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April 10, 2021
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Two On Terror Watchlist Arrested Near MX Border
The Holy Month of Jihad Is Upon Us

April 10, 2021
On April 5th, the following related Flash SMS
message was sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

4/5 - Customs and Border Protection reveal arrest of two Yemeni men on US/MX border who are listed on FBI’s Terrorism Watch List & No-Fly list. More info via email.

What You Need To Know

On Monday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of an announcement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealing the arrest of two men from Yemen on the U.S. / Mexico border who are listed on BOTH the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and No-Fly list. Oddly, by mid-afternoon Tuesday, the announcement had been scrubbed from the CBP website.

On Tuesday evening, an agency spokesman said the post was deleted because it "was not properly reviewed and contained certain disclosure and policy information related to national security."

[Fortunately, the full release was archived by the Wayback Machine...]

The first arrest occurred on January 29 approximately three miles west of the Calexico, California Port of Entry. Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, a 33-year-old illegal alien from Yemen, was on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List as well as on the No-Fly list. Additionally, agents found a cellular phone sim card hidden underneath the insole of his shoe.

The second arrest occurred on March 30 approximately two miles west of the Calexico Port of Entry. Here again, agents conducted records checks which revealed that the man, a 26-year-old illegal alien from Yemen, was also on the FBI’s Terrorism Watch List and on the No-Fly list.

Both men are being held in federal custody pending removal.

Note that it is very rare for someone encountered by a Border Patrol agent or a customs officer to be found in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). According to the FBI, those in the database are "known to be or reasonably suspected of being involved in terrorist activities."

It is even more rare for a Border Patrol agent or a customs officer to encounter someone who is on BOTH the Terrorist Screening Database and the No Fly List.

Readers are reminded that in mid-March, Customs and Border Protection reported to Congress that four people arrested at the southern border since Oct. 1 match names on the TSDB. Three of the people arrested were from Yemen and one was from Serbia.

Why So Much Concern About Yemen?

Yemen is the home of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which historically has been the most active and dangerous of Al-Qaeda's branches that emerged after the weakening of central leadership.

Notable plots and attacks claimed by or linked to AQAP include:

09/2008 - Attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen
12/2009 - Attempted bombing of NW Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit
11/2009 - Mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas
05/2010 - Times Square bomb plot
10/2010 - Transatlantic aircraft parcel bomb plot
01/2015 - Charlie Hebdo attack, Paris
12/2019 - Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting

The Holy Month of Jihad (Ramadan)

AlertsUSA reminds readers that the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan begins Tuesday April 13th, and runs through Thursday May 13. Sadly, while the vast majority of Muslims around the world see Ramadan as a time for peace and spiritual renewal, there are also those who strive to make this a time for unspeakable acts of violence. Indeed, the leaders of ISIS and Al-Qaeda have openly called for violence to commemorate Ramadan with military jihad and a battle against “disbelievers.”

For example, shortly before the start of the 2016 Ramadan, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani declared;

“Make Ramadan, with God’s permission, a month of pain for infidels everywhere.”

ISIS responded to his call by killing hundreds with ferocious attacks in multiple locations, including Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Medina, and Baghdad.

Again, in 2017, the start of Ramadan coincided with several attacks by ISIS. A gunman attacked Coptic Christians in southern Egypt on the eve of Ramadan, killing 28 civilians. This was followed by suicide bombings in Baghdad, a truck bombing in Kabul, an armed arson attack in Manila, a van rampage and stabbings in London, and twin attacks in Tehran. Together, these attacks resulted in the death of more than 100 civilians.

Here in the U.S., Ramadan 2020 was marked by a shooting at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi in Texas. In that incident, Adam Salim Alsahli tried to drive onto the base at the North Gate. When a female security officer approached him he shot her in the chest with a handgun. She was wearing body armor and sustained only minor injuries. The suspect then exited his vehicle with a rifle and was immediately shot and killed by military police. The FBI called the incident terrorism related.

