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Turkey

Turkey

The attack on New Year’s Eve in Istanbul was yet another example of how having 1000s of armed police in uniform and under cover through out a Metropolitan area will have no effect on the outcome.

The chances of intercepting an attack in its final phase are mostly based on luck rather than methods.

Much remains to be answered but it these are clear so far , one attacker , armed with assault rifle which from the footage was an AK 47 . Standard magazine size taken into account and initial forensic indicating 120 shots fired shows he changed magazines a number of times .

Witness statements indicate he shot from the hip and directly into people who had taken cover by laying on the ground , he maintained his attack for 7 minutes and then changed his outer clothing in the kitchen and walked off during the chaos after the attack.
Cold , calculated , experienced and motivated is the summery of this attacker one that no security service wants on its turf, but not a suicide attacker he had planned to walk out and he did.

He has been identified by finger prints as being Lakhe Mashrapov from the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. he had been in the country since November with is family.
It’s highly unlikely that this was a random attack, the cell he has been associated with have already been linked to the airport bombing few month earlier.

But these are details that suit an investigator , our concern must be focused on the similar attacks and the likely hood of them happening where we are . We must also assess if basic measures we are being offered will suffice to stop an attack . Armed police are mostly for reassuring the public as any attacker is unlikely to want to have a shoot out with police , they are looking for soft targets and maximum impact ,the least protected the target better and that ,means 99.9% of public spaces .
So far in United kingdom we must accept the security services have done their job and hope that they continue to do so. There has had to be a lot of retuning and learning as the traditional enemies of the state in UK played with different rules compering to the new likely suspects.

Taking into account that Turkey’s geo position at this moment in history could not be more difficult added to this is its own entangled involvement in many fronts with the participants of the civil war in Syria.
It has also seen a complete purge of some of its security apparatus due to the recent bloody coup and its aftermath .
There are many hands in play in Turkey , the state of play is confusing and the players maintain their own positions at any cost.

There has been many recent attacks in Turkey with casualties running into hundreds, with many different motives from dissatisfied Kurds to various militant groups and some even accuse the state in being behind some attacks.
The only plausible defence is good intelligence and the ability to act in timely and desired manner but given the complexities in Turkey that may be a pie in the sky and beyond reach of the man in charge .

Drones are hovering

Drones are hovering

Drones are hovering

The fast growth of Drones availability married to the inevitable technological advances has created much anxiety within the various security sectors .
The military of-course has been using drones for some time now for reconnaissance and attack but their exclusive use has been challenged by increasing capability of the commercial drones.

We have all seen propaganda footage broadcast by terrorist groups showing the last moments of a suicide attack .
That is not the only way they have been using commercial drones , their have used them for standard battlefield recognisance ,mortar and long range weapon’s target finding , reorganising of defence and attack in real time and even directing the suicide car bomb to troops concentration points on the battle field .

While all that seems far away from the rest of us , the internal security forces of all nations have had to wake up to challenges drones create in the hands of terrorists and a like .

The major issues that have given concerns are the range ,operating time and method of control and critically payload.
It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to see the possibility that a commercially available drone that is capable of lifting a professional camera system suitable for films documentary or other type for extended periods can offer an ill intentioned individual or group.

Many of the drone systems can now be flown through the forward camera view of the machine which enhances flight control and accuracy substantially . Many can be preprogrammed through GPS system to take a payload to an exact position without the help of the operator .
Due to their size they can be flown from almost anywhere and the extended flight time and their speed means that no place is a no go area for them .

A variety of creative methods have been tested and developed .They range from drones used to bring down offending drones , trying of birds of prey to attack drones and recently new systems have been developed to jam the signal controlling the drones to bring them down or triggering their return to base mechanisms that are built into some drones .

There has also been a regulatory response to commercial drones to alleviate public concern for safety and privacy ,they seem how ever to have short shelf lives as technology within the drones improve and legitimate commercial pressure for their use increases and creates challenges for regulators.

The likes of Amazon and such are already gearing them selves for drone delivery service to customers.
The privacy safe guarding challenges are lower on the list of issues when compared against the potential use they can be put to by a terror organisation or just a an individual hell bent of ill conceived glory .

Certainly all security sectors are challenged but can also can benefit from the use of drones, on the other hand they will no doubt become a potent weapon in the hands of terrorists also.

Scottish Flag is displayed in reference to the opening of the SQR group's opening of its offices in that region

SQR Scotland opens on the fourth anniversary of SQR

SQR group is proud to announce the opening of

 SQR Scotland

SQR will bring its unique security solution to Scotland

UK, London, October 11, 2016– SQR opens its Scotland Office

 

This follows in the footstep of SQR’s offices in London,East of England, Manchester, Newcastle/Gates head

“SQR is privileged to open its Scottish branch. SQR aims to build upon this firm foundation and make a solid contribution to the security in Scotland”

“SQR’s unique approach in blending human and technological solutions in security will bring new standards of service and security to Scotland”

“This announcement coincides with SQR group’s fourth birthday which adds to it meaning for SQR as whole”

SQR’s  co –founder Shai Slagter

Security, Quality and Reliability are the foundations of the company and are the qualities that distinguishes ‘SQR group’ from other companies in the UK market in particular, and the Global market as a whole.

