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War for Juarez

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Juarez after the War

As a bitter war between rival cartels grinds to an end, Ciudad Juarez has lost the title of world murder capital, and is...
A map from Muggah and Vilalta's study on Ciudad Juarez
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Ciudad Juarez: Mapping the Violence

Juarez has always been a volatile place. It is a border city that draws huge numbers of migrants seeking work, and engenders large discrepancies between its...
Juarez police chief Julian Leyzaola
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Police Use Brute Force to Break Crime’s Hold on Juarez

There appears to have been a security miracle in Ciudad Juarez, once one of the world's most violent cities. But while some applaud the city’s police chief, Julian...
A Barrio Azteca gang tattoo
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Barrio Azteca Gang Poised for Leap into International Drug Trade

Barrio Azteca, a prison gang born in the Texas jail system, is becoming a major player in the Mexican underworld and the "X-factor" in the battle for Ciudad Juarez,...
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How Juarez’s Police, Politicians Picked Winners of Gang War

For many crime watchers, the fighting in Juarez that cost nearly 10,000 people their lives over a four year stretch was a battle of the titans: the Juarez Cartel...