Overall, despite the pandemic, Ramadan 2020 saw ~30% more jihadist attacks than in 2019.

Readers should also recognize that threats towards Muslim communities and religious facilities during Ramadan remain a concern. Oddly, the vast majority of attacks carried out during Ramadan are against other Muslims.

Absent any current specific or actionable threat intelligence, AlertsUSA urges readers to maintain an increased level of situational awareness during the next four weeks, particularly when in large public or religious gatherings and high-profile events.

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

April 10, 2021
What You Need To Know

According to data provided by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, as of Friday evening there have been more than 560,000 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 for Friday, April 2nd, there were 5,127 new deaths in the U.S. over the last 7 days. This represents a 21.7% DECREASE from the previous 7 day period. Total COVID-19 hospital admissions in the last 7 days were 37,355. This represents a 7.3% 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.

This week, the entire province of Ontario entered it's 3rd COVID-19 lockdown.

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Important COVID-19 Headlines

Countries worldwide hit new records for virus cases, deaths
Covid infections in Canada edge closer to US rate
Germany edges toward national lockdown
Kosovo’s mannequin protest against virus restrictions
Airlines lay on extra flights as thousands race to get back to UK from Pakistan
Brazil top court orders probe of Bolsonaro’s pandemic steps
Fauci grant To Wuhan Lab Never Scrutinized By HHS Review Board
New York's vaccine passport program is already failing
UK coronavirus variant now detected in all 50 US states, CDC says
Americans' Worry About Catching COVID-19 Drops to Record Low
India's daily virus cases breach 100,000; mutants, behaviour blamed
India reports new record of daily cases, as 2nd wave and new lockdowns hit
Weekend lockdown, curfew for India's richest state as virus surge worsens
J&J, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines all producing problems for the ladies…

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4/8(a) - AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing response to multi-site bomb threat in area surrounding Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO. Add'l information forthcoming.

4/8(b) - Boulder police give "all clear" on shelter in place order for downtown. Teams will cont. sweeping area out of an abundance of caution.

4/8(a) - Mass shooting incident, Kent Moore Cabinets HQ, Bryan (College Station), TX. At least 7 persons shot. Multi-agency response. AlertsUSA monitoring..

4/8(b) - Gunman in Bryan, TX mass shooting incident remains at-large. Manhunt underway. Extreme caution urged in the Bryan / College Station area.

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Commentary / Analysis / Research

April 10, 2021

Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment

From a security perspective, an increasing number of countries are looking to use space to enhance their military capabilities and national security. The growing use of, and reliance on, space for national security has also led more countries to look at developing their own counterspace capabilities that can be used to deceive, disrupt, deny, degrade, or destroy space systems.

This report compiles and assesses publicly available information on the counterspace capabilities being developed by multiple countries across five categories: direct-ascent, co-orbital, electronic warfare, directed energy, and cyber. It assesses the current and near-term future capabilities for each country, along with their potential military utility. The evidence shows significant research and development of a broad range of destructive and non-destructive counterspace capabilities in multiple countries. However, only non-destructive capabilities are actively being used in current military operations. The following provides a more detailed summary of each country’s capabilities.


China's Exploitation of Western Academia

The Chinese Communist Party uses talent-recruitment programs to gain technology from abroad through illegal or non-transparent means. According to official statistics, China's talent-recruitment programs drew in almost 60,000 overseas professionals between 2008 and 2016. These efforts lack transparency; are widely associated with misconduct, intellectual property theft or espionage; contribute to the People's Liberation Army's modernization; and facilitate human rights abuses. They form a core part of the CCP's efforts to build its own power by leveraging foreign technology and expertise.

This is a breathtaking report that provides a mere glimpse (and a scarey one at that) of the scope of China's efforts across leading western nations.

We are in serious trouble.


