Mexico deploys 2,000 more troops in border city to battle drug gangs

March 14, 2009 05:16

Mexico deployed 2,000 troops to this embattled northern border city Friday to reinforce a crackdown against drug gangs. Another 3,000 soldiers will arrived in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, by Sunday, said Enrique Torres, the spokesman for a joint military-police operation in Chihuahua state, where the city of 1.3 million people is located. The deployment is part of a nationwide crackdown on drug cartels that has grown to include more than 45,000 troops since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006.

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