U.S. risks 'another Benghazi' under Mexican rules barring agents from arming By: Joseph J. Kolb December 03, 2012 U.S. agents on assignment in Mexico, where they are helping the local authorities go after violent drug cartels, are not allowed to carry weapons for their own protection, a situation that one lawmaker says could turn into another Benghazi. Because the official role of U.S. agents south of the border is limited to intelligence gathering and training their Mexican counterparts, they are barred by Mexico from carrying weapons. The danger they face was underscored last month, when 15 Mexican National Police were arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two CIA agents in August. ~~~~~ Obama gave tacit approval to Mexicos prohibition against U.S. agents carrying weapons in March 2011, following the ambush killing of ICE agent Jaime Zapata and the wounding of his partner, Victor Avilla. "There are laws in place in Mexico that say our agents should not be armed," Obama said. And DEA spokesman Michael Rothermund said its for Mexico to decide if American agents can carry guns in Mexico, not the U.S. (Excerpt) Read more: U.S. risks 'another Benghazi' under Mexican rules barring agents from arming | Fox News Jamie Zapata was one of the first casualties to be killed in Mexico.