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May 31, 2014
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Obama to Train and Arm Syrian Rebels
(Something He Has Actually Been Doing for 3 Years)
May 31, 2014
 
What You Need To Know

It is being widely reported that President Obama is "close to authorizing" U.S. forces to begin training and equipping so called "moderate" Syrian rebels to bolster their fight against the Assad regime as well as al Qaeda elements in the country.

Despite Administration attempts at framing this as a new policy, readers might be interested to know that on Tues of this week the PBS television program FRONTLINE aired a documentary entitled Syria: Arming the Rebels, which clearly shows such training is already taking place and has been for three years. Within the documentary, rebels describe their clandestine journey from the Syrian battlefield to meet with their American handlers in Turkey. They are then transferred to Qatar, where they say they received training in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, as one rebel says, “how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

Clearly, someone is being deceptive.

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WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU

Readers are reminded that in Feb. of this year, AlertsUSA Threat Journal reported on hearings by the Senate Intelligence Committee within which the Director of National Intelligence, along with the Directors of the CIA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency, testified that the U.S. is under significant threat from a growing number of Syrian extremists who, after receiving advanced training, go back to their home countries and conduct terrorist acts. (Full Transcript).

At the time, the U.S. intelligence community estimated the number of foreign fighters in Syria to be in excess of 7,000. The U.S. State Department refuses to provide estimates of how many Americans they believe have traveled to the Middle East to join the fight.

If you thought U.S. involvement in Syria ended when President Obama took his now infamous walk around the White House grounds with an advisor last August and decided against launching a full blown military assault on Syrian Army forces, you may want to think again. Far too much hangs in the balance, including control of strategic oil and gas pipelines running through the country, to simply walk away. Now that the smoke screen of removing chemical weapons is clearing the air, the Administration's effort at going public with plans to train and arm Syrian rebels could be signaling a new upswing in U.S. military engagement in the region.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor developments in the region and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall terrorism threat environment here in U.S. as a result of events in Syria, as events warrant.


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Tensions Soar in the China Sea
May 31, 2014
What You Need To Know

China continues to grow more aggressive in exerting their controversial territorial claims at sea as well as in their air. On Tuesday of this week, a Vietnamese fishing boat capsized and sank after being rammed by a Chinese vessel not far from the where China has placed a massive offshore drilling platform within Vietnamese territorial waters in the S. China Sea. Government officials in Hanoi claim the vessel was surrounded by approximately 40 Chinese fishing boats before one of them began ramming it.

Both Vietnam and China claim absolute sovereignty over the waters which encompass the Paracel and Spratly Island archipelagos, beneath which massive oil and gas deposits have been discovered.

Late this week the United States warned China after a dangerous provocation involving Japanese aircraft over disputed waters in the East China Sea. According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, two Japanese military patrol and surveillance aircraft were, for the first time ever, intercepted by two armed Su-27 Flankers from the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The Chinese fighters are reported to have flown within 100 feet of the Japanese aircraft which were said to be in the area monitoring Russian and Chinese naval exercises reported on in last week's issue of Threat Journal.

Not to be left out, S. Korea also expressed outrage over the joint Russian / Chinese war games as they took place in disputed waters to which they lay claim.

Further raising tensions in the region, Chinese state controlled media this week released images of three Chinese nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines now deployed to Yalong Bay naval base on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

The Jin-class submarines are equipped with 12 multiple-warhead JL-2 submarine launched ballistic missiles. A report published last year by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center stated that the JL-2 missile will, for the first time, allow Chinese submarines to target portions of the United States from operating areas located near the Chinese coast.”

Additionally, readers may recall that last year, Chinese media published a report that revealed a nuclear missile strike on the western United States with JL-2 missiles could kill up to 12 million Americans. The Chinese government even published a strike map showing what cities would be hit as well as the potential spread of fallout.

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor developments in this increasingly tense region and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall threat environment as events warrant.


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USGOV Warns of Hurricane Season
May 31, 2014
On May 29, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
related Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:

5/29 USGOV issues formal alert regarding 6/1 start of hurricane season. NOAA recommends those in storm-prone coastal regions be mindful of preparedness needs.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices that the the U.S. government issued a notice and reminder to the public on the formal start of hurricane and typhoon season.

While forecasters are predicting below average tropical activity this year in terms of the actual number of the named storms, AlertsUSA cautions listeners to not become complacent as this is in no way an indicator of the potential severity of any storms that do form.

As an example, the 1992 Atlantic hurricane season had a total of only 7 named storms, 4 of which were hurricanes. Only one impacted the U.S. mainland. That was hurricane Andrew, a category 5 storm that slammed into the Miami area, completely destroying 63,000 homes, damaging more than 100,000 others, killing 44 and leaving approximately 175,000 homeless.

Don't become a statistic or potentially one of the people the nation will watch stand in line waiting for the FEMA trucks. If you live in coastal areas, take some time, sit with your family and make a plan. Have materials needed to board up a home, some supplies put away and above all, stay informed.

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As we have done for more than a decade, AlertsUSA continues to monitor tropical weather in this hemisphere and will immediately notify service subscribers of any systems posing a threat to the continental United States as events warrant.


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.

New USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

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See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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