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‘Best Articles’ About Surviving A Terrorist Attack

I know I’ve been blogging a lot lately about the subject of terrorism, but before I switch gears and tackle other topics I thought readers might like to know about a good jumping-off point for useful information about surviving a terrorist attack.

Back on November 18, 2015, Greg Ellifritz, President and Primary Instructor of Ohio-based Active Response Training, penned an article (portal, really) entitled “The Six Best Resources for Surviving a Terrorist Attack.” This was compiled two days after the carnage carried out by jihadists in Paris that claimed the lives of 130 people (with another 413 injured). The Ohio law enforcement officer wrote:

Since the multi-pronged terrorist attack on Paris last Friday, lots of experts have written articles about how to survive such an event. Some are great. Others are worthless.

I’ve been reading everything I can find about the attacks… Here are the best articles I’ve found on the topic (in no particular order). All are worth a read.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“All are worth a read.”

They pretty much are, considering the material comes from “some of the smartest, most seasoned and dangerous dudes in the world.” The articles included:

• “Perspectives: Wishful Thinking & Playing Dead Is Not a Plan,” by David Reeder with Steve Tarani, Frankie McRae, Kyle Lamb, Greg Ellifritz, Derrick Van Orden, Charles K. Redlinger, Mike Pannone, and Danny “Gator” Pritbor (four parts)
• “Think like a Veteran: Surviving a violent attack,” by Scott Witner
• “Paris, France Attacks” by “Someone You Know”
• “Ten Ways To Avoid Being Killed During A Terrorist Attack” by Brent Wheat
• “Thoughts On Paris” by Larry Correia
• “‘Run-Hide-Fight’: Former Navy SEAL Reveals How You Can Survive a Terrorist Attack” by Clinton Emerson

Ellifritz’s effort here is much appreciated, and readers can access the piece on the Active Response Training website here.

Do readers know of any other decent articles about surviving terrorist attacks? If so, please feel free to share them via this post’s “Comments” section.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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State Department Issues Warning For Americans Traveling To Europe During Holiday Season

New readers of the blog may be wondering why I brought up the threat of terrorism in France yesterday. Not our circus, nor our monkeys, right? Wrong. As I wrote back on September 22, 2014:

Regular readers of Survival And Prosperity know that I’ve taken the threat of terrorism by Muslim extremists seriously for years now- whether Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, their affiliates, or sympathizers. While it’s obvious to me a number of entities (particularly politicians) are taking advantage of the newly-minted caliphate’s boogeyman factor these days for their own gain, I do believe the Islamic State does pose a real danger to Americans here and abroad. As such, I plan on blogging about the group formerly known as ISIS/ISIL on a regular basis.

“I do believe the Islamic State does pose a real danger to Americans here and abroad”

From a “Europe Travel Alert” issued by the U.S. Department of State earlier today:

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events. This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018…

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The official warning comes on the heels of a new threat directed against the Vatican by the Islamic State. Nicole Rojas reported on the International Business Times website yesterday:

Isis has made a terrifying threat against the Vatican in the weeks before thousands of faithful are set to descend on the Holy See for Christmas celebrations. A pro-Isis propaganda channel made the threat by releasing a poster showing a car attack.

The ominous poster, reading “Christmas blood” and “so wait…” depicts a masked jihadi driving towards St Peter’s Basilica in a BMW. An assault rifle, backpack and explosives ride along in the passenger seat.

The threatening poster was released by the pro-Isis Wafa Media Foundation, according to monitor Site Intelligence Group. The terror monitoring group MEMRI said the image first appeared on anonymous messaging app Telegram on Tuesday (14 November) night.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I remind readers of a speech made by Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani back on September 21, 2014. From “Indeed Your Lord Is Ever Watchful”:

O Americans, and O Europeans, the Islamic State did not initiate a war against you, as your governments and media try to make you believe. It is you who started the transgression against us, and thus you deserve blame and you will pay a great price. You will pay the price when your economies collapse. You will pay the price when your sons are sent to wage war against us and they return to you as disabled amputees, or inside coffins, or mentally ill. You will pay the price as you are afraid of travelling to any land. Rather you will pay the price as you walk on your streets, turning right and left, fearing the Muslims. You will not feel secure even in your bedrooms. You will pay the price when this crusade of yours collapses, and thereafter we will strike you in your homeland, and you will never be able to harm anyone afterwards. You will pay the price, and we have prepared for you what will pain you

