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At Least 22 Killed In Mexico After Cartel's Highway Ambush Of Police

EL UNIVERSAL(Mexico), BBC (UK)

Worldcrunch

MICHOACAN - Twenty gang members and two federal police officers were killed in late- night clashes between the police and the Knights Templar drug cartel in this southeastern Mexican state, El Universal reports Friday.

Police say 15 of its officers were injured when members of the drug cartel ambushed them after blocking off the highway Siglo XXI in an organized assault. BBC reports that the attacks took place the day after the Knights Templar cartel killed five people protesting the gang’s violent and extortionary tactics.

The violence rate continues to rise in Michoacan and nationwide after the Mexican government stepped up a crackdown on drug cartels.

Authorities announced that they had reinforced surveillance on the highway and that the National Security Commission will maintain its presence in the area and continue its efforts to track down others responsible for the attacks, El Universal reports.

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Increased Police Presence in Michoacán (Wikimedia Commons)

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For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

Turkey's objections to Swedish membership of NATO may mean that Finland joins first. And as he approaches an election at home, Turkish President Erdogan is playing the game to his advantage.

For Erdogan, Blocking Sweden's NATO Bid Is Perfect For His Reelection Campaign

January 11, 2023, Ankara (Turkey): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the International Conference of the Board of Grievances on January 11.

Turkish Presidency / APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire
Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — This story has all the key elements of our age: the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the excessive ambitions of an autocrat, the opportunism of a right-wing demagogue, Islamophobia... And at the end, a country, Sweden, whose NATO membership, which should have been only a formality, has been blocked.

Last spring, under the shock of the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, Sweden and Finland, two neutral countries in northern Europe, decided to apply for membership in NATO. For Sweden, this is a major turning point: the kingdom’s neutrality had lasted more than 150 years.

Turkey's President Erdogan raised objections. It demanded that Sweden stop sheltering Kurdish opponents in its country. This has nothing to do with NATO or Ukraine, but everything to do with Erdogan's electoral agenda, as he campaigns for the Turkish presidential elections next May.

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