Mexico Militarizes Border Town
Posted on Mar 4, 2009
The confrontation between the Mexican state and violent drug gangs is escalating, with the Mexican government moving to stomp out the bloody drug-related conflict in the border town of Ciudad Juarez. The first of some 7,000 troops have moved in to try to take control of the city.
More than 1,500 Mexican troops have moved into a city on the US border being fought over by rival drug gangs.
Soldiers moved into Ciudad Juarez to try to regain control of a city in which more than 2,000 people have been murdered over the past year.
Officials say they intend to have 7,000 troops and police in position by the end of the week.
Rival gangs are battling for control of the city, which is a key entry point for drug smuggling into the US.
Drug violence took the lives of 2,000 people in Ciudad Juarez last year.