Muslim terrorists who have been recruiting and training future jihadists south of the U.S. border are believed to be in the Mexico's already violent drug cartel hub Ciudad Juarez, according to a Friday report by one of the nation's leading government watchdogs. The radical Islamists are plotting high-profile attacks within the United States using car bombs or other vehicles they've loaded with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
According to the "Inside the Beltway" public-interest group Judicial Watch, federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed that a bulletin regarding imminent terrorist attack(s) on the border was sent out to local government officials such as police chiefs and sheriffs. Federal agents from the Homeland Security, Justice and Defense Departments' and their agencies are all on high alert and they received directives to aggressively to follow up on all leads and sources including their CI's (confidential informants).
Government sources have revealed that the ultra-radical and merciless Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) -- the group that transformed itself from al-Qaida in Iraq (AQII) -- has been confirmed to be in Juarez, a known hotbed of drug cartels across Mexican borderline from El Paso, Texas. Even without the dreaded Islamic terrorists, violence and crime are a part of everyday life in Juarez and the U.S. State Department frequently issues travel warnings to American citizens and others planning to visit there. In fact, one such travel alert was issued by the State Department only a few days ago.
This troubling report follows a number of news reports that claim U.S. intelligence operatives have "picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks."
What Judicial Watch, police officials and other stakeholders fear is that President Barack Obama admitted that the federal government doesn't have a strategy to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said during a White House press conference. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of [sic] what we’re at than what we currently are.”
According to an Oct. 26, 2011, Examiner news story:
"In 2008, the Bush Administration's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, warned members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that members of radical Islamic groups were active in South America recruiting and training terrorists. Yet, the Democrat-controlled Senate ignored Gen. Pace's warning."