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April 20, 2019
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Feds Warn of Religious Holiday Terror Threat

April 20, 2019
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Between April 15-18, the following related Flash SMS messages
were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

4/18 - DHS/FBI/NCTC issue joint bulletin warning upcoming religious holidays may provide incr interest for extremists to target faith-based communities. See email.

4/17 - 37 YO male attempted to enter St Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan this evening carrying two cans of gasoline. Apprehended by security. Limited info from NYPD.

4/15 - Massive fire underway at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Cause unknown. AlertsUSA monitoring...

4/15 - Islamic State social media channels cheer the destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Numerous calls for lone wolves to carry out attacks during Holy Week.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the release of a Joint Intelligence Bulletin by the Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI and National Counterterrorism Center reminding law enforcement, military, and security personnel that the upcoming religious holidays of Easter, Passover and Ramadan may provide increased symbolic interest to homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) and domestic extremists aspiring to target faith-based communities in the Homeland.

DHS, FBI and NCTC "remain concerned HVEs and domestic extremists may target religious holiday celebrations for symbolic purposes. While there have been no recent attacks or plots in the United States specifically targeting a *religious holiday celebration*, we have continued to observe successful and disrupted plots targeting faith-based communities in the Homeland. We assess most HVEs and domestic extremists attempting any near-term attacks likely would use simplistic tactics and relatively easily obtainable weapons such as firearms, knives, and vehicles—although some violent extremists have sought to use explosive devices."

To this end, readers are reminded that on Wednesday of this week, 37 YO Marc Lamparello, entered the historic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan with two gasoline cans, two quarts of lighter fluid, as well as long-stem lighters, but was quickly apprehended by security personnel.

This incident came just days after a devastating fire at the historic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In this incident, French police ruled out arson and were specifically stating the fire was not the result of terrorism even before the fire was extinguished. The first explanation was that the blaze was the result of renovation work, though as reported by the French publication La Monde, François Chatillon, the chief architect of historical monuments in charge of the restoration of the spire, stated that the restoration work had not started and that only scaffolding was being erected. There were also no construction workers on site at the time of the fire. The latest version is the blaze was caused by problems with an electrical system, though this interview casts doubt on the explanation.

What is not being discussed in French media, and only minimally in the US, is that in 2019 there have been dozens of churches set ablaze or vandalized in France. In 2018, 875 Catholic churches in France were desecrated or torched.

Similar reports are coming out of Germany. Four separate churches were vandalized and/or torched in March alone. As one writer comments on the German website PI-News:

"In this country, there is a creeping war against everything that symbolizes Christianity: attacks on mountain-summit crosses, on sacred statues by the wayside, on churches... and recently also on cemeteries."

"In virtually every instance of church attacks, authorities and the media obfuscate the identity of the vandals. It is not the perpetrators who are in danger of being ostracized, but those who dare to associate the desecration of Christian symbols with immigrant imports. They are accused of hatred, hate speech and racism."

As AlertsUSA subscribers are well aware from our regular alerts and reporting, the Islamic State, Al Qaeda, their associates and those inspired by such organizations have repeatedly called for and directly threatened attacks on "worshipers of the cross," "disbelievers" and the West in general.

Following the March 15th attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a formal statement issued by the Al Qaeda terror organization urging Muslims to avenge those killed and specifically calls for attacks on "Americas and Zionists and from them the extremist crusaders... "

Caution and vigilance are urged.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment 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.


4/15 - US Embassy Manila urges caution while traveling or residing in the Philippines as holidays are prime time for criminal & terrorist activity. See email for more.

4/17 - 20 school districts in the greater metro Denver have canceled classes today (4/17) as FBI searches for woman who made "credible" but unspecific threats. See email.

4/17 - FBI confirms manhunt for 18 YO woman sought for threats to Denver schools is over. Media report indicate Sol Pais has been found near Mt. Evans and is dead.

