By David Axe / Wired
ZARI, Afghanistan — Because of the poppies, the raw material for most of the world’s heroin, the list of things 1st Lt. Christopher Gackstatter and his 2nd Platoon can’t do in Sartok is far longer than the list of things they can.
Marching into the mud-walled village in this sun-baked district of southern Afghanistan on an April 24 intelligence-gathering mission, the boyish 25-year-old lieutenant and his roughly dozen riflemen and machine gunners are mindful of the many poppy-related prohibitions, developed over 12 painful years of war, that have been passed down to [...]
Mexican military escorts 10News Anchor into rarely seen drug tunnel in Tijuana (video at the end)
It’s dark, hot and dirty. It’s a place few members of the media have gone – but it’s a place 10News saw firsthand – the inside of a drug tunnel designed to reach San Diego from the Mexican side of the border.
Steve Atkinson | 10 News
San Diego – The Mexican military escorted a 10News crew to the tunnel. It is a sophisticated system that demonstrates what drug cartels will do, in order to get drugs into the U.S.
Colombia’s Ministry of Defense on Friday announced that 17 members of rebel group FARC were captured while attempting to steal a helicopter in the southwestern department of Cauca.
Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon revealed the information through his twitter account, praising the operation carried out by police in the Santander de Quilichao municipality in southwest Cauca department.
President Juan Manuel Santos also made a statement about the arrests declaring, “This morning I received some very important news,” namely the capture of the “special forces unit” of the FARC’s 6th Front who, the head of state claimed, “Have [...]
Leaked video. Don’t have the details and may never have them because of the government policy of hiding this kind of events.
Nevertheless, our recognition to the Mexican soldiers.
By Nacha Cattan & Ben Bain / Bloomberg
President Enrique Pena Nieto’s bid to reform tax and energy laws is directing investors’ attention toward Mexico’s economic prospects and away from its six-year drug war.
The cost to protect $10 million of Mexican debt against losses for five years using credit-default swaps fell to 0.84 percent, or $84,000 annually, on April 11. That’s the lowest in five years and compares with a price of $490,000 on March 2, 2009, when the drug violence intensified. Mexican credit-default swaps are now 0.28 percentage point cheaper than contracts protecting debt from [...]
It used to be virtually impossible for Mexicans to gain admission to the United States as refugees – until the increasingly violent and powerful drug cartels made certain parts of the country unlivable for many.
Though the number of Mexicans obtaining political asylum still pales compared to, say, Chinese, it has grown in the last several years.
In 2012, nearly 130 Mexicans won political asylum – seemingly a small amount, but actually about three times the number who did just six years earlier, according to the Miami Herald.
An example of the type of person who is [...]
Retired Gen. Tomas Angeles, freed from prison with charges dropped, says his arrest was political. His was the second high-profile Calderon-era case in as many days to be dismissed.
By Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY — Gen. Tomas Angeles Dauahare, who once held the plum post of military attache to the Mexican Embassy in Washington, was rumored to be the next defense minister of Mexico.
Until that day in May last year when he and three other top military men were arrested on suspicion of working on behalf of a notorious drug cartel.
Cartel Threatens Mexican Baked Goods Company Bimbo,Owned By Billionaire Servitje Family
Dolia Estevez / Forbes
The billionaire Servitje family of Mexico, led by Roberto Servitje, owns Grupo Bimbo, Mexico’s largest bakery company, with household brands including Nutella and Sara Lee sold throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Grupo Bimbo is being threatened by the criminal group Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar). The organization, a savage cartel that operates in the drug-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán, has threatened to burn trucks owned by Bimbo, Marinela (the pastries division of Grupo Bimbo), Barcel (a Bimbo unit that makes [...]
By Elizabeth Llorente / Fox
Latino groups are attacking a Texas Congressman who said Middle Eastern terrorists have formed links with Mexican drug cartels and are getting training on how to pass as undocumented Mexican immigrants when entering the United States.
“We know that Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said on C-SPAN. “We know that people are being trained to come in and act like they’re Hispanic when they’re radical Islamist.”
He did not elaborate how they are taught to “act. [...]
By ROBERT BECKHUSEN / Wired
As if bombs at the Boston Marathon weren’t enough, the money-hungry Zetas drug cartel in Mexico is making a big push to recruit Americans, the FBI warns. Only the bureau isn’t exactly sure the Zetas’ apple-pie recruitment drive is a real threat.
That’s the conclusion of a 2011 intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s San Antonio Field Office, recently obtained by Public Intelligence (.pdf). From 2010 to 2011, according to the FBI’s contacts, the Zetas “attempted to recruit U.S.-based members in Houston, Texas, to join Los Zetas’ war against the Gulf Cartel on [...]