The Islamic State (ISIS) is operating a camp in northern Mexico just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, Judicial Watch
said Tuesday, citing sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector.
Judicial Watch sources said that "coyotes" working for the notorious Juarez Cartel are involved in helping to "move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico."
Moreover, east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed coyotes are smuggling members of the jihadi terrorist group "through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas," Judicial Watch reported.
The group says that these locations 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 watchdog group's sources say the precise location where ISIS has established the base is approximately eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as "Anapra," located just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Another ISIS cell is said to be located in Puerto Palomas, located to the west of Ciudad Juárez. That cell "targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States," Judicial Watch's Mexican sources say.
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 U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division.
"Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation," Judicial Watch said.
Mexican intelligence sources told Judicial Watch that ISIS "intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM," a U.S. port of entry, the watchdog group said.
The sources also say that ISIS has "spotters" located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico in areas largely managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to assist with terrorist border crossing operations.
ISIS is also said to be conducting reconnaissance of targets that include regional universities, electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, New Mexico, and the White Sands Missile Range
In September, Francis Taylor, undersecretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), testified that there "have been Twitter and social media exchanges" involving ISIS adherents across the globe discussing the idea of infiltrating the United States through its southern border.
In October, Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, said his sources reported that at least 10 ISIS fighters had been captured trying to cross the border into Texas, a report that DHS termed "totally false."
Hunter cited Border Patrol sources for his information.
Judicial Watch — which has been successful in prying loose substantial amounts of information on an array of Obama administration-linked scandals, including the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking case — told Newsmax that four ISIS members
had in fact been apprehended after crossing into the United States.
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