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DHS / FBI Warn of Ongoing Extremist
Threats Through 2021

March 6, 2021
Between March 2-5, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

3/2 - Capitol Police on high alert & report "concerning" info and intel re March 4th, a date QAnon followers believe Trump will be sworn back into office. See email.

3/3 - The United States Capitol Police issue new statement on possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4. See your email.

3/4 - Capitol Police request 2 month extension of National Guard deployment on Capitol Hill due to "continued security concerns." AlertsUSA monitoring..

3/3 - IED explodes outside COVID testing center in Bovenkarspel, Netherlands. No injuries. Incident occurs amidst protests over public health lockdowns. Monitoring..

3/3 - Eight people stabbed in suspected terrorist attack, Vetlanda, Sweden. Assailant shot by police and in custody. US Embassy urging increased caution & awareness.

3/5 - One dead, multiple injured in mass stabbing incident at Chinese take out restaurant, Baglan Street, Treorchy, S. Wales. Public warned to stay away from area.

3/5 - Pro-Islamic State media network Ash Shaff issues multiple threat posters depicting attacks on Washington DC and New York City. Details via email.

What You Need To Know

On 20 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding a variety of safety and security matters.

Most important for this report, on Tuesday subscribers were notified of a statement issued by the U.S. Capitol Police Department citing the threat of a “possible plot to breach the Capitol” on Thursday, March 4th. A driving force for this security concern was online chatter by followers of the rather small QAnon movement heralding March 4 as the date on which former President Donald Trump would be “inaugurated,” and Joe Biden removed from the White House. Until 1937, March 4th had been the date on which newly elected Presidents were sworn into office.

In the initial public statement, as well as in a follow-up on Wednesday, the Capitol Police emphasize the intelligence was being taken seriously. Further, the Department noted that “significant security upgrades” and force increases had already been implemented. Needless to say, Thursday came and went without a single security incident. More than 5000 heavily-armed National Guard soldiers remain in the district, as do miles of riot fencing topped with razor wire.

Despite the crickets, US Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has formally asked the Department of Defense to extend the mission of the National Guard on the Hill by another two months. During testimony before the House Legislative Branch Subcommittee, Pittman told lawmakers that threats to members are up 93% during the first two months of this year compared to last year. As of the time of this report's preparation, the request had not received approval.

DHS / FBI Warn of Possible Prolonged Unrest and Violence

Earlier in the week the Department of Homeland Security issued an intelligence note to law enforcement agencies nationwide stating that the diverse set of ideological actors, as well as periods of prolonged civil unrest experienced through 2020, to include the targeting of law enforcement and symbols of government, would likely continue through 2021, and could escalate to include the targeting of critical infrastructure.

Similarly, later in the week the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a Liaison Information Report warning of the ongoing potential for domestic violent extremist threats in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The FBI and DHS continue to assess that violence is most likely to be committed by lone offenders or small cells using simple tactics and easy-to acquire weapons. Due to the highly personal nature of the decision to mobilize, it is difficult to identify specific indicators showing the actions are in support of domestic agendas, or in support of groups from abroad.

Mass Stabbing in Sweden

On Wednesday AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a mass stabbing attack in Vetlanda, Sweden. In this incident, a 22 year old Afghan national who entered Sweden as a refugee attacked seven people with a large knife and axe. Three victims faced life threatening wounds while two others were seriously injured. The suspect was arrested after being shot in the leg by police. Authorities say the incident is being investigated as ”a suspected terrorist crime.”

Readers are reminded that in 2017, an Uzbek migrant who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State drove a truck into crowds of shoppers in Stockholm. Five people were killed and numerous injured before the driver crashed into a department store.

IED Detonated Near Amsterdam

Also on Wednesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the detonation of an Improvised Explosive Device outside of a COVID-19 testing center in Bovenkarspel, Netherlands, located just north of Amsterdam. This incident occurred amidst protests over public health lockdowns and government mismanagement of the response to the pandemic.

New ISIS Threat Posters

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the release of new Islamic State propaganda posters threatening the U.S. and depicting attacks on Washington DC and New York City.

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

March 6, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the COVID Tracking Project, tests are up, while cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue their declines. We are at a crucial moment in the pandemic, with vaccinations ramping up but multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 gaining footholds across the US.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped almost 16 percent week over week, chalking up the seventh straight week of sharp declines in hospitalizations.

