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Over 56,000 soldiers have deserted the Mexican military since President Felipe Calderón took office and launched an offensive against the country’s powerful drug cartels six years ago, according to documents obtained by news website Animal Político.
Over 50,000 Mexicans have died since the start of the drug war in 2006.
Drug war violence has also spread into Central America in recent years, with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras registering some of the highest murder rates in the world.
S&F for you!
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
It took the United States 10 long years of war in South-East Asia and the daily nonstop grind of combat operations to come near that number. It's staggering to consider this all starts just yards south of our fence line in places like Nogales and El Paso.
50,000 in such a brief number of years is *A LOT* of killing going on down there.
The Zetas, hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel, feature 31 ex-soldiers once part of an elite division of the Mexican army the Special Air Mobile Force Group. At least one-third of this battalions deserters was trained at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga., according to documents from the Mexican secretary of defense.
Imagine a band of U.S. Green Berets going rogue and offering their services and firepower to drug cartels. That's what happened in Mexico in the 1990s. Commandos from the Mexican army deserted and set up a cartel, known as Los Zetas
Mexico’s drug gangs are building monstrous, metal-clad vehicles resembling crude tanks to take on the competition and law enforcement, reports McClatchyDC.com.
These “el monstruo” (“the monster”) trucks, 100 of which have turned up during police raids on cartel compounds, often begin with beefy American trucks like the Ford F-150. From there, they are pimped out with soldered sheets of armored plating, gun turrets, and enough firepower to take on a small army.
Today’s competitive crime mafias in Mexico are no longer satisfied with bazookas, rocket-propelled grenades or land mines. The Mexican military has discovered that gangsters south of Texas are building armored assault vehicles, with gun turrets, inch-thick armor plates, firing ports and bulletproof glass.
MEXICO CITY - Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman purportedly has come gunning for the vicious Zetas gang on the South Texas border, leaving 14 of their butchered bodies and a message vowing to rid Nuevo Laredo of its criminal scourge as a calling card
"We have begun to clear Nuevo Laredo of Zetas because we want a free city and so you can live in peace," proclaims a banner, under which were posed the bodies, as well as the gunmen presumably in Guzman's employ. "We are narcotics traffickers and we don't mess with honest working or business people."
Guzman's first attempt to seize Nuevo Laredo, bordering Laredo, in 2005 sparked a gangland war with the Zetas and their then-paymasters in the Gulf Cartel. The battles, complete with rocket attacks and massacres, killed more than 300 that year and gave birth to the hyper-violence still tormenting the borderlands and Mexico's interior.
The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel won that earlier contest. Now Guzman, one of the most wanted men in the hemisphere, looks to be back.
The regular population sure did nothing to deserve any of this happening to their nation.