‘SQR group’ places supreme importance in the recruiting and training of highly qualified and dedicated personnel, and in creation of bespoke solution for individual clients and organizations.

 

harry potter premier secured by SQR group

Harry Potter , J.K.Rowling and SQR group

London has reinforced its world reputation as number one cultural and international centre by hosting the premier of Harry Potter theatre show at the renowned Palace theatre at the heart of the capital

.harry potter red carpet

As expected the cream of the celebrities from the world of politics, entertainment and sports were in attendance alongside J.K Rowling.

Other luminaries in attendance were  comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel, and London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan

harry potter

(Avi Navama SQR group’s co-founder on the far left with J.K Rowling  on the foreground at the premier

This posed a unique security problem, given the nature of the event, the location and the current threat level.

SQR were the obvious choice to secure the event and were in full attendance with a large team of SQR trained close protection officer alongside of the co-founders of SQR Shai Slagter and Avi Navama.

The coordination and planning of such events are a key aspect of SQR’s expertise.

SQR group secures many of the London’s high net worth individuals and prestigious land marks along side performing similar  tasks internationally.

SQR groups maintains its high standard by training most of its front line security staff through its own centre of excellence located in London.

 

lone wolf

Lone Wolf

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!

 

armed police

Met police anti-Terrorism unit

Anti-Terrorism unit

The Met police has responded to the changing threats from terrorism by creating military style unit which are reputed to be over hundred strong. This unit have been involved in wide scale anti-terrorism drills conducted in London on 30th of June 2015.

This unit’s creation has been inspired by the lessons in the latest attacks on major civilian targets around the world.

The units name is counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers (CTSFO).The units has been equipped with new weapons and has been training along the side the military to sharpen its skills and also learn a completely new set of methods .

If one examined the Mumbai attack or the Nairobi attack one can identify the task at hand, both were exemplified by being attacks in major cities that had random seeking of targets of opportunity in populated centres ending with hostage taking to prolong the newsfeed and maximise the impacts.

Countering these type of attacks requires rapid decisive response using deadly force to reduce causalities hence they have provisions to travel by fast boats and have been trained to use helicopters both for travel and rapid rope descent if need be.

To be effective against such attacks officers also need to be operating in and out of uniform in a wide dispersal arrangements as these kind of attacks have shown that it’s no longer high value targets in the traditional sense that need to be protected and reached rapidly but shopping centres, high streets, railways or any random points on the map.

This is because worldwide publicity can be gained regardless of value of the targets in any classic sense but by sheer brutality married to hunger of media and the general public with their access to social media to promoted it instantly.

The facts are that despite all the planning and training or intelligence activities the Lone Wolf attack are extremely difficult to counter.

Poorang

Picture of two British soldier on duty

SQR provides work and training for British soldiers

They have fought the Taliban, survived the killing fields of Afghanistan, and have been hailed as heroes.

Now battle-hardened British troops have swapped military patrols in Helmand province for keeping the peace at barmitzvahs, synagogues and a range of communal events — and it is all thanks to a couple of former IDF soldiers.

Shai Slagter and Avi Navama run the SQR Group, a security firm that specialises in hiring and training ex-soldiers who have been made redundant from the army under government defence cuts. Ninety-five per cent of the firm’s 200 employees are former British troops.

Mr Navama, who is a former security attaché at the Israeli embassy in London and specialised in counter terrorism operations, said: “We want to help our British heroes. We give them a job and help them settle back into civilian life in the UK.”

The Israelis’ efforts have attracted praise from senior army officers, not least Colonel Richard Kemp, commander of British forces in Afghanistan, who commended them “for having the insight to focus on recruiting former British troops”.

He said: “Israeli-run security companies are widely recognised to provide among the best services in the world. With our armed forces reducing to unprecedented levels, every single job is important.”

Almost 4,500 British serviceman were made redundant in June as part of the government plan to reduce regular army numbers from 102,000 to 82,000.

“It is no surprise that SQR is snapping up British soldiers,” said Col Kemp. “British and Israeli forces have a long relationship — and of course British soldiers, like their Israeli counterparts, are admired around the world for their dedication, discipline and reliability.”

West Yorkshire-born Jay Clough, a sergeant who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan during his 12 years’ army service, left the forces last year and is now part of the SQR recruitment and training team.

The 32-year-old said: “Shai and Avi personally sought me out to employ me. I give them advice on how to incorporate British soldiers into the firm and make them fit in better.

“A lot of soldiers feel constantly out of the loop when they come back to the UK. It’s difficult. But being here is like being in the forces — there’s always someone to talk to.

“For British guys leaving the forces, SQR is a close family-knit environment — unlike any other that I’ve worked with.”

The firm opened its London office in 2012, and provides security for high-profile individual and corporate clients, as well as communal functions and simchas.

“For us, every job is a military operation, even if it is only a barmitzvah,” said Mr Slagter.

For their employees, working for bosses with a background in Mossad, has a certain glamour.

Drummer Christian Blackie, who served with Sergeant Clough in Afghanistan and is now an SQR employee said: “Shai and Avi’s background in Israeli military and the secret service sparked my interest in SQR — I was wowed a little bit.”

Fellow Afghanistan veteran Tom Chugg agreed: “All of us guys hail to the big boys — they don’t miss a thing.”

(This article was published by the JC on  August 8, 2013 written by Sandy Rashty)