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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 20 SEP 2012

Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar reportedly left a flower wreath with a note reading "RIP" dedicated to a city mayor, in an act typical of the symbolic threats and…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 11 SEP 2012

Reports that an alleged rapist was crucified in rural Michoacan, west Mexico, raise the question of whether the Knights Templar gang were responsible, as the killing bears several trademarks associated…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 31 AUG 2012

The leader of Mexico's Knights Templar gang, alias 'La Tuta,' has appeared in a rare video espousing his group's peaceful credentials and calling for the downfall of Zetas leader 'Z-40,'…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 31 AUG 2012

A banner hung by Mexican criminal group the Knights Templar declares their intention to persecute Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño, alias “Z-40.” Could this signal that the Knights Templar are…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 8 AUG 2012

A report about a small Mexican town which defied powerful criminal groups offers a close-up portrait of the methods of the Familia Michoacana and Caballeros Templarios gangs, who…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 1 JUN 2012

The Caballeros Templarios, a drug gang based in west Mexico, left a series of public messages apologizing for arson attacks on a Mexico-based subsidiary of PepsiCo, claiming that it was…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 29 MAY 2012

Mexico's authorities blamed the Caballeros Templarios gang for several attacks against Sabritas, a PepsiCo subsidiary, in what may be one of the first major targetings of a large transnational firm…

JALISCO CARTEL / 26 APR 2012

Mexican authorities say that three different groups are currently fighting over Michoacan -- this could mean the state will see a lengthy, destabilizing conflict in which no group is…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 3 APR 2012

Mexico's Knights Templar are allegedly behind a series of "narco-banners" claiming the group has helped lower food prices across the state of Michoacan, the latest in a series of ambitious…

INFOGRAPHICS / 26 MAR 2012

The Knights Templar drug gang promised to halt violence during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico, and called on other criminal organizations to do the same. Did the…

JALISCO CARTEL / 23 MAR 2012

The Jalisco Cartel - New Generation has released a video asking the government not to hinder their efforts to drive a rival drug gang out of south Mexico, in order…

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR / 1 MAR 2012

Mexican security forces found 120 plastic Roman warrior-type helmets at a safehouse belonging to the Knights Templar, an offshoot of the once powerful Familia Michoacana criminal organization, in an illustration…

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