Islamic terrorists and drug cartels in Mexico are planning attacks against U.S.-Mexico border ports around Inauguration Day, according to a report by the Washington watchdog group Judicial Watch.

 

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Jihadi and cartel groups reportedly attacked near the site of a new U.S. Consulate just last week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico – located directly across from Laredo, Texas. The attacks are part of an effort to send incoming President Donald Trump a message about who is in control, the report states.

 

A deadly shootout took place last week at the construction site of a new $155 million U.S. Consulate building, which is scheduled to be completed in September.

 

“The Mexican military responded to the attack, law enforcement sources on both sides of the border confirm insisting that their identities be kept confidential for security reasons, and at least three soldiers were either killed or critically wounded in the ambush,” Judicial Watch reported on Jan. 12. “A local newspaper in Tamaulipas reported that 13 people died during a shootout in Nuevo Laredo, referring to the deceased as heavily armed ‘delinquents’ with an arsenal that includes 12 automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, grenade, loads of ammunition and drugs in three vehicles, one of them armored. The deceased have not been identified and Mexican authorities will continue to investigate, the article states, attributing the information to a press release issued by Mexico’s Defense Secretary.”

 

Judicial Watch’s law enforcement and intelligence sources told the watchdog group that the recent assault is part of an operation between Islamic terrorists and drug cartels in Mexico. The groups are reportedly planning attacks at border ports to send a message to Trump.

 

“Cartels usually don’t work with jihadists for fear of having the border shut down,” a veteran federal law enforcement official reportedly told Judicial Watch. “But Trump is causing so much disruption in Mexico that they are partnering to send a message as to who is in control. This is as outrageous as a small group of guys crashing planes into U.S. buildings.”

 

Another unnamed official, who Judicial Watch says has worked in the region for years, said, “Trump is causing a huge amount of fear in Mexico throughout all sectors; private, government, business, criminal, police …”

 

JW reported, “Nuevo Laredo is among the border towns that the terrorists and narcotraffickers plan to launch attacks in, according to intelligence gathered by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico. Others include Matamoros, Reynosa and Ciudad Juárez.”

 

WND reported in 2015 when U.S. government agencies strongly denied another Judicial Watch report claiming there were ISIS camps near the U.S. border with Mexico, but lawmakers expressed fears the global jihadist organization was linking up with deadly Mexican drug cartels. It wasn’t the first Judicial Watch report claiming ISIS was using Mexico as a base to stage attacks in the U.S.