There have been rumors all week on the web that members of the Middle Eastern terrorist group ISIS have set up camp in a small Mexican town near the U.S. border.
The rumors began when the conservative web site Judicial Watch quoted unidentified Mexican Authorities who had allegedly confirmed the presence of ISIS camps.
Judicial Watch also reported:
The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.
The story was further spread by Alex Jones' conspiracy website InfoWars.com, which claimed to find a "strange mosque compound in Anapra, Mexico."
However, the U.S. government said that reports claiming ISIS was in Mexico could not be verified and were unlikely.
KHOU, a news station in Houston, recently sent its reporter to Anapra to check the rumors out (video below).
The residents in the tiny town told KHOU that the ISIS rumor was not true and that foreigners, even Mexicans from a different region, would stand out; a group of school girls giggled at the notion.
However, Jill Ferrell, a spokesperson for Judicial Watch, told KHOU, "Our sources are trusted and in the past have proven reliable and correct."
Ferrell added that Judicial Watch's researcher is a "former army intelligence officer who specializes in human intelligence."
But Ferrell admits the researcher did not go into Mexico and see the alleged ISIS camp.