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This is a name given to the type of attack that causes the security professionals with the greatest challenge.

It’s a paradoxical name as wolves generally act in packs. The lone wolf will have only  loose connection to identifiable organisations or persons who pose security threats, he might have been influenced by ideas, individuals or self-generated delusions.

The lone wolf follows no particular pattern in particular though it has been suggested after some study that many suffer from mental and social disorders.

They come from the general population and do not belong to a particular social and racial group.

The lone wolf does not belong to a command structure, he decides and he plans and he carries out the act.

Their motives can be staggeringly varied political, religious, seeking fame or playing out a fantastical delusion based on all of the conceivable motives.

Lone wolf can be a white supremacist, Jihadi or just an angry young man!

This as can be understood very  difficult to detect and responded to in a timely manner in fact luck can be the biggest factor in detecting such individuals, that leaves responding which can only be based on speed , efficiency and dedicated units in the right place and the right time ,here is the element of luck again!

The terrorist groups have not be slow in utilising the lone wolf and very carefully do not connect directly and concentrate on using social media to agitate ,call out for acts or radicalise and praise.

They have had a head start on use of psychological techniques in order to motivate individuals to commit extreme acts of violence on others and on themselves.

They have also manage to create a lone wolf mentality in small groups, where small group will act in complete independence and randomness with almost no tangible association or connection with an identifiable organisation, this is different from the small cell system of old where at least one person in the cell had a veiled connection to an organisation and targets and timing and logistics would be sourced or directed and a leader or a commander could be identified upon examination.

The mass trolling for data and intelligence across all communication networks social and other wise by governments and their agencies is an attempt basically  to get Lucky!

 

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Call it by its name!

The ongoing issue of what to call ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), ISEL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)or Dayesh (Arabic name “in the plural form ‘Dayesh’  means bigots who impose their views on others.”  )

Dayesh is the name used in the region to describe this organisation , it was also adopted by US military, French government and Australians. The British and many international news media however seem to be reluctant to use this and insist on using the various version that include Islamic and state as adjectives!

However we are beginning to see in UK first signs from the governmental level in the way the organisation is referred to.

This change of approach is the first sign of multi-level approach to counter the organisation who are very media aware and effective in manipulating press and social media.

For this approach to work the international media and social media organisations need to play their parts.

More importantly the governments need to be clear where the traditional source of support and finance have been for this organisation and bring to bear pressures and more importantly make hard choices as to who to formulate new alliances with in the region the USA seem to have made some choice on this level by their tentative conversation with the Iranians who were one of the first in the region to confront this organisation and its brothers in arm.

The public campaign that must be waged has to start with naming the source of the ideology that has been the driving force behind this terrorist organisation which are the  Wahhabi and Salafi sects of Islam which are the dominant and state sponsored in Saudi Arabia and some of the small states in the Persian gulf region .

Poorang

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The capture of Ramadi which by all accounts took place mostly because of a non-tactical withdrawal! Which seems to be a favourite tactics of Iraqi field commanders.

In response the Shia Militias who have been mobilised to respond they have been   instrumental in halting and turning the tide of ISIS successes since last year. The Iranian defence minister also has flown to Baghdad , Iranians have been engaged against the ISIS from the beginning with men and equipment and its guaranteed that they will put additional resources into the upcoming battle to recapture Ramadi.

ISIS seems to be experiencing difficulties firstly with its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rumoured to have been injured in an air strike and replaced by Abu Alaa al-Afri a senior official, though a recent tape recording released at least means he is a live.

Secondly the loss of control of Tikrit and %30 of the territories largely thanks to the effort of Shia militias with assistance from Iran in secret coordination with USA through Iraqi channels.

  • Does the west really want the complete defeat of ISIS?
  • Where would all the militants go?

Perpetual low level war in Syria and Iraq seems to be a solution to the second and answers the first question also.

  • ISIS claim responsibility for the TEXAS shooting.

This of course is in line with their focused PR activity which they have proven themselves to be very good at, and they are not the first group to claim responsibility for a very loosely connected event to increase their share of the market in terror.

The core strength of a group such as ISIS is ideological approach it uses to motivate its forces .Let’s face it eternal life and place in heaven not to mention 70 virgin and the rest must seem very attractive if you have already accepted the extreme religious narrative  and the simple answers it provides to very complex questions in life.

