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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.

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

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(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.

 

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Close Protection with blindfolds on

Close Protection with blindfolds on

So often the individuals involved in the industry overlook the implications of the wider world events on all aspects of their profession .They seem to live in a self-created bubble that mostly comforts them in the belief that keeping up with physical aspects of the art form is sufficient to deliver them and their clients into a safe zone of their own making!.

The latest guns and body armour or paramilitary accessories seems to dominate conversation and the mental aspect seem to be one of endurance coping with pressure and alertness, all no doubt of great importance.

Never the less the best guns and armour and military attire and speaking in abbreviations will not protect anyone if you have blindfolds on!

Blindfolds addressed here are the lack of interest and in depth knowledge of fast changing world events with bewildering range of consequence on the field. This has many root causes but a close Protection Operative cannot get by with excuses in effect if you can’t tell the difference between various factions be they religious, ethnic or political and at times understanding that they combine and form a front that has defeated large military forces who have played ignorant of them.

In short if you don’t know your Shia from Sunni or have never heard of Wahhabi or Salafism and have never attempted to understand the clan mind set inherent in many Arab countries or think Iranians are Arabs and are in any way confused about difference between Judaism and Zionism or Palestinian issue don’t go to Middle east and if you still think of Turkey as depicted in your holiday brochure and think streets of Europe are not effected by any of the above hang up your hat and stay in.

Indeed if you have no idea why the Ukrainians and Russians are aiming guns at each other stay out of there too for good measure if you don’t understand and care to study the social back ground of your area of operation do yourself and your clients and team mates  a favour and stay home  as the crucial and fundamental part of the work that of  “ threat and risk assessment “ has everything to do with understanding the key triggers in the environments you are going to work and if you don’t get that no amount of military attire ,gung-ho attitude and jargon on the radio is going to protect you .

Poorang

 

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!

 

isel flag

Call it by its name! ISIS,ISEL,Dayesh ?

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

UK Security

UK Security dilemma

Russian standpoint in Ukraine and  Baltic, the handover of all operations in Afghanistan to local forces and a  renewed campaign in Iraq to counter ISIS not mention the  deteriorating situation in Libya and Syria have all joined forces to create a challenging scenario for security and policy-makers in UK.

The Russian have made themselves very clear with regards to their redline and have shown the ability to move swiftly and decisively both militarily and politically in defence of their position with regards to Nato’s eastward spread and changing alliances of their former republics.

In Afghanistan UK has to play the waiting game to see if the local forces can  maintain stability and hold their positions and to see if the proxies of its allies in the region  namely Pakistan can reign in its  military’s desire to keep its own clients in the fight.

In Syria the confusing and misguided initial approach in supporting the oppositions before allowing the lessons in Libya to be learnt have created an intense civil war that has acted as feeding ground for a number of terrorist organisation such as ISIS who have created huge problems of their own for the world and in particular in the neighbouring countries.

Libya has transcended in to chaos of various armed militia controlling land, assets and confronting two different governments looking to international recognition.

Sub-Sahara has become a new focal point for violent Islamic radicalism spreading into West African countries such as Nigeria, Mali and others.

The Saudi military adventurism in Yemen along with a few paid for allies has add to this heady mixture of interwoven issues.

The growing refugee crises in the Mediterranean is just a small by product of the above though a tragic one.

The UK position is further complicated by alliances and existing commitments. The fact that must be kept in sharp focus is that UK mainland security is very much dependant on dealing with the underlying causes of these issues.

The questions that need to be asked are these.

Is short term military adventurism driven by political PR opportunity worth the consequences?

Do we have the right allies in the Middle East or is it time to apply some realpolitik in making new friends?

How much of the responsibility the West have to bear for the rise of Islamic extremism?

To befriend the Russian bear or provoke it?

These are just some of the UK Security dilemma facing UK.

Poorang

members of buko haram in training

Terrorist attack is highly likely in UK

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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Technical Surveillance SQR group

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.

The workshop is one day long and is certificated By SQR group.

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Technical surveillance
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paris

French face a security dilemma

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.

 

 

 

Murdered Aid Worker

Implications of a murder

The murder of Alan Henning

The 47-year-old taxi-driver from Manchester who was taken hostage last December while on a humanitarian aid convoys to Syria has become the latest victim of ISIS.  His tragic and brutal end has been filmed and used as a gruesome piece of PR.

There are a number of reasons why these murders are made so public but firstly  they  points to an organisation with an eye on influencing domestic and foreign policies of its adversaries and its continued attempt to replace  Al Qaeda as the leading jihadi organisation.

His public murder will no doubt intensify the call for more direct action against the group but many heads of states in the western camp have already promised their countries that they will not commit to ground troop deployment.

Airpower is costly and mostly ineffective against irregular armies such as ISIS so ultimately the question of a large well equipped manned intervention has to be addressed.

Ground troop deployment causes a serious challenge for the coalition members some of whom were pressurised by USA e.g Saudi Arabia, UAE etc   to participate with token and as yet unproven involvement with bombing raids.

On the ground the Kurds are bearing the brunt of the fighting and Iranians have been involved secretly for some time with supplies and reorganisations and front line specialised troops. The Iraqis have mustered their forces with support of Shia militias and have presented a stronger front.

ISIS seem to have an active policy to confront the west directly as soon as possible no doubt sensing that various deals being struck behind the scenes might affect their long term strength, for example a possible arrangement with the Syrian regime by the west.

The British prime minster has spoken of generational fight and Americans have spoken of degrading and then destroying the group as a long term strategy but time might not be on the side of the west if as predicted a revenge terrorist attack is carried out by ISIS or their sympathisers  in Europe or USA.

In such a situation the pressure for the west to put ground troops into action may be too much to bear.