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U.S. and NATO Troops to Deploy to Ukraine,
More Russian Nuclear Threats
Sept 6, 2014
 
Between Sept 2-5, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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9/5 - NATO SecGen announces new rapid reaction force and warns Russia: "Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance."

9/2 - Pentagon and US Army European Command confirm ~1000 US/NATO troops to deploy to W Ukraine for joint military "training exercises." Developing situation...

What You Need To Know

On Tues of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices that the U.S. and NATO were preparing to deploy approximately 1000 soldiers to western Ukraine for "training exercises." This will be the first significant deployment of U.S. and NATO personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted. It is also likely to draw a serious reaction from Moscow.

According to U.S. Navy Captain Gregory Hicks, spokesman for the U.S. Army's European Command, the exercise known as Rapid Trident is slated to run from Sept. 15-26, will take place at the Yavoriv Training Center near Ukraine's border with Poland and will involve a total of 1300 troops from U.S., Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Britain, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania and Spain.

News of the deployment comes at the same time as NATO admits the number of Russian troops inside Ukraine now number between 1,000 and 2,000, with a significantly larger force massed at the Russia-Ukraine border. According to Pentagon spokesman U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, “We are continuing to say [there are] more than 10,000 Russian personnel along the border, and that force "is exceptionally capable,” adding that it’s probably more capable and more lethal than it was before. “It includes land power, indirect fire and air defense, along with enablers such as engineers, logistics and combat support services.

Late this week Russian forces began intense artillery fire against Ukrainian forces in the southern port city of Mariupol. Once the city falls, Russia will have an uninterrupted land route to and from Crimea, which was occupied and absorbed into the Russian Federation earlier this Spring.

Also late this week, NATO General Secretary Anders Fough Rasmussen announced the formation of a multinational rapid reaction force numbering between 5 and 10,000 soldiers. This force would be able to deploy anywhere within the NATO group of nations within 48 hours of notice. The announcement was also delivered with a warning to Russia: "Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance."

Russia is clearly feeling threatened by the movement of U.S. and NATO forces closer to their borders. Twice in the last two weeks, nuclear threats have been made.

Last Friday, it was Russian President Vladimir Putin who issued a thinly veiled threat to the West. At a publicly broadcast youth forum, Putin's nuclear threat was clear: “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” He added, "It's best not to mess with us."

This week, a senior Russian general called for the country to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U.S. and its NATO allies as Moscow's enemy number one and to specifically spell out the conditions under which Russia would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the NATO military alliance.

According to Russian General Yury Yakubov: "First and foremost, the likely enemy of Russia should be clearly identified in this strategic document," adding that it is necessary to hash out the conditions under which Russia could carry out a preemptive strike with the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces," he said.

As always, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the growing tensions in this region and will immediately notify service subscribers of new U.S. force deployments, changes in threat posture or any other related developments which signal a change the overall threat picture, as events warrant.


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Missing Planes Raise Additional 9/11 Terror Fears
Sept 6, 2014
 
On Sept 2, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following
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9/2 - Security increased across Britain as world leaders arrive for NATO summit in Wales 9/4-5. Threat of terror incident high. Travelers to UK should expect delays.

What You Need to Know

On Tues of this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via text messages to their mobile devices regarding a massive security increase across Britain and the entire UK in the run up to the now concluded NATO Summit held in Wales on Thursday and Friday.

The security increase in Britain comes at the same time as U.S. officials disclosed that 11 modern commercial passenger aircraft went missing when Tripoli International Airport was overrun by Islamist militants late last month. Amongst the aircraft reported missing are several Airbus 320s, an Airbus 330 and a number of larger propeller driven passenger planes.

Out of fear of 9/11 style attacks being carried out, a number of Middle East countries have barred all flights from Libyan airspace. While not publicly announced, logic would dictate that traffic throughout European airspace is being closely scrutinized.

U.S. law enforcement agencies nationwide are stepping up security measures at federal facilities, transportation hubs and so called "soft targets" in the run up to the anniversary of the 9/1l attacks. Readers are reminded that just last week, a new online publication from al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate, also known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, strongly hinted at some form of a looming attack on the U.S., as well as encouraged lone wolf strikes on such targets as Las Vegas, New York's Times Sq., military bases and other targets.

In addition, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security continue to warn local, state and federal law enforcement agencies nationwide warning that ongoing U.S. airstrikes in Iraq could provoke retaliation by Islamic State sympathizers in the U.S.

Further, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) this week suggested that the United States should be on a “high state of alert” as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches.

WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU

AlertsUSA again stresses to readers, just as in last week's update, that despite a lack of any recent large scale terror attacks on the homeland, we live in a dangerous world that is becoming more evil by the day. There are growing number of individuals, organizations and foreign states who are intent on bringing harm to this nation and its citizens. Now is not the time the drop your guard and become complacent.

So as to reinforce the seriousness of these threats, the following is a direct quote from the most recent US government issued Worldwide Caution to American citizens:

"U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Extremists have targeted and attempted attacks on subway and rail systems, aviation, and maritime services. In the past, these types of attacks have occurred in cities such as Moscow, London, Madrid, Glasgow, and New York City."

"Extremists may elect to use conventional or non-conventional weapons, and target both official and private interests. Examples of such targets include high-profile sporting events, residential areas, business offices, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls, and other tourist destinations both in the United States and abroad where U.S. citizens gather in large numbers, including during holidays."

AlertsUSA strongly recommends maintaining an appropriate level of situational awareness when out and about and to be prepared for emergencies.

As has been the case for over 12 years, AlertsUSA continues to closely monitor the overall domestic terrorism threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture, 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.

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See all USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings HERE.

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