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ISIS attempted to recruit new operatives in Mexico

The Mexican military is trying to hunt down Islamic extremists with ties to ISIS and other groups engaged in recruiting new members in at least six cases. While the information was largely hidden, recent leaks from the hacktivist group Guacamaya exposed the efforts.

A series of Mexican military files revealed that in at least six separate cases, foreign terrorists tried to recruit members in the country or online. Some of the people listed in the report later participated in terrorist attacks in Europe and were subsequently arrested or killed, Milenio revealed.

In one case, military forces learned that a man was part of a Muslim community in Tijuana. The man was a vocal Daesh (ISIS) sympathizer in some circles and had tried to recruit like-minded individuals, promote terrorist actions and stockpile explosives. The man attempted to obtain legal residency in Mexico through a fictitious marriage to a Mexican citizen, but immigration authorities deported him. Months later, US authorities shared information with Mexican military forces that the man had been arrested and was part of an Islamic State cell.

Another case involved an Iraqi man who lived in the state of Guanajuato. During his interrogation, the man declared that Al-Qaeda was a perfect project and believed in the teachings of Osama bin Laden. The man told authorities that he had helped between 30 and 40 foreigners to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State. Among those helped by the Iraqi was a man in Egypt who was “neutralized” for having suicidal intentions, Milenio reported.

In August 2016, a French national originally from Morocco carried out “surveillance” and followed individuals around Mexico City. The man was married to a Mexican convert to Islam. Mexican authorities have labeled the man a potential terrorist.

The military leaks also detailed attempts by foreign terrorists to indoctrinate and recruit underage teenage girls in Mexico via Facebook. In one case, a 14-year-old from Mexico State was in constant contact with Boubaker El Hakim, a Tunisian who died in 2016 while leading IS cells in Europe.

Earlier in October, Guacamaya was able to recover 6 terabytes of data from the Mexican military and make it available to journalists and researchers. These leaks revealed links between senior officials and cartels, among other public matters.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist from Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at

Brandon Darby is the managing director and editor of Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Ildefonso Ortiz and senior Breitbart management. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He can be contacted at

“Williams Cortez” and “CP Mireles” of Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles contributed to this report.

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