To weaken and challenge this ideology you must start at the same stating line as them simply put in places of warship, religiously funded and attended academic establishments ,public education system and in the media especially the digital sphere.

Guns and soldiers in the order of battle against such groups are the last line of defence. As by the time they are used we may have already lost so much ground that we would effectively be fighting on the last foot.

Many rumours are around about collusion of western intelligence services and their allies regarding funding and arming of such groups. The simplest and safest assumption given the nature of such service is that most of them are true as they work and operate in an interlinked maze of deceit and intrigue.

There are already good evidence that a Nato member Turkey has been a key supplier and transit route for supply of weapons and cash. Look deeper and many allies of West in the Middle East can also be implicated in this mess.

So far the only effects of ISIS in the other places beside in the Middle East has been additional security measure and a presented reason for all the intrusive surveillance that the public has become subjected to.

The possibilities of a genuine attack by ISIS   in Europe and further a filed is still high but so far beside threats and occasional beheadings and murder to underscore the projection of fear not much is evident .

By:poorang

MI5 states that the security level in UK is sever.

The impact of foreign policy decisions have seem to enflamed the dangers on the home front further. The complexities of the Middle East conflict have seemed to overtaken the processing powers of the policy makers .The seemingly unexplainable position in arming and training various armed factions with sophisticated weaponry in the shifting sands of loyalties and zigzagging policy positions have clearly increased the risks in UK.

The UK’s position is further undermined by the fact that some of its allies and partners in the region have for some time financed and assisted the hard line Sunni Islam sect that have fuelled ISIS in its atrocities.

Furthermore the same sponsors have been allowed for over two decade to finance their own particular Islamic sects (Wahhabi & Salafi) in UK by Building mosques and appointing Imams to propagate their version of Islam. This has set the scene for birth of Islamic radicalism in UK.

This has led to UK born jihadists and terrorist who not only travel to fight for ISIS but also are the main reason for the UK security level being set to SEVER.

The only way forward is a complete realignment of policies of western powers in the region allied with reappraisal of the origins of security threats and risks in UK.

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Surveillance  workshop  by SQR group

The Technical Surveillance attack workshop conducted by a top field professional. This  work shop is being at SQR’s centre of excellence . It will advance the candidates  knowledge of current technical surveillance environment. They will be introduced to some of the most advance equipment and their capability. Technical aspects covered are Audio, Video, Long range covert surveillance, image intensification.

SQR’s Technical surveillance workshop is set to be a great successes with attendance from active CP, Police, Military personnel . Join us for the next session .

SQR group conducts an Enhanced close protection course .The close protection course has many additional modules over the required by SIA for its licences.

Understanding Surveillance in all its forms is a key aspect of close protection work in the modern era.

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Announcement

 

Under fire yet undeterred by the very clear and present danger, Lance Corporal Leakey ran across the exposed slope of the hill three times to initiate casualty evacuation, re-site machine guns and return fire. His actions proved the turning point, inspiring his comrades to fight back with renewed ferocity. Displaying gritty leadership well above that expected of his rank, Lance Corporal Leakey’s actions single handedly regained the initiative and prevented considerable loss of life.

The description of the event as presented by the MOD is typically restrained in its description of the events leading to  Joshua Mark Leakey being announced  by  General Sir Nicholas Carter as the recipient of the Victoria Cross at a ceremony to be held in Buckingham palace.

Victoria cross

The Victoria cross is a highest award in the British armed forces for bravery. The medal itself is made from melted bronze of captured Russian guns in the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimea War. most of its recipients have been honoured after their death in action.

Action

The full description of the events gives a full view of the actions and bravery of Joshua Mark Leakey which has lead to the Victoria cross announcement.

The actions for which Leakey was awarded the Victoria Cross occurred on 22 August 2013 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. A routine joint patrol composed of British paratroopers, US Marines and Afghan soldiers had targeted a village to search for illegal weapons. Having been flown into the area in Chinook helicopters, the patrol was attacked by machine gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades soon after dismounting. Leakey’s helicopter had landed on a hill near the village and he, with three other paratroopers and an Afghan soldier, was to provide fire support for the main segment of the patrol. From their vantage point, his section could see the attack and heard over their radio that someone had been injured. Leakey ran up the hill to assess the seriousness of the attack and came to the conclusion that urgent action was needed. Though he was only a lance corporal, he took control of the situation and led his section down to the group under attack.

