All About Knights Templar

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 28 OCT 2013

A series of coordinated attacks on electrical plants and gas stations in Michoacan, Mexico has taken the state's conflict between drug cartels and vigilantes to the next level, and once…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 18 OCT 2013

The gunmen caught up with the police chief of the small town of Puruandiro as he drove before dawn near the beautiful lake that dominates the area. Attacking with assault…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 13 OCT 2013

In their fight against Mexico's government and their rivals, the Knights Templar employs a multifaceted strategy that targets all levels of society, offering the clearest illustration of what some analysts…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 7 OCT 2013

A series of "narcomantas" likely linked to the Knights Templar cartel have appeared in Michoacan threatening to form a guerrilla army to combat self-defense militias, as the west Mexico state's long running…

BELTRAN LEYVA ORG / 25 SEP 2013

It is tempting to separate Mexico's drug cartels into six hierarchical groups, each competing for trafficking turf. The reality, however, is that the Sinaloa Federation, the Gulf Cartel, the Tijuana…

EXTORTION / 5 SEP 2013

Attempts by the Knights Templar to extort a company building a federal prison in Mexico's Michoacan state have resulted in workers abandoning the site over threats, highlighting the extent of…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 12 AUG 2013

From its origins as a breakaway faction of the battered La Familia Michoacana, the quirky Knights Templar of the Pacific coast state of Michoacan have emerged as the third most…

JALISCO CARTEL / 30 JUL 2013

The attacks on Mexican security forces by armed men across the Pacific Coast state of Michoacan in the past week have killed dozens of people and mocked the federal government's…

JALISCO CARTEL / 24 JUL 2013

In the latest convulsion of violence in the embattled Michoacan state, two Mexican national police, and 20 civilians have been killed in ambushes targeting police, adding an apparently planned and…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 JUL 2013

Five people were killed and various others injured after an unidentified group shot at protesters in southwest Mexico's Michoacan state, in one of several recent incidents marking escalating violence in…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 20 JUN 2013

Public servants of every stripe across Mexico's gang plagued regions face an existential choice.

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / MAY 5, 2020

The Knights Templar (Cabelleros Templarios) emerged in March 2011 as a splinter group of the once-mighty Familia Michoacana. Like their predecessors, the Knights Templar cast themselves as a "self-defense" movement engaged in a struggle with …

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