As concern about the threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) on U.S. soil grows, retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely says that he recently learned from a source that Arabic documents were found at the Texas border that could be linked to that group or al-Qaida.
Vallely told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
Friday that he learned about the documents "from our intel team down on the border."
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He explained that "one of our intel team members . . . reported that some documents were found on the Texas border this week in Arabic."
"From that, we're going to try to validate more that in fact maybe an ISIS, al-Qaida team that's been working through our borders for a number of years now, in fact, are infiltrating across those borders, particularly across the Texas border right now," the retired general said.
"And they are creating situations and these cells in the United States around our big cities to attack shopping malls, our transportation, our grid system," he added.
Former CIA officer Bob Baer told CNN
that he's been "told with no uncertainty" that "there are ISIS sleeper cells in this country."
While U.S. officials would not confirm Baer's claim, they did say there is concern that ISIS members may be capable of traveling to the United States and launching attacks on U.S. soil.
In spite of the growing threat, Vallely says that President Barack Obama could do "several things" right now to stop ISIS from spreading
"We've got to work through what we call proxy forces over there," he explained. "That's the Peshmerga, even elements of the PKK [the Kurdistan Workers' Party], and the Free Syrian Army (FSA)."
"They will make it happen on the ground, if we give them the right support and that support is giving them some liaison with our Special Operations groups that's being done now, of course, with Kurdistan," he added.
Vallely said there needs to be special focus on the Iraq and Syria border right now, with special emphasis on working with the FSA to "be the eyes and ears over there to bring in airstrikes against ISIS forces."
"The Syrian-Iraqi border is irrelevant," he said. "That's why we must continue to extend our operations, support the FSA, and to knock out any targets that are transiting between Syria and Iraq and Iraq and Syria."
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