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Sept 11, 2021
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ISIS Calls for Attacks in Paris, London & Manhattan

Sept 11, 2021
On Sept 10th, the following related Flash SMS
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9/10 - Al-Naba, a weekly publication of the Islamic State, calls on "fighters and supporters to attack the 'crusaders' in places like Paris, London and Manhattan."

9/10 - CDC and CBP halt all US-bound flights of Afghan evacuees from bases in Germany and Qatar due to multiple diagnosed cases of measles. AlertsUSA monitoring..

What You Need To Know

On Friday, the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security and National Counter Terrorism Center issued a Liaison Information Report to private sector partners and law enforcement nationwide about potential terrorist threats related to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As of the time of this report's preparation on Friday evening, the FBI, DHS, and NCTC report they are not aware of any specific, credible foreign terrorist threats surrounding the 9/11 date, but remain concerned that homegrown violent extremists may view anniversary events and mass gatherings as attractive targets of opportunity.

According to the report, homegrown violent extremists and domestic violent extremists "continue to be the most significant threats to the homeland due to their ability to plan and execute an attack without attracting attention. Recent attacks, both in the US and abroad, demonstrate that such actors can rely on a wealth of guidance from extremist media and often do not need external direction or funding to launch a successful attack."

ISIS Calls for Attacks on Crusaders

On Friday afternoon, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed that the most recent issue of the Islamic State's weekly Al-Naba newsletter included new calls for "fighters and supporters to attack the 'Crusaders' in places like Paris, London and Manhattan."

Readers should take note. The U.S. and other western nations are in the midst of resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees within their borders, few of whom have been cleared by security screening, if that is even possible.

ESSENTIAL READING: Kabuki Vetting of Afghans

The final paragraph of the above article is telling:

"There is no connection between the vetting of Afghans and their admission to the United States. The moment the doors of a C-17 closed on the tarmac in Kabul, every Afghan on board, regardless of background or possible security threat, became a de facto permanent resident of the U.S. Anyone telling you otherwise is misinformed or mendacious."

Afghan Refugees and Communicable Diseases

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified that the CDC and Customs and Border Protection had halted U. S.-bound flights of Afghan refugees from bases in Germany and Qatar due to multiple diagnosed cases of measles.

According to the CDC, the measles virus is so contagious that "if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected."

USGOV Recommends 19 Cities to Afghan, Iraqi Immigrants

Finally, the U.S. State Dept. has outlined several resettlement options for Afghan and Iraqi refugees coming to the United States under the Special Immigrant Visa program.

The options include a list of 19 cities selected from which they can indicate a preference.

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.


9/7 - Security tight across France for the 9/8 start of the trial of 14 men in the Nov 2015 Paris terror attacks that killed 130 and injured ~500. Vigilance urged.

9/7 - Strong M7.4 earthquake, 8 km ENE of Acapulco, Mexico. TSUNAMI ALERT issued for coasts within 300 km of epicenter. AlertsUSA monitoring..

9/9 - AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing lockdown at Wright-Patterson AFB (Dayton) due to reports of gunfire. Security sweeps underway. Add'l alerts as warranted.

9/9 - White House announces new COVID mandates, incl requiring vaccinations for all fed executive branch workers, as well as employees of fed contractors. See email.

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Coronavirus Quick Hits

Sept 11, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of Friday evening there have been just over 656,000 total deaths in the U.S. attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to data provided by the HHS / CDC / ASPR Community Profile Report, total new deaths in the U.S. over the last 7 days were just over 7,538, which is an 11% decrease over last week. Total confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions in the U.S. over the last 7 days was just over 82,000, which is an decrease of 4% over last week.

This week the White House released a series of new COVID-19 mandates, including requiring vaccinations for all federal employees, as well as employees of federal contractors. The rules also mandate that all private sector employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated, or test for the virus weekly.


Case numbers and hospitalizations are increasing in all provinces. Canada has opened up its borders to fully vaccinated foreign travelers.


Mexico still leads the region in daily new deaths, followed by Brazil and Argentina.


In Europe, while most nations have reopened, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark have removed the United States from their safe travel lists, effectively banning unvaccinated American travelers.

