TEXAS, SOUTH REGION/ 19 AUG 20/ Cartel del Noreste attacks in Coahuila, drug blockades and shootouts.
SITREP: Cartel del Noreste continues to push for control of greater Coahuila and Tamaulipas along the Texas border. The cartel has been increasingly harassing local security and rivals (Gulf Cartel and JNGC) with strategically placed narcomantas (painted cloth signs). The efforts are apparently in an effort to secure new shipping lanes across the US-Mexico border.
RECOMMENDATION: Exercise increased caution along the Texas-Mexico border as cartel violence and Mexican military interdictions are on the rise with cross-border criminal elements moving regularly through the contested territories. The article references civilians being caught in the crossfire.