Hearing sought on Islamic, Mexican ties

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Mark Juergensmeyer, director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a terrorism specialist, said that links between terrorism and narcotics trafficking have been well-established in foreign nations, such as Afghanistan.

But Mr. Juergensmeyer said the DEA report linking terrorist organizations in the United States to Mexican drug cartels displays a new evolution in terrorist tactics and poses a serious concern in the area of security.

“In some ways, that’s even more frightening to think that drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico may adopt some jihadist ideology,” he said. “If it’s an ideology being adopted by a drug culture then that makes this situation very dangerous.”

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