Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Elite Mercenaries



Proceso #1913
 The testimonies of men and women trained as specialists in covert operations, elite assassins hired either to eliminate crime leaders or to fight the army, depending on who’s your employer at the time are raw and insightful.  These are the voices of the new mercenaries, a product of the market of violence that the country has turned itself into.  Their narratives were made exclusively to representative Ricardo Monreal who included it in his book Escuadrones De La Muerte En México (Death Squads in Mexico) (House of Representatives, 2013) from which this article is taken from.

Juan Ignacio, 30, formed a current part of an elite group of the Mexican Navy.  He joined the security force in 2007, a few weeks after having abandoned the Heroica Escuela Naval Militar de Antón Lizardo, in Veracruz, by express invitation by one of his physical coaches and teachers…not having completed his studies was not an obstacle for his recruitment; His skills in handling weapons and his good physical condition made him a suitable candidate.

At the naval base in the port of Veracruz, he was called to appear…with clothes and training equipment because he would be at a distant location for three weeks.  With a group of 14 more youths he would set off the next day at a farm in the Huasteca veracruzana region, an hour from the town of Álamos, which is only accessible by a dirt road heading towards the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range.  Before arriving, he noticed two marine checkpoints guarding the entrances.

The farm is actually a training camp at the base of the mountain, with a central house and dormitories around it, and five sections or distinct areas: 


1) the shooting range
2) the obstacle clearance field
3) the area of detecting, arming and disarming explosives
4) the scaling and rappelling area
5) an area for motor vehicle use, from dirt bikes to armored vehicles, where testing of armored vehicles in motion, intercepting them and immobilizing them with high caliber weapons such as grenade launchers and rocket launchers.  Here they also teach how to protect and face against ambushes and surprise attacks.
The training in Álamos would consist of the first of the three courses over a period of a year and a half.  A month after that, Juan Ignacio would be leaving to Colombia for his second course.  On this occasion, the group consisted of 22 youths who arrived in three distinct groups: eight were marines, seven were army personnel, and seven were federal police officers.  Only one night was spent in Bogotá to then assemble for four months to the province of Tolima, at the facilities of the National Police Training and Operations of Colombia.  

The training techniques focused on assault and capture of drug traffickers and high-profile criminals entrenched in hilly areas, caves and strongholds with private armies at their disposal.  They were also taught to infiltrate these same paramilitary groups, to identify clandestine training camps, to carry out covert assault operations, to dismantle synthetic drug laboratories, to detect illegal camouflaged crop fields hidden in jungles and hills, to handle explosives, to jump from moving vehicles or from low flying helicopters, to treat the wounded, to spy and counterspy, to identify designs and structures with false bottoms and to survive for days hidden without food in harsh geographical areas.

The third course took place in the United States, in the state of Arizona during the fall of 2008 for a period of 12 weeks.  The training focused on prevention, detection, neutralization and destruction of terrorist threats, be they objects, people, or civilian groups.  There, Juan Ignacio learned the doctrine that terrorism and drug trafficking represent the same level of security threat; He was also instructed in intelligence, counterintelligence, tracking, processing sensitive information, and encrypting language techniques.  He was also taught to manage physical and psychological crises.

Also how to “scientifically and psychologically torture the enemy, to not leave any marks or evidence.”  In all, the course was taught by bilingual Hispanic officers of the navy and army of the United States.  

Having successfully completed the three courses allowed Juan Ignacio to formally join one of the two basic elite commandos that the Mexican Navy has since at least 2008.  According to the youth, one of these groups is aimed at pursing, fighting and to “eliminate” leaders of drug trafficking, guerillas, and terrorism through covert operations without the involvement of any officially recognized state force:
“When we perform an operation, we are strictly forbidden to identify ourselves as marines or to provide an explanation to someone.  Simply, through some official channels, some of our bosses warn the police or the military commanders of the region that we are a group of Special Forces and to be on alert, in case we require their support.  We just notify, we do not ask for permission.”

The second elite group would be specialized in one function: “To eliminate the leaders of Los Zetas, especially those who deserted from the army”…It would be made up of over 600 members trained in Mexico and abroad:


“Amongst us we know them as Los Matazetas.  When the video of Los Matazetas from Veracruz came out we had no doubt that they were our fellow Marines, dedicated exclusively to eliminate these thugs.  Even the one in the middle who appears to be the leader and is making the presentation is a companion who is easily identifiable by those who are part of the Special Forces group.”

