Officials reviewing policies after US soldier surrenders his weapon to Mexicans on US soil

A U.S. Army horizontal construction engineer with the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 229th Engineer Company, talks with a driver in the secondary screening lanes at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Nogales Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.

The Alamo has seemingly been forgotten and Pentagon officials are scrambling to review policy after a US Soldier surrendered his sidearm to Mexican troops.

The two US Soldiers, who were from Washington state, were intercepted driving an unmarked vehicle along the Texas side of the border by half a dozen Mexican military personnel, who were also in an unmarked vehicle and were armed with rifles.

“That area of the border is kind of confusing,” a US Northern Command official told the Washington Examiner. “It may have been difficult for them [Mexican forces] to know if they didn’t know the area as well or were new or something. I don’t think- it definitely wasn’t trying to overtake the U.S.”

While the Americans stationed at the border are trained in de-escalating tense situations, no real protocol exists for dealing with the Mexican military. That said, surrendering one’s weapon to make such an encounter less tense was not the wisest choice.

To make matters worse, Mexican drug cartels -who often wield more power than the Mexican government- frequently masquerade as Mexican military personnel and even have agents within the ranks of the actual army and police forces.

Only one of the two US Soldiers -who were working with surveillance equipment- spoke Spanish. After establishing identity, the 9mm pistol was returned.

The incident took place on April 13, and is under review.

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