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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Get out the white linen: Trouble coming to the streets of Laredo?

I think Mexico is the wild card in our national security situation, which is one reason I like carrying reports by my CNAS colleagues Bob Killebrew and Jennifer Bernal-Garcia about drugs, gangs and such. Along those lines, John McCreary’s NightWatch reports that Local TV news in Texas reported that the Zetas have left Reynosa tonight. ...

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I think Mexico is the wild card in our national security situation, which is one reason I like carrying reports by my CNAS colleagues Bob Killebrew and Jennifer Bernal-Garcia about drugs, gangs and such. Along those lines, John McCreary's NightWatch reports that

Local TV news in Texas reported that the Zetas have left Reynosa tonight. They've moved about 150 miles west to Nuevo Laredo. Sources reported the Zetas want to take over the city and make it their base of operations. The U.S. Consulate General's office already has confirmed a gun battle in Nuevo Laredo. ... According to the TV news cast the Zetas are already calling in reinforcements. Some 700 Zetas from around Mexico are joining the 500 already brought to the area last week. The Gulf Cartel also called in reinforcements last week and reportedly joined forces with La Familia Michoacana (LFM) and the Sinaloa Cartel."

McCreary's conclusion: "If this report is accurate, Laredo, Texas, needs to prepare for a spillover of violence and an influx of drugs."

I think Mexico is the wild card in our national security situation, which is one reason I like carrying reports by my CNAS colleagues Bob Killebrew and Jennifer Bernal-Garcia about drugs, gangs and such. Along those lines, John McCreary’s NightWatch reports that

Local TV news in Texas reported that the Zetas have left Reynosa tonight. They’ve moved about 150 miles west to Nuevo Laredo. Sources reported the Zetas want to take over the city and make it their base of operations. The U.S. Consulate General’s office already has confirmed a gun battle in Nuevo Laredo. … According to the TV news cast the Zetas are already calling in reinforcements. Some 700 Zetas from around Mexico are joining the 500 already brought to the area last week. The Gulf Cartel also called in reinforcements last week and reportedly joined forces with La Familia Michoacana (LFM) and the Sinaloa Cartel.”

McCreary’s conclusion: “If this report is accurate, Laredo, Texas, needs to prepare for a spillover of violence and an influx of drugs.”

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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