[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Nine people have been killed in southern Mexico in a shootout between two groups using high-powered weapons, authorities said Thursday.
Several organized crime groups dedicated to trafficking drugs operate in the area and often clash over control of supply routes.
The confrontation occurred Wednesday on a highway in a rural area in the state of Guerrero, the local attorney’s office said in a statement.
"The dear departed are close to Zenen Nava Sanchez, leader of the criminal group Los Rojos," it said, adding an investigation had been launched into the incident.
A long-running dispute for territory between Los Rojos and a rival gang has left more than a thousand people dead and centered on a town some ten kilometers from where the firefight took place, according to local media.
Experts at the site retrieved 50 bullets used in high-caliber weapons like the AK-47 assault rifle. Last month, 15 people including a soldier were killed in the same state after button men attacked security forces.
The violence underlined the struggles of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to rein in crime since he took office last December.
Agreed Alex. The ambush referenced in the article occurred in the state of Michoacan, just north of the state of Guerrero. When viewed in addition to the battle in Culiacan in the State of Sinaloa, which the local cartel won, the whole Pacific coast of Mexico is in chaos.
Agreed, Chris. Lost in all the noise & shitstorm is the origin of Trump's rise in 2016: he focused on one issue that the uniparty was/is desperate to ignore, i.e. the complete and utter wreckage that is our Mexico policy.
True to form, he zeroed in on the most vivid, immediate, relatable facet of this debacle - the illegal immigration Shitshow and related Orwellian nonsense about "sanctuary cities" -- but he has ever since focused on the substantive, underlying issue. Mexico is a shitty failed state whose elites are as cowardly as they are corrupt and cynical.
They more than anyone we are the blame for 20+ million desperate Mexican peasants being pushed out of Mexico by lack of opportunity and massive corruption into America, here to generate hard currency, send it back to Mexico, and keep the regime's economy afloat.
Trump called the Mexican elite - and the Uniparty elite i.e. the Koch-head open borders GOP/libertarian fools + the Dem grifters - on their BS. And now it's getting results.
[AnNahar] Two members of a Lebanese family suspected of trafficking Syrians on flights to Germany and the Netherlands were arrested in a series of raids in Germany on Thursday, authorities said.
Police said that 29 properties in four German states were raided as part of an investigation launched at the end of last year. Most were in Rhineland-Palatinate, in the southwest, and in North Rhine-Westphalia, its northern neighbor and Germany's most populous state.
The Syrians, who had paid "large sums of money," were flown largely from Beirut to Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Munich and Amsterdam, using forged visas to get through passport checks in the Lebanese capital, prosecutor Peter Fritzen said. They applied for asylum on arrival.
Investigators are looking into 26 attempts at trafficking people, 10 of which were prevented when authorities intercepted the forged visas and people were turned back in Beirut.
The suspects arrested Thursday were two members of a Lebanese family that has lived for years in the German town of Bitburg. Authorities were trying to track down two other suspects, and were also investigating other alleged offenses including theft.
Germany’s Deutsche Welle reports there may be as many as 10,000 people working for the clans in North Rhine-Westphalia alone, and that the groups are involved in people trafficking, prostitution, and other organised crime. Speaking Thursday, Berlin Attorney General Sjors Kamstra said the wealth and power of the gangs made them difficult to prosecute because they could bribe or intimidate witnesses into silence.
That goes as far as intimidating the police themselves, with Arab clans accused of spreading sexual rumours about officers. As the clans control prostitution rackets in the city, witnesses claiming to have slept with officers are easily produced.
The raids came after Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an politicians expressed their disgust at the deaths of 39 in the back of a refrigerated truck that had come to the United Kingdom from mainland Europe on Wednesday. It remains likely that the route of the truck from Bulgaria to the UK would have taken it through Germany itself, and German police are assisting the British with their investigations.
German-Lebanese academic Ralph Ghadban has blamed the German government’s policy of encouraging multiculturalism for the formation and power of the crime clans in the country. In remarks reported by Breitbart London in March, Ghadban said: "dangerous areas, so-called no-go areas, in which Arab clans have the upper hand" were the result of multiculturalism which encouraged people from different backgrounds to live apart, not assimilate.
In 2016, it was even said that Berlin’s criminal underworld had been "lost to Arab clans" who recruited young, fit migrants colonists arriving during the Europe Migrant Crisis of that year to do dirty work for the gangs. By contrast, German media today reported police insisting their raids against the clans were now being felt and having an impact.
[Jpost] The IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police and Israel Police in the West Bank arrested 13 Paleostinians suspected of involvement in terror activities, popular terror and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces on Wednesday night.
During searches, IDF soldiers found four illegal firearms and a Carlo sub-machine gun. The weapons were passed on to security forces.
[Jpost] The IDF demolished the house of the Abu Hamid family in the al-Am'ari Refugee Camp near the West Bank city of al-Bireh north of Jerusalem for a second time after demolishing the home last year, according to the Paleostinian Quds news agency.
The house was demolished last year after Islam Yusuf Abu Hamid killed St.-Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky, a commando in the elite counterterrorism Duvdevan unity, by dropping a marble slab on his head during an arrest operation.
The second demolition was done to "prevent the reconstruction of destroyed houses," according to Quds.
Abu Hamid's brother was killed by Duvdevan soldiers in 1994, according to Quds.
[Jpost] NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis.... member The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... has sent hundreds of far-right holy warriors that it recruited under the banner of the Syrian National Army to fight in Syria. It has used them as both shock troops and canon fodder to fight mostly Kurdish forces along the border, but as a ceasefire began last week these units turned to looting attacking civilians and mutilating corpses, according to videos they posted online. The US says human rights
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I wrote out a rant. Then deleted it. What's the point ? Gawd is watching.
[IsraelTimes] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... and Kurdish-led SDF also fighting despite truce; festivities underscore risk of spiraling violence as multiple armies jostle for position in volatile border region.
Ottoman Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said.
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... and its Syrian rebel allies had launched a large land offensive targeting three villages on Thursday despite a truce and urged the US to intervene immediately to stop the attack.
In a statement, the SDF said the attack by Ottoman Turkish forces on the villages "outside the area of the ceasefire" had forced thousands of civilians to flee. "Our forces are still clashing," it said.
The SDF held Turkey responsible for "deterioration of the ceasefire process," it added.
"Despite our forces’ commitment to the ceasefire decision and the withdrawal of our forces from the entire ceasefire area, the Ottoman Turkish state and the terrorist factions allied to it are still violating the ceasefire process," it said.
Separately, SDF official Mustafa Bali said in a tweet that the SDF would exercise its legitimate right to self-defense.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Five Turkish military personnel were wounded around the Syrian border town of Ras al Ain in an attack carried out by the Kurdish YPG militia, the Turkish defense ministry said on Thursday, after the militia accused Ankara of attacking the area.
The attack was conducted using drones, mortars and light weapons, the ministry said in a statement, adding that Turkish forces had retaliated the attacks in self-defense.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.