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March 11, 2023
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Terror Threat in Belgium and an Attack in Germany

March 11, 2023
Between March 8-9, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

3/8 - US Embassy Belgium issues security alert warning of possible metro attack to be conducted today, 3/8. Urges avoiding crowds + low profile. More via email.

3/9 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to mass casualty shooting incident within a church in the Deelboge district of Hamburg, Germany. Multiple dead, shooter at large.

3/9 - 7 dead, 25 injured in the Hamburg, Germany church shooting. Police now believe shooter may be among the dead. Motive unknown. Add'l alerts as warranted.

What You Need To Know

Early Wednesday morning, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a security alert issued by the US Embassy in Brussels, Belgium warning of the threat of an imminent terror attack targeting metro trains in Brussels.

The embassy warned that local police have heightened security and urged US citizens to avoid crowds, to keep a low profile, to be aware of their surroundings, and to use caution when traveling in and around the city.

According to the Brussels Times, police and security service operations in the Belgian capital, as well as the US Embassy warning message, were in response to multiple emails sent to the European Commission threatening "major terrorist attacks on EU territory" in general, and an attack on the Brussels metro on March 8th in particular. Those messages were written in Russian.

Following a major security sweep and stepped-up patrols, a spokesman for Belgium's National Crisis Center said various law enforcement elements had assessed "an attack is unlikely," though law enforcement will remain vigilant.

Readers are reminded that on March 22, 2016, two coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels were carried out by the Islamic State. Initially, two suicide bombers detonated their devices at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. Approximately one hour later, after the surge of emergency responders and law enforcement reach the airport, a third suicide bomber cooked off in the middle carriage of a three-car train at the Maalbeek metro station in east Brussels. In total, 35 people were killed and more than 300 injured between the two attack sites.

Readers are also reminded that Belgium has been under a State Dept Level 2 travel advisory since October 2022 warning that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the country. According to the advisory, terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting, music, and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.

Caution and vigilance are urged.

Church Attack in Hamburg

On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a mass shooting incident that had just unfolded within a church in Hamburg, Germany that left seven dead and another 25 injured.

In this incident, an individual identified only by the first name and last initial Philip "F", fired shots through a window of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in the Gros Borstel area of north Hamburg before entering the multi-story building where dozens of members had gathered.

British media report the gunman fired more than 100 rounds using a legally owned 9mm semi-auto handgun before turning the weapon on himself when police arrived. Nine empty 15-round mags were recovered at the scene, as well as well as an additional 20, all fully loaded.

The suspect is reported to have been a former member of the congregation but left 18 months ago.

Hamburg Police say there is no reliable information on the motive for the attack.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.


3/7 - M6.0 earthquake, 4 km SE of San Mariano, Philippines. AlertsUSA monitoring for damage reports. Add'l alerts as warranted.

3/9 - Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in central Ukraine is off line and on back up generators for cooling due to Russian missile strikes countrywide. Monitoring..

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Ukraine War Update+

March 11, 2023
What You Need To Know

According to the Institute for the Study of War:

US intelligence warned that individuals with ties to Russian intelligence may be planning to attempt to instigate an insurrection in Moldova.

Russian forces continue to establish defensive lines in rear areas far from current frontlines and areas in Russia that will likely never see fighting.

Russian Commissioner on Children’s Rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, confirmed that the Russian government is using a variety of schemes to deport Ukrainian children to Russia.

Russian sources claimed that Russian forces conducted limited ground attacks along the Svatove-Kreminna line.

Russian forces made gains in Bakhmut, are clearing eastern parts of the city, and have advanced to new positions in northwestern Bakhmut within 800 meters of the AZOM metal processing plant.

Russian forces continue reconnaissance activity near islands in the Dnipro River delta.

The Wagner Group continues to expand efforts to recruitment efforts in Russia.

Russian officials and occupation authorities continue to announce new infrastructure projects to increase connectivity between the Russian mainland and occupied territories.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence:

Over the last four days, Wagner Group forces have taken control of most of eastern part of the Donbas town of Bakhmut. In the town centre, the Bakhmutka River now marks the front line.

Ukrainian forces hold the west of the town and have demolished key bridges over the river, which runs through north-south through a strip of open ground 200m-800m wide, between built up areas. With Ukrainian units able to fire from fortified buildings to the west, this area has become a killing zone, likely making it highly challenging for Wagner forces attempting to continue their frontal assault westwards.

However, the Ukrainian force and their supply lines to the west remain vulnerable to the continued Russian attempts to outflank the defenders from the north and south.

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

March 11, 2023

China Winning Technological War: Biden Administration Allowing It

China is winning the technological race with the West, and is well on its way to becoming the world's leading technology superpower, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

When ASPI tracked 44 critical technologies, it found that China was "further ahead in more areas than has been realized." More precisely, China was the leading country in 37 of the 44 technologies that ASPI tracked, with the United States coming in second and everyone else way behind.

