Islamic terrorists operating under the protection of Mexican drug cartels have set up camps on Mexicon territory within easy striking distance of the U.S. border, a conservative watchdog group is reporting.
Citing Mexican military and law enforcement sources, Judicial Watch reported Tuesday that the Islamic State is operating one camp in Ciudad Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, in a area known as “Anapra” in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Anapra is controlled by powerful Mexican cartels. The Juárez Cartel, La Línea, and Barrio Azteca gangs operate freely, which creates a “dangerous and hostile operating environment” for Mexican law enforcement and army forces.
Judicial Watch reports:
During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
Another ISIS camp is located in Puerto Palomas, to the west of Ciudad Juárez, along the porous border with New Mexico, according to Judicial Watch sources.
“These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing,” the report said.
ISIS terrorists have access to the U.S. using “coyotes”—working for the cartel—who smuggle them across the border into New Mexico.
According to Judicial Watch’s Mexican intelligence sources, ISIS is working to exploit railways and airport facilities near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, a U.S. port of entry.
But the most chilling revelation: These sources report that terrorists are conducting “reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.”