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Russia Prepares for Ukraine Invasion,
NATO Bolstering Defenses
March 15, 2014
 
Between March 12-14, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:

3/14 US State Dept issues updated travel alert for the Russian Federation. Warns of potential for incr demonstrations and anti-American violence. Vigilance urged.

3/14 Dramatic SW movement of Russian troops, tanks and armored vehicles from northern & central Russia. Russian Foreign Min: US & Russia remain at odds on Ukraine.

3/13 Tensions incr as China warns against sanctions on Russia, saying move could lead to a dangerous chain reaction. Russia cont massing forces on Ukraine border.

3/12 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: In the case of escalation of situation in Crimea, US Army is ready to back Ukraine and its allies with military action.

What You Need To Know

On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding ongoing, increasingly dangerous developments in the Ukraine.

With a referendum on Crimea's secession to be held on Saturday, March 15th (Sunday in Crimea), by all accounts Russia appears to be preparing for what looks like the next phase; an invasion of the eastern Ukraine. As of the time of this report's preparation on Friday evening, Western media outlets, if they are to be believed, are reporting Russia has amassed more than 80,000 troops along the Ukrainian border, as well as 270 tanks, 180 armored vehicles, 90 attack helicopters, hundreds of artillery pieces, and more than 100 military aircraft.

Alternately, Ukraine's interim Defense Minister, Igor Tenyukh, reports Russia has deployed a much larger force. According to Andriy Parubiy, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Ukraine is facing the threat of a full-scale invasion from various directions.

Military analysts are noting that while Russia claims the moves are training exercises, such operations require notification of neighboring states under a series of conventional arms agreements. To date, none has been received. In fact, the existence of the mobilization was denied by the Kremlin until Thursday of this week when live fire exercises began within only a few kilometers of the Ukraine border.

U.S. intelligence officials state that Ukraine's interim government is appealing to the U.S. for direct military aid, including arms, ammunition and intelligence support, though the Obama administration has reportedly only agreed to send military rations for the time being.

According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey:

"If Russia is allowed to do this, which is to say, move into a sovereign country under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians in Ukraine, it exposes Eastern Europe to significant risk because there are ethnic enclaves all over Eastern Europe and the Balkans."

General Dempsey went on to say that the U.S. does have treaty obligations with our NATO allies and he has assured them that should the treaty obligation is triggered, the U.S. would respond [militarily].

Read the rest of this important article by clicking HERE.

AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the situation in the Ukraine and will issue additional alert messages to subscriber mobile devices as threats and events warrant.

Other Alerts Issued This Week by AlertsUSA

3/12 AlertsUSA monitoring large explosion and multiple building collapse in uptown Manhattan (Park Ave and E. 116th St.) Cause unknown.

3/8 DHS increasing scrutiny of domestic & intl airline passengers following revelation of poss terrorism angle to missing Malaysia Airlines flt. Expect delays.

3/7 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flt MH370, a Boeing 777-200 flying between Kuala Lumpur & Beijing w 239 aboard includes 4 Americans. Believed down in S. China Sea.


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SpecOps Chiefs:
Syrian Islamists Threaten Homeland
March 15, 2014
What You Need To Know

During testimony this week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, two of the nation's top Special Operations officials warned that the spillover effect from the growing number of radical Islamists in Syria would eventually threaten the American homeland.

Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, and Asst. Defense Sec. for Special Operations Michael Lumpkin, testified that if left unchecked, the growing number of extremists and the threat they pose to the region and the world was “only going to get worse”.

According to Assistant Secretary of Defense Lumpkin:

“The threat is already bleeding over beyond the borders of Syria as we’re having spillage into the surrounding nations.” “I can’t give you a date when the homeland is in direct threat but it’s in the not too distant future.”

Two days following this testimony, a new bill was introduced in Congress intended to severely restrict Americans from traveling to Syria and would carry penalties of up to 20 years for violators.

Known as the International Conflicts of Concern Act and authored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), the bill is in response to a large influx of foreign fighters in Syria, including at least 50 Americans. Those who follow the Threat Journal Facebook or Twitter news stream will recall that last week we posted a video of a pair of Los Angles gang members in Syria talking snap and giving gang shout outs while engaging in the conflict.

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If passed into law, the bill would designate Syria as a “country of conflict concern” and prevent Americans from traveling there without a license approved by the Treasury Department, as well as prohibit U.S. citizens from providing material support to any group operating in Syria, including both pro-government and anti-government forces.

The obvious overarching concern behind the officials testimony as well as this legislation is having American citizens, or those who can gain easy entry, learning battlefield trade craft, then returning to the U.S. and putting this skill set to use on U.S. soil.

BLOWBACK

Readers are reminded that on multiple occasions in the past (see this and this), AlertsUSA Threat Journal has reported on Obama Administration efforts to fund, train and arm Islamic militants and opposition forces, some of which are aligned with the al Qaeda terrorist organization, who are fighting against the Syrian military.


Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Important USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

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See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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