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Was the Boulder Massacre A Jihadist Terror Attack?- ALLOW IMAGES

Was the Boulder Massacre A Jihadist Terror Attack?

March 27, 2021
Between March 22-24, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

3/22 - Boulder, CO police report active shooter situation at Table Mesa King Soopers supermarket. Police urge public to avoid the area. AlertsUSA monitoring..

3/22 - Boulder, CO King Soopers shooting scene still active. Multiple gunshot victims. Live stream via email.

3/22 - Boulder, CO police "asking those near 17th & Grove to shelter in place while they respond to report of armed, dangerous individual." AlertsUSA monitoring..

3/22 - Boulder, CO Police: "Multiple dead" incl police officer, at least one injured in King Soopers supermarket shooting. Suspect in custody. Motive unknown.

3/22 - Boulder, CO Police Update: At least 10 people have died, including a Boulder officer, in the King Soopers supermarket shooting.

3/24 - Atlanta police detain man with body armor, 2 rifles and 3 handguns in Publix Supermarket at 1380 Atlantic Dr NW. Investigation ongoing. AlertsUSA monitoring..

What You Need To Know

On Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the U.S. to learn of an active shooter situation unfolding at the King Soopers Supermarket located in the Table Mesa area of South Boulder, Colorado. In this incident, 21-year-old Ahmad al-Aliwi al-Issa of Arvada, Colorado, entered the parking lot of the supermarket in early afternoon, exited his vehicle wearing tactical body armor and began to fire on individuals. He was armed with an AR-15 style rifle (Ruger AR-556), as well as a semi-automatic handgun.

One victim was killed in a car parked next to the gunman's vehicle, and another was shot multiple times elsewhere in the parking lot.

Al-Issa then entered the store and began to fire on shoppers, employees, as well as those waiting in line to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at the store's pharmacy. Responding police officers reported being fired upon repeatedly by the gunman. One of the first officers on the scene was Eric Talley of the Boulder Police Dept, who was shot and killed shortly after entering the store. The gun battle with police lasted approximately 30 min., with al-Issa eventually surrendering and being taken into custody after being shot in the leg.

More than one dozen law enforcement agencies responded to the incident, including the Jefferson County SWAT, the FBI, ATF and multiple local police departments. A fire department ladder truck was also used to allow SWAT team members access to the roof of the supermarket.

In total, 10 people we killed in this attack. Al-Issa faces 10 counts of murder in the first degree.

Disrupting the Narrative

As has been repeatedly seen for well more than a decade, if a mass shooting incident or other attack is carried out by a white guy, the identity of the perpetrator, including first, middle and last name, the scope of their social media footprint, and often their home address, is broadcast far and wide, sometimes before the crime scene investigation is complete. But when it comes to someone of color or of Middle East, North African or South Asian descent, every effort is put forth to block or otherwise obscure the suspect's identity.

Such is the case with this incident. Mainstream news outlets and even law enforcement initially refused to release any information about the suspect in the supermarket shooting, aside from saying he was a white male in his early 20s.

As it turns out, Ahmad al-Aliwi al-Issa is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Syria. Screen captures of his social media pages, snagged before being scrubbed by the various platforms, reveal him to be a faithful Muslim who frequently posted Islamic messaging, as well as comments on the topics of Islamaphobia, the need for increased acceptance of refugees, and his dislike of former President Trump.

Another interesting data point comes from Jack Posobiec, a veteran intelligence officer of the U.S. Navy and currently an investigative reporter for One America News. According to Posobiec, who is well connected within the national security and intelligence communities, Joe Biden has been briefed that "the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies."

Further still, according to investigative reporter Laura Loomer, a source within the Boulder Police Department has revealed that the supermarket shooter carried out attack in the name of Islamic State.

Readers may also find it curious that the King Sooper's supermarket is in fact a Kosher friendly store which advertises itself as "Your One-Stop Shop for Kosher Groceries." Add to this the fact that the supermarket is more than 20 miles away from the shooter's place of residence, and that the attack occurred less than a week before Passover begins, and an interesting picture begins to form, despite law enforcement and mainstream media continuing to state that the motive behind the attack is unclear.

Another Attack Narrowly Prevented?

On Wednesday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified that Atlanta, Georgia police detained a man who entered a Publix supermarket with body armor, 2 rifles and 3 handguns. According to the incident report (PDF) posted on the police department website the following day, a witness entered the men's bathroom and heard what sounded like firearms being loaded. The witness also observed an AR-15 style rifle leaning against the wall. The witness exited the bathroom and notified a member of the store staff, who in turned called the police.

