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Why Don't Mexico's Cartels Use Vehicle Bombs?

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Jan 14, 2020 | 09:00 GMT
The drug cartels have the means and the opportunity to use vehicle bombs, but a desire to avoid blowback has sapped their motive to do so.

Drug cartels in Mexico, wary of being labeled narcoterrorists, have avoided using vehicle bombs as a tactic in their competition with rivals, a wariness that will most likely extend into the future.

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The long-term consequences of being labeled narcoterrorist groups, and possibly turning the population against them, has outweighed the short-term benefit for Mexican cartels of using vehicle bombs in their struggles with authorities and each other....

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