If you can kill a disbelieving American or European- especially the spiteful and filthy French- or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military, for they have the same ruling. Both of them are disbelievers. Both of them are considered to be waging war [the civilian by belonging to a state waging war against the Muslims]. Both of their blood and wealth is legal for you to destroy, for blood does not become illegal or legal to spill by the clothes being worn. The civilian outfit does not make blood illegal to spill, and the military uniform does not make blood legal to spill. The only things that make blood illegal and legal to spill are Islam and a covenant (peace treaty, dhimma, etc.). Blood becomes legal to spill through disbelief. So whoever is a Muslim, his blood and wealth are sanctified. And whoever is a disbeliever, his wealth is legal for a Muslim to take and his blood is legal to spill. His blood is like the blood of a dog; there is no sin for him in spilling it nor is there any blood money to be paid for doing such…

If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. Do not lack. Do not be contemptible. Let your slogan be, “May I not be saved if the cross worshipper and taghūt (ruler ruling by manmade laws) patron survives.”

If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops.

If you are unable to do so, then spit in his face. If your self refuses to do so, while your brothers are being bombarded and killed, and while their blood and wealth everywhere is deemed lawful by their enemies, then review your religion. You are in a dangerous condition because the religion cannot be established without walā’ and barā’…

And so we promise you by Allah’s permission that this campaign will be your final campaign. It will be broken and defeated, just as all your previous campaigns were broken and defeated, except that this time we will raid you thereafter, and you will never raid us. We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted. This is His promise to us; He is glorified and He does not fail in His promise. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

You can read that entire travel advisory on the State Department website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Rojas, Nicole. “Pro-Isis propaganda channel vows “Christmas blood” in new threat against the Vatican.” International Business Times. 15 Nov. 2017. (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/pro-isis-propaganda-channel-vows-christmas-blood-new-threat-against-vatican-1647517). 16 Nov. 2017.

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Major ISIS Terror Attack On France Soon?

As the “War on Terror” drags on, France could be targeted (again) by ISIS. And soon.

Consider some developments I’ve come across in my research the past several days. First, Henry Samuel reported on The Telegraph (UK) website on November 6:

French police are investigating death threats against satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo over a cartoon of Oxford scholar Tariq Ramadan, who is facing rape allegations.

The provocative magazine, which suffered a deadly jihadist attack in January 2015 after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, depicted Ramadan its edition last Wednesday in an explicit pose, with the caption: “I am the sixth pillar of Islam.”

The five pillars of Islam are the five basic practices obligatory for believers: faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

A minority of Sunni scholars considers jihad, or holy struggle – which can have different meanings – to be the sixth pillar of Islam.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Next, Simon Osborne wrote on the Daily Express (UK) website on November 9:

A sick propaganda poster released by the ISIS-linked Wafa Media Foundation warns of another massacre in the French capital.

The chilling poster features an image of the Eiffel Tower merged with a rifle and declares children will be targeted in a new onslaught.

It carries messages in Arabic and English saying France “will pay very expensive price for your war on Islam”.

The poster says: “We will take revenge for the blood of Muslims on your land. We will kill the young before the older watch this.”

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Finally, there’s the following from Riam Dalati and Quentin Sommerville on the BBC News website on November 13. They penned a piece in which “The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters…”:

Abu Basir al-Faransy, a young Frenchman, left before the going got really tough in Raqqa. He’s now in Idlib, where he says he wants to stay.

The fighting in Raqqa was intense, even back then, he says.

“We were front-line fighters, waging war almost constantly [against the Kurds], living a hard life. We didn’t know Raqqa was about to be besieged.”

Disillusioned, weary of the constant fighting and fearing for his life, Abu Basir decided to leave for the safety of Idlib. He now lives in the city.

He was part of an almost exclusively French group within IS, and before he left some of his fellow fighters were given a new mission.

There are some French brothers from our group who left for France to carry out attacks in what would be called a ‘day of reckoning.’

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“Day of reckoning.” Not good, should Abu’s claims have any credibility.

According to Reuters on November 12:

The French secret services estimate that about 690 French nationals are now in Iraq and Syria, including some 295 women. Estimates from late 2015 suggested about 2,000 French citizens had gone to fight with Islamic State.

Hopefully, all the above is just bluster. Time will tell.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Samuel, Henry. “Charlie Hebdo receives death threats over Tariq Ramadan front page.” The Telegraph. 6 Nov. 2017. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/06/charlie-hebdo-reports-death-threats-tariq-ramadan-sixth-pillar/). 15 Nov. 2017.

Osborne, Simon. “ISIS terror warning: Jihadis threaten CHILDREN ahead of Paris attacks anniversary.” Daily Express. 9 Nov. 2017. (https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/877704/ISIS-jihadis-threaten-CHILDREN-Paris-attacks-anniversary-bataclan-massacre). 15 Nov. 2017.

