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Al Qaeda Celebrates Events of 9/11
Threatens New Wave of Attacks in France

September 12, 2020
Between Sept 9-11, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

9/9 - Al Qaeda's Thabat News Agency rel pre-9/11 anniv msg celebrating the killing of US & FR soldiers in Somalia & Mali. Warns mil forces still targeted. See email.

9/11 - Al Qaeda rel updated English translation of Dec 2019 "One Ummah" mag celebrating 9/11 attacks. Includes editorial threatening Charlie Hebdo & France. See email.

What You Need To Know

Twice this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the release of statements from the al Qaeda terror organization celebrating the nineteenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, which they describe as the "blessed Manhattan invasion."

The first message praises recent attacks by jihadists in such locations as East, Central and West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and central Asia, including attacks on U.S. and French forces. The terror organization states that troops from both the U.S. and France remain on the target list.

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of Al Qaeda's release of an English translation of an updated December 2019 issue of "One Ummah" magazine, within which the terror organization again celebrates the attacks of September 11, 2001 (see this, this, this and this), as well as includes a recently written editorial threatening the nation of France, and the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, with new attacks.

Readers are reminded that Charlie Hebdo is a French newspaper that features cartoons, reports, polemics and jokes. The publication is strongly secularist and publishes articles that mock Catholicism, Judaism, Islam and various other groups. The magazine frequently published illustrations, cartoons and nude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, whose depiction is forbidden in most interpretations of Islam. Each issue containing such material sparked outrage across the Muslim world.

In 2011, the newspaper's office was firebombed. In 2013, al Qaeda added multiple members of the publication's staff to its most wanted list.

On the 7th of January 2015, two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the newspaper in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which formally claimed responsibility for the attack. Over the next two days, several related attacks were carried out across Paris, as well as northwest of the city. These included 19 people held hostage in a kosher supermarket, of whom four were killed.

Why New Threats?

So readers may be asking why Al Qaeda is again threatening France and the publishers of Charlie Hebdo? The answer is that criminal trials for 14 individuals involved in the 2015 attack began last week in Paris. Charlie Hebdo marked the start of the trial by reprinting the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

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In a separate communique released on Thursday, Al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula lashed out and called for lone wolf attacks on the publication's staff for republishing the cartoons, as well as on other Europeans who blasphemed against Islam.

The Battle Continues

AlertsUSA reminds readers that the battle with radical Islam continues worldwide.

Followers of the "religion of peace" have been responsible for more than 37,600 separate terrorist attacks around the world since 9/11. The majority are incidents like attacks on schools and churches, suicide bombers on buses and subways, bombings of marketplaces, hotels and housing complexes, AK spray-downs of synagogues, crucifixions, execution or disfigurement for either not being Muslim, not being the right kind of Muslim or not being Muslim enough, beheadings for being Christian and refusing to convert to Islam, and on and on and on.

While it would be politically incorrect to say that America is fighting a religious war, make no mistake about it: The other side is doing just that.

While there may be lags in attack tempo and methodology, sweeping changes in organizational leadership, as well as variations in the methods and intensity of propaganda efforts, remember that the forceful spread of Islam has been underway since before Mohammad's death in 632 AD.

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.

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Coronavirus Update

September 12, 2020

As of the time of this reports' preparation on Friday, there were more than 6,455,000 COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S., as well as 193,000 deaths attributed to the virus.

Despite the dramatic influence of politics on the pandemic response, as well as the botched effort of federal and state health authorities in testing and accurate case counting, the two-step and mixed messaging on use of masks, the highly flawed rule-making hampering the use of hydroxychloroquine in the early treatment of those infected with COVID-19 and so much more, AlertsUSA encourages readers to remain conscious of the need to be cautious, not only out of concern for your own well being, but also that of others. There actually is a virus, is still in circulation globally, it is still hospitalizing people globally, and it is still taking lives globally.


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9/5 - AlertsUSA monitoring clashes between BLM protesters and police in Rochester, NY and multiple other cities. Caution urged this weekend. Live streams via email.

9/6 - CA Independent System Operator issues a statewide Flex Alert warning residents to prepare for the likelihood of rotating electric outages. Full stmt via email.

9/10 - Microsoft warns of ongoing cyberattacks from Russia, China and Iran targeting people and orgs with both the Trump and Biden campaigns. More info via email.

9/12 - Tropical Storm Sally forms in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecast to become a hurricane by Mon. Northern Gulf Coast interests should monitor this system. See email.

9/12 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to active shooter report, University Park Mall, Mishawaka (South Bend), Indiana. Heavy police presence. Add'l alerts as warranted.

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Thunder Out of Congress on China

September 12, 2020

The Trump administration has been rolling out new measures on China seemingly almost every day. All of them involve countering China in one way or another, often through expanded restrictions on some aspect of the relationship, from adding Chinese firms to the Entity List to expelling journalists and imposing penalties on Beijing for passage of its harsh national security law on Hong Kong. The institution at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue has also ramped up its activity on China. By some measures the 116th Congress has been more outspoken on China than any of its predecessors.

