Tuesday, December 21, 2010


The drug Cartels’ war;
There’s always been drug cartels in Mexico,the major cartels are the Cartel of Sinaloa, Michoacan, Tijuana and the Gulf Cartel.
The ugly drug war days began when Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, former leader of the Gulf Cartel recruited lieutenant Arturo Guzmán Decena, and 30 other deserters of former Mexican Army’s elite ‘Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales (GAFE)’, soldiers specialized in counter-insurgency and apprehending drug cartel members. These GAFE deserters named themselves “the Z”,  in Spanish, “Los Zetas”.
“Los Zetas” soon expanded Gulf Cartel’s territory killing various members of the rival organizations often with grotesque savagery many times leaving messages next to the bodies of their victims. For this reason the government had to counterattack killing in 2002 Tijuana’s Cartel leader, and apprehending in 2003 Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, then leader of the Gulf Cartel.
The Sinaloa Cartel, Sensing a void in the rivals Gulf and Tijuana Cartels after Osiel Cárdenas’ arrest, began to move violently into their territory soon becoming Mexico’s top drug kingpins only rivaled by Los Zetas armed force, but on January 2008 Alfredo Beltrán Leyva formerly part of the Sinaloa Cartel was arrested, Alfredo’s three brothers also part of the Sinaloa Cartel blamed “El Chapo” Sinaloa’s Cartel leader for his apprehension and ordered the assasination of El Chapo’s son and separated from Sinaloa’s cartel forming their own organization and creating an alliance with Sinaloa’s cartel rivals, Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel.
However in February 2010, Los Zetas (and its ally, the Betran Leyva brothers) engaged in a violent turf war against its former employer/partner, the Gulf Cartel, in the border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, turning some border towns to “ghost towns”.
Since then, the major cartels have aligned in two factions, one integrated by the Juárez Cartel, Tijuana Cartel, Los Zetas and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel‎‎; the other faction integrated by the Gulf Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Cartel (Michoacan Cartel).
So far in 2010 there have been over 30,000 deaths related to this war

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