An alliance has formed between Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern Muslim terrorists and they are planning to attack US border towns on and around Inauguration Day, according to DC watchdog Judicial Watch, via WND.

Jihadist and cartel groups reportedly attacked near the site of a new U.S. Consulate last week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which is located directly across the border from Laredo, Texas. The attacks are part of an effort to send incoming President Donald Trump a message about who is in control, the report states.

A deadly shootout took place last week at the construction site of a new $155 million U.S. Consulate building, which is scheduled to be completed in September.

“The Mexican military responded to the attack, law enforcement sources on both sides of the border confirm insisting that their identities be kept confidential for security reasons, and at least three soldiers were either killed or critically wounded in the ambush,” Judicial Watch reported Jan. 12. “A local newspaper in Tamaulipas reported that 13 people died during a shootout in Nuevo Laredo, referring to the deceased as heavily armed ‘delinquents’ with an arsenal that includes 12 automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, grenade, loads of ammunition and drugs in three vehicles, one of them armored. The deceased have not been identified and Mexican authorities will continue to investigate, the article states, attributing the information to a press release issued by Mexico’s Defense Secretary.”

Judicial Watch’s law enforcement and intelligence sources said the recent assault is part of a joint effort of Islamic terrorists and drug cartels in Mexico.

“Cartels usually don’t work with jihadists for fear of having the border shut down,” a veteran federal law enforcement official reportedly told Judicial Watch. “But Trump is causing so much disruption in Mexico that they are partnering to send a message as to who is in control. This is as outrageous as a small group of guys crashing planes into U.S. buildings.”

Another unnamed official, who Judicial Watch says has worked in the region for years, said Trump “is causing a huge amount of fear in Mexico throughout all sectors; private, government, business, criminal, police.”

Judicial Watch noted Nuevo Laredo is among the border towns that terrorists and narcotraffickers plan to attack, according to intelligence gathered by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico. Others include Matamoros, Reynosa and Ciudad Juárez, which is adjacent to El Paso, Texas.

WND reported in 2015 when U.S. government agencies strongly denied another Judicial Watch report claiming there were ISIS camps near the U.S. border with Mexico. But lawmakers expressed fears the global jihadist organization was linking up with deadly Mexican drug cartels. It wasn’t the first Judicial Watch report claiming ISIS was using Mexico as a base to stage attacks in the U.S.

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In August 2014, the watchdog reported Islamic terrorist groups were operating in Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices,” citing anonymous high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources.

And on Jan. 4 of this year, Judicial Watch reported:

“[A] jihadi-cartel alliance in the Mexican state of Nuevo León is collaborating to carry out attacks in American cities and ports of entry along the southern border. Confidential U.S. and Mexican law enforcement sources said that, as part of the plan, militant Islamists have arrived recently at the Monterrey International Airport situated in Apodaca, Nuevo León, about 130 miles south of the Texas border. An internal Mexican law enforcement report obtained by Judicial Watch confirms that Islamic terrorists have ‘people along the border, principally in Tijuana, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas.’ Cartel informants tell law enforcement contacts that ‘they are only waiting for the order and the times to carry out a simultaneous attack in the different ports of entry or cities of the United States of America.’”

As WND reported, Trump has promised to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, and he has presented a range of policy proposals to stop the influx of illegal immigrants entering America.