September 27, 2012
The alleged leader of a faction of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, known as “El Taliban,” right, is escorted Thursday to a media presentation at the Mexican Navy’s Center for Advanced Naval Studies in Mexico City. Velazquez Caballero allegedly has been fighting a bloody internal battle with top Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, and officials have said the split was behind a recent surge in massacres and shootouts, particularly in northern Mexico.
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Mexican marines acting on U.S. intelligence seized the leader of a breakaway faction of the hyper-violent Zetas cartel, officials said Thursday, proclaiming the third such arrest in a month as a victory for a bi-national strategy focused on removing the leadership of Mexico’s powerful organized crime groups.