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Tajikistan releases BBC reporter on bail
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(AP) Tajikistan’s top prosecutor says a BBC reporter jailed last month on charges of belonging to a banned Islamic group has been released from custody.Urunboi Usmonov still faces criminal prosecution, but was released from prison Thursday after the General Prosecutor ruled that he was eligible for bail.Usmonov, 59, was arrested in …
IsraAID sends aid to Newly Free South Sudan
Baruch hashem! Pray for this fledging state newly freed from the decades-long slaughter and ethnic cleansing of jihad from the Islamic north.
IsraAID sends aid to South Sudan
Humanitarian group, supported by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and AJC, to deliver vital food and medicines to help people of new African country on behalf of Israeli and Jewish people
IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, in partnership with Operation Blessing and the government of Sudan, and supported by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the American Jewish Committee and local agencies on the ground, will be sending a humanitarian aid cargo, including vital foods and medicines, to assist the people of South Sudan on behalf of the Israeli and Jewish people.
Israel congratulates South Sudan / Ronen Medzini Netanyahu offers cooperation with world’s newest country, Yishai hopes to return refugees Full story
South Sudan, which became a nation on Saturday, has already been recognized by the government of Israel. Relations between Israel and South Sudan, with its large Christian population, are expected to be very warm. The situation in South Sudan is harsh. Illiteracy reaches nearly 90%, there is little or no infrastructure in the country, and most of its residents have no access to basic clean water. In recent months over 117,000 people were displaced and almost 1,400 killed following the conflict between the South and the North.
In addition to the initial aid shipment, the IsraAID teams have already begun assessing longer term needs on the ground for a more extensive aid mission that would benefit children, women and the elderly.
“As a small and relatively newborn country Israel has gained experience in various specialties, such as water, agriculture, post traumatic stress syndrome, education, migration and others that would be valuable to the people of South Sudan who are now building their country. It is our mission, consistent with Jewish values, to reach out to our new friends in any way we can,” said Shachar Zahavi, founding director of IsraAID.
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Rights group urges Kuwait to free 2 Web activists AP – 40 mins agoAn international rights group is urging Kuwait’s authorities to release two men detained for Internet posts criticizing Gulf rulers. More »Rights group urges Kuwait to free 2 Web activists
An international rights group is urging Kuwait’s authorities to release two men detained for Internet posts criticizing Gulf rulers.
7 Estonians abducted in Lebanon released AP – 57 mins agoSeven Estonian tourists abducted nearly four months ago while cycling through Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley were released in good health early Thursday, officials s … More »7 Estonians abducted in Lebanon released
Mubarak denies ordering Egyptian protesters killed AP – 59 mins agoEx-President Hosni Mubarak has told interrogators he did not order security forces to open fire on protesters during the 18-day uprising that ousted him, according to … More »Mubarak denies ordering Egyptian protesters killed
Palestinians get boost from Arab League AP – 1 hr 5 mins agoA Palestinian official says the Palestinians have received a boost from the Arab League in their quest to win recognition at the United Nations this fall. More »Palestinians get boost from Arab League
A Palestinian official says the Palestinians have received a boost from the Arab League in their quest to win recognition at the United Nations this fall.
Syrian activists say 8 killed in past 24 hours AP – 1 hr 25 mins agoSecurity forces killed at least eight people and arrested dozens, including artists and intellectuals, during military operations in the past 24 hours, Syrian activists … More »Syrian activists say 8 killed in past 24 hours
Arab Spring drifts into summer stalemates AP – 5 mins agoAmong the protest banners in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was a hand-drawn map of the Arab Spring with black target symbols covering each country hit by anti-government uprisings … More »Arab Spring drifts into summer stalemates
US airstrike kills 3 Islamic militants in Yemen AP – 1 hr 20 mins agoYemeni officials say a U.S. warplane has attacked a police station overrun by Islamic militants in southern Yemen, killing three of the fighters. More »US airstrike kills 3 Islamic militants in Yemen
Iran’s ambassador hurt in Baghdad accident AFP – 1 hr 36 mins agoIran’s ambassador to Iraq was slightly injured in an accident at a checkpoint outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, a security official said on Thursday. More »Iran’s ambassador hurt in Baghdad accident
Asia Olympics chief re-elected AFP – 2 hrs 40 mins agoOlympic Council of Asia president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was elected Thursday for a sixth four-year term at the organisation’s general assembly in Tokyo. More »Asia Olympics chief re-elected
Thousands stranded as Air Algerie strike grinds on AFP – 2 hrs 43 mins agoThousands of angry travellers were still stranded Thursday in French airports and in Algiers as a strike by Air Algerie cabin crew — who want a a 106-percent pay rise … More »Thousands stranded as Air Algerie strike grinds on
Syria activists say 8 killed in past 24 hours AP – 3 hrs agoActivists say security forces have killed at least eight people and arrested dozens as part of military operations in the past 24 hours. More »Syria activists say 8 killed in past 24 hours
Activists say security forces have killed at least eight people and arrested dozens as part of military operations in the past 24 hours.
Swiss ban Egyptian seeds, beans over E.coli fears AFP – 2 hrs 51 mins agoSwitzerland on Thursday suspended imports of some seeds, beans and sprouts from Egypt, after the European Union blamed Egyptian fenugreek seeds for E.coli outbreaks in … More »Swiss ban Egyptian seeds, beans over E.coli fears
Iran’s ambassador hurt in Baghdad accident AFP – 3 hrs agoIran’s ambassador to Iraq was slightly injured in an accident at a checkpoint outside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, a security official said on Thursday. More »Iran’s ambassador hurt in Baghdad accident
Israel deports all but two ‘flytilla’ activists AFP – 3 hrs agoIsrael said on Thursday it had deported all but two pro-Palestinian activists who flew into the country last week, but activists said dozens remained in jail, with several … More »Israel deports all but two ‘flytilla’ activists
Saudi seeking arms amid growing fears: analysts AFP – 3 hrs agoSaudi Arabia’s hunger for weapons, initially aimed at staving off the threat of Iran, has grown with the upcoming US withdrawal from Iraq and instability in Yemen and … More »Saudi seeking arms amid growing fears: analysts
Kidnapped Estonian cyclists freed in Lebanon AFP – 3 hrs agoSeven kidnapped Estonians were freed in Lebanon on Thursday, almost four months since being abducted by armed men as they entered the country on a bicycle tour from neighbouring … More »Kidnapped Estonian cyclists freed in Lebanon
Estonia confirms seven cyclists freed in Lebanon AFP – 4 hrs agoEstonia’s foreign ministry confirmed on Thursday that seven of its citizens held for almost four months in Lebanon had been freed and were being cared for in the French … More »Estonia confirms seven cyclists freed in Lebanon
Pressure on UN to take action as 4 killed in Syria AFP – 9 hrs agoSyrian security forces killed four people as the West ratcheted up pressure for UN Security Council action against Damascus and France slammed China and Russia’s “indecent” … More »Pressure on UN to take action as 4 killed in Syria
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During Wednesday night, four young men were executed by unknown gunmen this in our neighborhood Sites of San Isidro, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.
In principle, the gunmen arrived at the intersection of Chaitén Volcano Pacaya Volcano, where they approached a couple who was talking and executed. At the site were at least 50 shell casings.
Then the gunmen riding in at least three vehicles, moved two blocks and came to a house after knocking down the door violently entered and executed two men.
At approximately 12:00 am today, an armed group attacked elements of the Municipal Police in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. The uniformed men were in the colony Galeana, when they were surprised by the criminals who fired at them.
De inmediato se registró una fuerte movilización por parte de elementos de diferentes corporaciones policiacas. En el lugar atendieron a tres agentes que resultaron lesionados, uno de ellos identificado como Jorge Téllez Chávez.
After tending to the injured, was a major operation in the area, involving at least 100 soldiers. Very near the scene of the attack authorities found a vehicle that was manned by the aggressors, and entered a home in the street Zumpango.
El joven Óscar Alejandro de la Rosa Vera, de 17 años, se encontraba en las calles Julio Camelo y Luis Echevería, de la colonia Francisco Villa, en Monterrey, Nuevo León, justo a una cuadra de su casa, sin embargo ya no pudo regresar con su familia porque un comando armado se le apareció.
The unknown gunmen aboard a van, they fired several times against Oscar Alejandro, who was lying in the street, died instantly.
The first on the scene was an aunt of the young, who could be seen crushed by what his eyes were seeing, then elements of the Municipal Police, State Police and the State Agency of Investigation were observed performing the corresponding steps.
Unknown men came up empty in the Bairro Alto neighborhood in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, they fell from a vehicle on a woman’s body and threw it, several residents from the area were able to observe the audacity of the situation.
It was a woman who was tortured in a brutal and shot several times, one in the head.
Elementos de la Policía Municipal recibieron llamadas de personas que reportaban a la mujer que había sido tirada, y al llegar al lugar confirmaron la situación, ya que la personal del sexo femenino no presentaba signos vitales.
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La Secretaría de Seguridad Pública, informó mediante un boletín oficial, que elementos de la Policía Federal siguen realizando acciones en el municipio de Apatzingán, Michoacán, ya que se logró la captura de otros tres integrantes del grupo delictivo denominado Los Caballeros Templarios.
According to official information, the officers located the three armed men who were aboard two vehicles circulating on the streets of Moreno Cenobio colony, the gunmen noticed the soldiers and tried to flee, but could not.
Uno de los capturados fue señalado como jefe de sicarios de Los Caballeros Templarios, se trata de Javier Beltrán Arco, alias El Chivo, de 39 años.
It also managed to capture two hawks in the organization, they were identified as Heriberto Román González, alias Chachito, 20, and Esteban Álvarez Quiroz, alias El Tobo, 30.
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Australian Federation of Islamic Councils argues that ALL Australians would benefit if Islamic shari’a laws were adopted as mainstream legislation.
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils wants Muslims to be able to marry, divorce and conduct financial transactions under the principles of shari’a law. In a submission to the Federal Parliament’s Committee on Multicultural Affairs, the Federation has asked for the change.
(They have been told ‘NO SHARI’A’ but still they keep pushing…and pushing…and pushing…Will Gillard cave?)
Vinienco - The nation’s peak Muslim group is using the Gillard government’s re-embracing of multiculturalism to push for the introduction of Sharia in Australia, but it says it would be a more moderate variety of Islamic law that fits with Australian values.(Sure, it would)
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s new multiculturalism policy, argues that Muslims should enjoy “legal pluralism.”
In an interview with The Australian, the organization’s president, Ikebal Adam Patel, who wrote the submission, nominated family law and specifically divorce as an area where moderate interpretations of Sharia could co-exist within the Australian legal system. In the submission, the AFIC acknowledges some Muslims believe Islamic law is immutable, regardless of history, time, culture and location. “They claim that Muslims may change, but Islam will not,” it says.
The AFIC argues this is not the case and Sharia can be applied in a way that fits in to Australia and is not extreme. “This means most of the regulations in Islamic law may be amended, changed, altered, and adapted to social change.
“Therefore, Muslims Australia-AFIC takes the position that Islamic law is changeable according to the requirements of different places and times, and therefore suits the values shared by Australian people,” the submission says. In its submission to the inquiry, the AFIC says criticisms of Sharia as being biased against women and treating them as second-class citizens are wrong. (Sure, they are)
“But it is also important for the Australian government to respect the rights of Muslim women who want to keep and maintain the way they dress, eat and interact with others, as long as such behavior does not inflict harm to others.
“Muslims in Australia should accept the Australian values, and Australia should provide a ‘public sphere’ for Muslims to practice their belief. “This approach demands a compromise from Islam, which should be open to other values, and also to make a similar demand of Australia. “It is not only Australian Muslims who should reconcile these identities, but all Australians.
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Walid Shoebat spoke at a Department of Homeland Security event in Rapid City South Dakota on May 11th. It was not promoted outside that state but the terrorist front group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) had been calling on DHS to ban former Palestinian terrorist and anti-Islamic fundamentalist, Walid Shoebat from speaking there.
Shoebat - This stinks of the usual suspect, spokesterrorist Ibrahim Hooper, from CAIR . No other major national media showed interest in the conference except CNN. Typically CNN ignores Walid and gives him little if any air time. CNN sent two investigative journalists Kathleen Johnston and Drew Griffin to cover the conference from Atlanta GA which is a long way to travel to visit a small conference in a state with such low population.
The only conclusion is that CNN was tipped off to this event by CAIR and jumped to their rescue. CAIR’s obvious strategy is to discredit people like Walid Shoebat so that the truth does not get to the American people.
Another very curious development took place when Johnson and Griffin stated to the DHS that they were interested in reporting on the whole conference; Shoebat was one of several speakers. However, CNN focused exclusively on Shoebat’s speeches and only wished to interview him and Keith Davies the manager for Mr Shoebat’s foundations.
The questions directed to both had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism or how America can stop terrorism. No questions were asked based on the content of his four hours of lectures By Mr. Shoebat.
It appeared that the whole purpose of the trip from Atlanta by CNN was to come to the rescue of CAIR. CNN’s presence was clearly intended to smear Shoebat. The question needing to be asked is how involved was CAIR in that attempt. It will be very revealing once the report is shown on their network.
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Arab student gets owned, turns violent, runs away.
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Are there any other kind? Gee, this must be a form email because I get them all the time. LOL!
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A public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria, saying students who leave school for prayers at a mosque typically don’t return to school. (And this is a bad thing, because WHY?)
Religion News For the past three years, some 300 Muslim students at Valley Park Middle School have been allowed to use the school cafeteria for Friday prayers. Before the policy change, school officials say students would leave classes early and not return. (Ever hear of ‘after school’ prayers?)
“I think it’s important to note the prayer isn’t conducted under the auspices of the board,” Jim Spyropoulos, a superintendent for inclusive schools with the Toronto District School Board, told the Globe and Mail newspaper. “This was the best solution that avoided compromising instructional time.”
The issue is “about religious accommodation,” Shari Schwartz-Maltz, (a liberal Jewish bitch, of course) a school district spokeswoman, told The Canadian Press.
Those explanations have not placated angry parents, who are lighting up radio call-in shows and blogging furiously about alleged favoritism toward Islam. Christian and other prayers are disallowed in the public school system. In an unlikely alliance, Canadian Hindu Advocacy, the Jewish Defense League and the Muslim Canadian Congress have voiced strong opposition to the arrangement.
Islamic groups are “imposing their view” to “spread their ideology,” Ron Banerjee, director of Canadian Hindu Advocacy, told the Globe and Mail. The Muslim Canadian Congress has asked for the services to be halted or closely monitored to avert the spread of radicalism.(Islam IS radicalism)
Even better, menstruating girls must stay in the back. But I thought women always had to sit in the back? Or in another room?
H/T Susan K
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After Glenn’s speech at the Knesset, he and some others wander over to a reception in East Jerusalem – an area filled with a number of angry, pro-Palestinian radicals. What could go wrong?
Glenn described as he pulled up to the house that there was a huge gate, and razor wire fence all around the complex. As they entered, they noticed multiple security guards before heading up to a gorgeous balcony filled with about a hundred people, according to Glenn and Pat. “They’re making a presentation. And I’m trying to listen, but as I’m trying to listen to what they’re saying, I’m hearing the shouts in Arabic,” Glenn described. “It sounded more like: Let’s kill all those people on the roof.”
While Glenn said the view was beautiful on the balcony and he felt very safe, he said he saw Joe, his Chief of Staff, looking over the ledge with a very concerned and worried look. Joe told Glenn that it appeared that Arab youths were gathering in the streets and throwing chairs in their direction.
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CALIFORNIA: Christian leaders call for the firing of Islamic Terrorist Group supporter, LA County Sheriff Leroy Baca
Christian leaders in Southern California are calling on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to fire Sheriff Leroy D. Baca for comments he made praising the Terrorist Front Group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations), a group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Both have been linked to Hamas and other terrorist activities.
This follows a story posted at BNI that is investigating Baca’s usage of taxpayer money to fund Muslim Community Groups: busted-la-county-sheriff-leroy-baca-allegedly-using-taxpayer-dollars-to-fund-a-muslim-community-affairs-unit
EXAMINER -So begins a July 7th message from
DefendChristians.org, a ministry of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, a group whose usual métier is claiming that President Obama is not a Christian. (He’s NOT)
“Many United States citizens have fled to America after violence was directed at them for their Christian faith. Sheriff Baca’s praise for an organization with known ties to Islamic terrorism is outrageous and is an affront to all the victims of Islamic terror. This infiltration of law enforcement by those with sympathies for organizations that support Muslim violence is terrifying for Christians who have fled to the U.S. because of Muslim violence. Sheriff Baca must go!”
