Federal security personnel are reportedly on high alert, as a new report says that Islamic terrorist groups are highly active in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Law enforcement and intelligence personnel are said to be on the lookout for any signs of an attack by ISIS-linked terrorists, with some saying that an attack could be imminent.
“It’s coming very soon,” one allegedly high-level source told Judicial Watch regarding an ISIS terrorist attack. That source identified the plotters as “ISIS and Al Qaeda,” saying that they aim to “carry out an attack on the border.”
Reportedly, the levels of radio talk and chatter have been so high that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed on the possibilities. The increase in chatter comes as the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches, and some believe that terrorist groups would like to strike at the United States once again to commemorate the occasion.
That the chatter surrounds Ciudad Juarez is especially disturbing, according to some observers, as that area is already a hotbed of violence due to the role it plays in the trafficking of guns, drugs, and humans. The U.S. State Department has already issued a number of travel warnings for citizens that might plan to go there.
Judicial Watch has not named any of its sources that say a terrorist attack is imminent, and the site says that the Department of Homeland Security has not responded to multiple inquiries for comment.
The Islamic State – also known as ISIS or ISIL – has gone from a fledgling militant group with links to Al Qaeda to one of the top security concerns for the United States in particular and the West in general. The group now controls a considerable portion of Iraq, a fact that has led to the United States engaging in military strikes against ISIS with the goal of helping Iraq’s military reestablish control.
Meanwhile, the well-funded militant group has been executing civilians, recruiting westerners to their cause, and issuing threats against public personalities. ISIS has also reportedly pledged to strike at the United States inside of its borders, and this most recent chatter could be an indication of an attempt to make good on that threat.
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