4/17 - Despite mainstream reporting of a N. Korean missile launch a short time ago, DoD spokesman currently reports no launch was detected. AlertsUSA monitoring...

4/18 - Dept of State warns of significant measles outbreak in Israel, from 30 cases in 2017-18 to ~4K in 2018-19, putting travelers to the country at risk. See email.

4/19 - AlertsUSA monitoring reports of active shooter situation, Brighton High School, Brighton, CO. School in lockdown. Add'l alerts as warranted.

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The Ranks and Roles of Female ISIS Operatives:
From Assassins and Morality Police to
Spies and Suicide Bombers

April 20, 2019

Women were among the earliest targets of ISIS. From slavery and sex trafficking to imposing strict Islamist rules and punishments preventing personal freedom and education, ISIS misogyny has been evident. While women to the largest extent are victims of ISIS atrocities, they also play significant roles in the terrorist organization. Without any reported combat presence, women’s role in online recruitment and the enforcement of ISIS Islamist rules and codes have been documented. This report, based on sources on the ground in Syria as well as ISIS defectors reports outlines the operational ranks, organization, leadership and roles of ISIS female operatives including their training and operations as assassins, infiltrators, morality police, spies, suicide bombers and trained combatants.



Commentary / Analysis / Research

April 20, 2019

The Dangerous Dregs of ISIS

After five years of war with the Islamic State, the biggest problem for the winners is coping with the losers. The aftermath has produced one of the world’s most perplexing postwar challenges: there are tens of thousands of captured ISIS members whom no nation wants to repatriate, and the local militia holding them has neither the resources nor the personnel to keep them indefinitely. More than five thousand ISIS fighters surrendered in the final month of fighting alone. Thousands more were captured earlier in the conflict. They’re dispersed among the new pop-up prisons in northeast Syria.

A few hundred of the most severely wounded are in a small hospital, with the foreign fighters crowded in its basement for security. Between December and March, another sixty-three thousand family members of ISIS fighters—wives enveloped in black niqabs that cover their faces, and bedraggled young children—also poured out of Baghouz, the last ISIS redoubt in Syria. They’re held separately, most in tents, at a dusty, malodorous camp in al-Hawl that already held ten thousand. The prisons, the hospital, and the camp are all bursting.

“There is nothing else in the world that compares to this unprecedented humanitarian and security situation, which is legally complicated and politically fraught..."


The EU Still Appeasing the Mullahs

Despite Iran's destructive behavior, such as support for terror and militia groups across the region, the European Union has chosen to help the ruling mullahs of Iran, ostensibly to maintain the flimsy, illegal, never-signed, unratified "nuclear deal" -- but possibly even more as an embarrassingly transparent attempt, if the EU could be embarrassed, to navigate around US economic and political pressure and continue doing business with the regime.


The Real Takeaway of the Failed Mueller Investigation:
Washington Is Crawling with Foreign Influencers

The Mueller investigation into foreign collusion in the 2016 presidential election may set off a chain reaction that threatens the way Washington does business. The New York Times reports that in going after Trump, the special prosecutor opened a whole can of worms for the lobbyists.


It’s Been Over 300 Days Since a Pentagon Press Briefing.
That Should Concern All Americans — Including the Military

For about six months now, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has used her briefing room so little that officials might as well turn it back into the swimming pool it was more than a half century ago. But she’s not the only one who has abandoned this post. Apparently taking the lead from the White House, the Pentagon has gone more than 300 days since the last time an official spokesperson stood up and gave an on-camera briefing to the press.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
April 20, 2019

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of April 15, 2019, based on Navy and public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

The Fleet and Marine Tracker is a new feature in the Threat Journal newsletter.

