Erick Jamal Hendricks, a known home-grown ISIS sympathizer that was actively working with ISIS while living in North Carolina, has told Homeland Security officials that ISIS has several “sleeper cells” in Mexico training to carry out an attack on the South West United States. Hendricks’ claims corroborate ISIS leaders Sheik Mahmood Omar Khabir’s claims that he is training thousands of jihadi’s near the U.S. – Mexico border. Both men claim that there is an ISIS training facility near Ciudad Juares, near El Paso, TX. Khabir made the claims in an Italian newspaper Il Giornale in March of 2016. Hendricks confirmed these claims after being arrested in August, 2016.
Khabir has boasted that ISIS could carry out a massive attack that would leave thousands dead by infiltrating the United States through the Mexican border. He claims that a deadly attack could be carried out on a major city just hours after crossing the border. ISIS also claims that terrorists and foreign fighters are being smuggled to rural Texas towns, according to Christiantoday.com. The alleged attack would be one of the most deadly attacks ever carried out on American soil, according to Khabir. He states that an ISIS attack would:
” kill thousands of people in Texas or Arizona within hours.”
Hendricks corroborated the story after being arrested by the FBI for attempting to recruit Americans to ISIS. He and another unidentified individual were arrested after trying to by an AK-47 to carry out an attack in June 2015. Hendricks has reportedly been investigated and monitored by Homeland Security since that time. Recent statements made to government officials have confirmed the existence of the base.