As of Friday at 6:00 PM ET, there were 2,221 deaths reported for the day. In total, more than 522,000 deaths in the U.S. have been attributed to the virus.

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the restrictions on non-essential cross-border travel with Canada and Mexico through March 21st.

The CDC now requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

Air travelers entering Canada are now forced into mandatory hotel quarantine (at their own expense) to await results of a COVID test. PM Trudeau says the new requirement is part of a suite of measures designed to keep Canadians at home, as the government is increasingly concerned about the risk of new COVID variants that appear to be more transmissible and more deadly.

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Important COVID-19 Headlines

200,000 Russians have died of Covid-19 since start of pandemic
Brazil's Failure To Contain Its Covid Outbreak Is A Global Threat
The WHO is still incapable of transparency regarding China and COVID-19
WHO to Scrap Plans for Interim Report on Probe of Covid-19 Origins
Fake COVID vaccine distribution network dismantled after INTERPOL alert
Vaccine passports, COVID's next political flash point
Experts warn Covid vaccines being sold on darknet likely scams


The COVID Tracking Project
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)
Johns Hopkins CSSE (Interactive map updated multiple times daily)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration
Public Health Agency of Canada
Infection Prevention and Control Canada
World Health Organization


2/27 - Multiple ballistic missiles intercepted over Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. US Embassy urging increased awareness and caution. Be prepared to seek shelter.

3/2 - Texas Governor announces statewide mask mandate to end on Wednesday, March 10th and all businesses can reopen at 100% capacity.

3/3 - Starting 3/4, all US-bound passengers from Guinea and DR Congo will be routed to 1 of 6 US airports for enhanced screening due to new Ebola outbreak. See email.

3/3 - AlertsUSA monitoring police response to reports of gunfire, Polaris Fashion Place Mall, Columbus, OH. Add'l alerts as warranted.

3/3 - Reports of gunfire, Centaurus High School, Lafayette CO. Large police presence. Campus on lockdown. Add'l alerts as warranted.

3/3 - Attn Sysadmins: DHS issues emergency cybersecurity directive re active exploitation of vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange on-premises products. See email.

3/4 - NZ Civil Defense issues tsunami advisory following the M7.4 earthquake. Areas under threat: E coast of the North Island from the Bay of Islands to Whangari.

3/4 - M8.1 EQ strikes Kermadec Islands, New Zealand. A tsunami WARNING is now in effect for American Samoa, New Caledonia, and New Zealand.

3/4 - Tsunami watches, warnings and advisories issued from Mexico to Chile, Hawaii and entire S. Pacific. Details via email.

3/4 - NOAA: Tsunami watches and advisories cancelled for Hawaii and American Samoa. There is no tsunami danger for the US West Coast, British Columbia, or Alaska.

3/4 - 5 people shot, 3900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SW in Washington, DC near Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling. Gunman at large. AlertsUSA monitoring..

3/5 - BLM/Antifa activists attack pro-Trump supporters in NYC during unfurling of large Trump 2024 flag. Multiple arrests. AlertsUSA monitoring..

3/5 - AlertsUSA monitoring police response to reports of gunfire, Ingram Park Mall, San Antonio, TX. Evacuation underway. Add'l alerts as warranted.

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First Responder Toolbox

March 6, 2021

The Intelligence Community routinely produces information for public safety personnel that may help first responders and others identify terrorist-related activities and prevent, deter, or respond to terrorist attacks.

In this issue:

Female Violent Extremists: Implications for Public Safety

Female violent extremists have demonstrated an interest and participated in filling operational roles through a wide variety of tactics in the Homeland and abroad. Messaging by ISIS, al-Qa‘ida, and their affiliates through online videos, magazines, and social media has most likely played a role in radicalizing, a inspiring, and encouraging females to take an operational role in terrorism. There is wide range of gender-tailored implications for the public safety community to consider in the areas of critical thinking, information gathering, and terrorism prevention to help mitigate the threat of female violent extremists.

~ Download the PDF Document Here ~

Hospitality Industry: Enhanced Suspicious Activity
Awareness Assists in Terrorism Prevention

From family-owned lodging to chain properties and luxury resorts, the hospitality industry represents a diverse and complex environment, including an open and welcoming operating model, transient populations, multiuse facilities, conference spaces, bars, restaurants, casinos, gyms, pools, business centers, and ballrooms. With approximately 53,000 lodging properties and over 15 million people employed by the hospitality industry in the United States, a well-trained, security-conscious staff can act as a force multiplier for recognition and reporting of suspicious activity potentially indicative of terrorism in or adjacent to their respective facilities.

