Daesh* plotted to attack the US through its border with Mexico, according to a new report by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) published in Homeland Security Today.
A captured Canadian-Trinidadian Daesh* fighter, Abu Henricki al Canadi, was set to launch attacks designed to “cripple the US economy,” he told researchers at the ICSVE, but he refused to go along with the mission and he said he was kept in jail and tortured by the terrorist organisation.
Abu Henricki was caught in Syria where he says he and other fighters were recruited by Daesh’s intelligence wing back in 2016, which wanted to send him first to Puerto Rico, then Mexico and then to the United States using false documents.
“This was mastermind[ed] by a guy in America. Where he is, I do not know,” he said. “The plan came from someone from the New Jersey state of America. I was going to take the boat from Puerto Rico into Mexico. He was going to smuggle me in”, Henricki said in his video confession.
Dr Joseph Fitsanakis, associate professor of Politics in Intelligence and National Security Studies program at Coastal Carolina University said that he’s not really convinced about the accuracy of the reports in some media outlets regarding attempts by Daesh to infiltrate the US via its southern neighbour’s borders, but didn’t rule it out completely, saying that Daesh may have “scoped out the immigration process as a potential method of attack.”
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