News that Mexican authorities had captured famed drug lord Joaquin Guzman — known simply as ‘El Chapo’ — sent shockwaves through the world. Guzman was captured in his home state of Sinaloa, Mexico, in the middle of the night by Mexican Marines.
New details have emerged from the capture, including helmet-camera footage, that reveal just how daring the raid was and how close El Chapo was to another escape.
The Marines stormed the jungle compound where El Chapo was hiding. They had the facility under surveillance for more than a month and raided the compound the night that El Chapo arrived, according to CNN. As gunfire raged, El Chapo and one of his top lieutenants escaped through a hidden tunnel behind a mirror in a closet. The managed to get through the sewer tunnel, and emerged out onto the street. Mexican military personnel attempted to pursue them through the tunnel, but were unable to, as it was flooding. El Chapo and his lieutenant stole a car and tried to escape, but quickly ran out of gas. After stealing another car, they were quickly intercepted and apprehended by Mexican authorities.
According to the Los Angeles Times, several U.S. federal jurisdictions are fighting to have El Chapo extradited to them, including the Southern District of California based in Los Angeles, the Northern District of Illinois out of Chicago, the Southern District of New York in New York City, and the Southern District of Florida in Miami.
It is unclear which district will succeed in being able to prosecute El Chapo, or how long the extradition process will take. For now, he’s in solitary confinement under heavy guard in Mexico, lest he vanish again as he did through daring escapes in 2001 and 2015.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.
A top Senate Republican and fierce ally of President Donald Trump reportedly exploded at Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently about the U.S. military's plans to withdraw all troops from Syria by the end of April.
"That's the dumbest f******g idea I've ever heard," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly replied when Shanahan confirmed the Trump administration still plans to complete the Syria withdrawal by April 30.
Later, Graham told Shanahan, "I am now your adversary, not your friend."