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Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin.
A Texas law enforcement bulletin sent out in recent dyas has raised concerns that Islamic State militants have shown interest in crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border to carry out a terrorist attack in America.
The Texas Department of Public Safety notes that, as of Aug. 26, no known homeland threats or specific homeland attack plot has been identified. But it cites social media chatter among militants and suspected fighters from the terrorist group previously known as ISIS – as eyeing a border crossing.
“A review of ISIS social media messaging up to August 26 shows that militants are expressing an increased interest in the notion that they could clandestinely infiltrate the southwest border of US, for terror attack,” warns the Texas Department of Public Safety “situational awareness” bulletin, obtained by Fox News.
The three-page bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border” was released to law enforcement on Thursday. “Social media account holders believed to be ISIS militants and propagandists have called for unspecified border operations, or they have sought to raise awareness that illegal entry through Mexico is a viable option,” states the law enforcement bulletin, which is not classified.
“The identities of persons operating these accounts cannot be independently verified; however the accounts were selected for monitoring based on several indications that they have been used by actual ISIS militants for propaganda purposes and collectively reach tens of thousands of followers,” states the bulletin. “One account was verified as belonging to an individual located in Mosul, Iraq”.
The bulletin details numerous “calls for border infiltration” on social media, including one from a militant confirmed to be in Mosul, Iraq who explicitly beckons the “Islamic State to send a special force to America across the border with Mexico”.
“This Twitter account holder, who is the administrator of an ISIS propaganda trading group, stated that the time was right for such an action because ‘the US-Mexican border is a large number of places,’” the bulletin said.