ISIS is reportedly staging outside of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. For those unfamiliar with Mexican geography, that’s about a 15 minute drive in light traffic to El Paso, Texas. With the U.S.-Mexico border intentionally unprotected by our current administration, that presents us with a number of truly frightening scenarios.
The report of ISIS in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico was initially broken by political watchdog ground Judicial Watch. The report, which you can read in its entirety here says:
“Specifically, the government sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.”
The report describes ISIS’ alleged plans for an attack on the U.S. border from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico using car bombs or other vehicle-bourne explosives:
“Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.”
According to a report from El Paso’s Fox affiliate KFOX 14, Lt. Col. Lee Peters, a spokesman for the Army’s nearby Ft. Bliss, which has been identified as a possible target for ISIS’ terrorist activities from Ciudad Juarez, said:
“I am aware of the article and we take threats against Fort Bliss seriously. Therefore, we continuously work with local and federal law enforcement agencies to assess threat levels in El Paso and can adjust our security measures based on these assessments. I am not sure of the validity of the article, but vigilance and preparedness are keys to maintaining a safe and secure installation.”
Should we take the report that ISIS is operating outside of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico seriously? King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia seems to think so. The day after Judicial Watch released their report, the Saudi king was quoted in The Washington Times:
“If we ignore them (ISIS), I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month. Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East… It is no secret to you, what they have done and what they have yet to do. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: Fight terrorism with force, reason and speed.”
So, what is our plan to fight terrorism with force, reason and speed? The president, in one of his more candid moments, recently said, “We don’t have a plan yet.”
Mr. President, way back in July, this writer asked the question, “Are we concerned yet?“don’t you think, with even the remotest possibility that ISIS might be camping 15 minutes away from our border, that it just might be time to put a plan together… or do we need them to behead journalists or crucify someone on our own soil before we decide to wake up and do something about it?
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