Mexico Drug Gangs Turn Weapons On Army

In coordinated attacks, gunmen in armored cars and equipped with grenade launchers fought army troops this week and attempted to trap some of them in two military bases by cutting off access and blocking highways, a new tactic by Mexico’s organized criminals.

At least 18 alleged attackers were killed and one soldier wounded in the fighting that erupted Tuesday in half a dozen towns and cities in the states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, the army said, topping off one of the deadliest months yet in a drug war that has raged for nearly 3 1/2 years.

Full Story at the LA Times – HERE

18 Mexican gang members killed – one soldier wounded? Works for me… that means that either the Mexican soldiers are really good, or the gang members are comparable to the Afghan Army.  Regardless of the outcome, it’s frightening that the gangs have the audacity to attack their own country’s Army.

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TXGunGeek April 3, 2010 at 07:14 am

I sure hope they trace those armored cars and grenade launchers back to the American gun show where they were bought without background check through the gun show loop hole. I want mine!

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Admin (Mike) April 3, 2010 at 04:43 pm

gun show loop hole FTW!

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Federale April 3, 2010 at 05:54 pm

18-0 ain’t good results. Does smack of desparation.

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pat April 3, 2010 at 06:32 pm

I wonder what kind of drugs you have to be on to think attacking the army is a good idea?

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DocN April 4, 2010 at 04:15 am

It’s more likely it was a show of power by the druggies. Keep in mind the druggies outnumber the army by a fair percentage…

Yes, I’m sure the druggies didn’t mean to lose eighteen guys, but it’s entirely possible- if not probable- the druggies gathered up a handful of low-level flunkies and “mules”, gave ’em guns and armor, filled ’em full of “oh yeah, they’re easy pickin’s, none of ’em know how to shoot, think of the street cred!” and sent ’em on their way.

Don’t for a minute think that any of the attackers were anything more than glorified bagmen.

And now the next time a drug lord says to a judge, or police chief, or a mayor, or a politician, something like “you see? Even the army cannot protect you if we decide to kill you” they’re much more likely to quietly take the big wad of bribe cash and shut the hell up.

Sure, it could have been a better showing by the druggies, but all the boss has to say is “yes, but that time we only sent twenty men. When we decide to kill you, we’ll send one hundred.”

There’s *way* more going on down there than just the public gunbattles.

Doc.

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Lee April 3, 2010 at 08:12 pm

I’m not saying that the Mexican government isn’t honest, but keep in mind that those numbers are put out by them. I hope they’re true, but…

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Admin (Mike) April 4, 2010 at 11:46 pm

That’s a real good point Lee.

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