ISIS Fighter: Terrorist Plans to Exploit US Border

By Faye Higbee

During May, the interrogation of an ISIS fighter in Syria revealed that they had plans for infiltrating the US through our porous Southern Border. The plan was to smuggle an operative in, and get them employed at a US company – and attack.

Abu Henricki al Canadi (his Muslim name simply means he’s from Canada- he also holds dual citizenship with Trinidad) was interrogated by the SDF, and when ICSVE (International Center for Study on Violent Extremism) talked to him for an hour and a half on May 12, they learned some chilling information.

“They were going to move me to the Mexican side [of the U.S. southern border] via Puerto Rico. This was mastermind[ed] by a guy in America. Where he is, I do not know. That information, the plan came from someone from the New Jersey state from America. I was going to take a boat [from Puerto Rico] into Mexico. He was going to smuggle me in. I don’t know where I’d end up… They wanted to use these people [to attack inside the U.S.] because they were from these areas [i.e. North America and English-speakers].” Abu Henricki

The vulnerabilities of our southern border. The ISIS fighter claimed that he refused the mission and was imprisoned in an ISIS prison in Manbij. He is now in the custody of SDF forces in Syria.

The plot is likely dead, because he claims the people he knew about who were involved on his end were supposedly killed. At least that plot is dead. What about the Americans involved? That’s an unknown at this point.

“This article serves to demonstrate that ISIS has discussed and operationalized ways in which their operatives could infiltrate our borders and cause harm to our citizens. We also know from our research that ISIS and similar terrorist groups are aware of our robust homeland security capabilities, which is why they have also shifted toward motivating and inspiring our citizens at home, primarily contacting them through the Internet, to act on their behalf. That said, it would be erroneous – and detrimental to our safety and security – to outright downplay the potential terrorist threats emanating from our borders, similar to the Bush administration casting aside initial warnings about al-Qaeda plots with the result of American citizens eventually suffering the 9/11 attacks. …

This account is not a warning bulletin for an imminent attack against our country, nor is it a fear-mongering attempt to suggest a wave of ISIS terrorists are waiting to cross our southern border,” the authors added. “But a reminder to diligently consider leads and sources that confirm terrorists’ intentions to exploit one of the weakest links in our national security – our borders.”

Homeland Security today

Whether or not there is any vestige of this plot left is not known, but may be no longer valid. Henricki was interviewed on May 12 – not too long ago. Whether or not it’s all exactly accurate is also a question. But it does serve as a warning for officials not to dismiss the idea outright.

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