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Mexicans ‘Zafado’ & ‘Loco’ get life sentences six years after they murdered ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata

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Two members of the Los Zetas hit squads, Garcia Sota and Quezada Piña, were sentenced Nov. 6 to life in federal prison for the Feb. 15, 2011 murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata and the attempted murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Victor Avila.

“Special Agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila were in Mexico to protect and serve our country when they were ambushed by these ruthless criminals, who will now spend the rest of their lives in a prison cell,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Blanco.

“This case serves as a reminder, that if you harm a U.S. agent, the U.S. government will pursue you to the ends of the earth to ensure that you are brought to justice,” Blanco said.

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The defendants, whose full names were: Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, aka Juan Manuel Maldonado Amezcua, aka “Zafado,” 36, of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and Jesus Ivan Quezada Piña, aka “Loco,” 29, of Matamoros, Mexico, were extradited from Mexico.

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Soto and Piña were convicted July 27.

Sota and Piña were found guilty of four federal offenses: murder of an officer or employee of the United States; attempted murder of an officer or employee of the United States; attempted murder of an internationally protected person; and using, carrying and brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.

The government presented testimony from 22 witnesses, including Avila.

According to the government’s presentation, Sota and Piña set out to steal cars in support of their cartel’s operations, when they came upon the up-armored Chevrolet Suburban with diplomatic plates driven by Zapata and Avila, who were on official business on their way to Mexico City.

In the ambush set by Sota and Piña, the two hitmen fired upon the Suburban with handguns and long guns, including an AR-15 and an AK-47, killing Zapata and wounding Avila, the government said. Roughly 90 shell casings were found at the scene of the attack.

“Special Agents Zapata and Avila dedicated themselves to federal law enforcement,” said District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu.

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“While working on behalf of our country, they were ruthlessly gunned down in a carjacking attempt by members of hit squads for the Los Zetas drug cartel,” she said.

“We have never forgotten what happened to these two American heroes in that ambush on a Mexican highway more than six years ago.”

 

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President Trump Prepares Afghanistan Peace Deal To End America’s Longest War

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President Donald Trump is preparing a monumental peace deal with the Afghan Taliban to withdraw thousands of U.S service members from Afghanistan and start winding down America’s lengthiest war.

The President is dispatching Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to attend the signing of the peace deal in Qatar. The White House published a statement on the upcoming peace deal Friday, emphasizing the need to finally end the seemingly endless Afghan War.

The statement emphasizes President Trump’s campaign promise during 2016 to pursue a final end to the ceaseless, never-ending conflict.

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Senior military and state department officials had met with representatives of the Taliban on Thursday night. The Taliban has been negotiating with the United States and the Afghan government on and off for months now.

Leaked documents have revealed a legacy of corruption and waste surrounding the U.S presence in Afghanistan.

The US-Taliban peace deal with reduce the amount of American service members present within the country from around 13,000 to 8,600. The burden of securing Taliban-dominated Afghan provinces will now be further shifted upon the Afghan government, a largely corrupt entity that has largely failed to provide a lasting and meaningful governmental alternative to the Islamist organization.

The Taliban has agreed never again to host extremist organizations such as al-Qaeda or ISIS in Afghanistan that plot attacks on the United States from the nation. The signing of the deal in Qatar has been preceded by a seven-day limited ceasefire, which the militant group had to obey in order for American authorities to sign the deal.

Some hawkish Senators and congressmen have openly called for limitless and infinite American military presence in the troubled Central Asian country.

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