Why Is It So Tough To Withdraw From Afghanistan?

Twice in the past three weeks, President Joe Biden has commented publicly on how difficult it would be to withdraw all U.S. non-diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan by the deadline stipulated in the U.S.-Taliban agreement. “It’s going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline,” he said in his first press conference, “just in terms of tactical reasons, it’s hard to get those troops out.” While the sheer duration of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere illustrates how politically difficult it is for the White House to completely disengage from U.S. counter-terrorism efforts overseas, in this case the president’s comments were referring to how tough it would be to do so logistically. But why are the logistics so hard? What are the “tactical reasons” Biden refers to?


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USNI Fleet and Marine Tracker
April 10, 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 April 5, 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
April 10, 2021


U.S. considering cash payments to Central America to stem migration
Report warns of increased offensive cyber, disinformation around the world
Gov Orders Texas Rangers to Investigate Biden Detention Facility
Mexico detains cartel leader, local politician in 2 raids
Criminal Groups Zero in on Mexico Resort Construction
Tennessee man accused of helping Islamic State group
DOJ quietly acknowledges there was no sedition at the US Capitol
Navy: ‘Drones’ That Swarmed Destroyers Remain Unidentified
Soldiers At Fort Bliss Banned From Taking Photos Of Migrant Tents
Russia-U.S. ties worst in 41 years: How much worse could it get?


The Donbass War Of 2021?
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99
2 US warships to arrive in Black Sea amid Ukraine-Russia tensions
Ukraine Might Field A Drone Strike Force to Knock Out Russian Tanks
Russia warns it will be 'the beginning of the end of Ukraine'
Kremlin Says It Fears Full-Scale Fighting in Ukraine's East
Northern Irish leaders struggle to quell worst violence in years
Couple arrested in Stockholm on suspicion of preparing terrorist offense
Russia approves extending space cooperation with US until 2030
New reports detail ongoing space threats, and Russia is raising concerns
Russia: Vladimir Putin signs law allowing him to rule till 2036
Denmark deploying special forces to Mali


U.N. Atomic Watchdog Reports New Iranian Breach of Nuclear Deal
Iranian Americans Demand Biden Admin Back Regime Change
12 people, possibly foreigners, beheaded in Mozambique attack
What is behind the sharp drop in deaths in Burkina Faso’s war?
Holdout rebels, sidelined victims, and other hurdles to peace in Darfur
Iran releases South Korean tanker and crew captured at sea
Biden administration to restore $235m in US aid to Palestinians
Israel 'will not co-operate' with ICC war crimes investigation
Jordan's King Abdullah describes 'most painful' royal rift
US sanctions on Turkish officials over S-400s come into force
Several killed in attack in eastern Burkina Faso
Only immunised pilgrims allowed to Mecca during Ramadan, say Saudis
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to undergo 'medical tests' in Germany


US Warns China Over Moves On Philippines, Taiwan
China Warns Taiwan: ‘The Island’s Military Won’t Stand a Chance’
Myanmar: US hits state-owned gem company with sanctions
China says carrier group exercising near Taiwan, drills will become regular
Taiwan's army 'ill-prepared' for potential Chinese attack
China Sends Carrier Strike Group Near Okinawa in Message to US and Japan
Myanmar citizens flee to India to escape violence
US urges UN Security Council action on Myanmar
North Korean leader calls for sacrifice in another 'Arduous March'
Lawmakers in Japan call for 'parliamentary diplomacy' with North Korea
China says US has caused humanitarian disasters thru military interventions
US encourages diplomatic contact with Taiwan

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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
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Traveler's Checklist
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Travelers with Special Considerations
Travel to High-Risk Areas
Faith-Based Travel Information
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Cruise Ship Passengers
Students Abroad
Your Health Abroad
Driving and Road Safety Abroad

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The Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) provides a variety of resources to enhance the safety and security of the U.S. private sector businesses and organizations operating abroad.


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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