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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: October 2008
Posted on 10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT by nwctwx
Thank you nw, I do appreciate it.
Ping to new thread. Again, sorry for delay. It’s been extremely busy lately, partly because of the upcoming election. I will try to let someone know in the future if I expect to be delayed with new thread. If anyone is interested in helping out, or even possibly taking over with the thread start, please let me know. I do hope to see TM continue to live on as long as possible!
Thanks for keeping this going, Ian.
Never seems to amaze me that a few thousand ex camel drivers hold the world hostage.
Thanks for all you do nw.
I always appreciate it.
I’m sure there is hidden talent just waiting in the wings ready to help out on putting up the monthly Threat Matrix threads.
If that’s you, don’t be shy, contact nwctwx.
Here’s a VERY UNcheery link for those interested in horrific dreams/visions of the future:
ON THE INTERNET:
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Before, During and After:
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: ""SHEMA YISRAEL"" (COMMENTARY SNIPPET: "This led Tim to wonder if my view of things was perhaps the result of the many death threats I have received. The short answer is "no." My own experience has been quite positive. While death threats are an annoyance, they also have the effect of validating the worth of the work I do.") (October 4, 2008) (Read More...)
TIMESONLINE.co.uk - SUNDAY TIMES: "PALMTOP COMPUTER STOLEN FROM OPEN WINDOW IN MI5 HIDEOUT" by Dwayne Senior (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A burglar who climbed into the property in Greater Manchester on Sunday night got away with the terminal which contained highly sensitive information about national security." (October 2, 2008) (Read More...)
THE SUN.co.uk: "FOR SALE: SECOND HAND CAMERA, GOOD CONDITION, CONTAINS TOP SECRET MI6 TERRORIST RECORDS AND PICS" by Anthony France, Simon Hughes and Andy Crick (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Alongside them were photos of rocket launchers and missiles which spooks believe Iran is supplying to Osama Bin Laden's henchmen in Iraq.") (Published September 30, 2008) (Read More...)
NY SUN.com: Washington - "BIN LADEN'S SON MAKES RETURN TO PAKISTAN Could Signal a New Phase of Iran's Relationships with Al Qaeda" by Eli Lake (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda is consolidating its leadership in the territory under its control in Pakistan. Osama bin Laden's son and heir apparent, Sa`ad bin Laden, has returned to Pakistan from his safe haven in Iran, according to messages posted on a Qaeda jihad Web forum known as al-Hesbah.") (September 29, 2008) (Read More...)
IHT.com (AP): Hong Kong - "CADBURY: MELAMINE FOUND IN CHINESE-MADE CHOCOLATES" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Two U.S. food makers, meanwhile, were investigating Indonesian claims that high traces of the industrial chemical melamine had been found in Chinese-made Oreos, M&Ms and Snickers, but stressed the same goods had tested negative in other Asian countries.") (Published September 29, 2008) (Read More...)
YNET NEWS.com: "IDF TO SEAL OFF WEST BANK AHEAD OF ROSH HASHANA" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Security establishment receives 10 specific terror warnings ahead of holiday; police declare highest alert level") (Published September 29, 2008, 00:11) (Read More...)
NY SUN.com: Washington - "SPIES WARN THAT AL QAEDA AIMS FOR OCTOBER SURPRISE Intercepted Messages Asking Local Cells To Be Prepared for Imminent Instructions" by Eli Lake (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "In the aftermath of two major terrorist attacks on Western targets, America's counterterrorism community is warning that Al Qaeda may launch more overseas operations to influence the presidential elections in November.") (September 22, 2008) (Read More...)
NEWSMAX.com: "AL-QAIDA THREATENS 'OCTOBER SURPRISE' ATTACK" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The attacks would likely be at American bases or allies abroad, since most experts think the group's ability to penetrate the U.S. homeland has deteriorated since 9-11. Still, al-Qaida is aggressively recruiting both North African and European operatives who may have a greater ability to enter the United States and blend in before launching an attack, according to U.S. intelligence officials.") (September 22, 2008, 11:49 am) (Read More...)
JAMESTOWN.org (TERRORISM FOCUS): "WATCHING THE WATCHERS: A JIHADI VIEW OF TERRORISM ANALYSIS WEBSITES" by Abdul Hameed Bakier (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Jihadis typically consider journalists and analysts specializing in terrorism to be infidels, calling on members to kill them at the first chance.") (September 18, 2008) (Read More...)
