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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

Mexico: 2 men shot, hanged from bridge

This kind of atrocity, allegedly committed by a drug gang, reminds me of Chechnya. But it is in a place where I have vacationed, and where my son has lived.   Meanwhile, the cartels seem to be ganging up on a group of hit men in the border area.   Honduras also is seeing drug violence. I’m ...

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This kind of atrocity, allegedly committed by a drug gang, reminds me of Chechnya. But it is in a place where I have vacationed, and where my son has lived.  

Meanwhile, the cartels seem to be ganging up on a group of hit men in the border area.  

Honduras also is seeing drug violence.

This kind of atrocity, allegedly committed by a drug gang, reminds me of Chechnya. But it is in a place where I have vacationed, and where my son has lived.  

Meanwhile, the cartels seem to be ganging up on a group of hit men in the border area.  

Honduras also is seeing drug violence.

I’m voting for growing drug-related insecurity along the U.S.-Mexican border as the sleeper national security issue of the year. It may even combine with post-Castro Cuba, as drug gangs seek to move into that island’s ungoverned spaces — and there will be some.   

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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