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Possible Terror Nexus in NAS Pensacola Attack
Islamic State Suggests New Targets

Dec 7, 2019
Between Dec 1-6, the following related Flash SMS
messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

12/6 - Escambia County (FL) Sheriffs Office reports possible active shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola. All gates are closed and the base is on lockdown.

12/6 - At least 10 injured in NAS Pensacola shooting incident. Base lockdown and shelter-in-place order continues.

12/6 - 4 dead (incl shooter), 11 injured in NAS Pensacola incident. The base is closed for the remainder of the day.

12/6 - Multiple sources report NAS Pensacola shooter was Saudi military member in the U.S. for flight training. Auth now investigating possible nexus to terrorism.

12/6 - Portions of Patrick Air Force base (S. of Cocoa Beach, FL) evacuated due to bomb threat. AlertsUSA monitoring. Add'l alerts as warranted.


12/4 - A portion of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is on lockdown due to an active shooter situation. AlertsUSA monitoring..

12/4 - At least 3 victims reported in shooting incident at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Access/gates to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam are closed.


12/1 - New Islamic State propaganda posters suggest new attack targets, including on open highways and in public restrooms. More info via email.

What You Need To Know

On 13 occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers have been notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding safety and security matters.

Most important for this report:

Early Friday morning, AlertsUSA subscribers were some of the first in the U.S. to learn of a mass shooting unfolding at Naval Air Station Pensacola. In this incident, the assailant, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, began firing with a handgun in a classroom within Building 633, which is the home of the Naval Aviation Schools Command. Three people were killed and eight others injured, including two police officers who were the first to respond to the incident. The gunman was ultimately shot dead by police.

Late Friday evening, a now-suspended Twitter account used by Alshamrani was discovered which contained an angry tirade about America posted just hours before the attack, Within his comments, Alshamrani slams U.S. support for Israel, refers to America as a "nation of evil," as well as echoes Osama bin Laden, stating:

"The security is a shared destiny...You will not be safe until we live it as reality in Palestine, and American troops get out of our lands."

Also revealed Friday was the arrest of six other Saudi nationals near the base shortly after the attack. Three of the six are reported to have been filming the entire incident as it unfolded.

Alshamrani is reported to be one of 852 Saudi nationals in the United States training under the Pentagon’s security cooperation agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. His three-year course of study began in the summer of 2017. No motive for the shooting has been publicly revealed, though the FBI is coordinating with the Department of Defense and other agencies to conduct an investigation for possible links to terrorism. Premeditation appears certain, as firearms are not allowed to be carried around on the base.

Pensacola is a major military hub, with 16,000 military members and 7,000 civilians at the Air Station. The base frequently hosts pilots from partner defense forces in more than 120 countries for training, particularly from those countries to whom the U.S. has sold military aircraft, including Saudi Arabia.

The fatal shooting was the second at a U.S. naval base this week. A sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two before taking his own life.

Islamic State Media Suggests New Targets

Earlier in the week, AlertsUSA subscribers were also notified of the release of new Islamic State propaganda posters on social media suggesting new attack targets to followers.

The posters below are self explanatory. Branding is for the Quraysh media group. The name Quraysh suggests a relation to Muhammad's tribe of Quraysh.

Islamic State propaganda poster suggesting new targets - ALLOW IMAGES

In the poster below, reference to "the appeal" may allude to the general urging of the Islamic State for followers to carry out attacks on disbelievers using simple tactics in unprotected spaces and venues.

Islamic State propaganda poster suggesting new targets - ALLOW IMAGES

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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OTHER SMS ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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11/30 - The Islamic State has formally claimed responsibility for yesterday's London Bridge attack via a statement issued through its Amaq News Agency.

12/2 - AlertsUSA monitoring response to reports of gunfire inside Waukesha (WI) South High School. Heavy police presence. Add'l alerts as warranted.

12/2 - Gunfire exchanged between a student and school resource officer inside Waukesha South High School. Suspect arrested. One person transported to hospital.

12/2 - 1 child killed, 10 injured in vehicular attack in Loughton, Essex (UK). Car deliberately driven onto sidewalk outside school. Driver at large. Monitoring..

12/5 - Travel chaos across France as national transport and gen services strike shuts down rail, road and ATC services. US Embassy urges low profile for AMCITS.

