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Mexican Military Battles Drug Insurgency

April 2, 2009

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has called on the Mexican army to mobilize along the U.S./Mexican border to help stem the growing tide of violence caused by drug traffickers, the Washington Post, reports:

Calderón’s deployment of about 45,000 troops to fight the cartels represents a historic change. Previous administrations relied on Mexico’s traditionally weak police agencies to combat the traffickers, who funnel 90 percent of the cocaine that enters the United States. The cartels corrupted local authorities and reached tacit agreements with the national government, limiting the violence while the drugs continued to flow.

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