ISIS, the Islamic State terror group, is operating a camp in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, just eight miles from the Texas border, Judicial Watch reported Tuesday.
Perhaps even more disturbingly, the conservative watchdog group’s sources said that “coyotes” working for the notorious Juarez Cartel are smuggling Islamic State terrorists across the U.S. border between the New Mexico cities of Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, as well as “through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas.”
Sources for Judicial Watch include a “Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.” They state that ISIS is organizing only a few miles from El Paso, Texas, in the Anapra neighborhood of Juárez and in Puerto Palomas. The area Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.
“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,” Judicial Watch reported. The Puerto Palomas based cell targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.
Mexican intelligence sources say the Islamic State intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
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.
The sources also say that ISIS has ‘spotters’ located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. In addition, said Judicial Watch, “ISIS is 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.