posted on Apr, 26 2010 @ 07:31 AM
I know a lot of you don't understand why we border states are so worried about the drug war spilling into our country... I know a lot of you are
upset with demands of immigration reform too... those of you who live deeper in the country are far removed and don't see daily what's going on down
here, why we would take such dramatic actions... will allow me to just highlight only the stories that made the news... remember a good deal more
happens that never makes the headlines...
April 25, 2010: As of Sunday evening, there have been more than 760 murders this year, raising to 4,992 homicides in the Juárez area since 2008 when
a drug cartel war erupted, according to a tally kept by the El Paso Times. the official death toll for the country is 22,700
April 24,2010:Gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a convoy carrying the top security official of the western state of Michoacan on
Saturday, killing four and wounding 10 in Mexico's second brazen ambush in as many days.
"In the ambush, they used concentrated fire from these types of weapons, forcing her and her escort to crash into a trailer truck that they had
pulled across the road," Montejano said.
The dead included two of Bautista's bodyguards and two bystanders. they were two girls aged 2 and 12
April 23, 2010: Seven people were slain when cartel gunmen ambushed two police vehicles in Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua state). Five of those killed were
federal police officers and one was a city policeman. The other person was a civilian. There are around 5,000 federal police deployed in the Juarez
April 22, 2010: Approximately 50 cartel gunmen attacked a hotel in Monterrey (Nuevo Leon state) and kidnapped three people. The attack took place
around three a.m. The gunmen drove up to the hotel in a convoy of stolen cars.
April 19, 2010: Government officials and diplomats are asking the U.S. to continue to improve cooperation with Mexican security agencies. Intelligence
fusion centers with U.S. and Mexican agents and analysts are key to breaking up cartel operations, especially in the border regions. The Mexican
government has come a long way from the days it rejected any overt cooperation with the U.S., calling the offer an attempt to undermine Mexican
sovereignty. Mexican diplomats repeatedly point out that their government seeks international cooperation. However, the government riles at what it
considers unfair criticism regarding corruption. Responding to charges from the U.S. that corruption in Mexico was hindering counter-drug efforts,
Mexican officials argued that the U.S. is not doing enough to stem American demand for illegal narcotics.
April 17, 2010: U.S. Border Patrol agents fired at a vehicle that tried to run through a border checkpoint from Tijuana. The driver was later
April 15, 2010: U.S. and Mexican authorities confirm that cartel gunmen continue to launch attacks continue in the Juarez Valley area (east of Ciudad
Juarez). Several hundred Mexican families have fled the area. Local authorities estimate at least 50 people from the area are now seeking asylum in
the U.S.. Many family members have reported the drug gangs threaten to kill them if they stay in their homes. The valley is a major smuggling corridor
from Mexico into Texas. At the moment most of the violence appears to be committed by the Sinaloa drug cartel. The Sinaloa cartel is fighting the
Juarez cartel for control of smuggling routes in and around Juarez. It appears that the Sinaloa cartel is winning that fight. Most of the drug
shipments now passing through the Juarez area are controlled by the Sinaloa cartel. The Sinaloa cartel works with two smaller enforcer gangs in the
area, the Killer Artists and the Mexicles. Juarez has its own subsidiary enforcers, La Linea and Azteca.
April 9, 2010: U.S. congressional representatives told the Mexican government that they would try to speed up disbursement of Merida initiative funds.
The Mexican government wants more helicopters and aircraft to fight the Cartel War. they will only be getting 300 k in funding, no money for aircraft
or military equipment. all funds most be used for anti drug education of their youth.
April 1, 2010: Drug cartel gunmen attacked seven different targets in what authorities described as a coordinated series of assaults. The attacks took
place in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon states. Two of the attacks targeted Mexican Army garrisons, one in the city of Reynosa. Eighteen of the gunmen were
slain by Mexican Army soldiers during those two attacks. A Mexican Army position near a major state highway in Nuevo Leon state was one of the other
five sites assaulted. A firefight also occurred between soldiers manning a control point and cartel gunmen along the highway between Reynosa and
Monterrey. The gunmen attacked the two garrisons using vehicles with bullet-proof armor, hand grenades, and automatic rifles.
Keep in mind this is only for the month of April 2010 (The month isnt over yet) and only those incidents that were reported...All of us who live along
the border know its only a matter of time before those same headlines feature US city names and people.
[edit on 26-4-2010 by DaddyBare]