Islamic State terrorist cells and other al-Qaida organizations may be plotting to attack the US, according to the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. The latter two organizations have issued a red alert as of August 30th, 2014. The terrorist groups are operating in a Mexican border town, from where they allegedly plan to use improvised explosive devices and car bombs, according to Judicial Watch.
Homeland Security plans to actively investigate all possible leads to what is being referred to as "an imminent terrorist threat." Intelligence, federal law enforcement officials and other sources told Judicial Watch that several terror groups have been confirmed as having attacks scheduled against the United States in Ciudad Juarez–a drug-trafficking, crime-ridden mecca located across the border from El Paso, Texas. Investigators have picked up radio talk that has led them to believe that ISIS and other al-Qaida organizations are planning to attack the border in the near future. The commander at the El Paso Fort Bliss Army base has been briefed concerning the potential danger.
The terror alert was issued only a few hours after intelligence officials noted a significant rise in communication among terrorist groups in anticipation of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City and other parts of the US. The location chosen by the terrorist organizations may be due to the fact that a vacuum was created on that section of the border, allowing terrorist cells to operate: some officials allege that heavily armed drug cartels have virtually taken control of certain regions along the border with no reaction or retaliation from Mexican police. The possible hazards of such an attack have led the Border Patrol to tell working officers to avoid high crime regions because of the potential for cross-border shootouts.