Militarised cartels a growing threat in Latin America

In recent years, the emergence of ‘narco tanks’ in Mexico – improvised armoured vehicles used by narcotraffickers – had drawn international attention, sparking fears that intense conflict could break out regularly on city streets. However, this trend appears to have waned, falling out of favour because use of the vehicles pressed the Mexican military to begin taking part in police operations. The bigger problem now is in the use of advanced firearms and other personnel equipment typically used by soldiers. Defence IQ explores the latest developments with insight from Dr Robert Bunker (Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College) and Commander Victor Hugo Ibañez Valencia (Peruvian Marine Corps), both of whom will be speaking at this year's Armoured Vehicles Latin America conference.

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