NEWS10.net: Floriston (Nevada County, CA - "EXPLOSIVE FERTILIZER, BLASTING CAPS STOLEN IN NEVADA COUNTY" Posted by C. Johnson George Warren (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Tips can be called in to (888) ATF-BOMB or the Nevada County Sheriff's Department at (530) 470-2400.") (September 17, 2008) (Read More...)
MEMRI IWMP.org - No. 2052: "A JIHADIST FORUM PUBLISHES PROPAGANDA FABRICATION ABOUT A PURPORTED AL-QAEDA ATTACK ON THE U.S. AND EUROPE" (SNIPPET: "It should be noted that although Al-Hesbah often posts authentic statements by Al-Qaeda operatives, MEMRI asserts that this entire interview seems to be fabrications intended for propaganda purposes on the anniversary of September 11.") (September 15, 2008) (Read More...)
TELEGRAPH.co.uk: "RADICAL MUSLIMS WARN OF ANOTHER 9/11" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Mr Islam warned that unless British and American troops were withdrawn from "Muslim lands: they would be to blame for the consequences, saying the West would "never achieve security until our own lands achieve security". "Wake up. Withdraw. Listen to the warnings. Muslims will stand side to side, not just al Qaeda. The actions of the British and Americans have given prominence to al Qaeda. All of us have a part to play in stopping the violence or the next 9/11 will take place in Britain, the next 7/7 could take place locally," he added.") (Last updated September 13, 2008, 12:42 am BST) (Read More...)
UPI.com: London - "RADICAL MUSLIMS MEET ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "Saiful Islam, leader of a group called Salafi Youth for Islamic Propagation, told the group Britain and the United States "will not achieve security until our lands achieve security."") (Published September 13, 2008, 1:58 pm) (Read More...)
OFFICER.com (10News.com): San Diego - "OFFICIALS: VIOLENCE AGAINST BORDER AGENTS ON RISE" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The U.S. Border Patrol has recorded close to 100 more assaults against agents so far in 2008 than last year.") (Updated: September 11, 2008, 03:19 pm EDT) (Read More...)
TERRORISM-INFO.org.il - INTELLIGENCE AND TERRORISM INFORMATION CENTER (IICC): "Communications and terrorism: Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV channel has started broadcasting via an Indonesian satellite, after being taken off a Thai satellite. The Indonesian satellite covers East Asia, China, and Australia. Indonesia is a Muslim country, making it more difficult for the international community to fight the incitement aired by Hezbollah." (September 8, 2008) (Read More...)
DHS.gov - Press Release: "HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY SYSTEM Current Threat Level" (PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: "The United States government's national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow. The U.S. threat level is High, or Orange, for all domestic and international flights.") (September 1, 2008) (Read More...)
Does anyone know what ‘THING’ the Jihadi’s might have about 7 Oct as the time to light off their embedded nukes in this country?
“Islamist Forums Announce Establishment of New Organization: ‘Hizbullah Brigades in Palestine’”
(Posted October 6, 2008)
“US warns of October security risk in Lebanon”
Published: 10.06.08, 20:32 / Israel News
Note: The following blog entry is a quote:
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WARDEN MESSAGE: LEBANON EXPECTS SEPTEMBER 12 DEMONSTRATION
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13 Aug 2008
BOMBING IN TRIPOLI, LEBANON
16 Jul 2008
WARDEN MESSAGE: LEBANON RALLIES JULY 16
30 May 2008
TRAVEL WARNING: LEBANON
U.S. Embassy Beirut issued the following Warden Message on October 3, 2008:
The U.S. Embassy is concerned about the potential for groups or individuals to exploit the end of the holy month of Ramadan to undertake violent actions targeting Americans. U.S. citizens in Lebanon are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
The period of highest concern is the first half of October. In light of this concern, the Embassy is reviewing its own security.
The Embassy strongly urges Americans residing in Lebanon to review their planned movements and to remain vigilant during this time. American citizens should also carefully assess the need to visit popular gathering spots or other public places where large numbers of people are present.
As stated in the current Travel Warning for Lebanon, the Department of State continues to advise that Americans defer travel to Lebanon and that American citizens in Lebanon consider carefully the risks of remaining.
