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Mexico Deploys 15,000 Federal Forces, Many to Zetas Territory

Mexico announced it would send just under 12,000 military personnel and 4,000 federal police to seven Mexican states, most of which are strongholds of the Zetas...
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The Evolution of the Drug Trade in Peru’s Cocaine Heartland

The Huallaga Valley in central Peru was for many years the country's primary production and export point for cocaine. But as IDL-Reporteros reports, the drug trade...
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Map Shows Closing of US Border Patrol Stations a Smart Move

A map by the Washington Office on Latin America’s (WOLA) Border Fact Check project shows that despite criticisms, the closing of seven US Border Patrol stations is...
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US Report on Colombia Cocaine Production Raises More Questions Than Answers

Once again, statistics on Colombia's cocaine production released by the United Nations and the White House present radically different findings. Despite assertions...
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Mexico, Guatemala Have Lowest Military Spending in LatAm

Guatemala and Mexico have the smallest military budgets as a percentage of GDP in Latin America, according to Mexican newspaper...
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Colombia Revamps Coca Eradication Strategy After UN Report

Colombia will launch a new strategy involving regular checks by the security forces to prevent coca farmers replanting crops after eradication, following the UN's...
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US Efforts in West Africa Will not Stop Flow of Europe-Bound Cocaine

The US's initiative to train elite anti-narcotics units in West Africa, a crucial transit point for cocaine headed to Europe, will not stop Latin American...
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Emerald Czar’s Failing Health Could Spark Conflict in Colombia

Colombian emerald magnate Victor Carranza is approaching his end after a long battle with cancer, and his demise could spark a bloody war for control of this...
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Peru’s Ex-Drug Czar on Where the Government is Going Wrong

Peru is fighting on two fronts against an expanding cocaine trade and resurgent Shining Path guerrillas. The country's former top anti-drug official Ricardo Soberon...
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Violence in Mexico 2012: A Halfway Report

Some of the most dangerous parts of Mexico have grown far safer in the last six months, though the gangland rivalries driving much of the violence have intensified...
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Did the FARC Shoot Down Colombian War Plane?

The FARC's claim to have shot down an air force plane in Cauca, one of Colombia’s most fiercely contested regions, highlights the importance of air power, which...
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How the Drug Trade Fuels Femicide in Central America

Since the "Northern Triangle" of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala emerged as the main corridor for US-bound drugs, it has become one of the deadliest places in...