 Juan Ignacio has participated in several high impact operations in recent years in cities such as Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Culiacán, Matamoros (in Tamaulipas), San Fernando, and Cancún.  The one most satisfactorily remembered by him is with the persecution and elimination of Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, Tony Tormenta, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas on November 5, 2010:
Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén (Tony Tormenta)

 “It was four hours of persecution and confrontation.  There were about 50 deaths including Gulf Cartel hit men, marines, and military soldiers (The official report said only 10 deaths).  He had already escaped from us once, in the middle of another confrontation with the Navy, but this time he was unable to escape.  We received reinforcements from the Mexican Army and U.S. Special Agents, who had that bastard well monitored.  But the first round of attack and assault was formed by us, the Marines.”

It’s the same group of Special Forces who chased and gunned down Arturo Beltrán Leyva, El Barbas, in Cuernavaca, Morelos, on December 16, 2009:
"El Barbas"

“I wish I could’ve participated in that operation, but I found myself frank.  However, my companions told me details.  He had with him bodyguards who were former military personnel and people who were very bloodthirsty.  They managed to get him out of Tepoztlan, but not the condo in Cuernavaca.  Intelligence had him well tracked for days, by his cell phones and shoes.”

- “By his shoes?”

-“ Yeah, they had a tracking device.  They had been given to him by one of his trusted guards two weeks prior and he wore them everywhere.  He died wearing them.”
 
A soldier during an operation
…In the official operations, the elite group of the Navy performs with his fatigues, camouflaged with gray and green spots on a beige background, and with helmets of the same color.  Juan Ignacio says “These operations are often videotaped and almost always accompanied by one or two U.S. agents that monitor the operation or provide information about the location of targets.”

But he refers to other operations, unofficial ones, where they are dressed entirely in black, with boots, helmets, and masks of the same color, with no other identification other than a phosphorescent symbol pasted on the left shoulder, “It can be a tiger claw, a weapon or the face of an animal.  We don’t know the symbol until we are out in combat, so that we can have it fresh in our minds and to not confuse ourselves in case our enemies are dressed similarly.”

The black uniform is used frequently by the elite group that is in charge of fighting Los Zetas…The difference in uniform is not only distinct from the type of operation being performed, but also on the outcome: The elite operations conducted with the official uniform and recorded, if successful, should conclude with the presentation of the detainees, dead or alive.  They are actions of the state itself.  The black or “blind” operations are clearly intended for eliminating targets.  They use paramilitary extermination strategies.

Juan Ignacio receives a salary of nearly $30,000 pesos a month for his work, a “risk bonus” in every action that goes from $10,000 to $20,000 additional pesos, and an unquantifiable bonus known internally as “spoils of war”, i.e. cash, jewelry, or weapons seized and unreported.

He doesn’t believe that he’ll spend his whole life in the elite corps of the Mexican Navy:

-“Would you offer your services to the highest bidder, like a private soldier or elite fighter, as the so-called Blackwater do?”

-“A Mexican Blackwater?  I had not thought of that…it doesn’t sound bad.  I have to live somehow.”

“El Rambo” and La Compañía

Ignacio joined the ranks of the Mexican Army at the age of 20…Soon he gained a place amongst his companions of the military command of Ciudad Victoria, and a nickname: El Rambo, for his size, courage, and skill in handling assault and high caliber rifles.  

He advanced quickly through the ranks of the military: Private, Corporal, Second Sergeant, and First Sergeant.  In this time, he got married and became a part of a department of social interest in the same city.  He earned $8,000 pesos a month.

One day he told his wife that a Major who had retired from the army was looking for him to offer him a civil job:  head of security of a cargo transport company running from Cancún, Quintana Roo to Matamoros, Tamaulipas.  The starting salary was $30,000 pesos plus benefits, with the ability to move your way up.

El Rambo then recalled the blankets that often appeared in the vicinity of some quarters of Tamaulipas:  “Tired of Maruchan soup? Of punishments with boards and salary of $3,000 pesos?  Come and work for us.  La Compañía.”

In the military they knew that La Compañía was actually the name that Los Zetas presented themselves with, also known among the public as “los de la última letra” (the last letter).  Neither Ignacio nor his wife Iliana imagined that the transport company was one of the various facades that La Compañía had.