For the latest security information, Americans should regularly monitor the Department’s web site at http://travel.state.gov/ where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Lebanon, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Americans living or traveling in Lebanon are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/, so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Lebanon. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
The U.S. Embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Lebanon. Public access hours for American citizens are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. American citizens may e-mail BeirutACS@state.gov if they have questions about services provided by the section; they may also call 04 543 600 and ask for the American Citizen Services Section on Mondays or Fridays between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Any American citizen in need of emergency services outside of these hours may contact the Embassy by telephone at any time. The telephone numbers are (961-4) 542-600, 543-600, and fax 544-209. Website: http://lebanon.usembassy.gov. The Arabic language website is: http://arabic.lebanon.usembassy.gov/.
October 7 is not a magic number Quix, nor is there any specific, public, concrete, well-sourced information that anyone is lighting off anything on October 7 here is the USA.
For Muslims, Ramadan has ended and it’s now the Eid Al Fitr (sp?) where they buy presents, eat special foods, say prayers and then get on with their regular lifestyles.
Jihadis will continue to do what jihadis do because:
THE GLOBAL JIHAD IS 24/7.
Thanks for your good reality testing.
Interestingly, I have NOT sent out another cry wolf warning to my email list.
You’re welcome Quix.
I’m not saying an attack can’t happen on October 7th or October 12th; I’m just saying the global jihad is 24/7 and if the jihadis have the means and the window of opportunity — they will use it — when ever, where ever.
October 6, 2008
“Brooklyn: Litigious Muslim found with Al-Qaeda and chemical weapons material”
SNIPPET: “The tenant, Hisham Khaleel, 35, had been evicted.
Responding officers found 13 copied licenses, all of which appeared to belong to customers from the Vanderbilt YMCA on East 47th Street in Manhattan, where Khaleel worked briefly as an unarmed security guard.
They also found news clippings about al Qaeda, literature on chemical purchasing and processing, an owner’s manual for a Beretta handgun, a reference guide for modern airplanes, a video on rifle-shooting fundamentals and a sniper’s manual.
Cops also uncovered lab glassware catalogs and a book, “Hostile Planet: The Essential Guide to Surviving Natural Disasters, Pandemics and Terrorist Attacks.”...”
Though they do have a penchant for keying in on historical dates of one sort or another.
Al Qaida wants obama elected. They won’t attack until after election day.
7 October 2008: Latest Updates
Have you been aware of chatter intimating an Oct. 7 attack?
Supposedly, that’s the date we started the war in Afghanistan.
Spies Warn That Al Qaeda Aims for October Surprise
Intercepted Messages Asking Local Cells To Be Prepared for Imminent Instructions
In the aftermath of two major terrorist attacks on Western targets, America’s counterterrorism community is warning that Al Qaeda may launch more overseas operations to influence the presidential elections in November.
Call it Osama bin Laden’s “October surprise.” In late August, during the weekend between the Democratic and Republican conventions, America’s military and intelligence agencies intercepted a series of messages from Al Qaeda’s leadership to intermediate members of the organization asking local cells to be prepared for imminent instructions.
An official familiar with the new intelligence said the message was picked up in multiple settings, from couriers to encrypted electronic communications to other means.
“These are generic orders,” the source said a distinction from the more specific intelligence about the location, time, and method of an attack. “It was, ‘Be on notice. We may call upon you soon.’ It was sent out on many channels.”
Also, Yemen’s national English-language newspaper is reporting that a spokesman for Yemen’s Islamic Jihad, the Qaeda affiliate that claimed credit for last week’s American embassy bombing in Sa’naa, is now publicly threatening to attack foreigners and high government officials if American and British diplomats do not leave the country.
Mr. bin Laden has sought to influence democratic elections in the past. On March 11, 2004, Al Qaeda carried out a series of bombings on Madrid commuter trains. Three days later, the opposition and anti-Iraq war Socialist Workers Party was voted into power.
Thanks for the ping STARWISE.
Do jihadis follow forums, the news media (in all forms) and events?
Sure they do.
One of the hot topics lately is the U.S. economy.
Jihadica takes a look.
“Analyses of U.S. Economic Crisis”
October 6th, 2008
Update No. 9 - 6 Oct - 8:45 pm Eastern: This just in from MSNBC:
FBI warns of potential terror attacks on public buildings
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2008 5:54 PM ET
Filed Under: Terrorism
By Jim Popkin, NBC News Senior Investigative Producer
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical “note” to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives.
Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have “no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States.”
The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because “it is important for local authorities and building owners and operators to be aware of potential attack tactics.”
According to the note obtained by NBC News, a “recently discovered audio recording of al-Qaida training sessions conducted several years ago provides instruction to potential suicide terrorists on seizing a publicly accessible building and damaging or destroying it with explosive charges.”
Read the entire article here: MSNBC
We do not know whether or not this announcement has any bearing on the 7 October warning, but we are posting it because of its apparent relevance. [Thanks to Jennifer]
Thank you for the ping STARWISE.
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Paper no. 2867
“After Baitullah, What? — International Terrorism Monitor-—Paper No. 453”
By B. Raman
Paper no. 2866
“Mushrooming Terrorism: Now Agartala - International Terrorism Monitor—Paper No.452”
By B. Raman
“Security, Surveillance and Satellites”
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “Indeed, as the War on Terrorism evolves, so will it be necessary for the tools used to fight it to do the same.”
By Jay Fraser on October 5, 2008 at 10:38 PM
INTERNET-HAGANAH.com: "DEAD MEN TALKING" (SNIPPET: "al-Qa`ida has released a new video narrated by Adam Gadahn, clearly indicating that he's not dead yet. SNIPPET: "One wonders, however, if the opening message and title is a separate message:" (October 4, 2008)
“DHS’ Fifth Annual National Preparedness Month Yields Highest Level of Support to Date”
PRESS RELEASE SNIPPET: “The U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys Ready Campaign joined with more than 3,200 National Preparedness Month coalition members in the month of September to educate individuals, families and communities on the importance of emergency preparedness. This years coalition of national, regional, state, and local organizations was the largest in the five year history of National Preparedness Month, and represents a 4,000 percent increase in participation to date.
Weve made great strides over the past five years in encouraging Americans to take steps to get prepared and to get involved during National Preparedness Month, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. But, the civic duty we all share to prepare ourselves, our home and work for an emergency does not end in September. Disasters can happen at any time, and I urge all Americans to make personal preparedness a priority in their daily lives.”
Quote - snippet:
07/10/2008 08:26 BAGHDAD, Oct 7 (AFP)
Bomb blasts outside Baghdad ‘Green Zone’
Two powerful bombs exploded just outside Baghdad’s tightly-guarded Green Zone on Tuesday as US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte was due to address reporters inside, an AFP correspondent said.
By Daniel Pipes
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, October 07, 2008
“How Many Islamists?”
by Daniel Pipes
Tue, 17 May 2005
updated Tue, 30 Sep 2008
A Look at Iran
“Highest Stakes in the War on Terror”
By Douglas Stone
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, October 07, 2008
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “As the Iranians move closer to obtaining nuclear weapons, we need to begin thinking about what this could mean for our civilization.”
October 7, 2008
“Still another study points to prisons as hubs for ‘radicalization’”
(RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH)
“Va. teen sentenced for threatening messages”
October 6, 2008 - 2:25pm
October 6, 2008
Note: The following text is a quote:
DEFENDANT EXTRADITED FROM COLOMBIA PLEADS GUILTY IN COCAINE FOR ARMS DEAL
(Diego Alberto Ruiz-Arroyave, aka El Primo, 46, a Colombian national extradited to the United States for his role in a $25 million arms for cocaine deal, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to the AUC, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today. The AUC is a paramilitary organization originally designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States Secretary of State on Sept. 10, 2001. Ruiz was extradited to the United States on May 12, 2008.
According to pleadings filed in this case, on Oct. 14, 2004, a superseding indictment was returned by a federal grand jury arising from Operation White Terror which added Javier Conrado Alvarez Correa, aka Javier Alvarez, and Ruiz-Arroyave as defendants charged with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 2339B.
The focus of Operation White Terror was a $25 million arms-for-cocaine transaction involving the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). Ruiz-Arroyave and Alvarez were the key intermediaries between a cooperating defendant and the leader of the AUCs Centaurus Block, Miguel Arroyave Ruiz. Ruiz directed the cooperating defendant to coordinate the exchange of weapons with his cousin, Ruiz-Arroyave, and to communicate with Ruiz through Alvarez. The cooperating defendant then had various discussions with Alvarez and Ruiz-Arroyave to work out the details and logistics of the transaction. According to press reports, Ruiz was killed by his own troops on Sept. 19, 2004, for participating in talks to demobilize the AUC. A warrant remains outstanding for the arrest of Alvarez, who is also a Colombian national.
Ruiz-Arroyave faces a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine at his sentencing which has been set for Jan. 8, 2009 at 9:45 a.m.
This case is the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation conducted by the Houston offices of the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Vaden.
Note: The following text is a quote:
Press Release A081007a-104
Oct 7, 2008
Coalition forces apprehend five Kataib Hezbollah suspects
BAGHDAD Coalition forces dealt another blow to the Kata’ib Hezbollah network as they captured an alleged weapons smuggler early Tuesday in Kut, about 150 km southeast of Baghdad.
Acting on intelligence information, Coalition forces targeted a suspected key member of the Kata’ib Hezbollah network assessed to be responsible for Iranian-supplied Explosive Formed Penetrators used against Iraqi and Coalition forces.
Coalition forces approached the targeted individuals location where he identified himself as the wanted suspect. He and four associates were detained without incident. In addition, Coalition forces discovered numerous passports, and several weapons.
Kata’ib Hezbollah is assessed to be a proxy of Iran and its members are believed to be responsible for recent attacks against Iraqi citizens and Iraqi and Coalition bases.
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Note: The following text is a quote:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20081007-01
Oct. 7, 2008
Coalition Soldiers detain suspected Special Groups criminal in Baghdad
Multi-National Division Baghdad
BAGHDAD Soldiers attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Multi-National Division Baghdad, captured a suspected Special Groups criminal in the New Baghdad security district of eastern Baghdad, Oct. 6.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained the individual who is suspected of attacks on Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces.
Counter insurgency missions such as this help protect the people and defeat extremists in eastern Baghdad, said Maj. Joey Sullinger, a spokesperson for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light). Taking this criminal off the streets will reduce future improvised explosive device attacks in the Kamaliyah and Mamun.
Note: To read the full report; click on the link below.
ICC-CCS.ORG - THE WEEKLY PIRACY REPORT - REPORT SNIPPET - QUOTE:
Weekly Piracy Report
30 September-6 October 2008
The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre to ships in Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean Regions on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 30 September to 6 October 2008.
Gulf of Aden
Masters using the Maritime Security Patrol Area (MSPA) while transiting the Gulf of Aden are not relieved of their obligation and should continue to maintain a strict 24 hour look out using all available means to get an early warning of an approaching threat. Early indication of a piratical incident will enable the master to contact the Coalition Navies, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre and respond appropriately to prevent boarding.
Violent attacks carried out by pirates on board vessels at anchor and vessel carrying out STS operations. Mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution in these waters.
Chittagong anchorage, Bangladesh
The number of attacks has reduced since 2006. However, the area is still listed as a high risk area and mariners are advised to be cautious especially while approaching the anchorage and while at anchor at Chittagong
Recently reported incidents
02.10.2008: 23.05 LT: Callao anchorage No.12, Peru.
Five masked robbers attempted to board a container ship at anchor via the anchor chain. Alert crew used fire hoses and flashlights to scare off the robbers.
27.09.2008: 2140 UTC: Posn: 06:17.8N 003:24.0E: Lagos fairway buoy, Nigeria.
One robber boarded a container ship at anchor. Duty crew spotted the robber and raised the alarm. Crew mustered. Robber jumped overboard and escaped in a waiting boat with accomplices. Ships stores stolen.
03.10.2008: 0230 LT: Off Mangkai Island, Indonesia.
Six pirates armed with long knives boarded a LPG tanker underway. They stole ships and crew cash before escaping. Further details awaited.
02.10.2008: 0220 LT; Posn: 03:11.50N - 105:22.23E, Off Mangkai island, Indonesia.
Eight pirates armed with guns and knives boarded a chemical tanker underway. Pirates took hostage 2nd mate and a duty AB. Pirates took second mate to captain’s cabin. They held a knife at to the captains throat, stole ships cash, and escaped. Master was kicked in the chest.
02.10.2008: 1215 UTC: 20nm south of Bonny signal station, Nigeria.
About ten pirates armed with submachine guns and hand grenades boarded a refrigerated cargo ship drifting. Ship contacted authorities and enforced preventive measures. Pirates escaped in their speedboat. No injuries to crew and nothing was stolen.
01.10.2008: 0300 UTC: Gulf of Aden.
Two speedboats approached a bulk carrier underway on port and stbd bow with intentions to board. Master adopted evasive manoeuvres to prevent boarding. One boat approached on stbd bow and pirates hooked a ladder in order to board. Ship’s crew were able to remove it. Master contacted coalition warships on VHF Ch.16 for assistance. The boats continued their attempts to board on both port and stbd bow. Master kept altering course to avoid the boats. A coalition navy helicopter arrived at location, after surveying the area, informed the ship that there were no pirate boats around / ahead. Ship continued her normal passage.
01.10.2008: 0523 UTC: Posn: 13:13:59N - 047:57.52E: Gulf of Aden.
Pirates in speedboats attempted to board a tanker underway. Master took evasive manoeuvres to avoid boarding. Later, the speedboats aborted the attempt and moved away.
01.10.2008: 0345 UTC: Posn: 13:10N - 047:43E: Gulf of Aden.
Pirates in speedboats attempted to board a chemical tanker underway. Master took evasive manoeuvres and informed owners who contacted the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre for assistance. Duty officer informed authorities to render assistance to vessel. A warship arrived at location and chased the boats away.
01.10.2008: 1435 UTC: Posn: 12:42.08N - 049:09.09E, Gulf of Aden.
Four pirates armed with rifles attempted to board a container ship underway. Master raised alarm and vessel took evasive manoeuvres. The crew mustered and activated fire hoses. The pirates fired upon the ship and aborted their attack after ten minutes.
30.09.2008: 0350 LT: Posn: 02:48.0N 105:09.2E: Vicinity of Anambas island, Indonesia.
About eight pirates armed with long knives boarded a bulk carrier underway. They tied the captains hands and stole cash from him. Then they went to chief engineers cabin and stole cash money. They took the captain to aft deck and tied him to the bollard before escaping.
20.07.2008: Beau Vallon Bay, Mahe, Seychelles.
One robber boarded a yacht at anchor. He was spotted and chased away by the crew. Master informed that several other boats were also attacked on that night.
The piracy reporting centre advises all vessels / yacht / boats to be cautious when visiting Mahe, Seychelles islands, and to report all such incidents to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
July 16, 2008
SNIPPET: “This Worldwide Caution updates information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests throughout the world.”
“Hostage Standoff Ends in Guatemala City”
By VOA News
07 October 2008
“Dozens taken hostage in Guatemala call center”
Published: 10.07.08, 08:06 / Israel News
“Accused in bus beheading fit to stand trial”
Mike McIntyre , Winnipeg Free Press
Published: Monday, October 06, 2008
ARTICLE SNIPPET: “PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - A man accused of killing and beheading a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus this summer has undergone a significant transformation while lodged at a Winnipeg psychiatric ward and now fully understands his legal situation.
That was the assessment reported in court Monday as Vincent Li was declared fit to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.”
Thanks for your work on the Threat Matrix. I have been intrigued by the Somali piracy incidents, specifically regarding the Ukranian ship, the Faina, and the Iranian ship , the Deyanat. The last I heard, the Russian warship, Peter the Great was headed there to deal with the situation. But only mention is being made of the Faina, with the tanks on board. And the Deyanat, where supposedly some of the pirates died of what appears to be radiological exposure, is being virtually ignored.
I know the US Navy is there as well. And I am only guessing that the Russian ship should have arrived by now.
Why is is this not garnishing more attention? That has me worried.
Please let me know if you have any other info on this. Here are a few links to articles referencing the incidents.
http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/news/russia-sends-naval-vessels-to-somali-waters/20017573576.htm (before the Faina was hijacked!)
I have not heard of anything about today. It’s nice so far here in D.C. ;)
You may want to look at these links, 1 curious mind:
“Somalia:UN adopts new piracy law to deploy military aircraft to actively join”
“Somalia:Somalia’s business dominated by piracy-Mareeg”
“Somalia-Is the Iranian hijacked ship carrying Nuclear-Mareeg”
(October 2, 2008)
A general link:
What bloggers are saying:
You’re welcome fanfan.
Special Dispatch Series - No. 2074
October 7, 2008 No. 2074
“Iranian Film Calling Sadat Traitor Strains Egypt-Iran Relations”