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

September 12, 2020

‘Negative Peace’? China’s Approach to the Middle East

What is China up to in the Middle East? What are its intentions, and do they constitute a threat to the predominant U.S. order there? And will there soon be a transformation in its approach to regional conflict, especially through the emerging concept and practice of “peace through development”?


Al Qaeda’s Franchise Reboot

Nineteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, does al Qaeda still pose a significant threat to U.S. national security? Among researchers, military and intelligence officials, and policymakers who study the group, there is little consensus. But very few experts on Salafi-jihadi movements would dismiss the group outright.


Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling,
and a Terrorist Mastermind

While al Qaeda has not been able to replicate an assault like 9/11, that’s also a naive metric of success. Al Qaeda maintains affiliates in regions across Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. And though chief Ayman al-Zawahiri conjured less of a personality cult, al Qaeda’s current leader is just as dangerous to the United States as its old one.


How to Steal and Election (Parts 1 & 2)

How does one ensure their political allies are ideologically synchronized, and know exactly how to disrupt a presidential election? What about the "journalists" in the news media and the babblers on social media -- how does one get them onboard with the planned nationwide revolutionary disruption? Easy! Publish a report titled: "Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election."

~ Part 1 / Part 2 ~

There is Something Very Wrong With Some
in the Top Ranks of America's Military

With Bob Woodward's anti-Trump book about to be published, the media are focusing entirely on the easily debunked claim that Trump mishandled the Wuhan virus by "lying" to the American people. What the media are ignoring, however, is a much more serious claim, which is that former secretary of defense General James Mattis plotted to overthrow Trump and his administration. This fact, if true, supports my longtime fear about the damage Obama inflicted on the upper echelons of the Pentagon.


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September 12, 2020

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World News Roundup
September 12, 2020


Virologist claims she has proof COVID-19 was made in Wuhan lab
At least 15 phones from Mueller's team wiped before being given to DOJ
U.S. cancels over 1,000 visas for Chinese nationals deemed security risks
The pandemic is about to enter its most treacherous phase
New Navy Ships Plan Finally Ready; On Esper’s Desk Next Week
Despite Pandemic, The U.S. Army Is In Its Best Shape In A Generation
US eyes Greek island as alternative to Turkish base
Protests over police brutality leave several dead, hundreds injured in Bogota
Russia, China and Iran hackers target Trump and Biden, Microsoft says
Only 42% of Americans would take a Covid-19 vaccine before November
FBI warns of increasing extremist threats to the 2020 elections
US mayor of Portland bans the use of tear gas by police
Latin America passes 8 million coronavirus cases: Reuters tally
Expert on Amazon tribes killed by arrow from uncontacted group


Charlie Hebdo: 14 suspects on trial over Paris massacre
Greece ramps up border security in prep for another wave of Muslim migrants
Danish Stram Kurs party planning massive anti-Islamization weekend
Six B-52s flew over all 30 NATO nations in a single day
Russian Su-27 Plane Scrambled to Intercept US Planes Over Black Sea
France logs almost 10,000 new cases in 24 hours, a record
Belarus opposition leader threatened with deportation 'alive or in bits'
Brexit: EU will 'not be shy' in taking legal action over UK divorce deal changes
EU demands UK drop a planned law that breaches Brexit deal
Greece scrambles to shelter thousands after Moria migrant camp fire
Russia denies 'promising' Navalny poisoning investigation
U.S. could restrict funds for 'malign activities' over Navalny poisoning
Vaccine trust growing in Europe, falling elsewhere: survey


Iran’s growing arsenal of missiles a threat to region
UK, France & Germany agree to reject US demand for Iran sanctions
Iran starts annual war games amid tensions with US
Iran warns U.S. to keep away from Persian Gulf military drills
Yemen's Houthis say 'important target' struck in Saudi capital
Syrian air defences thwart Israeli attack on Aleppo city: Syrian state TV
Deadlock in Arab League over UAE-Israel deal
MASSIVE explosion shakes outskirts of Jordanian capital (VIDEO)
Amid tensions, Turkish, Greek sides conclude military talks
EU to consider sanctions on Turkey over Mediterranean gas drilling
Beirut fire: Huge blaze erupts in port, burns food supplies
Coronavirus: Israel considers nationwide lockdown as cases spike
Qatar to host long-awaited intra-Afghan talks from Saturday


China's worrisome edge toward a 'launch-on-warning' nuclear posture
China’s coronavirus vaccine shows military’s growing role in medical research
China expands its island-building strategy into the Pacific
India, Japan agree to step up military cooperation
Japanese F-35s to Be Armed With Long-Range Standoff Missiles by 2022
China, India agree to disengage troops on contested border
Taliban say peace talks with Afghan team to start Saturday
Trump: Pompeo traveling to Taliban, Afghan government talks
Trump announces new US ambassador to Afghanistan
Pompeo: Asean nations should not allow themselves to be ‘bullied’ by Beijing
Taiwan denounces large-scale Chinese drills near island
Coronavirus COVID-19 has hit some of India's poorest regions hard

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