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June 08, 2013
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Al Qaeda Leader Threatening America - ALLOW IMAGES
 
Al Qaeda Calls on U.S. Muslims to Attack
June 8, 2013
 
What You Need to Know
On May 2, 2013, AlertsUSA issued the following
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Al Qaeda's military chief in Yemen, Qassim al-Rimi, calls on US Muslims to step up attacks and to "carry out your obligation" to defend Islam.
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The head of Al Qaeda's military faction in Yemen, also known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, had posted both audio and video messages to the internet warning Americans that they are vulnerable to attacks and calling on all Muslims in America to do their duty and defend their religion.

Qassim Al Rimi spoke directly to Muslims, telling them that bombs such as those used by the Chechen brothers in the Boston Marathon bomb attacks are easily made and within "everyone's reach" and highlighted how the recent Boston bombings had revealed the fragility of the American security system.

He went on to encourage Muslims in the US saying; "We encourage you to carry on with this way, be steadfast in your religion. Carry out your obligations, defend your religion and follow in the footsteps of those who supported their religion and Ummah ( or Muslim nation) while they are in their enemy's den."

Speaking directly to the American people, Al Rimi stated; “The Boston events and the poisoned letters sent to the White House, regardless of who is behind them, show that your security is no longer under control, and that attacks on you have taken off and cannot be stopped. Every day you will be hit by the unexpected and your leaders will not be able to defend you."

Al Rimi spoke of the killing of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and top US-Yemeni cleric Anwar Al Awlaki, who was killed by a US drone in 2011, saying that despite these deaths being considered victories by America, it had not deterred the group from its mission.

“Have you eliminated the jihadist groups that have spread everywhere after they had only been in Afghanistan? Today, they are in your land or close to it."

Readers are warned not to dismiss these threats lightly. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is widely regarded to be the most militant, active and dangerous branch of the Al Qaeda terror organization.

They has been found to be directly associated a myriad of terror incidents here in the U.S. and abroad, including the 2007 Fort Dix attack plot, the 2009 Little Rock military recruiting office shooting, the 2009 Fort Hood attack, the 2009 Christmas Day "Underwear Bomber", the 2010 Times Square bomber, the 2010 British passenger plane bomb plot and the 2010 attempts at bombing cargo planes with PETN bombs sent from Yemen to Chicago

In 2010 Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula also launched Inspire magazine, a slick English-language publication providing motivational messages alongside tips, tricks and fieldcraft for carrying out terror attacks.


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Massive Naval Buildup in the Eastern Mediterranean
Off Syria, Russia There to Stay
June 8, 2013
 
What You Need to Know

As a follow up to a story reported on last week of a buildup of military forces in Jordan and the entire region surrounding Syria, it was reported this week by the Russian Defense Ministry that the Russian Federation's naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea would now be permanent.

According to the ministry's press service, the operational force will be comprised of about 10 warships from Northern, Black Sea and Baltic fleets, as well as occasionally from the Pacific Fleet, and that the number of warships could be increased if the situation required it. The naval group will consist of cruisers, anti-submarine ships, patrol boats, landing ships and auxiliary vessels. The operational force will "implement tasks to protect Russian national interests in the Mediterranean and beyond. Listeners are reminded that the only Russian naval installation in the region has for decades been the maintenance facility in the Syrian city of Tartus.

Additionally, it was announced this week that Russia will deploy its only heavy aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, to the Mediterranean. The vessel carries Su-33 sea-based multirole fighters and will join the permanent task force.

Further, CNN reports a Pentagon official stated that US intelligence agencies have identified three Russian amphibious warships in the eastern Mediterranean which may be carrying weapons shipments to re-supply the Syrian army. Although this is not confirmed, the containers aboard the ships are suspected of carrying components of the Russian S-300 air defense missiles for the Assad regime.

If you are beginning to think the Eastern Med is getting a little crowded, just wait. There is more.

Also present is Iran's 24th Fleet, currently in the Mediterranean to convey a QUOTE “message of peace.” Additionally, China has also been increasing its involvement in the area, with the country’s warships recently sailing through the Suez Canal. Other major naval groups serving in the Mediterranean Sea include NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, the French Naval Action Force, and the US Navy 6th Fleet.

All this is taking place while, as reported last week, there are 15,000 troops from 18 different countries gathered in Jordan for the Eager Lion 2013 exercise as well as training for possible action in Syria.

And in a final note on these developments, late this week Austria announced it was pulling all of 350+ UN peacekeeping troops out of the Golan Heights, or roughly 1/3rd of the entire peacekeeping force, due to a spillover of the Syrian civil war. Soon thereafter Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to send it's own troops in as a replacement.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the situation in the region and will immediately notify subscribers of dangerous developments as events warrant.


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CDC: MERS-CoV Could Affect National Security
June 8, 2013
 
What You Need to Know
The deadly new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or simply MERS) continues to worry world health authorities. 5 new cases of were reported in the last week, raising the total number to 55, 24 of which have died.

Earlier this week, the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register, declared that the MERS virus could potentially “affect national security or the health and security of United States citizens living abroad.”

This determination allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bypass standard processes and fast-track approval for products or drugs in relation to MERS, on the basis of an “emergency use application” (EUA).

In addition, last week Threat Journal reported on increasing fears within the global public health community on the dangers posed by the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage in light of the deadly MERS virus. Saudi Arabia says they expect more than two million Muslims – including roughly 20,000 from the United States – to visit Mecca for the Hajj.

This week, it is reported that the Saudi Health Ministry guidelines for the Hajj now include an unspecific warning that “Health experts advise the elderly, the terminally ill, pregnant women, and children to postpone their plans for Hajj this year for their own safety.

Much about the virus is unknown, including its origin, how infections are occurring, the conditions under which it could spread from one person to another, and chances of mutation into a more easily-transmissible form.

Risk mitigation links can be found here.


Travel Security Updates

On May 6, 2013, AlertsUSA issued the following
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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 Warnings

Libya 06/07/2013
Nigeria 06/03/2013

New USGOV Travel Alerts

Turkey 06/04/2013

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