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Mexican mayor: Army will fight cartels permanently

Mexican mayor: Army will fight cartels permanently

The mayor of one of Mexico's most troubled border towns says he will maintain a permanent army presence to fight drug violence.
Ciudad Juarez Mayor Jose Reyes Ferris told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he expects about 2,000 army troops to remain in Juarez permanently "so that the army can maintain a presence against organized crime."
About 5,000 troops moved into Juarez in March and took over police operations in the town on the Texas border. It was part of a larger move by the government of President Felipe Calderon to send 45,000 troops to patrol territories long ruled by narcotraffickers.
Drug cartels and the violence they generate have claimed more than 6,000 lives in Mexico in 2008. Reyes Ferris says 1,600 were in Juarez.


Updated : 2021-06-21 13:12 GMT+08:00