The first three months passed by normally.  Ignacio supervised the cargo of the trucks making sure that they didn’t arrive “milked out”, which could be anything from furniture to automotive parts or containers.  The latter were the ones that made him tenser.  Sometimes he had to monitor them personally and travel in vehicles like a “commando” from Tamaulipas to Quintana Roo or vice versa.  That is how his boss asked him, the manager of the company, who was a former Major from the Army.

One day, Ignacio informed his wife that he has received a promotion and must lie in Monterrey for some time.  This town was the matrix of the transport company.  The radical change of El Rambo took place there.  He started coming home to his house in Ciudad Victoria in new trucks…, with high caliber weapons, and of course with wads of dollars.  El Rambo then entrusted his wife what his new job was: to collect debts, to rob or execute people “who wanted to cross La Compania” by means of “kidnapping”.

The stay in Monterrey lasted almost one year.  During that time the former First Sergeant gave to his wife almost $60,000 to save.  One day he informed her that he would be close, that he switched… to Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas, since he was in charge of a training camp of La Compañía.  Ignacio and an ex Colombian soldier, who he had met would be the instructors of the farm in El Mante.  The objective was to form, every three weeks, hitmen cells or paramilitaries at the service of Los Zetas.
The ranch was given to El Rambo by a head of a plaza that was known as El Güero AFI o El Licenciado.  They were concentrated there every three or four weeks, groups of 30 to 35 youths who received training similar to the assault troops of the Mexican Army.

The guys would get up early to do physical exercises; after, they would go to the shooting range where they would learn the handling of handguns and assault weapons; knives, 9mm handguns, and M-16 rifles.  

Afterwards they received submission techniques used against victims and grappling techniques, to end off with the handling of armored vehicles, the interception of objectives on the move, the practice of ambushing the enemy and retreating and exiting from critical combat situations.

They also taught them to block roads, burn vehicles and bring up “walls” and circles of protection to carry out escapes under emergency circumstances.  All of these courses were taught by El Rambo and the Colombian ex military soldier, Eddie, who had formed part of the paratrooper group in his country, and later had actively participated in the formation of the self-defense or paramilitary groups in Colombia.

In the ranch there was…Several shacks around, previously inhabited by workers but today housed the recruits of El Rambo and Eddie: a group of 32 youth hit men, of Mexican and Central American origin…Just El Rambo, in one year, had trained over 350 participants at the ranch in El Mante with paramilitary methods.

One evening on July 2010, Iliana got a surprise visit at her house.  Two unfriendly looking men came out of a black Lincoln Navigator outside her house.  “Are you the wife of El Rambo?”... “Yes”… “Please come with us, to the University Hospital”.  They left her in front of the Forensic Medical Service in Ciudad Victoria and asked her to identify whether any of the six bodies were that of her husband.

The six were unrecognizable.  The upper parts of their bodies were completely burned, as if they had passed by a torch.  Finally she noticed the tattoos: a scorpion on his left ankle and a sea shell on the right.  She came out to meet with the men from the black Lincoln…

“-What happened; Who killed him?” “-The day before yesterday a Navy commando blew up the ranch; most escaped, but those six didn’t.”

Today Iliana only has the dollars that El Rambo was giving her for three years, the “life insurance” of La Compañía; two children and an obsession: “Who took my Rambo?  I know he was wrong, but the government shouldn’t have killed him that way, like an animal, with a flamethrower…, that’s why there are prisons.”

Krav Maga Commandos

The ad published in El Universal in mid October 2010 seemed to appeal Marycarmen: “International Security Company offers a career path and is the top performer.  Training and professional training for protecting third parties and yourself.  Life insurance.  Men and women of 18-40 years old.  Able to travel and reside outside Mexico City.  Income at $18,000-$35,000 a month. “It didn’t have a phone number or a contact address.  Only an email, rrhh@prodigy.net.mx , where those interested can send in their resume with a photo.

Marycarmen had just become a widow.  Her husband was a Federal Police Officer who had died in a shootout with members of La Familia Michoacana near Apatzingán in an ambush...With a four year old girl, she now had to face life with anything she had on hand: a natural and familiar inclination for anything related to security...Two hours after sending in her resume she received a reply:
“Show up tomorrow at 11:00 hours at the address...with this email form”.  On the mezzanine of the building was the directory of the office.  Before going up, she looked up the name of the company that headed it: “Israelíes A. C.” 

They presented two examinations (psychometric and aptitude) and was interviewed by a recruiter of Israeli origin.  Right then and there they told her that she had been approved and would move on to the next test, the most important thing: training for five weeks in Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art, and handling weapons.  The next day she had to go to the premises of the Police Academy in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State, next to the prison Barrientos.  She would go out on Saturday afternoon and return on Sunday before six o’clock in the afternoon...” She would receive 2,000 pesos per week.

Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) is the official system of fighting and self defense used by the defense and security forces of Israel...After the creation of the State of Israel...it was adopted...by the Israel Defense Forces, the Israeli Police and its various units and counterterrorism special forces.

...Marycarmen arrived at the prison Barrientos with 37 other recruits, eight women and 29 men.  The workouts were hard and harsh.  They had paramilitary discipline, similar to the training in Israel.  Physical conditioning, self defense, punching with knuckles, taking down, immobilizing the enemy from behind, disarming the attacker, observing the field of action, covering weak flanks, and classes of arms.
Special Forces, undercover operations

Here you had to disassemble and reassemble guns, handguns, machine guns and assault rifles in less than 10 seconds, run with three weapons on the body: a rifle, a handgun on the belt, and a knife attached to the leg.

They needed to distinguish between the cartridge of a handgun and the clip of a rifle magazine.  They were also trained to rappel up walls, slide along the ground, breaking down doors quietly, and handling basic explosives.

Two classes caught the attention of Marycarmen: identifying weaknesses in armored cars and facilities, and the recreation of an attack, with similarities in which the PRI candidate of Tamaulipas, Rodolfo Torre Cantú would suffer from.  She learned things that you should never do in these situations; ways to face armed commandos and how to get a guarded individual out of a danger zone.

Not just anyone would finish the training.  The first week four dropped out; the second week three; the third week two, and the fourth week two more.  26 participants completed the course.  Before them, a group of 22 recruits were the first generation.  Nonetheless they were missing 32 more members, because the Krav Maga commando set aside between 80 and 100 members for the governor Egidio Torre Cantú and his family, as was stated by the head trainer, a former Israeli soldier who has lived in our country for over a decade.

According to the instructor, the commandos of Krav Maga (groups of 30-40 members) are helped by entrepreneurs of the Jewish community in Mexico, by businessmen in Nuevo Leon and Guanajuato.  Training has also been given to elite members of the elite troops of some municipal and sate police forces; but the most numerous are those who have been prepared for the guarding of governors in the State of Mexico (150 members), Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí and Nuevo León.

The Krav Maga commandos are the prototypical paramilitaries of the world, for the versatility, agility and for the lethal responsiveness.  In Mexico they operate with absolute discretion, with minimal regulation and uncontrolled monitoring of personnel in charge of training and their recruits...You cannot deduct the assumption that they can cross or have crossed the thin line of becoming an official paramilitary group, and enroll in becoming a paramilitary mercenary group, that of which organized crime thrives on.

Source: Proceso #1913 Pages 6-11

88 comments:

  1. holy shit. it just got deeper.

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  2. There in lies the danger of training all these special forces commandos of Mexico : once finished with their military careers they start working for a criminal organization and train killers for them. It is an irony that a marine who participated in the killing of CDG capo Tony Tormenta is himself killed by the same military that trained him, and that he worked for. In the U.S.A. ex-soldier's get job training or can take their skills to good paying law enforcement jobs, or stay in the military and receive a decent paycheck. What recourse do former military have: working for the Zetas?!
    Some of the best special forces in the world come from the IDF. I think Mexico's cartels think so since they always seem to hire them to train their gatilleros. Not just Mexico's politicians and entrepreurs. They should remember though that behind Israel is the U.S.A. Without the U.S.A.'s support, Israel doesn't exist; in fact, Israel is really a colony of the U.S.A. since our govt. and American Jews fund its government/military. The only difference between Israel and Puerto Rico is that Israel has sovereignty over it's government/military and Puerto Rico does not.

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  3. wonderful article, thank you

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  4. Damn, makes me want to join and become one of those killing machines. But I want to be a Universal Soldier with a Cyborg eye. Na fuck those gun-ho-mos. Joos training paramilitaries in Mexico? I believe Celerino Castillo III warned us this was going on but nobody wanted to believe him. He also divulged that they were in cases specifically training Mexico's military to take over all the drug trafficking.

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  5. wow, so those nice shoes he had killed him

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    1. Am I the only one that thinks that's super crazy? So his bodyguard betrayed him?

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  6. I thought Los Matazetas were CJNG can anyone explain a lil better

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    1. Los Matazetas were CJNG in Veracruz. Originally they might have been Zetas. If you recall the supposed capture of El Azul in Guadalajara in May, they actually captured the leader of CJNG in Veracruz El Naca.

