Friday, February 27, 2009

Mexico's Cartel War -- February 27, 2009

A stranded passenger at the Ciudad Juarez airport passes a security checkpoint after a bomb threat closes the airport. Photo: Alejandro Bringas/WA Today

Mexico President Wants To Win Drug War By 2012 -- Yahoo News/AP

MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderon said Thursday he wants to win the war against the world's most powerful drug gangs before his term ends in 2012, and disputed U.S. fears that Mexico is losing control of its territory.

In interviews with The Associated Press, Calderon and his top prosecutor said the violence that killed 6,290 people last year — and more than 1,000 in the first eight weeks of 2009 — is a sign that the cartels are under pressure from military and police operations nationwide, as well as turf wars among themselves.

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More News On Mexico's Cartel War

Mexico rejects US drugs warning -- BBC
Mexican President denies drug cartel taking over -- WA Today
President denies Mexico losing drug wars -- Toronto Star
Quotes from President Felipe Calderon -- AP
20 killed as Mexico crime gangs defy security -- AFP
Mexico to send more troops to besieged city -- Reuters
Mexico to send up to 5,000 more troops to Ciudad Juarez -- L.A. Times
Mexico to send more troops to besieged city -- Reuters
State Department Issues Mexico Travel Alert -- All Headline News
Damage Control for Calderon -- Threatswatch
Commentary: What Mexico's drug war means for U.S. -- CNN

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