Learning From Terrorist Tactics: Dump Truck VBIED’s?

Dump truck

With the Political Circuses (I mean Conventions) going on, you would be hard pressed right now to hear about anything worthwhile in the State Run media other than the latest lies some Politician told, but this little tidbit did catch my eyes and ears:

Dump Truck Driver Says He Has Bomb, Smashes Through FBI Gate

Though not called a “Terrorist Act” by the FBI, (undoubtedly since no bomb actually went off, nobody was killed and the guy’s “mental state” has been called into question) I would  still urge all my readers to take note of this kind of tactic, which bares resemblance to the Terror Attack in Nice, France 2 weeks ago.

In this particular instance, the truck was disabled by security barriers in front of the FBI building, but seeing that in the past terrorist have choose “Soft” targets for these types of attacks (large gatherings of people by the side of the road for example like in Nice, France) where barriers and security are lax or non-existent, The Civilian Operator should make a mental note of the possibility of these types of attacks when out in public venues like these.

When you consider the damage a heavy truck like this could do just by itself in running over unsuspecting people in a crowd and then add explosives into the mix, the exponential factor of possible casualties skyrocket.

The best course of action for the CO is of course first recognizing that a threat like this exist and then physically preparing for the attack.

My most recent article “Stopping a Jihad-Mobile” is a good start.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed, Stay Informed and Stay Dangerous!



Modern Crime: Italian Mafia May Have Been Supplying Weapons to ISIS

A handout photo from the Australian Defence Force shows what they say are weapons seized from a fishing vessel which was boarded off the coast of Oman, March 2, 2016. An Australian Navy ship seized a huge cache of weapons near Oman's coast from the fishing vessel bound for Somalia, the navy said on March 8, 2016, exposing a possible violation of a U.N. Security Council arms embargo. Picture taken March 2, 2016. REUTERS/ABIS Sarah Ebsworth/Australian Defence Force/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

Organized criminal groups in southern Italy may be supplying assault weapons to groups and individuals that are associated with the Islamic State, according to European investigators. British newspaper The Guardian said last week that security officials in Italy, Britain, and elsewhere in Europe have traced weapons used by Islamists to at least one arms cache that entered the European black market through a Sicilian crime family with links to the mafia.

According to The Guardian, the initial link to the supply of weapons seems to originate with an organized criminal family in Catania, on Sicily’s eastern coast. The family, known locally as the “Ceusi”, is part of the “Santopaula” clan, which is the dominant criminal network in that part of Italy. Investigators have confirmed that two years ago the Ceusi family purchased a cache of 160 deactivated AK-47s from AFG Security Corporation, a Slovakia-based European weapons dealer. The purchase of the weapons, for $40,000, was legal. But the Sicilian mafia then illegally reactivated the weapons by removing the deactivating metal pins that had been inserted into the weapons’ barrels. The reactivated weapons were then supplied to the ’Ndrangheta, the Italian organized crime network that operates in the region of Calabria, in the Italian mainland. In turn, the ’Ndrangheta, which specializes in the trafficking of contraband to and from Europe, sold many of these reactivated weapons to a smuggling ring headquartered in the Egyptian port of Alexandria.

It was the Egyptian network, say investigators, that sold the AK-47s to Islamist militants in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, who have close connections with the Islamic State in Syria and other Islamist groups. A few of the weapons even ended up in the hands of European Islamists in France and elsewhere. Much of the intelligence regarding the AK-47s comes from telephone intercepts, said The Guaridan. But the newspaper cautioned that concrete links between the Mafia and the Islamic State have not yet been established. Nevertheless, the paper said that, according to European investigators, “organized criminals are increasingly open to trading with extremists”, and there are mounting “signs of an even closer relationship between organized criminals and Islamists” operating in North Africa and the Middle East.

Read the Original Article at Intel News

Learning From Terrorist Tactics: Employing the “Israeli Triple-D” System to Stop Vehicles From Becoming Weapons


Aaron Cohen, a counterterrorism expert and former member of the elite Israeli special forces unit, said on CNN early Friday that the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, was a “colossal” security failure that could have been stopped. At least 80 people were killed on Thursday when a truck barreled through a crowd of people celebrating on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais.

Cohen said, “This is a security failure on a colossal level. This is a colossal failure on a basic security level for event planning. There should have been some kind of physical barrier, where armed, present, properly trained, heavily-armed police officers were checking vehicles. There were grenades in the car. There was an AK-47 in the car. There was somebody who was about to commit an act of of murder.”

He said that if the vehicle had been checked and the driver screened, “with a proper physical barricade in place, they would have been stopped.”

Cohen said that an Israeli-style triple security layering needs to be in place for events like the Bastille Day celebration in France. “That truck was moving in slowly, which leads me to believe that the person was going to a specific place for a specific reason,” he said. “There was surveillance that was being conducted for the terrorist to inflict the most damage.”

“Israelis deploy a Triple-D system, which stands for deter, detect, and deny.” He said if a similar event had been held in Israel, cars would have had limited access to the street. “The deterrence would also involve heavier armed security personnel.”

“There is already a heavy military feel to feel to France, I don’t know how much more you can get,” he said. But he suggested that assault weapon-carrying police officers should be placed anywhere you have massive crowds. “That’s where terrorists go.”

