UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement on Wednesday that there is no "credible information" to confirm the report of an Islamic State camp near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Just eight miles from the U.S. border, the Islamic State is operating a “camp” near Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, according to a Judicial Watch report.
Citing sources that include a “Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector,” Judicial Watch reports that the terror group has set up the camp in an area referred to as “Anapra” — and it’s only a few miles from El Paso, Texas.
NOGALES, AZ - MARCH 08: The U.S.-Mexico border fence stretches into the countryside on March 8, 2013 near Nogales, Arizona. U.S. Border Patrol agents in Nogales say they have seen a spike in immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico in the last week. Credit: Getty Images
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More from the Judicial Watch report:
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 US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.
According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas.
The U.S. cities referenced above were intentionally selected because of the depleted municipal and county police forces and existing drug smuggling routes.
Even more terrifying, “Mexican intelligence sources” told Judicial Watch that Islamic State terrorists are scouting area universities, government facilities and electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, New Mexico.
Read the full report here.