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Mexico stops the Taliban - 'El Taliban,' that is

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(Read caption) Ivan Velasquez Caballero (c.), a suspected drug leader of the Zetas drug cartel, is presented to the media together with suspected Zetas members Carlos de Santiago (2nd l.) and Manuel Guerrero alias 'Tony' (r.) in Mexico City September 27.

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“El Taliban,” the alias of one of Mexico’s most wanted drug traffickers, was arrested in Mexico this week, paraded before the media today, and will be hailed as yet another coup for the Mexican and United States governments in their joint goal to weaken the power of drug trafficking networks.

But if the US and Mexico see eye-to-eye on their strategy to capture top druglords, they are increasingly at odds over other facets of the so-called "war on drugs."

The same day that "El Taliban" was captured, Mexican President Felipe Calderon spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, as did the presidents of Colombia and Guatemala, each questioning the American-sponsored status quo on global antinarcotics efforts.

“Today, I am proposing formally that [the UN]…carry out a far-reaching assessment of the progress and limits of the current prohibitionist approach to drugs,” said Mexican President Felipe Calderon. 

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