He said the final step of the Israeli layering system is “denial,” which is an important part of training for law enforcement. “If you look what happened recently in Turkey, in Istanbul, a Turkish police officer ended up firing at that terrorist who went in with an AK-47 who was firing openly in the center-mass, the thoracic area. The terrorist went down.” Cohen said Israeli police are trained to fire a round into the center of the head. “It’s not personal, we’re not trying to kill the terrorist, we’re trying to keep his hands from moving. Had [the Turkish police officer] shot that terrorist in the head, that explosion we saw moments afterwards wouldn’t have been able to happen because they wouldn’t have hit the button.”

When asked what could have been done to stop the large panel truck as it rolled down the Promenade des Anglais, Cohen didn’t mince words: “My Israeli answer? Stop and check the truck. You’ve got AK-47s in the truck. I’ll tell you in Israel what we learned from El Al Airlines which is protected by the Israeli FBI. The body language of somebody who is about to commit an act of murder is just as red-flagged as someone who has just committed an act of murder.”

Cohen advocates “anti-terror specific training” similar to the Israeli Triple-D system to prevent future attacks.

Read the Original Article at PJ Media

Examining Terrorist Tactics: Using Vehicles as Weapons

Our Prayers are with all the families of the Dead, but especially the Copeland Family from Austin, Texas. May God Comfort them and also bring swift justice on the evildoers. -SF



The Latest Death Toll in Nice, France has reached 84 Dead, Including 2 Texan-Americans as a Terrorist used a truck loaded with grenades and weapons to plow into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

This video from Twitter shows the absolute carnage. I urge you to show this to everybody you know, not for the shock factor, but for the REALISM factor.

America needs to get their head out their ass and stop trying to find Pokemon and start getting ready for these bastards, because Dallas was just the beginning…they are GOING to hit us like this any day.

We can see from pp.54 in this 2010 issue of Inspire magazine, how it is recommended by ISIS planners to use vehicles as weapons.

“The idea is to use a pickup truck as a mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah.”

Large celebratory crowds now have to be considered Targets.

Vehicle access to these types of areas must be DENIED and/or HEAVILY RESTRICTED.

Armed Checkpoints with Barriers and Spike Strips must be the norm.

More to Come Later.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!


Examining Terrorist Tactics: The Machiavellian Method of ISIS


Like communists of yore, the soldiers of the caliphate are seeking to ‘exacerbate the contradictions’ of those ranged against them.

PARIS — Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz sounded at once angry and plaintive as he marked the end of this blood-drenched month of Ramadan.

The so-called Islamic State, ISIS, had just staged attacks in three Saudi cities, hitting near the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, a Shia mosque in Qatif, and even a mosque in the holy city of Medina.

Two days before, a car bomb in Baghdad and the fire that followed had killed more than 250 people. Before that, attackers in Bangladesh slaughtered Western patrons and locals at a popular Dhaka café. Days earlier came the stunning attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, and before that the murder of a husband and wife from the French police in front of their 3-year-old son in a Paris suburb. Still earlier: the horrific slaughter at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

 All that happened in one month on the Muslim calendar, all in the name of Allah.

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the ISIS spokesman and second in command, had declared Ramadan a time of “conquest and jihad.”

“Get prepared, be ready… to make it a month of calamity everywhere for the non-believers,” he said in a recording released in May. But as usual, most of the slaughter targeted other Muslims.

King Salman, “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,” vowed this week to meet these threats with “an iron fist,” as of course he would. But his statement acknowledged the heart of the problem with a more original and more memorable phrase: the “biggest challenge,” he said, is how to keep young people away from the “masterminds of misleading ideas.”

Salman also called for Muslim unity to face the ISIS menace. But given that the Saudis’ proxy wars with Iran from Lebanon to Syria to Iraq, in Bahrain and in Yemen are waged with sectarian vehemence, the king’s call for “Muslim unity” sounds oxymoronic, a true contradiction in terms.

 And contradictions, in fact, are the foundation that ISIS is built on.

The so-called Islamic State chooses its targets and tailors its terror to reach specific audiences. To do this, it tries, as communist revolutionaries once did, to “exacerbate the contradictions” among its rivals: build on suspicions, inflame resentments, inspire violence and repression that engenders more violence and rebellion.

In a global war of attrition, which is what we’re looking at, the key to defeating ISIS—aside from killing its operatives—is to resist absolutely and unequivocally its strategy using terror to divide and demoralize.

But that’s no easy feat. There are just so many contradictions in Arab and Western society, and ISIS understands them better, it seems, than many Arab and Western leaders do. Its “masterminds of misleading ideas” employ what the French call la polique du pire,a policy that provokes a society to turn on itself, aiming eventually to make the masses ungovernable, and daily life unbearable.

In the last few weeks, as ISIS has come under pressure on the ground in Iraq and Syria, its response has not been a blind, senseless lashing out. It has been a carefully calculated campaign using a wide array of available human tools, some of them acting under direct orders, some of them loosely affiliated, and some merely inspired to carry out mass murder against a backdrop of psycho-sexual confusion—but always serving the interest of the self-anointed “caliphate” that ISIS claims to be.

Let’s go down the list from this gruesome month of fasting, prayer and slaughter:

Read the Remainder at The Daily Beast