Mar 14, 2009

Military surge at the Mexican border

Mexican soldier burns marijuana plants in 2009 anti-drug operation. [Mexican army photo]

Mexican military surge at the U.S.-Mexico border

March 14, 2009

By Kelly McKenzie

Special to Peace at the Border

CIUDAD JUAREZ - Nearly 11,000 soldiers and federal agents will patrol the streets of Juarez in the coming days in a massive show of force aimed at drug cartels and hit squads that include corrupt police.

Mexican authorities say the unprecedented deployment is intended to restore peace and safety to the beleaguered border city that has become a battleground for drug dealers who want to control the lucrative Juarez-El Paso smuggling corridor.

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