~ Download the PDF Document Here ~

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

March 6, 2021

It’s Time To Rethink Foreign Military Sales

The task will not be easy. Weapons exports are big business, and the vast network of defense companies and government bureaucracy that has grown around them will make changing the status quo a complicated affair. This is not to mention the fact that Biden is taking office after arguably the most enthusiastically pro-arms sales administration in history, one which leaves as its legacy the relaxation of export restrictions and the identification of “economic security” (read: ginning up business for weapons makers) as an explicit goal of U.S. arms transfer policy.


U.S. ‘Not Prepared To Defend Or Compete’With China On AI

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, or NCSAI, issued a report on Monday, March 1, 2021, which offers a stark warning to the leadership of the United States. According to the thorough 756-page report, China could likely soon replace the U.S. as the world’s leader in artificial intelligence, or AI, and that shift will have significant ramifications for the U.S. military at home and abroad.


Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq: Who Went and Why

This report offers a concise, comprehensive, and critical overview of the empirical findings available on the background and possible motivations of the young Western men and women who became jihadist foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq. The findings were gathered from thirty-four reports and academic articles published between 2014 and 2019.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
March 6, 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 March 1, 2021 based on 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
March 6, 2021


U.S. detained ~100,000 migrants at U.S.-Mexico border in February
Biden confronts mounting humanitarian crisis at the border
Blinken calls US-China relations biggest challenge of century in major speech
Biden White House: message discipline, no news conference
Air Force runs second swarming air munitions test over New Mexico
Surface ship readiness continues to struggle
Roughly nine-in-ten U.S. adults consider China a competitor or enemy
Army generals advised against soldiers to Capitol during riot due to optics
DC Guard chief agrees 'optics' slowed deployment during Capitol riot
Bipartisan senators introduce bill to strip Biden of war powers
Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online
Commission urges US to ignore calls to ban autonomous weapons
Joe Biden’s Risky Russia Sanctions Game
Biden brings no relief to tensions between US and China
Marines' F/A-18 Hornets finish final aircraft carrier deployment
It’s time to rethink foreign military sales
In amazing report, CDC says only one child has died of flu this season


Three UK terror plots foiled during pandemic
MI5 warns Kremlin agents targeting Russians in UK
What is behind the increase in gang violence in France?
Earthquake swarm in Iceland could hint at even bigger event
NATO chief underlines important role of bloc, Turkey in EU security
The British Army Is Shrinking: Smallest In 400 Years
Loyalist terrorists pull their support for Good Friday Agreement
Lagging Vaccine Supplies at Some US Bases in Europe
Joe Biden’s Risky Russia Sanctions Game


Israeli defense minister: Plans to attack Iran nuclear sites updated
AFRICOM needs White House approval for airstrikes, report says
Iranian Dissidents Claims To Have Uncovered Undeclared Nuclear Site
Yemen's Houthis say fired missile at Saudi Aramco site in Jeddah
America won't 'shy away' from responding to attack on US base in Iraq
Ankara threatens to export its Syria strategy to Iraq
Can Pope Francis save Iraq's Christians from 'extinction'?
EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia’s deadly Tigray crisis is growing
US warns of military response to rocket attack on Iraq base
Senegal restricts internet as protests over rape allegation escalate


What's Next For The War In Afghanistan?
Chinese hacking campaign targets thousands of US organizations
Guam Needs a New Air-Defense System to Protect Against Chinese
'Seizing Weakness’: The Geopolitical Dimension of U.S.-China Relations
ANYONE flying into China can now be forced to have an anal Covid-19 swab
U.N. report indicating possible North Korea nuclear reprocessing
Myanmar crackdown on protests, widely filmed, sparks outrage
U.S., South Korea to commence scaled-down military exercises
Chief of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command: Strengthen Guam, support Taiwan
China boosts defense spending by 6.8% amid debt, pandemic
China proposes changes to Hong Kong’s electoral system

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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
Worldwide Caution

Active USGOV Travel Advisories
Alphabetical Country List
Dynamic Map

Other USGOV Travel Resources
Traveler's Checklist
Smart Traveler Enrollment Prog (STEP)
Travelers with Special Considerations
Travel to High-Risk Areas
Faith-Based Travel Information
Information for Women Travelers
Cruise Ship Passengers
Students Abroad
Your Health Abroad
Driving and Road Safety Abroad

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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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