JIHAD WATCH -The courageous Coptic Christian activist Joseph Nasralla, who gave a riveting speech at our 9/11 Rally of Remembrance at Ground Zero last year, and Steve Klein of Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment are leading a demonstration on Friday, July 29, here in downtown Los Angeles, asking the Los Angeles county board of supervisors to fire the compromised and clueless Sheriff Lee Baca. Below are comments he made praising the Council on American Islamic Relations.
“I fled to America with my family because of the violence directed against me for my Christian faith,” said Joseph Nasralla, founder of The Way T.V. satellite network. “Sheriff Baca must be fired, and the County must apologize to all of us who have suffered at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“Sheriff Baca’s praise for an organization with known ties to Islamic terrorism is outrageous and is an affront to all the victims of Islamic terror,” said Dr. Gary Cass of DefendChristians.Org. “This infiltration of law enforcement by those with sympathies for organizations that support Muslim violence is terrifying for Christians who have fled to the U.S. because of Muslim violence. Sheriff Baca must go!”
“We are alarmed that Sheriff Baca, who has sworn to protect us from all enemies, foreign and domestic, is making public statements in support of The Muslim Brotherhood,” said Steve Klein, of Concerned Citizens for the For the First Amendment. “We demand he be fired and that the L.A. Sheriff department make an unequivocal statement renouncing the work of the Muslim Brotherhood.” The motto of The Muslim Brotherhood is:
The Logo of the Muslim Brotherhood has at the top with two crossed swords and at the bottom, the Arabic verse from the Qur’an, Sura 8:60, “And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war to terrorize the enemy of Allah and your enemy.” The direct meaning of this to Muslims is be prepared to terrorize non-Muslims.
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The men arrested were identified as:
Jose Rosario Flores Morales “El Escaso” 23 years old, who has a record for crimes for auto theft and possession firearm, and served a sentence of six years and four months in prison before being released just 15 days ago.
José Miguel Hernández Venegas “El Cholo” 23 years old.
Lozano Jose Luis Meza “El Negro” 31 years old, this person was detained in the United States while entering illegally and was deported to Mexico just two weeks ago.
Through further investigation police determined that the three men belong to the street gang “Los Aztecas” and work for the criminal organization “La línea” for the Juarez cartel and were to receive 100 dollars for every banner they placed in public. The men were aboard a blue vehicle that had been previously reported as stolen and were in possession of a banner that directed threats against the members of the Sinaloa cartel and was signed by “La línea.” The men were apprehended on the streets Cerro de las Cruces and Segunda Queretaro, in the community of Lomas de San José, the exact place where they were going to place the banner.
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Zeta weapons caches containing hundreds of assault weapons and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized in Army and Marine raids in Coahuila in June, 2011. Coahuila borders the state of Chihuahua on its eastern flank.
Evidence of Los Zetas in Chihuahua was reinforced by the presence of “narco” banners in Ciudad Juarez and the municipalities of Cuauhtemoc and Namiquipa in which Los Zetas deny any role in the massacre of 20 bar patrons in Monterrey this past Friday. Identical banners were hung in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Zacatecas and Queretaro. .
Zetas may be smuggling weapons
By Diana Washington Valdez/El Paso Times
The brutally violent Zetas drug organization may be smuggling military-grade weapons through El Paso and Columbus, N.M., to feed its ongoing battles against other cartels and to possibly disrupt the 2012 elections in Mexico.
Phil Jordan, a former director of the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center and a former CIA operative, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons through the El Paso area.
A federal law enforcement agency in El Paso said it has no information about the allegations that the Zetas are smuggling weapons through El Paso.
“They are purchasing weapons in the Dallas area and are flying them to El Paso, and then they are taking them across the border into Juárez,” said Jordan, a law enforcement consultant and former DEA official who still has contacts in the law enforcement community.
Jordan said the Zetas were flying weapons caches out of the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, and after they arrive in the El Paso vicinity, the Zetas smuggled them into Juárez.