~ READ MORE HERE (Gatestone Institute ) ~

Is Weakening Support for Ukraine War Following a Historical Pattern?

Recent public opinion surveys regarding the extent of domestic backing for Washington’s Ukraine policy provide a decidedly mixed picture. A majority of Americans still support the Biden administration’s efforts to assist Kyiv’s war effort through financial and military aid and the sharing of military intelligence information.

However, the levels are down even from polls taken in late 2022, and they are down substantially from the extremely high support levels that existed immediately following Russia’s February 2022 invasion.


The Paradox of Europe's Defense Moment

The war in Ukraine has been a wakeup call for European countries, alerting them to the reality that defense matters. But do some recent promising steps in the right direction actually signal a revival of the European Union’s drive for strategic autonomy and a security and defense union? And will it lead to greater defense cooperation and integration? In terms of European defense capacities and operational action, it is a mixed bag, at best.

~ READ MORE HERE (Texas National Security Review) ~

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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
March 6, 2023

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of March 6, 2023 based on U.S. Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting.

A Sea Hawk helicopter prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower during training in the Atlantic Ocean, Feb. 28, 2023. Image: DoD
World News Roundup
March 11, 2023


3 of 4 Americans kidnapped in Mexico have drug-related records
MX police probe drug-trafficking motive in kidnapping of Americans
American killed in MX kidnapping jailed in 2015 for 'drugs manufacture'
US, allies scramble to meet Ukraine's need for ammunition ahead of offensive
Colombians face food, medicine shortages as protesting miners block roads
Mexico’s president slams calls for US military to target cartels
Letter claims Mexican cartel handed over men who killed Americans
Mexico talks fentanyl, arms trafficking with U.S. Homeland Security
Israel protests force SecDef to cut Tel Aviv trip short, not leave airport
Another Air Force fleet grounded over fears plane tails may fall off
The daring ruse that exposed China’s campaign to steal American secrets
Argentina launches drug gang offensive after violence rocks farm hub city
2 killed in Chile airport shootout during attempted heist of over $32 million
Three women missing while travelling to Mexico
Haunted by post-election riot, Brazil's Lula reins in army
In Peru's Andes, scars of protest deaths cut deep as families seek justice


Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant reconnected to energy grid
'This cannot go on': IAEA chief furious over Zaporizhzhia situation

UN nuclear chief raises alarm over Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia plant
Ukraine rebounds from Russian barrage, restores power supply
US and Lithuania pledge to provide support 'until Ukraine prevails'
Camp Viking: New UK base in Norway for Royal Marine Commandos
Georgia's parliament drops 'Foreign Agents' bill
Dutch farmers and climate activists protest over government policies
France faces another day of protests against Macron's pension plans


3 wounded, including 1 critically, in central Tel Aviv terror shooting
Iran and Saudi Arabia agree to resume ties after years of hostility
Israeli forces kill three Islamic Jihad gunmen in West Bank
At least 36 killed in eastern DR Congo attack
UN refugee agency 'greatly alarmed' over mass displacement in Congo conflict
Is the U.S. falling behind China in Africa’s lithium industry?
Children face acute risk amid Malawi’s deadliest cholera outbreak
Blinken to visit Ethiopia, Niger as US boosts Africa push
At least 36 people killed by extremists in eastern Congo


Foreign minister says Pakistan in `perfect storm' of crises
Rebels in Indonesia's Papua release hostage video calling for UN mediation
Outgoing president of Micronesia accuses China of bribery, threats
China paves Sri Lanka's way to IMF funds, but debt talks remain uncertain
North Korea fires ballistic missile toward sea, Seoul says
Taiwan president plans 'transit' in LA, New York -government minister
Blast at Afghanistan journalist event kills at least one, injures eight
Pakistan faces 'uphill task' to get Kashmir into 'centre' of agenda at UN
Indonesia’s Merapi volcano spews hot clouds in new eruption


China reports human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Jiangsu
H5N1 bird flu strain spreading to other mammals across U.S.
Otter, sea lions and red foxes test positive for H5N1 bird flu
US focuses on limiting spread amid record bird flu season, but eyeballing vax
Investigating the temporal spike in sudden deaths after vax mandate rolled out
How are they ever going to explain the excess mortality data in Australia?
House votes unanimously to declassify intel on origins of Covid pandemic

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Travel Security Resources

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 research the security situation at your destination prior to booking, and again prior to departure.

The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide.

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Other USGOV Travel Resources

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - Registering your overseas trip with the Department of State STEP program allows you to receive information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - Joining OSAC provides a variety of USGOV resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The CDC travel website is the authoritative federal source for information on current health issues related to specific destinations worldwide. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health.

Foreign Sources of Travel Guidance

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