Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Clashes with Mexican Military Leave 2,321 Dead

Friday, December 30, 2011 |


A total of 2,321 suspected criminals have died in clashes with army and air force personnel over the past five years, the Mexican Defense Secretariat said.

Since President Felipe Calderon took office on Dec. 1, 2006, 356 people have been wounded and 41,023 others have been arrested in operations targeting drug cartels and other criminal organizations, the secretariat said.

The figures, however, do not cover operations staged by the marine corps, which is part of the Navy Secretariat, and do not include army and air force casualties.

Army and air force units were attacked 1,971 times in the past five years, the secretariat said.

Calderon declared war on Mexico’s drug cartels shortly after taking office and deployed about 45,000 soldiers and 20,000 Federal Police officers to areas plagued by drug-related violence.

The army and air force “follow the law” in all their operations, respecting human rights, the secretariat said.

“In those cases where some effect on individual guarantees has been detected,” the armed forces have “cooperated with the agencies in charge of clearing up the incidents,” the secretariat said.

Citizens have filed 5,962 complaints with the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, Mexico’s equivalent of an ombudsman’s office, against the armed forces during the Calderon administration.

Only 92 of the complaints, or 1.54 percent of the total, resulted in CNDH recommendations of action against the army, the secretariat said, adding that 86.29 percent of the complaints ended up as closed cases.

More than 50,000 people have died in Mexico since Calderon launched his war on the cartels, with many of the victims dying in attacks staged by gang enforcers.

Source: EFE

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9 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks , Reporter Buggs

This article is a good reminder of how absurd the government figures have been concerning all facets of the war. The stated number of deaths is so ridiculously low that it defies common sense.

Great post, thanks again.

Anonymous said...

2321? Is that it? I wish that number was 23,210 or even better 232,100. That's what it will take to eradicate the Zetas from the face of the earth. Hell they would have to kill 23,210 in Nuevo Laredo alone. Calderon, you pussy, unleash the death squads, it's time for a bloody cleansing.

Anonymous said...

Damn I would have hoped the number to be much,much higher.

Anonymous said...

That makes me think they have to do a better job because that number is too low, don't you agree?

Anonymous said...

I bet you if it was the Marines that number woul be quadrupled,VIVA Los MARINOS!!!

Anonymous said...

The Sinaloa Cartel has killed plenty of people for the government, don't worry.

Anonymous said...

the most respected group in mexico is the marina mexicana. they are the ones that take down the big bosses

Anonymous said...

well look on the bright side, only 400,000 more cartel to kill.

Anonymous said...

December 30, 2011 2:55 AM This article is a good reminder of how absurd the government figures have been concerning all facets of the war. The stated number of deaths is so ridiculously low that it defies common sense.

What are you trying to say?

The number is only for the criminals who have died on clashes with the Mexican military, I'm sure they have not included the number of criminals killed on clashes with the police.

Also lets not forget most of the people killed in Mexico have been killed by the war between Cartels.

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