Dalati, Riam and Sommerville, Quentin. “Raqqa’s Dirty Secret.” BBC News. 13 Nov. 2017. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret). 15 Nov. 2017.

“Terrorist threat in France unprecedented, officials say.” Reuters. 12 Nov. 2017. (https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/terrorist-threat-in-france-unprecedented-officials-say-1.3289328). 15 Nov. 2017.

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British Paper: ISIS, Al-Qaeda Call For Donald Trump’s Assassination, Inauguration Day Terror In Washington, D.C.

According to an “exclusive” report published yesterday on the Daily Star (UK) website, jihadist terror groups are urging followers to take out President-elect Donald Trump and Inauguration Day onlookers in Washington D.C. tomorrow. Rachel O’Donoghue reported:

Terrorists living in war-torn zones in the Middle East are calling on believers to target the inauguration ceremony on January 20, which is expected to attract more than a million people…

Al-Qaida – which is active worldwide – said in its propaganda magazine “Inspire” that its followers should use drones containing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to cause devastation in the “target rich” area.

Another edition of the vile publication states wannabe jihadis should look to attack areas “flooded with individuals, e.g. such as sports events in which tens of thousands attend, election campaigns, festivals and other gatherings [sic]. The important thing is that you target people and not buildings”.

It adds Washington DC is its number one symbolic target.

Fellow Islamic terror group ISIS has also announced its intentions to kill the incoming 70-year-old Republican President.

In an edition of its propaganda magazine “Rumiyeh”, it called on believers to target the inauguration.

It advises that brainwashed jihadis should look to cause carnage at “excellent target” events that attract masses of people by staging a “Nice-style” strike

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Truly disturbing.

The Wall Street Journal quoted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson this morning as saying:

We know no specific, credible threat directed toward the inauguration…

Earlier this week I blogged about potential threats by jihadists/sympathizers to the event and U.S homeland/interests that I’ve come across in the last couple of weeks.

Head on over to the Daily Star website here to read their full “exclusive” report on this potential terror attack.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Calvert, Scott. “Tight Security Planned For Donald Trump’s Inauguration.” The Wall Street Journal. 19 Jan. 2017. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/tight-security-planned-for-donald-trumps-inauguration-1484842326). 19 Jan. 2017.

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ISIS-Linked Group Calls For New Year’s Eve Attacks As Other Plots Foiled

Earlier today I looked into known terror threats for New Year’s Eve 2017.

Lots of “no known credible threats” from various authorities, but I did come across one reported on by the Daily Mirror (UK). Richard Wheatstone wrote on their website Thursday:

An ISIS-linked group has called on extremists to make New Year’s Eve celebrations “bloody horror movies”…

Islamic State-linked group Nashir Media Foundation published propaganda warning revellers: “Prepare your coffins as well. Your celebrations have become a battlefield” – according to terrorism watchdog SITE Intel Group.

#ISIS supporters calling for #NewYearsEve & holiday attacks in recent weeks, call to make celebrations “bloody horror movies” pic.twitter.com/FZlDrlEqq2

-Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) December 29, 2016…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

It sounds like jihadists in different parts of the world have been busy leading up to the last day of 2016. Wheatstone noted:

Seven people were also arrested in Moscow on suspicion of planning ISIS New Year’s Eve attacks allegedly involving automatic weapons and explosives…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

In addition, there’s this from the Daily Express (UK) yesterday. Rebecca Flood reported on their website Wednesday:

One plot to cause carnage on December 31 has been stopped in France, police revealed.

One man was arrested in Cugnaux, south west France, plotting New Year terror, while a further two were captured in raids in nearby Toulouse. One of those suspects is accused of hatching a plan to attack police officers.

Police sources said the man arrested in Cugnaux, is “known to (police) services, and he is suspected of wanting to carry out an attack on Dec 31”.

In nearby Spain National Police officers uncovered four magazines for AK-47s and roughly 30 cartridges during an operation, where they swooped on two suspected jihadis aged between 18-25 in Madrid.

The pair, whose families are from Gambia and Morocco, were arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Russia. France. Spain.

But all quiet on the American front in the “War on Terror.”

Or is it?

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Wheatstone, Richard. “ISIS-linked group calls on extremists to make New Year’s Eve celebrations ‘bloody horror movies.'” Daily Mirror. 29 Dec. 2016. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/isis-linked-group-calls-extremists-9533892). 29 Dec. 2016.

