Mexico: Why Did They Open Fire?

Why Did They Open Fire?

The army claimed it was a tragic accident. On Nov. 7 a planeload of narcotics agents from the Mexican Attorney General's office landed at a clandestine airstrip in hot pursuit of a plane from Colombia that stopped to refuel -- and turned out to contain more than 814 lbs. of cocaine. When the Mexican narcs emerged, more than 100 soldiers already on the ground opened fire, killing seven of the agents.

Although the military claimed that the agents had been mistaken for drug smugglers, mounting evidence indicated that the soldiers were at the airstrip not to capture the smugglers -- both...

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