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  7. And the good ol us of a dont torture people. Ya right were as dirty as the rest of them

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  8. Puro Culiacan Sinaloa

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  9. Fighting over who can sell narcotics at clubs. Is the violence spilling over. http://m.lmtonline.com/articles/2013/07/07/front/news/doc51d9ee678cddb049009444.txt

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  10. I stay pushing tons of bricks. Get your money up.

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    1. So you do construction?

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    2. Haaaaaaaaaaa this fucking guy lmao

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  11. I made 1 phone call and made a million dollars.

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    1. In 10 min i saved 10% on my car insurance just by switching to geico. It was so easy, even a cave man can do it

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    2. 7:39 jaajajajajajajaja!!!!!!!

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  12. I'm the man in America. Making millions a day.

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  13. The Roman upper class lost their freedom to the praetorian guard whp were originally recruited to protect them. Then they enslaved their masters. The same thing is happening in Mexico.

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  14. fascinating and sad at the same time.

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  15. Chapos own special forces wonderful

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  16. Superb Article. Wish I know Spanish so that I can get these kind of info straight from the horse's mouth. Thanks a lot for BB Reporter "ValorxTruth" for providing this one. Much appreciated.

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  17. Yo anderson silva got knocked the fck out by chris weidman the spider woke up grabing herb deens leg haha

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    1. Lmfao that's what his cocky ass deserved tryna play mind tricks and shit lol silva got sleppppt too nice

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  18. Actually LA COMPANIA was the name for.CDG n Zetas when thay were one. Just what I member from when I lived in tamps.

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  19. The original Z were a small group of special forces. U cant deny they changed history.

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    1. Hitler changed history too dipshit does that make him cool? Fuck the zetas

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    2. Obama changed history too dipshit dors that make him cool.

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    3. Hitler and the Nazi party numbered in the hundreds if not thousands when they took power in Germany. EL Z-1 commanded 2 dozen elite commandos. Its not cheering cyber dudes its FACTZ

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    4. If ur gonna call someone a dipshit at least spell right dipshit lolol

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    5. Take your stupid Hitler facts and shove it up your arse as it has no relevance to this article.

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    6. Then take your zeta cheering ass and stick those Trevino facts up your rectum . Zetas are gay end of story . I can be a badass too when I target unsuspecting women and children

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    7. Since when is stating facts cheering.

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  20. Awesome article lol i like how all the black ops guys are gunning for zetas haah i guess Chapo must have the government in his pocket including the marines and spec ops badfuckers

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  21. So CJNG started from all ex marines? Wow those are tax payers money well spent thanks Calderon

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  22. Los nuevos Z puros ex Soldados Elites que andan de estakas para el Comandante 40 a si como cuando Osiel tenia a los originales Z como de estakas con uniformes color ZETA.La historia se repite de nuevo mientras que existan Ex Soldados Elites siempre va ver filas para altos mandos en La Compañia.

    Doz Fronteras

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    1. Puro pedo el 40 ya ni tiene feria para pagarle a nadie desde que le kitaron los caballos a su carnal esta viviendo e una caja de trailer en nuevo laredo como el luky jajaja

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    2. Tonces si no tiene feria porque no lo pescan? Y 40 no esta en Nuevo Laredo nomas va de visita y cuando anda en la ciudad se le e visto en su comboy con sus estakas todos con unfirormes color Z como los tenia Osiel a los Z originales.

      Tu crees que Los Caballos era su unica manera para obtener recursos para el Cartel de los Z.No lo creo yo tonces si no tiene feria porque no le tumban Nuevo Laredo y Piedras Negras? Digo si en querdio esta plaza pero siempre se la viven pelando toda.

      Oyes inutil ya van para los 4 años de la guerra entre CDG y Z ni con el apoyo del Chaputo pueden ni aliandoze con los Templarios.El CDG se tiene que aliar con carteles mas fuertes si no salen bailando.

      O que opinas? Y Lucky se estava escondiendo del 40 por no obedecer ordenes y calentar la plaza de VeracruZZZ.Como decian las mantas que puso 40 "Y para los que me tracionen les pongo en su madre".

