[Ed. – As asserted by Davidson, this is a very serious development. This wasn’t just a low-level shootout. This was a major battle for control of a Mexican city, waged in daylight using military-grade weaponry on both sides. A military analogy would be the self-armed Kurds or ISIS battling the Assad regime’s forces. And there’s a real prospect of internal disintegration in Mexico similar to that seen in Syria or Iraq, with spillover effects at the U.S. border. We’ve talked about this before: it’s been over 100 years, but this is what the U.S. Army was dealing with just before World war I.]
Last Thursday in the city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, a battle erupted between government forces and drug cartel gunmen after the Mexican military captured two sons of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The elder son, Ivan, was quickly freed by his men, who overpowered government forces and secured his release. Ivan then launched an all-out siege of the entire city in an effort to free his younger brother, Ovidio.
The ensuing scene could have been mistaken for Syria or Yemen. Footage posted on social media Thursday showed burning vehicles spewing black smoke, heavily armed gunmen blocking roads, dead bodies strewn in the streets, and residents fleeing for cover amid high-caliber gunfire.
Armed with military-grade weapons and driving custom-built armored vehicles, cartel henchmen targeted security forces throughout Culiacan, launching more than one dozen separate attacks on Mexican security forces.