 
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Commentary / Analysis / Research

Dec 7, 2019

N. Korea's Christmas Gift to President Trump:
A Missile or Nuclear Test?

North Korea has issued yet another curious ultimatum in that nation's long history of oblique threats and hazy deadlines. Now, the U.S. must deliver serious movement on the peace process begun last year, or the North will give the U.S. an unwanted ‘Christmas gift.’

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Islamic State Alive and Well in Europe

At least 1,200 Islamic State fighters, including many from Western countries, are being held in Turkish prisons. Another 287 jihadis have been captured by Turkish forces since the start of an offensive that began on October 9 against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria. Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced that Turkey would begin repatriating captured Islamic State fighters back to their countries of origin — even if their citizenship had been revoked.

The Secretary General of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), Jürgen Stock, warned that Europe faces a new wave of Islamic terrorism as radicalized individuals return to the continent.

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Global Health Security Threats: Time to Act Now

According to the new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security, “the United States remains woefully ill-prepared to respond to global health security threats.” The CSIS Commission urges the U.S. government to address the potential crisis by establishing a doctrine of continuous prevention, protection, and resilience. In particular, the authors underscore the “cycle of crisis and complacency” that defines the current state of the U.S. public health system.

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Dec 7, 2019

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World News Roundup
Dec 7, 2019

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Thousands more US troops could be headed to Middle East
3 National Guard members dead in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Minnesota
US indicts 'Evil Corp' hackers with alleged Russian intelligence ties
Trump threatens trade action to spur NATO contributions
Nearly 6,000 US sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018
Uyghur bill demanding sanctions on Chinese officials passes US House
State Dept. says it is working with Mexico on tools to fight drug cartel threat.
Trump admin blacklists 6 oil tankers used to circumvent Venezuela sanctions
Fifteen countries ban travel for Venezuela's Maduro and allies
Colombian protesters prepare for a third national strike
Brazil could lose its U.N. vote due to debt

EUROPE

Medvedev: Cutting Russia off from SWIFT would mean declaration of war
British warn ISIS NOT been defeated and Syria is a 'tinder box'
Germany expels Russian diplomats after murder in Berlin
Morocco and Spain arrest 4 suspected ISIS supporters in joint raids
How Russia Improved its Military With An Economy the Size of Spain
General Strike in France Challenges Macron’s Latest Ambition for Change
More than 800,000 people march against Macron as strikes grip France
Will Brexit and the general election see Scotland leave the United Kingdom?
NATO No Longer Serves American Interests
Boris Johnson vows to ban all-out strikes on public transport
Putin fears the US and NATO are militarizing space
Putin urges greater attention to strengthening orbital group of satellites

MIDDLE EAST / AFRICA

France, Germany and UK reiterate claim that Iran has nuke-capable missiles
U.S. says Iran may have killed more than 1,000 in recent protests
Turkey-Libya agreement shakes up eastern Mediterranean
What's behind the wave of Middle East protests?
Satellite images suggest Iran stockpiling missile arsenal in Syria
'In cold blood': Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies
U.S. military completes pullback from northeast Syria, Esper says
Iran says its ballistic missile & space program is in line with UN resolution
Iran to continue ballistic missile program despite EU warning
Pro-paramilitary demonstrators stream into Iraqi protest camp
US says seized Iranian weapons bound for Yemen
Libyan officials collect evidence of Russian fighters in war
Boko Haram kidnaps 17 youths in north Cameroon: officials
Pirates kidnap 19 crew members of Greek tanker off Nigeria
At least 58 die as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania

ASIA

New satellite image shows activity at previously dismantled DPRK test site
U.S. Uighur bill's threat to surveillance economy puts China on offensive
Hong Kong residents living with tear gas worry of effects
As scandal simmers, majority of Japan firms want PM Abe to finish term
In rare legal test, Myanmar faces genocide hearings at The Hague
Kim Jong Un was 'displeased' by Trump's Rocket Man
China maintains tariffs must be reduced for phase one trade deal with U.S.
Beijing envoy warns of 'destructive forces' trying to undermine U.S.-China ties
DPRK warns U.N. Security Council against discussing country's human rights
US to restart Taliban talks after Trump green light
Afghanistan: Deadly attack on medical aid team in Jalalabad
Afghans demand justice amid attempt to probe war crimes at ICC
China warns 'price must be paid' after US House approves sanctions
Radiation hotspots 'found near Fukushima Olympic site'


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Travel Security

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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 do a little research on the security situation at your destination well prior to departure.

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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.

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