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  1. FuBai
    [h1]Headless bodies found in Mexico[/h1]
    Police in Mexico have found nine decapitated bodies close to a highway in the southern state of Guerrero.

    A local official said some of the victims were soldiers. Thousands of troops have been deployed across Mexico in anti-drug smuggling operations.
    Nine heads were found earlier in plastic bags close to a supermarket, reportedly with a note warning of more decapitations to follow.
    Nearly 5,400 people have been murdered in drugs-related violence this year.
    Local media have reported that nine soldiers were abducted on Saturday as they left a nearby military base, close to the city of Chilpancingo.
    President Felipe Calderon has deployed about 40,000 troops and police since December 2006 against the drugs cartels.
    But Mexico's top prosecutor has said that the violence is likely to worsen in 2009 as drug gangs split and fight for turf.
    Officials say the increasingly gruesome nature of the violence shows that the drugs gangs are being squeezed, intensifying their internal squabbles.

    Source - BBC World News

    9 Headless Bodies Located in Southern Mexico

    ACAPULCO, Mexico — Authorities found the decapitated bodies of nine men in the southern state of Guerrero on Sunday, and some of the victims have been identified as soldiers.

    State Public Safety Secretary Juan Salinas Altes said the bodies were found on a major boulevard in the state capital, Chilpancingo, just a few hundred yards from where the state governor was scheduled to participate in a traditional religious procession later in the day.
    Salinas Altes said experts are still trying to identify the bodies, but he said a still-undetermined number of them are soldiers. An army base is located nearby.
    Mexico has been hit by a rising wave of drug-fueled violence, and officials estimate that more than 5,300 people have died in organized-crime-related slayings so far in 2008.
    Mexican drug cartels have increasingly taken to chopping the heads off their victims, who include rival traffickers or lawmen. On Aug. 28, a dozen decapitated bodies were found outside Merida, the capital of Yucatan state.
    Two other severed heads were found on the same boulevard in Chilpancingo on Dec. 7 alongside a sign reading: "Soldiers who are supposedly fighting crime, and they turn out to be kidnappers. This is going to happen to you."
    Scores of police and soldiers have been killed since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the cartels in late 2006. While Mexican criminal gangs once appeared to steer clear of confrontations with the army, they now often openly attacking soldiers.
    In May 2007, gunmen linked to a drug gang killed five soldiers in an ambush in the neighboring state of Michoacan.
    Also Sunday, federal police reported they had captured three suspected cartel hit men in the border city of Tijuana. The suspects allegedly had six assault rifles and about 3,500 rounds of ammunition at the home where they were caught

    Source - FoxNews.com

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  1. fnord
    Nine headless bodies found in Mexico
    MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- Police found nine human heads and nine headless bodies in the Mexican state of Guerrero on Sunday, and some of the remains were of soldiers, officials said. Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said organized-crime killings have climbed in Mexico in 2008. Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said organized-crime killings have climbed in Mexico in 2008. The heads were found in Chilpancingo, the state's capital, and the bodies were found at a different location in Chilpancingo, officials said. Information on whether the heads belonged to the bodies wasn't available. Police identified eight soldiers and one high-ranking former police officer among the victims, Zeferino Torre-Blanca, governor of Guerrero told CNN on Sunday. Guerrero, a major tourist destination, is in southern Mexico on the Pacific coast and includes the resort city of Acapulco. Decapitation has become a tactic used in Mexico by drug cartels fighting off rival traffickers, police and troops. However, authorities wouldn't say whether the remains found Sunday were linked to drug-related violence. In August, the headless bodies of 12 men were found in the state of Yucatan. That month, Yucatan's governor said the killings appeared to be the result of disputes between drug cartels. Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said this month that organized-crime killings climbed to 5,376 in 2008, more than double the 2,477 such deaths in 2007. Don't Miss * World's Untold Stories: Mexico Narco Wars * 12 decapitated bodies found in Mexico * U.S., Mexico to kick off $1.4 billion anti-drug plan Against the backdrop of bloodshed, Mexican leaders are scrambling to combat drug crimes. On Friday, the United States and Mexico pledged to beef up efforts in the war against drugs. Top officials from both countries met at the U.S. State Department to discuss a $1.4 billion U.S. initiative to help Mexico fight drug trafficking and organized crime. The U.S. Congress recently approved an initial $197 million, which the Bush administration made available to Mexico earlier this month.

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americas/12/21/mexico.decapitated.heads/




    [h1] Headless bodies found in Mexico [/h1]



    Police in Mexico say they have found three decapitated bodies on a rubbish dump in Tijuana, in the latest incident of gang-related violence.
    The victims were found with their hands tied, along with messages referring to drug-trafficking. Their heads, found nearby, appear to have been burnt.
    Officials say the incident appears to be a settling of scores by cartels.
    Recent drug-related violence has included kidnaps and murders that sparked public outrage.
    The bodies had messages written on their backs threatening Tijuana's powerful Arellano Felix drug cartel.
    Since Monday, more than 20 other suspected drug killings have been reported, including the murder of five people who were shot dead on a ranch in the northern border state of Chihuahua.
    Government measures
    Last week, Mexico's political and security leaders launched an emergency programme to try to combat the rising wave of violence.
    There have already been more than 2,700 drug-related deaths this year.
    Measures include sacking corrupt police officers, two new prisons for kidnappers and strategies to combat money-laundering and drug-trafficking.
    The national security pact was signed by prosecutors and leaders from across the political and regional spectrum.
    The country has overtaken Colombia and Iraq for the number of kidnappings.
    Anti-kidnap marches are planned for 30 August, a sign of the growing public fury.



    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7583899.stm

  2. old hippie 56
    and, The US military has plans in case the violence spills over the border. From the NYTimes:

    Thursday, January 08, 2009 The soaring level of violence in Mexico from the drug wars there has led the United States to develop plans for a "surge" of civilian and perhaps even military law enforcement should the bloodshed spread across the border, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday.
    Chertoff said the criminal activity in Mexico, which has caused more than 5,300 deaths in the past year, has long troubled U.S. authorities. But it reached a point last summer, he said, where he ordered specific plans to confront in this country the kind of shootouts and other mayhem that in Mexico have killed members of drug cartels, law enforcement officials and bystanders, often near the border.
    "We completed a contingency plan for border violence, so if we did get a significant spillover, we have a surge — if I may use that word — capability to bring in not only our own assets but even to work with" the Defense Department, Chertoff said in an interview.
    Officials of the Homeland Security Department said the plan called for aircraft, armored vehicles and special teams to converge on border trouble spots, with the size of the force depending on the scale of the problem. Military forces would be called upon if civilian agencies such as the Border Patrol and local law enforcement were overwhelmed, but the officials said military involvement was considered unlikely.
    Chertoff has expressed concern in recent months about the violence in Mexico, but the contingency plan has not been publicly debated, and the department has made no announcement of it.
    Aides to members of the House Homeland Security Committee, which oversees the department and has often clashed with Chertoff over his border policies, said Wednesday that they had heard little about the plan, though they welcomed it. "We support almost anything to secure our border," said Dena Graziano, a committee spokeswoman.
    Chertoff suggested that his controversial efforts to rapidly build a fence along nearly 700 miles of the Mexican border, as well as his bolstering the size of the Border Patrol, were part of the push to defend against drug violence, not only to control illegal immigration.
    "That's another reason, frankly, why I have been insistent on putting in the infrastructure and fencing and stuff like that," he said. "Because I don't want, God forbid, if there is ever a spillover of significance, to have denied the Border Patrol anything they need to protect the lives and safety of American citizens."

    and fnord we all know that the letter "Z" represents the mark of Zorro!
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