We shouldn’t be surprised! There were warnings dating back to at least last summer. At that time the State of Texas issued a law enforcement bulletin entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border,” which detailed the terror group’s interest in infiltrating America’s porous Southwest border with Mexico.[i] Then at the end of April of this year, Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show published a letter from a Texas Ranger that revealed that the Rangers were taking the ISIS threat very seriously. “Our intelligence indicates that they have enough manpower & firepower to subdue a small town,” and that they were “expecting an attack on more than one Texas city or town by ISIS and/or any of their partners.”[ii] Then came the ‘Draw Muhammad’ event in Garland, Texas in which participants were to produce caricatures of the Prophet. That brought 2 ISIS sympathizers to the event bent on jihad. Wearing body armor, they opened fire with military assault rifles, wounding a security guard in the leg, before both were dispatched to Allah by a Texas traffic officer armed only with a pistol.[iii]

This was no lone-wolf attack. Details began to emerge. CNN reported that one of the shooters, Elton Simpson, “linked himself to ISIS in a tweet posted just before the attack.” The report went on: “In a broadcast on its official radio channel Tuesday, the group said two Al Khilafa soldiers opened fire outside the event in Garland, a suburb of Dallas. Al Khilafa is how ISIS refers to its soldiers.”[iv] Then on May 5th, ISIS issued another statement. This time it was a warning to America in general and specifically to Pamela Gellar, the organizer of the ‘Draw Muhammad’ festival. “The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter…. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets…. We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire.” They went on to name five of the states: “Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan.”[v]

As I said at the beginning of this article: All of this should come as no surprise. In mid-April of 2015, Judicial Watch reported that ISIS had set up at least two camps in Mexico, one of them just miles from El Paso, Texas. The areas where the camps are located are effectively under the protection of the Barrio Azteca and the Juarez drug cartels which arranges the smuggling of ISIS operatives into the US. Operations in the area by Mexican military and law enforcement authorities have uncovered documents in Arabic and Urdu along with Islamic prayer rugs “as well as ‘plans’ of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division.” Judicial Watch also reports that “ISIS has ‘spotters’ located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.”[vi]

[i] Bulletin: ISIS Eyes Southern Border, FOX News, August 31, 2014

[ii] Dave Hodges, Texas Rangers Brace for ISIS Led Invasion, April 28, 2015

[iii] Dave Hodges, ISIS Attacks and Contrived Race Riots Will Make Jade Helm Go Live, The Common Sense Show, May 5, 2015

[iv] Garland, Texas, shooting suspect linked himself to ISIS in tweets, CNN, May 4, 2015

[v] Jim Hoft, ISIS POSTS WARNING, Gateway Pundit, May 5, 2015

[vi] ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm, Judicial Watch, April 14, 2015

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