Bloody Drug Wars Rock Mexican Town

With 210 dead in the first three months of 2008, president sends in the army
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 4:25 PM CDT
A forensic expert puts together a human skeleton at a cemetery in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Bloody drug wars are ravaging the Mexican town of Ciudad Juarez—across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas—despite desperate attempts at control by the government. After 210 lives were claimed by the battles between cartels in the first three months of 2008, President Felipe Calderon sent over 2,000 soldiers to the area in late March, the New York Times reports.

But those soldiers are so intimidated by the power of organized crime that they hide their faces with ski masks. Meanwhile, complex webs of alliances make it tough even to keep track of who's fighting whom. “A lot of these lines have been blurred since the first of the year,” says a US special agent in El Paso.