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High-sea drug traffickers arrested off the coast of Guatemala
High-sea drug traffickers arrested off the coast of Guatemala
Diane Jeantet

PUERTO CHIAPAS — In the small Mexican fishing harbor of Puerto Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, drug trafficking boats aren't that uncommon a sight. At first glance, they look like like regular fishing boats. What sets them apart are the state-of-the-art motors.

Chiapas state is one of the most peaceful in Mexico, and Puerto Chiapas, a modest village of 8,000 inhabitants, is no exception. And yet, as a midway point between the region where drugs are produced, South America, and the place they're consumed, the United States, the small harbor occupies a strategic position in the world of transnational narcotics trafficking. Indeed, some 80% of the trafficking is said to travel off this part of the coast.

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Hide-And-Seek Of Drone Warfare, A Letter From Ukraine's Front Line

A member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces writes his account of the new dynamic of targeting, and being targeted by, the invading Russian troops, as drones circle above and trenches get left behind.

A Ukrainian military drone operator during a testing of anti-drone rifle in Kyiv.

Igor Lutsenko*

KYIV — The current war in Ukraine is a game of hide-and-seek. Both sides are very well-stocked with artillery, enough to destroy the enemy along many kilometers. Swarms of drones fly through the air day and night, keeping a close eye on the earth's surface below. If they notice something interesting, it immediately becomes a target. Depending on the priority, they put it in line for destruction by artillery.

Therefore, the only effective way to survive is to hide, or at least somehow prove to the drones your non-priority status — and avoid moving to the front of the 'queue of death.'

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In general, the nature of this queue is a particular thing. It may seem to be a god, but is instead a simple artillery captain's decision of when to have lunch, and when to fire on the house where several enemy soldiers are staying. It's just a handful of ordinary people (observers, artillerymen) deciding how long their enemies will live depending on their own schedule or the weather, the availability of ammunition or if they're feeling tired.

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