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    3. Oye pendejo y a cualquier estúpido que dice que es élite le checan el récord o que, por que los récords de cada soldado son propiedad de la secretaria de defensa. El 40 ya valió madre, se le acabo el pedo, cuando sale a comprar tortillas va con puros halconcillos muertos de hambre que nomas le andan oliendo los pedos. Ahí anduve ayer por Villas de San Miguel y de las cuachazzzzz ni sus luces.

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  23. ok I have a question if this military training of drug cartels is so true then why is it IN EVERY SINGLE EXECUTION VIDEO THE VICTIMS AND CRIMINALS ARE OUT OF SHAPE? THEIR EITHER FAT OR MALNOURISHED LOOKING I think this is just more narco propaganda to make em appear stronger than they are.

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    1. 1:29 I agree bro.. all those fools that are on videos or get marked like day labor's.. none look like assassins.. or elite sodiers...

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    2. The elite soldiers are only used to guard top capos or do special missions.

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    3. What this guy said ^ ... those you see in those videos, normally end up dead and are the ones that are always on coce and doing the nasty shitty work like cutting humens into pieces. A professional well never do something like that.

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  24. Anon 1:29

    I think only the top brass is made of former soldiers. Beside, most of the time when you watch these execution videos, the victims are informers, spotters, drug dealers for another cartel, hardware suppliers or stuff like that.

    And of course don't forget these videos represent only a fraction of the horrific events that take place. There must be even deeper shits going on and we'll never hear about.

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  25. When they killed Arturo Beltran Leyva was he just done taking a shit? Why does he have his pants half off? Also why the fuck wasn't he wearing his botas blancas? Los tenis blancos got him killed.

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    1. They pulled he's pants down, cause its a sign .of disrespect.. thats why the marine that did it got murked with all he's family and kids

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    2. Oh damn that's crazy!! I never knew that. thanks I was wondering the same thing why his pants were down..

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  26. So Los Matazetas are a function of the military? I'm confused!

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  27. Most of the people getting executed are halcones and the like, I don´t doubt that cartels recruit former militars but those are just a few, it´s not like they are picky either, their big recruitment pool is the young, poor and ignorant, people willing to risk their lives for a few bucks and a very unlikely chance of surviving longer than a few months and perhaps making it up the ranks.

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  28. July 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM
    dont u know they have different groups for different jobs like el ponchis work is only to torture or decapitate

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  29. This is one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read, a clear he said she said. A real waste of my time on reading this.

    If this was real, and the death squads had some real training on all the thing mention on this article, the criminals will be a lot more accurate on their targets, and they will not go around killing low level criminals like they usually do.

    Los Matazetas, CDG, and the Zetas! Who have they really killed?

    Los Beltranes and the Sinaloa cartels were a lot more accurate when killing their enemies.

    But anyway, you people go ahead and believe what you want, I will take all this with a grain of salt.

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    1. Did you skip the part where it says he did not complete his studies, this being that their not the brightest color in the box. Their just muscle, that know how to use a weapon. Besides that no brain. Maybe that's why they weren't so accurate.

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  30. Yeah right, all those arrested and the ones killed look real well trained, they are all fat and many look like drug addicts. This article is funny.

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  31. LOL Juan Ignacio receives a salary of nearly $30,000 pesos a month for his work, a “risk bonus” in every action that goes from $10,000 to $20,000 additional pesos, and an unquantifiable bonus known internally as “spoils of war”, i.e. cash, jewelry, or weapons seized and unreported.

    When Ignacio kill Tony Tormenta, who was he working for?

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  32. She said "but the government shouldn’t have killed him that way, like an animal, with a flamethrower" hahahhahahahahahahhahahah

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  33. You can run but you can't hide. Nike's next ad.

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  34. I don't bellieve anything said by this politician. And if you googled his name, his brother is involved with illegal business... so that's enough evidence to not trust all what he's saying...

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  35. So i am assuming that the Matazetas/CJNG started out in the same way as Los Pepes in Columbia. Then over time CJNG starts trafficking drugs. Simple.

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    1. Los pepes were made up of victims relatives and members of cali cartel and were funded by the cali cartel

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    2. 8:00 am .. Not .. los pepes were military founded by the Colombian government and US government.. it was all soldiers a special unit just to captured Escobar..

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    3. Pepes =Personas Perseguidas porEscobar. PEople Persecuted by EScobar. It was Everybod y against Escobar, Cartels, Army,CIA, and people that got hurt by his coke influenced ego.

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  36. So if this people are so well trained, then why they only kill low level criminals?

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  37. anon 12:38

    "Yeah right, all those arrested and the ones killed look real well trained, they are all fat and many look like drug addicts. "

    And so if your comment.