When the first responding officer entered the store, the suspect was just exiting the bathroom and was immediately detained without incident. Upon being searched, the suspect was found with 3 semiautomatic pistols, a revolver, an AR-15 style rifle, and 12-guage shotgun. All semiautomatic pistols were loaded with rounds in their chambers, and the revolver was fully loaded. The rifle and shotgun were also loaded with rounds in their chamber. Also found in the suspects bag was a ski mask.

Atlаntа Police Depаrtment photo of weapons carried into Publix supermarket by Rico Mаrley.

The suspect, 22 year old Rico Abednego Neequaye Marley, a black male, has been arrested and charged with 5 counts of Criminal Attempt To Commit A Felony, and 6 counts of Possession Of Firearm During Commission of or Attempt To Commit Felony.

Once again, AlertsUSA urges readers to maintain a high level of situational awareness as we move into the warmer months. There are many angry people from every possible political and social leaning looking for an opportunity to vent. This is on top of the ongoing threat from foreign terrorist organizations who will soon find it much easier to enter the U.S. because of chaos unfolding at the southern border, the dramatic increase in the number of refugees being settled in the U.S. from the Middle East and North Africa, the lifting of the so called Muslim ban, as well as the gradual reopening of international travel.

Readers are also cautioned that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching. Each year, AlertsUSA reports on threats and calls for attacks on Western nations by Muslim clerics and propagandists from a variety of transnational terrorist organizations. Ramadan begins at sunset on Thursday, April 23rd and ends at sunset on May 23rd.

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 27, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the HHS / CDC / ASPR Community Profile Report for Thursday, March 18,there were more than 547,000 total deaths in the U.S. attributed to COVID-19, with 7,280 new deaths in the last 7 days. This represents a 1.8% DECREASE from the previous 7 day period. Total COVID-19 hospital admissions in the last 7 days were 32,996. This represents a .1% INCREASE from the previous 7 day period.

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

All travelers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep Canadians safe, particularly given the new COVID-19 variants in Canada and around the world. Federal quarantine applies for travelers entering Canada. If you can enter Canada and you have no symptoms, you must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. If you are flying into Canada, your quarantine period includes a mandatory 3 night pre-paid booking at a government-authorized hotel at your own cost.

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Important COVID-19 Headlines

COVID Cases Jump In 27 States As Fauci Urges "Take It Easy" On Reopening
Biden doubles vaccine pledge, says plans to run again
Biden's new goal is 200 million COVID-19 vaccinations in first 100 days
Brazil Is Looking Like The Worst Place On Earth For COVID-19
Why are more young people getting sick with Covid-19 in Brazil?
Brazil's highest daily Covid death toll as 3,650 perish
Brazil hits record 100,000 coronavirus cases in a day
Bolsonaro under pressure as Brazil COVID deaths top 300,000
EU leaders grapple with surge of infections, vaccine issues
No more vaccine exports until you fulfill your contracts, EU tells AstraZeneca
EU says it will tighten COVID-19 vaccine rules to strengthen supply chains
Vaccine failures overshadow EU summit as Covid-19 surges
Germany to require COVID tests on all flight arrivals
Half of Israelis fully vaccinated, Palestinians lag
US offers funds to vaccinate Palestinians
India slows vital vaccine exports as cases soar
Pakistan extends school closures amid third wave

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3/20 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to reports of shots fired, Houston Galleria Mall. Evacuation underway. Heavy police presence. Add'l alerts as warranted.

3/25 - NWS Storm Prediction Center issues rare Level 5 “high risk” alert for severe storms, incl strong, long track tornadoes, for parts of MS, AL & TN. See email.

3/26 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to reports of mass casualty shooting incident, vicinity of 19th and Pacific Ave, Virginia Beach. Add'l alerts as warranted.

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

March 27, 2021

US: The Urgency of Keeping a Credible Deterrence

Various elements in the US Congress are saying that they want US nuclear policy to go in a decidedly new and different direction. This conflict between views on nuclear deterrence may place in jeopardy the hard-fought bi-partisan consensus created over the past ten years, in which the country agreed to fully modernize the aging US deterrent while also implementing arms control with its adversaries.

Some critics, however, want to take down nuclear systems across the board, including: (1) low-yield nuclear weapons on US submarines; (2) the Navy cruise missile, just starting research; (3) the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) and (4) the bomber cruise missile or long-range strike option (LRSO). Critics even want to stop the US from being able to build from 20-80 nuclear warheads annually.


