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Fences and Soldiers Return to the Capitol

Sept 18, 2021
Between Sept 13-17, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

9/13 - USCP reinstalling fencing around U.S. Capitol, warn of "concerning online chatter" re demonstration planned for Sept 18. Full statement sent via email.

9/17a - Caution urged in DC during runup to 9/18 "Justice for J6" rally at Union Square. Law enforcement tense, high potential for counter demonstrations. See email.

9/17b - DoD approves request from Capitol Police for deployment of National Guard troops to Washington, DC ahead of "Justice for J6" rally at Union Square.

What You Need To Know

On Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified that the US Capitol Police were reinstalling fencing around the main Capitol building and were warning of "concerning online chatter" about a demonstration planned for September 18.

That gathering, known as the “Justice for J6” rally, will be held at Union Square, 11-acre public plaza at the foot of Capitol Hill. The event is being held in support of people who have been charged with crimes in connection to the January 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security issued an Intelligence Brief to law enforcement agencies nationwide warning that some in individuals involved in or opposed to the rally may seek to engage in violence, but they lack indications of a specific or credible plot associated with the event.

DHS cautions that lone offenders and small groups of individuals can mobilize to violence with little-to-no warning, particularly in response to confrontational encounters with perceived opponents or calls for escalation by key influencers.

According to Capitol police chief Tom Manger, “We are here to protect everyone’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest. I urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble to stay home. We will enforce the law and not tolerate violence.”

Last week the Capitol Police Board issued an emergency declaration allowing the Department to deputize outside law enforcement officers as United States Capitol Police Special Officers.

On Friday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were also notified that the DoD had approved a request from Capitol Police for deployment of National Guard troops to Washington, DC ahead of "Justice for J6" in case law enforcement requires additional support. National Guard troops will be stationed at the D.C. Armory and will only be deployed at the request of Capitol Police in order to protect the Capitol and congressional office buildings.

According to a DoD statement, "Should the Capitol Police require assistance, they will first utilize local, state and Federal law enforcement capabilities before requesting the deployment of the Physical Security Task Force."

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.


9/13 - Nicholas becomes a hurricane. Bringing heavy rains, strong winds, and storm surges to portions of the central and upper Texas coasts. More via email.

9/13 - Pentagon / CDC: Flights of Afghan evacuees to the US remain paused "at least seven add'l days from today" due to ongoing measles outbreak. AlertsUSA monitoring.

9/17 - CBP closes Del Rio, TX Port of Entry in both directions "to respond to urgent safety & security needs" due to massive surge of illegal immigrants. Monitoring..

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Coronavirus Quick Hits

Sept 18, 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 672,000 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 10,000, which is an 17% increase over last week. Total confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions in the U.S. over the last 7 days was just over 78,000, which is an decrease of 5% over last week.


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


Of every 100 infections last reported around the world, about 11 were reported from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The region is currently reporting a million new infections about every 17 days and has reported more than 44,350,000 since the pandemic began.

Mexico leads regional nations in daily deaths, followed by Brazil and Argentina.


Of every 100 infections last reported around the world, about 22 were reported from countries in Europe. The region is currently reporting a million new infections about every 8 days and has reported more than 57,393,000 since the pandemic began.

This week Russia leads all other European nations in daily deaths, followed by the UK and France.

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

FDA panel soundly rejects plan to offer Pfizer booster shots
>50% of those seeking antibody treatment in FL are fully vaccinated

Contaminated Pfizer Vaccines Reported In Several Japanese Cities
Why the Biden COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate is Unconstitutional
Federal government limiting access to COVID antibody treatment
COVID explosion in the most vaccinated state…
COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West
Federal Government Limiting Access To Covid Antibody Treatment
Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle
White House hints air travel COULD face COVID mandates
White House doesn't rule out COVID-19 vaccines or tests for domestic flights
COVID: Which Countries Are Vaccinating Children And Why?
China fully vaccinates more than 1 billion people


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 18, 2021

Al Qaeda Versus ISIS

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan has raised fears that the country will once again become a safe haven for Islamist militants intent on perpetrating acts of international terrorism. In light of the Taliban’s history of harboring such radical groups, these fears are justified. But the two movements vying for influence in the country, al Qaeda and the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), both face serious obstacles in their quest to use Afghanistan as a platform to bolster their strength and launch a new wave of terrorist attacks.

