The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Wednesday that there is no “credible information” to validate a Judicial Watch report suggesting the Islamic State is operating a “camp” near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Citing a “Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector,” Judicial Watch reported that militants established the camp in an area referred to as “Anapra,” just miles from El Paso, Texas.
“As we have stated many times, an insecure border is certainly a vulnerability that can be exploited by criminals of all kinds, and it would be naive to rule out the possibility that any criminal organization would not look for opportunities to take advantage of security gaps along our international boarder,” Texas DPS Deputy Director Robert J. Bodisch said in a statement.
Bodisch said officials have no "credible information to confirm statements reported by Judicial Watch regarding terror training camps in Ciudad Juarez."
“I spoke to the Director of Investigations for Judicial Watch this afternoon, and while they were confident in their sources, who are reported to be members of the Mexican Army and Mexican law enforcement, they had no additional information to support their assertions,” he added.
Finally, Bodisch noted that neither Texas DPS or the “intelligence community” were able to confirm two past border reports from Judicial Watch. These reports include an August 2014 report that Islamic State militants were in Ciudad Juarez and planning imminent attacks on the U.S. and an October 2014 report that federal agents detained four Islamic State terrorists in McAllen and Pharr, Texas.
“Neither the department, nor the intelligence community could confirm those statements nor did they have any credible information relative to this story," Bodisch concluded.