2017
   


The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides several resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector abroad. Additional information can be found on OSAC.gov

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.

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

 
 
 

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