Having reached the group under attack, he gave first aid to the wounded US Marine Corps captain and began the process of evacuating him from the battlefield. While under fire, he returned to the machine guns that his section had left at the top of the hill. He moved one to a better position to fire at the attacking Taliban even though he was under constant, accurate fire (bullets were ricocheting off the weapon he was carrying). His actions inspired other soldiers to join in the fightback.

While he was manning the machine gun, he was also shouting updates of the situation into his radio.Having realised that more than one machine gun would be needed to effectively fight back the insurgents, he allowed his gun to be taken over by another soldier. He then ran once more through heavy fire to retrieve a second machine gun, position it in a suitable site, and then manned it to fire at the Taliban.

Joshua Mark Leakey is the second member of his extended family to be honoured in this way for actions against the enemy , His second cousin twice removed, Nigel  Leaky , was posthumously awarded the medal during the second world war.

SQR group has a long tradition in working with and honouring members of armed forces and indeed can count many in its rota of staff and associates . We congratulate Joshua Mark Leakey , his family and members of his unit and regiment.

 

(sources Wikipedia/BBC)

article by Poorang

 

Close Protection and war zones

Many close protection operative are tempted by the cash incentives and the drama and excitement of the war zones. Certainly there has been a shift  in market place with the governments withdrawing forces and visible presence from such areas due to public reactions to casualties and costs.

The legitimisation of the armed private security contractors in recent times has given birth to a completely new industry. It wasn’t long ago that such activities was conducted secretly and was generally regarded as illegitimate, now governments in particular  that of USA have an open policy to use armed private contractors for various tasks.

The private security contractor does not benefit from public support or sympathy, they also lack  in most cases  the benefits the regular soldier relies upon , such as legal framework when on deployment overseas,  governmental level of support in logistic , medical and intelligence and not to mention being part of an a recognise and established national  armed forces.

In short the private security contractor is exposed to more risk and threat and  with very few tools to mitigate them strategically or tactically.

With the influx of service men from many countries into the armed contractor industry who are willing to work for less fees the financial rewards have certainly taken a down turn.

Though the article is entitled close protection and war zones make no mistake when in deployment overseas into war zones you are no longer a bodyguard in its civilian context which by its very title expresses a positive and protective motive and you are easily distinguishable, but for all intent and purpose you are an armed private contractor.

Armed security contractors perform many tasks many of which are outside the remit of a bodyguard and you will be indistinguishable from the  local variety of guns for hire .You will potentially be  escorting individuals associated with questionable motives, histories and despised by many for good reasons and if all of that means nothing as long as you get paid then the moral ground is no longer the field you walk on and as such you are fair game for judgement by people who will view you with hostility and will target you with the same vigour as they will the individuals you are assigned to and remember you will have very little to fall back on in the way of support.

So if you are ex-military and just miss the action and nothing else matters then go forth, but if you are a civilian close protection operative stay put and work within a civilian arena.

Poorang

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The French government have maintained a high security level for some time and given concern regarding some French nationals of Muslim faith travelling to fight or having strong sympathies with Jihadi sentiments especially since the rise of ISIS one must assume that a lot of energy has been directed at monitoring sections of the Muslim community.

An update by French intelligence  authorities advises that France has stopped five terror attacks and brokenup 13 networks linked to extremists in Syria despite this the  number of young people travelling to Syria has increased sharply.

This weekend  we have had to witness at least 13 people being injured, some seriously, after the driver of a car targeted passers-by in various parts of city of Dijon.

According to witnesses he was shouting to the effect that he was acting in support for the “children of Palestine” during his attacks that lasted over 30 min. There has been report of the driver having had mental problems .

The day before another man, stabbed three policemen in town of Joue-les-Tours after shouting Islamic slogans the 20-year-old attacker was shot dead at the scene.

Radical Islamic is thought to be behind the attacks but it seems that there were no clear links between the attackers.There has been other attacks similar to this using vehicles in England, Scotland recently in Israel and now in France.

What makes such acts so difficult to counter is that they are random, acted out by individuals with no direct links to organisations and they have previously not displayed any serious signs of being radicalised.   

The main difficulty for the authorities is a to admit publicly that there are no effective security measures against un associated  random acts of terror, especially if the perpetrators have no direct links with any recognised organisations.

Surveillance and intelligence are the key weapons to counter act any terrorist act but the nature of these acts make an impossible demand of even the most in-depth and intrusive surveillance and intelligence gathering methods.