“What’s ironic is that the DEA also uses the Alliance Airport for some of its operations,” Jordan said. “The Zetas were working out of a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in the Dallas area to smuggle the weapons to the border.”
The DEA has its Aviation Operations Center at Alliance.
Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, supported Jordan’s allegations and said the Zetas allegedly also purchased property in the Columbus-Palomas border region to stash weapons and other contraband.
He said purchasing property and setting up a weapons-smuggling network suggests that the Zetas were establishing a staging area for their operations.
DEA Special Agent Diana Apodaca, spokeswoman for El Paso’s DEA office, said the agency did not have any information about the Zetas allegedly operating in this border region.
No one from the Border Patrol or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives returned calls Tuesday for comment.
Earlier this month, Plumlee had a debriefing with the Border Patrol in Las Cruces about the intelligence he gathered when he accompanied the U.S. military’s Task Force 7 along the border. The military, which assists civilian law enforcement in counter-drug operations, was looking into allegations of gun smuggling along the border.
“The military task force became concerned that its information about arms smuggling was being compromised,” Plumlee said. “From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program, and that the company may have had a direct link to the Zetas.”
Under the Direct Commercial Sales program, the U.S. State Department regulates and licenses businesses to sell weapons and defense services and training for export. Last year, according to U.S. statistics, the program was used to provide Mexico $416.5 million worth of weapons and equipment, including military-grade weaponry.
The program is different from the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, which operates on a government-to-government basis.
Plumlee said military-grade weapons were found in a Juárez warehouse two years ago, and some of them were moved later to a ranch elsewhere in Juárez. Arms stash houses have also been reported in places across the border from Columbus and Antelope Wells, N.M.
“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.
“The information about the arms trafficking was provided to our U.S. authorities long before the ‘Columbus 11′ investigation began,” said Plumlee, referring to recent indictments accusing several Columbus city officials of arms trafficking in conjunction with alleged accomplices in El Paso and Chaparral, N.M.
Jesús Rejón Aguilar, the number three man in the Zeta’s hierarchy, disclosed last week that the Zetas bought weapons in the United States and transported them across the Rio Grande. Mexican federal authorities captured Rejón on July 3 in the state of Mexico, and presented him to the news media the next day. His recorded video statement was uploaded on YouTube.
Jordan agreed with Plumlee’s allegations that the Zetas are operating in the Columbus-Palomas border.
Plumlee, who has testified before U.S. congressional committees about arms and drug trafficking, said the roads in Southern New Mexico provide smugglers easy access to Mexico’s highway networks.
Recently, Juárez police removed a couple of “narco mantas” (drug cartel banners) allegedly signed by the Zetas that were left in two parts of the city. The message claimed that the Zetas had nothing to do with a July 8 massacre at a nightclub in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Similar banners containing the same message appeared in cities in eight other Mexican states. The messages blamed the Gulf drug cartel for the attack in Monterrey that killed or injured 34 people.
Zetas have been reported in Juárez and other Chihuahua cities, but so far they have kept a low profile.
According to an FBI Investigation Intelligence Bulletin, “Los Zetas activities in the United States to date have largely been limited to the U.S./Mexico border area,” but have expanded their reach into the Southeast and Midwestern United States.
Authorities in Arizona previously reported that Zetas dressed up as SWAT officers were implicated in the 2008 murder of a man in Phoenix.
The FBI said the Zetas emerged from an elite Mexican army unit known as Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales, or GAFE, that was created to fight drug-traffickers. Some GAFE members received special U.S. military training.
In 2002, “an unknown number deserted and joined the Gulf cartel, serving as the hired guns for cartel leadership,” the FBI bulletin said. “Since that time Los Zetas has grown into a sizeable, semi-independent organization.”
The FBI said the organization has been tied to public corruption, immigrant smuggling, kidnapping, assault, murder, extortion and money laundering.
“The group is well-armed, highly trained, and reputed for their brutal tactics as cartel enforcers,” the FBI memo said.
Plumlee said most of the military-grade weapons that made their way into Mexico are not showing up at crime scenes where drug violence is rampant.
“Most of the military-type weapons have been found in stash houses, being stored up,” Plumlee said. “This is getting into theory now, but I think the Zetas are saving them for the (2012) election season. They probably want to be included in a part of the government.”
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