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New York Bomber: "I did it for the Islamic State!"

December 16, 2017
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Between Dec 11 -14th, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

12/11(a) - NYPD responding to reports of explosion at Port Authority Bus Terminal, 42nd St. and 8th Ave in Manhattan. More to come..

12/11(b) - FDNY confirms explosion. A, C and E lines closed. Surrounding area on lockdown. Check national media. Monitoring.

12/11(c) - Search underway across NYC mass transit system for additional explosive devices. Caution and vigilance urged if in crowded areas of the city.

12/11(d) - Security increasing at mass transit systems nationwide. Expect delays, possible bag checks and plan accordingly.

12/11(e) - Pro-Islamic State social media channels praising NYC attack, promising more to come flwg President Trump's Jerusalem declaration. No claim of responsibility.

12/12 - Several new Islamic State propaganda posters threaten attacks in Washington DC, NYC and California. See email.

12/14 - Pro-Islamic State media org circulating new propaganda posters threatening revenge attacks in the U.S.. See your email for more info.

What You Need To Know

On 10 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters. Most important for this report, on Monday AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the nation to learn of reports of an explosion at the Port Authority Bus Terminal located at 42nd St. and 8th Ave, just off Times Square in Manhattan.

In this incident, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh national who came to the U.S. in 2011 on an F43 family immigrant visa, attempted to detonate a pipe bomb constructed of black powder and matches using a detonator constructed of Christmas lights and a 9-volt battery. As the device was poorly assembled, the result was only a partial detonation. A total of five people were injured in the attack, with the bomber himself sustaining the worst of the injuries in the form of burns to his hands and torso.

The explosion occurred in a crowded passageway linking the 8th Ave and 42nd street mezzanines. Had the device detonated correctly, the effects would likely have been catastrophic.

Depending on which news source you read, the bomber's justification for the attack ranges from anger at Christmas-themed posters hanging in the transport hub, to U.S. and Israeli actions concerning the Palestinians and Jerusalem.

Peeling back the layers of political correctness, all of these explanations for the suspect's actions are fundamentally based on the teachings of Islam. Even the most cursory study of the subject will show that Islam views itself as the only true religion. As such, one of its goals is the eradication of what is seen as the false and misplaced practice of all other religions.

The Koran and Hadiths, as well as scores of Islamic scholars, very openly and clearly teach that it is the obligation of all Muslims to fight against unbelievers and unbelieving nations. (Download the free AlertsUSA Threat Journal report 'Deadly Verses' to see for yourself).

To this end, a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday quoted the suspect telling investigators, "I did it for the Islamic State."

Readers are reminded that on November 27, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an Islamic State propaganda poster in circulation on social media sites showing a figure dressed as Santa Claus overlooking Times Square with a box of dynamite at his side, along with the words; We meet at Christmas in New York.... soon.

Over the last two weeks, AlertsUSA subscribers have also been notified of new threats of holiday attacks on cities across the U.S. and Europe, including New York, Washington, San Diego, London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam.

AlertsUSA again warns 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. Caution and vigilance are urged if you live in or are traveling to these locations, and in particular, during the end-of-year holidays.

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

New York / Manhattan

James P. O'Neill is the name of the current Police Commissioner of
New York City, to whom the kneeling figure bears a close resemblance.


Islamic State threat poster for Manhattan -  ALLOW IMAGES

New York / Manhattan

The Arabic is a direct translation of the English statement.

Islamic State threat poster for Manhattan -  ALLOW IMAGES

New York / Times Square

Arabic Translation:
You must fight them O believer
O believer Catch them


Islamic State threat poster for Times Square -  ALLOW IMAGES

Washington

Arabic Translation:
We will destroy your black house.
It's the Promise of Allah and Allah doesn't breach his promise


Islamic State threat poster for Washington -  ALLOW IMAGES

California

Arabic Translation:
California will be in war soon


Islamic State threat poster for California -  ALLOW IMAGES

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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12/10 - Overnight: Protesters in Beirut, Lebanon attempt storming US Embassy. Tear gas & water cannons used to disperse crowd. Tension high across region. Monitoring.

12/13 - AlertsUSA is aware of the Penn State Monaca shooting. This was a murder suicide, w man shooting estranged wife. Campus locked down, but no active shooter.

12/15 - Dutch military police shoot suspect armed with a knife at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Partial evacuation underway. AlertsUSA monitoring...

 
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Work Continues at N. Korea's Nuclear Test Site

December 16, 2017
What You Need To Know

Analysis of recent commercial satellite imagery by researchers at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies indicates ongoing tunnel work at North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. These efforts are underway at the test facility's West Portal, while the North Portal, where the last five tests were conducted, appears largely abandoned.

Following the September 3 detonation of what N. Korea claims was a hydrogen bomb (estimated yield of ~100 kilotons), the area around the Punggye-ri nuclear site has experienced multiple smaller seismic disturbances, many of which have been attributed to either tunnel collapses or a subsidence in the mountain.

On December 1, AlertsUSA notified subscribers of a shallow M2.5 seismic event in the area which occurred around the time of the DPRK threatening more tests. On November 28, a senior North Korean official told CNN’s Will Ripley that two steps are needed for N. Korea to achieve the goal of a strategic weapons capability. 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 stated both steps are necessary for the DPRK to send a clear message to the Trump administration that it possesses an effective nuclear deterrent."


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World News Roundup
December 16, 2017

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

US Army may send larger deployments to Europe
Combat Mission Sets New B-52 Smart Bomb Record
10 Ways America's Military Attacks, Defeats & Destroys Enemies in Battle
Mexican senate votes to keep troops in police role despite outcry
Venezuela first lady's nephews jailed for drugs
Mexico enshrines army's role in drug war with divisive law
Flood of Venezuelans are fleeing depressed country
DoD's New Missile Can Kill Chinese and Russian Ships With Stealth, Precision
Boeing tapped to sustain Space-Based Space Surveillance system
Nuclear Deterrence In a New Age

EUROPE

Moscow senses Trump’s travails could be ending
Europe's Leaders Watch Populism Rise
Europe Is Not Ready For the Next Migration Surge
EU to force firms to reveal true owners in wake of Panama Papers
NATO concerned Russian missile system breaks Cold War pact
EU leaders formally approve second Brexit phase
Putin looks for quick win, but voter apathy worries Kremlin
Russia's Military Is Leaner, But Meaner
Russia could cut off internet to Nato countries, British military chief warns

MIDDLE EAST

Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.
White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel
Pentagon alarmed by uptick in close calls with Russia jets in Syria
US calls for global 'coalition' to counter Iran
Jerusalem: Three Palestinians killed in fresh clashes with Israel
Islamic Jihad pushes Hamas into a corner
Is America Negotiating with the Islamic State?
Video: South Sudan, a cursed land
Sahel force funding shows Saudi 'serious' on terrorism fight

ASIA

While world watches North Korea, China builds in the South China Sea
What Is The United States Doing In The South China Sea?
Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks
China and Russia's North Korea ties undermine peace efforts
China and South Korea united over North Korea threat
Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea
China has warned Australia to keep out of the South China Sea dispute
Warning: U.S. military ‘poorly structured,’ vulnerable to China, Russia threats
Australia and China Spat Over Foreign Interference Escalates
South Korea, China Make Amends, But THAAD Dispute Lingers


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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