These groups are themselves bitterly divided over what role a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan will play in the global jihadi landscape. For al Qaeda, the Taliban’s victory is an epic triumph—the fulfillment of God’s promise to give victory to the believers over the unbelievers. For ISIS, it is not a triumph at all but rather further evidence of the Taliban’s willingness to collaborate with the Americans.


How Equipment Left In Afghanistan Will Expose US Secrets

The ultimate winner of two decades of war in Afghanistan is likely China. The aircraft and armored vehicles left behind when U.S. forces withdrew will give China—through their eager partners, the Taliban—a broad window into how the U.S. military builds and uses some of its most important tools of war. Expect the Chinese military to use this windfall to create—and export to client states—a new generation of weapons and tactics tailored to U.S. vulnerabilities, said several experts who spent years building, acquiring, and testing some of the equipment that the Taliban now controls.

To understand how big a potential loss this is for the United States, look beyond the headlines foretelling a Taliban air force. Look instead to the bespoke and relatively primitive pieces of command, control, and communication equipment sitting around in vehicles the United States left on tarmacs and on airfields. These purpose-built items aren’t nearly as invincible to penetration as even your own phone.


Giving the Taliban Int'l Legitimacy Would Be a Disastrous Mistake

Naïve attempts by a number of leading Western powers to foster relations with the newly-installed Taliban regime in Kabul are being undermined by the uncompromising attitude of the new Islamist regime.

By contrast, France and Britain have been more ambivalent about establishing ties with the Taliban, with a spokesman for the French foreign ministry saying the issue of recognizing the Taliban "is not currently of relevance for France," while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that "it would be a mistake for any country to recognize any new regime in Kabul prematurely or bilaterally."


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
Sept 18, 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 13, 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 18, 2021


Fmr CIA Dir: Biden Afghan Calamity Has "Inspired Jihadists All Over The World”
Biden Nominee Advises Chinese Communists on ‘Access To US Government.’
US senators seek to designate Taliban as terrorist organisation
Peru debates what to do with the remains of Shining Path founder
Gunmen abducted migrants in Mexico to demand ransom
Cartel launches offensive against Michoacán municipality
Half of Haiti’s earthquake victims still have not received assistance
'Biden is handling the border crisis as badly as Afghanistan'
Authorities along the US/MX border stopped migrants 209,000 times in August
Abbott: Biden reversed course and refused to allow closure of Texas border
Thousands of Haitian pour across the border at Del Rio
US to expel Haitians from border, fly to Haiti


Somali “asylum seeker” stabs five people, slashes 6-year-old’s throat
Russia Heading for 'Least Free Elections' in 20 Years, Say Opposition Leaders
Russia's authoritarianism and political crackdown could get worse
U.K. Faces Winter Blackouts Risk After Fire Knocks Out Cable
Russia holds war games with Belarus, Ukraine warns of all-out war
Putin: Dozens in inner circle infected with coronavirus
UKGOV condemns climate activists as they block London motorway again
Russian spy ship is in English Channel


Leader of Islamic State in Greater Sahara Killed By French Forces
An Explosive Renewal of the Islamic State in Libya
Zimbabwe Utility to Cut Power by 12 Hours a Day Amid Shortage
Iraqi PM Kadhimi becomes first foreign leader to meet Iran's Raisi
Death of Jihadist Behind Attack on U.S. Soldiers Is Latest Blow for Militants
Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition intercept Houthi missile fired towards Jazan
New government in Lebanon renews central bank audit
South African Court Rejects Zuma’s Plea to Overturn Prison Sentence
Somali PM dismisses Farmaajo’s directive withdrawing his powers
West African bloc ECOWAS sanctions Guinea and Mali over coups
Morocco’s BCIJ Dismantles 3-Member ISIS Cell


China on ‘AUKUS’: Australian Troops Would Be the First to Die
Japan and Taiwan welcomed the new UK, US and Australia military pact
Japanese defence minister draws a 'red line' around disputed islands
North and South Korea conduct duelling missile tests as arms race heats up
India: 6 men plotting terror attacks arrested, police say
Afghan withdrawal raises questions about U.S., Gulf Arab official says
China Threatens Drastic Action If Taiwan Changes Name Of D.C. Office
Japan says suspected Chinese submarine seen near territorial waters
Taiwan lands fighters on highway as annual drills reach peak
PLA jets will eventually patrol over Taiwan
A Chinese Lehman Brothers crisis

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