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July 26, 2014
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U.S. Deploying Military "Advisers" to Ukraine
July 26, 2014
 
On July 23, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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7/23 - FLASH: Pentagon announces U.S. military advisers to deploy to Ukraine to assess and analyze defense needs amid growing crisis w/ Russia.

What You Need To Know

Late Tuesday AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices that the Pentagon was deploying military advisers to Ukraine. According to Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, the objective of the advisers will be to “shape and establish an enduring program for future US efforts to support the Ukrainian military through subject-matter expert teams and long-term advisers.”

For clarity, readers are reminded that when the Pentagon uses the phrase "military advisers," this invariably means special operations forces and in this particular case, it will likely be predominantly U.S. Army Special Forces. In addition to being highly skilled in direct action missions, Green Berets excel at working with the local population, training indigenous troops, assessing capabilities and needs and serving as the eyes and ears of the National Command Authority and other U.S. policy makers.

Further, as previously noted just weeks ago, the Pentagon will not telegraph the deployment of special operations forces. If they are talking about sending them, many are already there and likely have been for some time.

Russia's Actions a Dangerous Escalation

On Thursday of this week, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey responded to news that the Russian military was now firing artillery from Russian territory into eastern Ukraine as well as continuing to supply increasingly deadly weapons systems and support to separatists, saying that the latest development represents a dangerous escalation and that the Russia-Ukraine crisis is now a global problem.

“They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards the United States.”

Congress Working to Provide Major Non-NATO Ally Status

Several nations on Russia's periphery have become eager to align with the EU and U.S. as a way to protect themselves against potential Russian threats. As such, multiple bills are working their way through Congress which would codify a legal avenue through which the U.S. would grant Ukraine and several other former Soviet states with major non-NATO ally status (see this and this). The bills would authorize President Obama to increase U.S. military interactions and security assistance with the armed forces of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU ?

In a nutshell, these developments mean dramatically increased tensions and prospects of war with the Russian Federation and should be taken seriously.

On multiple occasions over the past two years, and in particular, the past several months, Russia has repeatedly warned NATO and the U.S. against growth on their border as such moves pose a direct strategic threat, warned individual states against a closer alliance and warned that nuclear weapons could be used if Ukraine attempts to retake Crimea. Russia’s top military officer, the Chief of the Russian General Staff Gen. Nikolai Makarov, has previously warned that Moscow would preemptively strike NATO missile-defense sites and bases in Eastern Europe if the U.S. pushes ahead with deployment. Additionally, Gen. Makarov has also warned of the use of nuclear weapons if the Russian Federation is threatened.

“We are certainly not planning to fight against the whole of NATO, but if there is a threat to the integrity of the Russian Federation, we have the right to use nuclear weapons, and we will.”

Without question, there are dramatically differing national interests in play and the resulting increases in tensions, force buildups and posture makes for a volatile situation. Along with the growing tensions with China in the Western Pacific, the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and the increasing terrorism threat emanating from that region, not to mention the myriad of other threats facing the country, our strongest recommendations for readers to minimize frivolity, get caught up with your basic preparedness tasks and, above all, stay well informed.

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


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OTHER ALERTS ISSUED THIS WEEK

7/21 - Texas Gov Rick Perry to announce deployment of National Guard troops to protect state border w/ Mexico. Developing situation...

7/21 - USGOV issues new travel warning for Israel incl W. Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities. Recommends deferral of all non-essential travel to the country.

7/22 - FAA tells US airlines all flights to Israel prohibited for at least 24 hrs due to prox of rocket attacks to int'l airport. Several EU carriers following suit.

7/24 - FAA has lifted the flight ban for Israel's Ben-Gurion airport. Indiv airlines may still avoid route due to ongoing threat. USGOV travel warning still in effect.

 
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Ebola Confirmed in Africa's Most Populace City
July 26, 2014
 
On July 24, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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7/24 - Global health surveillance networks on high alert after suspected Ebola case emerges in Logos, Nigeria, Africa's most populous city and 4th worldwide.

What You Need To Know

On Thursday of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices that global health surveillance networks were on high alert after Nigerian authorities announced they are treating a suspected Ebola case in the commercial capital of Logos, which is Africa's most populous city and the 4th most populous city in the world.

The 40-year-old patient, a resident of Liberia, had traveled to Logos from Monrovia on Sunday, was admitted to a hospital on Tues and detained for a possible Ebola infection. Blood samples were sent to a World Health Organization lab in Dakar, Senegal for testing.

Early Friday, Nigerian health authorities reported that the patient died and that tests were returned positive for Ebola. This is a chilling development in a congested city of more than 21 million people with poor sanitation and health infrastructure.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians travel to West Africa for business and tourism. While smaller in number, there is also considerable movement of residents of West African nations to N. America and Europe.

To date, the WHO has recorded more than 1000 confirmed cases of Ebola in an epidemic raging across West Africa in recent months, with most cases occurring in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Approximately 90% of those infected with the virus die, which highlights why health authorities are so concerned.

The virus is characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes. There is no known treatment or vaccine.

See our previous coverage on this outbreak HERE.

CDC Ebola Page

UN / World Health Organization Ebola Page

Here again, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor infectious disease outbreaks globally and will immediately notify service subscribers of changes in the overall threat environment 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.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

  07/22/2014
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