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Important COVID-19 Headlines

France bans unvaccinated American travelers
Biden vaccine mandates: Republicans angry, business groups muted
Biden Admin: Vaccine mandates while illegal immigrants get a pass
FDA may authorize COVID vaccine for kids based on 2 months of safety data
Why are COVID cases so high when millions are fully vaccinated?
Republicans explode with fury over Biden vaccine mandate
Denmark lifts all COVID restrictions, crediting high vaccine uptake
New Studies Find Evidence Of 'Superhuman' Immunity To COVID-19 In Some
Kids and COVID: why young immune systems are still on top


Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)
Johns Hopkins CSSE (Interactive map updated multiple times daily)

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

Sept 11, 2021

Putting the “War” Back in War Colleges

We must reckon with the hard truth that the United States has lost another war. Though errors made by policymakers certainly played a part, our military lost in Afghanistan because it no longer knows how to fight and win wars. This wasn’t because our military professionals lack will or effort but because they have forgotten the real purpose for which militaries exist. Nowhere is this truer than in America’s war colleges—the schools our nation established to teach officers how to fight and win wars. The plain fact is that these schools no longer teach warfighting. This may sound incredible—even unbelievable—but it is true.


Rare Earth War: Can The U.S. Even Compete With China?

Even though rare earth elements helped shape modern society into what it is today, most of us hardly know a thing about these unique metals — aside from the fact that they are irreplaceable in the production of many 21st century inventions, from the touch screens in our iPhones to the batteries of our Teslas and to the engines of our military's latest fighter jets.

One of the first things to know about rare earths is that their name is a bit of a misnomer. While their importance to consumer electronics, renewable energy, and national defense makes these materials very costly, rare earths are actually pretty abundant in Earth's crust. The problem is that, much like oil or gas, these metals only can be found in select locations around the world, hidden away inside mineral deposits that did not form with country borders in mind.


The Evolution of al-Qaeda Since September 11, 2001

Over the past twenty years, al-Qaeda has proven to be resilient and adaptive in its efforts to survive the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Twenty years after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States, perpetrated by al-Qaeda, the organization looks much different than it did at the time. “We are no longer dealing with the same terrorist threat, or even the same al-Qaeda, as we did on September 11,” says Ali Soufan. “What we have today is something more complex and resilient, and an organization that has learned lessons from our policies and counterterrorism approaches. We did a lot to secure the U.S. homeland, but in our handling of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, we may have shown terrorist groups that all it requires to outlast a superpower is patience.”


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
Sept 11, 2021

These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Sept 9, 2021 based on U.S. Navy, public data provided by the U.S. Naval Institute, and open source reporting. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

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World News Roundup
Sept 11, 2021


Fencing back up at the U.S. Capitol
Fort Hood gunman congratulates Taliban from death row
Divided, bruised US marks 9/11's 20th anniversary
19 Years Ago: Rick Rescorla Saved 2700 Lives
Smoke triggers alert on International Space Station
Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan
CIA Chief Visits Pakistan, India to Discuss Afghanistan
Big Tech made billions during 'war on terror': report
Reflecting on September 11, 2001: What the Satellites Saw
Biden boots Trump appointees from military academy advisory boards
Biden Is Running a Hostage Negotiation With the Taliban
Navy Disputes China's Claim to Have Ousted USS Benfold


MI5: Taliban takeover of Afghanistan a 'boost' to extremists elsewhere
Russia says divisive Nord Stream 2 pipeline complete
Channel crossings: France and UK clash over Border Force tactic plans
UK threatens to send migrant boats back to France
Paris attacks prime suspect tells court he is ‘a soldier of Islamic State’
Grief-stricken Putin bids farewell at the open coffin of minister
All-out war with Russia 'is a possibility' Ukraine warns


Morocco’s ruling party suffers crushing defeat to liberal rivals
West African bloc suspends Guinea's membership after coup
Violence continues in South Kordofan and Darfur
Phone and internet shutdown in Nigerian state enters sixth day
ECOWAS mediators heading to Guinea to meet coup leaders
ECOWAS urged to Take Proactive Steps to Prevent Coups in Sub-Region
Ethiopia says Tigrayan forces beaten in Afar
Crisis-hit Lebanon gets cabinet after 13-month wait


No women in top gov positions in Afghanistan
Former Afghan President apologizes for fleeing country
Report on U.S.-China Competition in East, South China Sea
Terrorism will increase under Afghanistan’s new government
Analysis: Taliban hard-line path worsens Afghanistan dilemma
Taliban beat female protesters, ban rallies and assault journalists
China slows approval of new online games in bid to curb addiction
At least four killed in Taliban crackdown on protests, says UN
UN urges release of Afghanistan's frozen assets
Chinese Foreign Ministry Posts Video Mocking US "War Machines"
USS Carl Vinson, carrier strike group enter South China Sea

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Travel Security Resources

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The U.S. Dept. of State Travel Website 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 research on the security situation at your destination prior to departure.

Active USGOV Travel Notices
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Alphabetical Country List
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Your Health Abroad
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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.

Foreign Sources of Travel Guidance

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