Mexican Government Sendng Troops to Juarez
POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2009 - 8:15am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
As the violence in Mexico continues, the Mexican government is taking action and sending extra troops and federal police to El Paso's bordering city, Juarez. A city so violent the Police Chief bowed to a drug cartels demands and resigned.
The country's Interior Secretary didn't say how many extra troops would be sent. but promised that reinforcements would be significant. About 2,500 soldiers and federal police are already operating in the province where Juarez is located. Drug violence has surged since the government launched its nationwide government crackdown which has claimed more than 6,000 lives last year, double the number of fatalities from 2007.
Mexico's Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora says about 1,000 people have been killed in the first eight weeks of this year. He went on to say, the violence suggests the world's most powerful drug cartels are melting down as they engage in turf wars and try to fight off the government crackdown.