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The U.S. military enters Mexico to patrol Ciudad Juarez

U.S. Army troops have arrived in Ciudad Juarez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua (north) to combat organized crime . They are working with local authorities to aid in intelligence work said Wednesday the state government’s general secretary, Carlos Silveyra Saito.

In early November, a contingent of U.S. troops reached the city, to cooperate in the “ Coordinated Operation Chihuahua,” created in 2001 by the Mexican federal government.

Last April, U.S. troops left Ciudad Juárez because of complaints from residents, who accused the military of violating human rights on an ongoing basis, making use of their “superiority,” the newspaper ‘El Universal’ reported.

Ciudad Juarez is one of the most violent cities in the country. So far this year more than 2,750 people, mostly women, have died because of organized crime, with nearly 200 groups engaged in kidnapping and extortion in the region bordering the United States.

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