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World News Roundup
April 20, 2019

Other Developments We Are Following


Pentagon blocks declassification of 2018 nuclear stockpile
Government seeks life term for Canadian in US airport attack
U.S. intelligence institutionally politicized toward Democrats
Courts charge Michigan man who joined ISIS with additional offenses
Woman Who Called Notre Dame "Wrath of Allah" Did Work for CAIR
Vetted Refugee to Canada Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity
Ex-NYC Police Chief: Omar's Work for CAIR Helps Terrorists
U.S. Treasury Department Sanctions Lebanese Hamas Money Launderer
Treasury Department Designates Key ISIS Financial Nodes
Iran could send Revolutionary Guards to Venezuela, foreign minister says
Trump to Enforce Section 8 Housing Aid Ban for Illegal Immigrants
American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh gets early release from prison
Across region, Venezuelans reel from a crisis with no end
US health officials seek to stem measles outbreaks traced to Israel, Ukraine


ISIS propaganda group celebrates Notre Dame fire as ‘retribution’
'Have a nice day': ISIS fanatics revel in Notre Dame's destruction
German intelligence chief warns of ISIS’ external attack capability
Belgium Has 100 Registered Groups Advocating for Sharia
Netherlands: "De-Radicalized" Muslims Send Money to ISIS
Looking at the EU's Collusion with Iran
Russian Imam Calls for Violence Against Non-Believers
Lou Dobbs: Why So Quick to Rule Out Arson at Notre Dame?
Using the Term 'Islamist' Constitutes Hate Speech in Spain?
European Parliament calls for more EU border guards
17-year-old arrested in UK for a terrorism offense
EU struggles over law to tackle spread of terror online
Moroccan-Spanish counterterrorism services arrest suspect
French Woman Sentenced to Eight Years Over Foiled Terror Attack
German Authorities Prevent Thirteen Terror Attacks Since 2010
Swiss Government Pursues 70 terrorism cases
Russia cuts off contact with NATO over worsening relations
Ukraine elections: actor and comedian poised to win crushing victory
Why another US destroyer is prowling the Black Sea
Russia’s Aerospace Force forewarns of looming satellite collisions in space
Ukraine says it captured Russian military intelligence hit squad
Widow of prominent IS terrorist reportedly living quiet life in Germany
Poland close to establishing US military base


9,000 ISIS fighters and 60,000 family members held in Syria
Israeli National Security Council Issues Travel Warnings for Passover
Al Qaeda linked Kashmiri terror chief denounces Pakistan, calls for jihad
Leaked terrorists’ letters show Daesh boss Baghdadi ‘still pulls rank’
Israeli Delegation Cancels Visit to Bahrain Over Security Concerns
Hamas video threatens strike on 2019 Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv
Al Qaeda group claims bombings in Tunisia
Iran ratifies bill designating US CENTCOM as terrorist group
Egyptian parliament vote could keep Sisi in power until 2030
US military says it killed ISIS-Somalia deputy in drone strike
Bahrain strips over 100 of nationality on 'terror' charges
Sudan's Bashir transferred to jail notorious for holding political prisoners
Mali government resigns after massacre, insecurity
Hezbollah urging Palestinians to attack with large radio antenna
Human Rights Watch: Torture persists in Iraq jail
Iran's Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to 'unite against US'
Libya death toll rises to 205 as Tripoli fighting continues
Satellite Photos Show Chinese Radar in Syria Restored After IAF Attack
What the Air Force learned from insurgents’ networks
Detrimental or beneficial: The status of foreign troops in Iraq


Al Qaeda declares solidarity with Turkistan Islamic Party
Kim Jong-un to visit Russia to meet Putin for first time
New Zealand's revises national security threat level to medium
New Zealand Government Passes Law Banning Most Semiautomatic Weapons
Australian Court Sentence Woman Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS
Six Charged With Sharing Christchurch Terror Attack Images
NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks
North Korea says it tested a ‘powerful warhead’
Ex-Afghan warlord says 'no doubt' Pakistan 'supports' Taliban
Pakistan: Gunmen kill 14 on passenger bus
Gunmen kill 14 passengers after hijacking bus in SW Pakistan

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.

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