Flood, Rebecca. “New Year’s Eve Terror: Two attacks foiled as helicopters with machine guns guard cities.” Daily Express. 28 Dec. 2016. (http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/747941/terror-attack-plot-New-Year-Eve-foiled-police-cities). 29 Dec. 2016.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2016 Europe, Middle East, Public Safety, Religion, Terrorism, War No Comments

DHS Issues Holiday Terrorism Warning

The holidays are fast approaching. So it was only a matter of time before a terrorism warning was issued for the American public. Lee Ferran, Aaron Katersky, Josh Margolin, and Brian Ross reported on the ABC News website Tuesday:

U.S. officials issued a somber warning today that the coming holiday season could mean “opportunities for violent extremists” to strike, especially as terrorist groups are squeezed abroad.

“Though we know of no intelligence that is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by terrorist organizations to attack the homeland, the reality is terrorist-inspired individuals have conducted, or attempted to conduct, attacks in the United States,” reads a bulletin posted online today by the Department of Homeland Security.

The warning says terrorists could attempt to target “public events and places where people congregate.”

The bulletin came days after an ISIS magazine called on the terrorist group’s followers to use vehicles to attack popular outdoor attractions, like a New York parade…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Personally, I believe a terrorist attack on U.S. soil (or that belonging to our allies) during the upcoming holiday season is a real possibility. Considering how deadly that truck proved to be in Nice, France, this past summer, another assault in this manner would no doubt be considered by the bad guys.

Headed out to “public events and places where people congregate”? Maintaining a high degree of situational awareness (head on a swivel) is probably a good idea.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Ferran, Lee, Katersky, Aaron, Margolin, Josh and Ross, Brian. “Holiday Season Could Be Target for Terrorists, DHS Says.” ABC News. 15 Nov. 2016. (http://abcnews.go.com/US/holiday-season-target-terrorists-dhs/story?id=43559766). 17 Nov. 2016.

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Election Day TV Coverage Highlights

From around 6 PM yesterday until 1:45 AM this morning, I was pretty much glued to the television watching how the 2016 U.S. presidential election would pan out. The following are some highlights from that TV viewing marathon. But before I begin, some things to note:

-While I did work for the Democrats in the U.S. Senate at one time, I am not a poltical partisan. I am both “conservative” and “liberal,” depending on the issue. Those who have followed my blogging regularly since 2007 can attest to that, where I have been just as quick to flame George W. Bush and his gang as Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their respective crews.
-I had no idea who would win the White House.
-My network of choice for Election Day was Fox News.

As for those highlights?

-There was a point early in the night when I thought Hillary Clinton might win the election. Initial results from so-called “battleground states” seemed to be in her favor. But Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to “Dubya,” reminded viewers that these were the ballots from “early voting” that were being tallied, which Democrats love to push, utilizing their usually-effective “ground game.”

-The first inkling I had that Donald Trump might win the election was when Fox News anchor Chris Wallace uttered the following:

At least I’m coming to the conclusion tonight, conclusion is the wrong word, open to the possibility- Donald Trump could be the next President of the United States…


“Chris Wallace: Trump could be our next president”
YouTube Video

-I became more attuned to the political earthquake at hand when Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, reporting at the site of the Clinton victory party, described a silent, shell-shocked crowd.

-The results kept pouring in through the night. Yet Trump still hadn’t clinched victory. However, this late evening tweet (now since deleted I heard) from Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the United States, hammered home what was taking place Tuesday:

After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

As Anthony Bond pointed out over on The Mirror (UK) website today:

The experienced diplomat would need to work with Trump and his team if the Republican becomes President, making his remarks all the more astonishing…

-While Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta came out with his “come back tomorrow” speech since a few remaining races stood undecided, I desperately tried to stay awake to see what the Trump camp was going to say. The attempt was futile, and I called it a night around 1:45 AM.

-When I woke up a little after 7 AM, I grabbed the TV remote control off my nightstand, turned on FOX 32 Chicago, and saw that Donald Trump had been elected the 45th President of the United States. I subsequently watched as Clinton supporters levelled accusations of sexism, racism, vote rigging, Russian involvement, etcetera, against the Trump campaign. Perhaps there was a relatively simple explanation for their candidate’s defeat. Basic enough that even “deplorables” could understand. Greg Gutfeld, co-host of the the Fox News TV show The Five, claimed during last night’s election coverage:

This is culture versus culture. When you’re in a small town and Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, and Funny or Die, and Miley Cyrus mocks you for your unhappiness and for your beliefs, you now see millions of people saying, “I’ve had enough of that culture. I don’t need you anymore.” This was the F-U to popular culture…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“This was the F-U to popular culture”


“Gutfeld: Small town America is tired of being mocked”
Fox News Video

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

Bond, Anthony. “French ambassador to the US says the ‘world is collapsing’ as Donald Trump looks set to become President.” The Mirror. 9 Nov. 2016. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/french-ambassador-says-world-collapsing-9223847). 9 Nov. 2016.

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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 Europe, Government, Political Parties, Racism No Comments
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