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Terrorists Cross the Southern Border? (Updated)

John on November 25, 2007 at 7:37 pm

As far back as two years ago, I’ve been writing about the dangers of terrorists coming across the border from Mexico. According to a preliminary report in today’s Washington Times, it may actually have happened:

Fort Huachuca changed security measures after sources warned that possibly 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high powered weapons to attack the post, according to multiple confidential law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Times.

“A portion of the operatives were in the United States, with the remainder not yet in the United States,” according to one of the documents, an FBI advisory that was disbursed to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Central Intelligence Agency, Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Justice, among numerous other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. “The Afghanis and Iraqis shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners.”
According to the FBI advisory, each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 “or the equivalent in weapons” for the cartel’s assistance in smuggling them through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The numerous tunnels supposedly ended at warehouses in Laredo, Texas, and in Arizona.

Fort Huachuca is located in Arizona about halfway between San Diego, CA and El Paso, TX. Here’s a map:

The Washington Times promises to have more on the plot tomorrow. When it goes up later tonight, I’ll post a link.

Update: Here is further information from the Washington Times:

According to the FBI report, some of the weapons associated with the plot have been smuggled through a tunnel from Mexico to the U.S.

The FBI report is based on Drug Enforcement Administration sources, including Mexican nationals with access to “sub-sources” in the drug cartels. The report’s assessment is that the DEA’s Mexican contacts have proven reliable in the past but the “sub-source” is of uncertain reliability.
According to the source who spoke with DEA intelligence agents, the weapons included two Milan anti-tank missiles, Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles, grenade launchers, long guns and handguns.

“FBI Comment: The surface-to-air missiles may in fact be RPGs,” the advisory stated, adding that the weapons stash in Mexico could include two or three more Milan missiles.

If true, this is a serious plot. However the article goes on to say that it’s still possible the source, who named a specific drug cartel as part of the plot, is actually working for another cartel in hopes the Americans will swoop in and take out their competition. Stay tuned.

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