Hong Kong Isn’t an Endgame for China. It’s a Starting Point.

The world may be witnessing the end of Hong Kong as we know it, but China’s long march to global dominance won’t end there. Neither should our vigilance against China’s future assaults on democratic institutions.


The North Korean-Syrian Partnership: Bright Prospects Ahead

As the Syrian civil war passes its tenth anniversary, President Bashar al-Assad is seeking to escape international isolation and preserve Damascus’s wartime partnerships. While Syria is primarily focused on returning to the Arab League and courting reconstruction investments from China, Russia and Iran, it also wishes to preserve its historic relationship with North Korea. Under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has consistently defended Assad from international criticism, provided military assistance to the Syrian Arab Army and supplied Syria with missile and chemical weapons technology. These displays of solidarity ensure that the Syria-North Korea partnership will continue to strengthen as the Syrian civil war transitions into its reconstruction phase.


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
March 27, 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 22, 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 27, 2021


The F-35 may be unsalvageable
Marine Corps F-35 damaged by a round fired from the fighter's own cannon
The future of the F-35 and the Air Force fighter fleet
Thousands of Venezuelans flee to Colombia amid violence on border
Aggressive Asian hornets gain foothold in Pacific Northwest
Carrier Woes: The Navy’s Fighters Can’t Reach China
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger: Too many chips made in Asia
Washington’s battle over nuclear weapons budget already underway
Hypersonic Research Funding Skyrockets as DOD Looks to Push Capability
US Navy Still Considering Bringing Back US 1st Fleet
Army Extremism Training Gets Mixed Reviews from Soldiers
US Coast Guard seizes $330 million in illegal drugs
Report: 2020 saw more violence and abuses in Colombia


Three arrested in Spain for terror financing
UK: Man arrested in south-west London over suspected terror plot
Germany: Arrest of a suspected member of the Islamic State
Blinken Warns Germany Of Possible Sanctions Over Nord Stream
Democratic U.S. senators urge Biden to speed sanctions over Nord Stream 2
UK extends emergency coronavirus powers by 6 months
Hundreds arrested in Belarus ‘Freedom Day’ protest
Police give all clear after evacuating area around Dutch parliament
Putin critic Alexei Navalny says he is being 'tortured' in prison
US, EU agree to reboot bilateral talks on China, address Russia challenge
Ukraine Between Biden And A Hard Place


How the DoD Accidentally Funnels Millions to Iraqi Militia Groups
Dislodging Suez Canal ship ‘could take weeks’
Saudi-led coalition intercepts and destroys several Houthi drones
Saudi reports fire at oil terminal as Huthis escalate attacks
Battle for Marib: Last city in north Yemen under gov’t control
U.S. special envoy for Yemen traveling to Middle East
Saudi official denies threat to harm UN Khashoggi investigator
EU offers Turkey aid, trade help despite rights concerns
Hundreds of Uyghurs protest Chinese minister's Turkey visit
Jihadi rebels hit town in north Mozambique near gas project
Eleven killed in attacks in western Niger
Mozambique soldiers 'pursuing' insurgents in key town
UN, African Union mission HQs targeted in Somali capital, 3 dead
Ethiopia’s Tigray: Men forced to rape family members, UN reports
Libya urges foreign fighters to leave during European foreign ministers' visit
DR Congo probes police chief over murder of rights activist
Blaze in Sierra Leone slum leaves over thousand homeless
Egypt suspends traffic in Suez Canal as crews try to free grounded ship
Suez Canal: Owner of cargo ship blocking waterway apologises
Extinction: Africa's elephants driven to the brink by poaching


Taliban threatens to target foreign troops if deadline not met
Top U.S. General: Afghan Army Could Not Survive on Its Own
Germany Extends Military Mission in Afghanistan Into 2022
North Korea fired missiles after US military exercises with South Korea --
Biden sees Afghan withdrawal this year but not by May deadline
US ‘exploring keeping’ counterterrorism troops in Afghanistan
Biden warns of 'responses' if N.Korea 'choose to escalate'
US, UK sanction Myanmar junta companies as crackdown continues
Philippines deploys more navy ships to disputed sea amid row with China
Bangladesh police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at anti-Modi protesters
Tokyo Olympic torch relay begins 121-day journey across Japan
China Developing Hypersonic Swarms To Overwhelm Missile Defenses
Beware the Bear in the Pacific

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