The work's chapters are divided into thematic sections titled--The Zetas
: Criminal Paramilitaries in a Transnational Business, Mexico's Drug War: A Modern Civil War?, and Los Zetas
The Sinaloa cartel has continued to expand in Mexico and globally, but has faced increasing pressure from rival groups, Los Zetas
Pay attention, men," the video's unidentified narrator says when the Zeta
members finish speaking, following which three members of the Gulf cartel begin to slowly hack off the heads of the Zetas
with their knives.
"The Gulf cartel (CDG) was strong at the beginning of 2011, holding off several Zetas
incursions into its territory," said the report.
were founded by deserters from an elite military unit and are known for their brutality.
The Sinaloa and Gulf cartels have long been each other's biggest rivals, and anti-drugs officials say their pact shows the extent to which the Zetas
have become a common threat.
According to Mexican Defense Minister Ricardo Clemente Vega, the Zetas
have also recruited at least a handful of Guatemalan commandos referred to as the "Kaibiles"--a name borrowed from an ancient Mayan prince.