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U.S. to Enter Syrian Conflict, No-Fly Zone Planned Thousands of Troops Already in Jordan
June 13, 2013
What You Need to Know
On June 13, 2013, AlertsUSA issued the following Flash message to subscriber mobile devices:
AlertsUSA Note: Syrian conflict escalates. US formally declares ~150 killed w/ chem weapons, moves toward no-fly zone enforced from Jordan. Developing...
On Thursday of this week, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via a text message to their mobile devices that the U.S. is now becoming involved in the Syrian civil war due to a finding from the Obama administration that Syrian government has used chemical weapons resulting in the deaths of approximately 150.
President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of chemical weapons is a "red line" that, if crossed, would be a "game changer" for more U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war. To date, the U.S. policy on Syria has primarily focused on offering the rebels non-lethal assistance and humanitarian aid.
As reported by AlertsUSA Threat Journal on multiple occasions over the past six months (see this, this, this and this), there has been an enormous buildup of military assets from dozens of countries in the region around Syria, and not all of it against the regime of Syrian President Bashir Assad.
This is a very dangerous situation taking shape and one that can very easily extend to U.S. shores given the repeated threats made by terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and al Qaeda to strike the U.S. homeland if Western forces become involved in Syria.
AlertsUSA Threat journal will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional details and updates as events warrant.
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FBI Warns of Risks of Using Hotel Internet Connections Overseas
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center is warning of a spate of incidents of travelers encountering bogus software update pop-ups when they used hotel internet connections overseas. When they clicked on the "update," malicious software was installed on their computer.
The FBI recommends that those traveling abroad take extra caution before updating software products on their hotel Internet connection. An even better strategy is to perform software updates on laptops immediately before traveling and to download updates directly from the software vendor's Web site.
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. View all USGOV travel alerts and warnings here.
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