Accession Number:

AD1082630

Title:

Mexican Drug Cartels and Al Qaeda: Credible Link or Impracticable Alliance

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-10-28

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 a pressing question arises. Why has there not been an al Qaeda attack or attempted attack within the United States homeland originating from the southern border Additionally, would the Mexican drug cartels collaborate with al Qaeda Through examining the strategic objectives, operational objectives, methods, and organizational transformations of al Qaeda and the Mexican drug cartels, this paper concludes that cooperation among the two entities is highly unlikely. It is true that the two entities share some methods however, their organizational goals are antithetical and divergent. This paper explains the complexities that have prevented a partnership from ever emerging between the Mexican drug cartels and al Qaeda.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE