Mexicans experience another tumultuous year of violence and crime as Mexican forces battled several drug cartels. Mexico was able to arrest many of the main operatives in an increasingly violent and growing drug operation. Here is a selection of photos related to the war that has been waged against the cartels during the past five years.
In this May 16, 2011 file photo, the hand of a corpse hangs from a bed with a syringe that is being used by forensic experts at a makeshift morgue inside a refrigerated container as they try to identify hundreds of bodies found in mass clandestine graves in Durango, Mexico. Five years after President Felipe Calderon launched his assault on organized crime, about 45,000 troops have been deployed, plus several thousand more from the Navy infantry, or marines. More than 45,000 people have been killed by several counts, though the government stopped giving figures on drug war dead when they hit nearly 35,000 a year ago. Still, the flow of drugs continues unabated into the U.S. while arms and money flow into Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)
Alfredo Carmona alias "el Capi," alleged leader of the New Generation gang that dubs itself "Mata Zetas," or "Zetas Killers," front row left, and Aquiles Cruz, alleged operations leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Veracruz, front row right, stand with alleged members of the New Generation gang, left, and alleged members of the Zetas cartel, right, as they are presented to the press by the marines in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Marines arrested 12 alleged Zetas and eight members of the Jalisco New Generation drug gang on Thursday. The relatively new drug gang, New Generation, is responsible for killing at least 67 people whose bodies were found over the course of a couple of weeks in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
A grandmother uses her body as a shield to protect her grandchildren in Acapulco. Police found more than 200 shell casings at the scene in the poor neighborhood.
2011 was a year in which discoveries of multiple mass graves called "Narcofosas". Mass Narcofosas were found in Tamaulipas, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua and Sinaloa. In the photo is of a fosa in Durango.
Mexican Navy Marines take pictures of themselves during a ceremony presenting new military equipment, including the plane behind, for Mexico from the U.S., at the airport in Mexico City, Thursday Dec. 1, 2011. The equipment was handed over to Mexico as part a bilateral agreement known as the "Merida Initiative" to help fight against drug-trafficking and other security threats. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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