Unholy Alliance: ISIS & Mexican Drug Cartels Link Up
by Andrew Arnett
A recent report by Judicial Watch has revealed the existence of ISIS military camps operating within Mexico close to the American border.
Based on Mexican Army and Mexican Federal Police sources, the report states one camp is located in the Anapra region of Chihuahua state, just west of Ciudad Juarez and within eight miles of El Paso, Texas.
A second camp is located in Puerto Palomas, targeting the New Mexico towns of Deming and Columbus.
This discovery was made in April during a joint operation between the Mexican Army and federal officials who found documents in Arabic and Urdu, Muslim prayer rugs and plans for the layout to Fort Bliss, home of the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division.
The area of Anapra is under the control of dangerous Mexican drug gangs known as the Juárez Cartel and the Barrio Azteca.
Sources claim that the Islamic State is exploiting well established drug cartel smuggling routes to infiltrate the U.S. border region.
These sources also claim that Juárez Cartel “coyotes,” engaged in human smuggling, move ISIS militants across the U.S. border into Sunland Park, New Mexico.
To the east, coyotes are smuggling ISIS members through sparsely patrolled border regions into Hancock, Texas.
More disturbingly, the report states that Mexican intelligence says ISIS intends to “exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM,” as well as conduct reconnaissance of the White Sands Missile Range and other highly sensitive areas.
Has ISIS already begun the exploitation of Mexican cartel drug routes for attacks on America?
On May 3, two gunmen were shot dead by police officers as they attempted to attack a Mohammed cartoon contest being held in Garland, Texas.
Two days later, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, referring to the two shooters as “brothers” and issuing a statement saying “We tell … America that what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing.”
This marks the first time ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on U.S. soil.
However, it is unknown wether the two gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were operatives working under the direction of ISIS, or are sympathizers seeking membership into ISIS.
The case is still under investigation by the FBI, but the attack has added significance in light of what we now know about the ISIS/drug cartels collaboration.
ROOTS OF MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS
The banding together of these two dangerous groups is certainly an ominous sign.
Keen observers would deem these developments as inevitable outgrowths of the U.S.’s failed War On Drugs.
The U.S. spends upwards to $50 billion dollars a year fighting the global war on drugs.
Since 2008, the U.S. has pumped $3 billion dollars into Mexico alone.
This prohibition against drugs has garnered the same results as did prohibition in the 20’s, creating an underworld of corruption and violent criminal gangs.
The statistics include 100,000 people murdered, 25,000 missing and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes in Mexico.
90 percent of all cocaine arriving in the U.S. comes through Mexico, in addition to a plethora of marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine.
The Juárez Cartel, involved with smuggling ISIS militants into the U.S., control, in alliance with the Barrio Azteca, the lucrative Ciudad Juarez/ El Paso drug corridor, responsible for 70% of cocaine traffic into the U.S.
The failings of the drug war are so egregious, it has prompted President Bill Clinton to apologize to Mexico for the damage it has done to the country.
At a speech in Mexico in February, Clinton stated “I wish you had no narco-trafficking, but it’s not really your fault . . . I apologize for that.”
“Basically,” he explained “We did too good of a job of taking the transportation out of the air and water, and so we ran it over land.”
When Bill Clinton took office in 1993, his top priority as President was to push through the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Organized labor was opposed to the bill because of the inevitable loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico.
NAFTA went into effect on January 1, 1994, allowing two million trucks a year to pass into the U.S., with most going un-inspected for drugs.
A White House report estimated 125 tons of cocaine were trucked into the U.S. in 1994, a 25% increase from the year before NAFTA was passed.
The decapitation of Columbian drug gangs sent cocaine production to Mexico, creating the extraordinarily powerful cartels found in Mexico today.