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US lawmakers urge terrorist label for Mexican cartels

• Yahoo News
Key US lawmakers urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter released Friday to support labeling Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups and craft a strategy to help Mexico defeat them. "The Mexican drug cartels present a dangerous threat to the national security of the United States," said the group, led by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, a Republican. "It is clear violent actions taken by the Mexican drug cartels have evolved and are acts of terrorism. These cartels should be classified as terrorist organizations," they wrote. Republican Representatives Mike Rogers, Michael McCaul, Jeff Duncan, Dan Burton, Sue Myrick, and Brian Bilbray signed the letter, which came as Clinton hosted Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa.

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