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Archive for December 27th, 2009

Washington Post Editorial: Mexico Massacre Reminder U.S. Must Do More to Help Fight Drug Cartels

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Washington Post Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — MELQUISEDET Angulo Cordova, a member of Mexico’s naval special forces, had been laid to rest for only a few hours when hit men burst into his family’s home Tuesday and slaughtered his mother, brother, sister and aunt.

This was not a random act of violence. It appears to have been retribution for Mr. Cordova’s part last week in a military ambush that resulted in the death of Arturo Beltran Leyva, one of Mexico’s most violent and brazen drug lords, and a handful of his bodyguards.

The revenge killing, the targeting of a mother and family, has shocked even those who have been numbed by thousands of deaths at the hands of the nation’s drug cartels during the past few years. This tragedy should serve as a reminder of why the United States must remain a strong and unwavering partner to Mexico in combating the increasingly ruthless cartels.

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Mexico Re-evaluates Drug War as Lawlessness Grips (Washington Post)

Father Had Reported Son to State Dept. Because of Radical Thoughts and Connections

nwa2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – The father of a Nigerian man charged Saturday with attempting to blow up a Northwest plane bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day told the State Department he was concerned about his son’s radical beliefs and connections, prompting authorities to put his name in a U.S. terrorism data base last month, the Washington Post reported.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “was added to a catch-all terrorism-related database when his father, a Nigerian banker, reported concerns about his son’s “radicalization and associations” to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a senior administration official said,” according to the Post.

“Abdulmutallab was not placed on any watch list for flights into the United States, however, because there was “insufficient derogatory information available” to include him, another administration official said,” the Post reported.

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