    Again, you don't know everything that's happening there, you only see a very small fraction of it, a small fraction that these cartels allow others to see, there have been some other testimonies from former sicarios or other people who clearly said they were former militaries, and their main purpose was to either guard the capos or doing assassinations. Just because you saw some videos showing fat men and old women (or even kids, saddly) being beheaded make you think this is only that kind of person they're dealing with ?

    Some people here can't even see further their nose, so i wonder how they can even try to understand how cartels work...

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  38. reply to July 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM true but neither do you and I am very certain the fact is while there is a small nucleus of ex military/police and an even smaller nucleus of intelligent people the majority of drug cartel members are inexperienced,uneducated,unfit,low self esteemed economic materialists/former or current members of a street gang.

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  39. Cartels work just like the military. You have your conventional forces and your special forces. You have tacticians, scientists, logistics, guards, hit teams, spies/look-outs, etc.

    Just like the military, once out of basic training, you have some fat asses and such. They don't all stay in top shape after all that eating and drinking (beer bellies) with their new cash flow.

    Also, people in the videos are mostly low level street dealers or some taco vender killed to send messages.

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  40. July 9, 2013 at 1:25 AM
    yeah bro ur right bt these people from us never understand because they think warriors only born in usa

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  41. maybe, and I'm just throwing thi out there, but just maybe, the Mexican military should thrown in a class or two about ethics and doing the right thing.. oh, this is the Mexican gov were talking about. nevermind..

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  42. Btw, i hope this book ever get translated in french (native language) or at least in english. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  43. Cartels work just like the military. You have your conventional forces and your special forces. You have tacticians, scientists, logistics, guards, hit teams, spies/look-outs, etc.

    Spies he said, special forces he said, tacticians he said, logistics he said. Hard to imagine what he is talking about since the criminals aren't able to get to their intended targets. (their main enemies) thats why the kill low level criminals, street vendors and drug addicts.

    Just like the military, once out of basic training, you have some fat asses and such. They don't all stay in top shape after all that eating and drinking (beer bellies) with their new cash flow.

    New cash flow he said, lol most of the sicarios get promised a salary of $1554 dollars a month and they get paid once a month, that way if you get killed they don't have to pay you. Most of the sicarios don't last long, they get killed by the military or by the enemy.

    Also, people in the videos are mostly low level street dealers or some taco vender killed to send messages.

    To send a message he said. Mmmm what message will that be? Yeah the massage is loud and clear, we can't get to the real boss so we kill these fools just to show the enemy that we are killers. But remember that according to this article they are very well trained ELITE MERCENARIES.

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    1. What kind of training do you have? Looks that everything you know is thru the newspaper. Thanks, ex-special forces operator, 7th Group.




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    2. Bullshit! They are not trained in HALO/HAHO parachuting, underwater fighting, underwater demolitions, evasion and escape, three point ambushes, escaping from inside an ambush kill zone, explosives cooking before detonation, det cord, c-4,semtex handling, liquid nitro demolitions, they are not ELITE.

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    3. i guess the usa ,israeli n colombian trainers r not elite then .

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    4. I'm talking about cartel members, or are you going to compare a stinky ass drug trafficker cheap ass killer with our Navy SEALS, Army Deltas, Air Force pararescue or Army Special Forces or Rangers? Strap an mc-4 to one of this punks and drop that c-130 ramp at 36,000 ft and tell him to make that HALO over the Pacific Ocean and let's see what happens, I bet you that punk is going to shit his pants.

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  44. @ 8am

    Links to authorities
    There are reports that Los Pepes had ties to some members of the Colombian National Police, especially the Search Bloc (Bloque de Búsqueda), with whom they exchanged information in order to execute their activities against Escobar. According to documents released to the public by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2008, "Colombian National Police director general Miguel Antonio Gómez Padilla said 'that he had directed a senior CNP intelligence officer to maintain contact with Fidel Castaño, paramilitary leader of Los Pepes, for the purposes of intelligence collection.'"
    Los Pepes is also strongly tied to Centra Spike, a covert ops group that was heading, in large part, the hunt for Pablo Escobar.[citation needed] There is evidence that Los Pepes acted on CIA/DEA/Delta Force intelligence to launch their missions.

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  45. Being part of a military doesnt necessarily translate into being intelligent, including the U.S. military. The U.S. armed forces, except the Airforce, only requires a h.s. diploma/GED. You can obtain a diploma threw resource courses. It doesn't take brain surgery to become a good soldier. If everybody was a Rhodes scholar, then nobody would join an armed group and put their lives at risk. In the U.S. armed forces to move up the top ranks it is required to have a higher education; that's what required to become a general, or any high ranking, engineers, surgeons, some special forces etc. Now quasi-military agencies like CIA special-ops, FBI SWAT, detectives are full of intelligent people since it is required to have a bachelor degree before even being accepted. Most of the cartel members are uneducated and poor that for the most part will only serve as cannon fodder.

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    1. That's bullshit, to join the Air Force you only need a high school diploma or GED. Any branch of the US Armed Forces requires that you have a bachelor's degree to do certain jobs or get qualified for OCS and become an officer or warrant officer, or you think the US Army is going to let you fly an Apache or A-10 just with a high school diploma. Now if you think that the FBI or CIA are full of intelligent people you are wrong 80% of them federal agents including border patrol or us customs are fucking ignorant sob's. Earning a bachelor's degree doesn't mean they are intelligent, depends I what's your mayor., like if some of them earned a bachelor's or master's degree in mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology etc, etc they they are some intelligent persons, but if they earned a bachelor's in physical education or journalism or something like that they are no geniuses.

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    2. To join the U.S. Airforce you need a diploma/GED + 15 hours of college level credits, and pass the entrance exam. You can't just enlist with a h.s. diploma. You said just what I meant, that to do certain careers, or obtain certain ranks you need a college level education. That's what I put about 'In the U.S. Armand Forces'. Read what I wrote a little closer. I believe you have to have a college level education to be able to learn to operate the highly computerized highly lethal Apache helicopter. Of course you can't just have a diploma! Are you kidding me! Comparing FBI and CIA agents to Customs and Border Patrol agents. Thats an insult to the FBI/CIA. FBI/CIA Agents are intelligent and highly educated, required to have a bachelor degree to even make an application, people who are smart enough to traffic illegal drugs and make billions in the case of the CIA. Just ask Bush 41 about that! As far as the Border and Customs agents are concerned, their smart enough
      to pass their entrance exams and training courses, and earn a good salary to support their families with. Anybody with a bachelor degree is going to be a little more intelligent that non-college educated people. You have to pass math and English courses. That's work! However, you don't have to be a college educated person obtain intelligence-just ask Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Chapo Guzman, Z-40, etc. As far as CIA agents not having intelligence is concerned-I'd like to see tell them in their face. Some of those guys are trained killers!

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    3. Well, I didn't know about the Air Force requirement of a hs/ged diploma +15 college hour credits. That's new to me, I served from 1968 to 1975 in the US Army and back then the Air Force didn't require any college credits.

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    4. Any ranger, infantryman, seal, SF, pararescue, etc etc are trained killers, just out of basic training you are trained to kill, there is nothing to it!

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  46. The elite soldiers are only used to guard top capos or do special missions he said.

    How many elite soldiers got killed or arrested when some of this criminals went down???

    What special missions are you talking about? Decapitating a taco vendor?

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  47. Some people here can't even see further their nose, so i wonder how they can even try to understand how cartels work...

    Just like you anon July 8, 2013 at 8:11 PM

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  48. Those marines or should i say special forces guys are crazy. They went into Arturo Beltran Leyva condo and neutralized all six suspects.
    El rojo the same one that decapitaded nine military soldiers in Chilpancingo,Guerrero also went down.They died trying to protect their boss. Arturo died with his rifle in hand,Ar 15.

    Also some marines died in that operation. I doubt it was only one,as the goverment says.

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  49. Fuck $35000 a month not bad for a days work.

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  50. Part of the risk involved in being a soldier is death. That goes hand in hand with the life of a soldier of any kind. That's why soldiers tend to loot, plunder, and pillage since the grim reaper might be paying a visit at any moment.

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  51. the poor talibs are better than ur rich ur seal bitches

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  52. dumb asses on here,the original special forces for protecting cardenas fools!! and training the canon fodder to atleast give them a chance in a gun fight,and if any major problems in certain La compania turf,cardenas send original zetas to fix....thats if not too dangerous where none come back...and too keep everyone in check = the whole empire of La Compania
    and if no one believe me, SMO (suk me off)

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  53. The U.S.helps fuel the drug trafficking to keep Mexicans from invading the U.S. As soon as the cartels stop killing each other they will turn their attention to the north.

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