All About Knights Templar

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 22 DEC 2015

This article explores the security and political effects of militia forces that emerged in Mexico in recent years in reaction to violent organized crime, most prominently in the states of…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 8 OCT 2015

Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto's mass deployment of federal forces to Michoacan is reminiscent of his predecessor Felipe Calderon's militarized security strategy in the troubled state. …

AYOTZINAPA / 24 SEP 2015

The weak sentence handed out to Rodrigo Vallejo, son of the former governor of the state of Michoacan who held office during the height of the…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 23 APR 2015

Twelve members of a self-defense group in Mexico's Michoacan state went missing after going out on patrol in November 2014. Their families now say that police were involved -- whatever…

JALISCO CARTEL / 16 MAR 2015

It would be easy to think that given all that has happened in Mexico's Michoacan state over the last few months, everything has changed. Knights Templar leader Servando Gomez, alias "La…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 10 MAR 2015

The recent detention of Servando “La Tuta” Gomez and Omar “Z42” Treviño was arguably the culmination of Mexico's high-value target strategy. However, the real work for Mexico's security apparatus has…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 27 FEB 2015

Knights Templar leader Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, who was arrested by Mexican authorities today, was renowned for his extensive and bombastic reliance on video recordings, behavior that differentiated him from…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 27 FEB 2015

The capture of yet another high-level target -- this time Servando Gomez, alias "La Tuta," the leader of the Knights Templar -- should be cause for celebration in Mexico, but…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 21 NOV 2014

The prosecutor general of Michoacan state in west Mexico has admitted carrying out operations with alleged drug traffickers in the hunt for Knights Templar criminal boss "La Tuta," yet again…

ELITES AND CRIME / 17 NOV 2014

Government information indicates that 12 mayors across Guerrero, Mexico may have criminal ties -- suggesting that a dynamic pushed into the public eye by the case of 43 missing student…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 OCT 2014

The head of Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar, "La Tuta," has vowed to "fight to the end" in a defiant rant released at a time when staying quiet and rebuilding…

JALISCO CARTEL / 15 OCT 2014

In the competitive and ever-changing environment of Mexico's drug trade, groups like the CJNG and the Knights Templar have kept their position by adopting a regional strategy, rather than expanding…

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