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The Mexican army faces multiple murder allegations as it prepares to join United Nations peacekeeping missions. Read more»

Francisco Espinosa, a Mexican cattle rancher turned vigilante, with one of his force's latest toys.

These 'monsters' are the home-built armored trucks deputized militias and drug cartels are using for battle. Read more»

A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle next to the border fence west of Yuma.

Here‘s a look at four major claims of Middle East terrorism stirring on America's southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success. Read more»

Mexican communal militia members keep guard in Michoacan state.

Timeline: Drug violence has left the front pages here, but grisly discoveries keep adding to Mexico’s map of horror. Read more»

Soldiers ride on a street in Miguel Aleman, a city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, in 2010.

As Mexico plans to deploy federal forces to a border state to quell a rash of violence there, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela says a U.S. endorsement will help the strategy succeed. But analysts have some serious concerns about the strategy. Vela says there's no perfect solution but that the status quo cannot stand. Read more»

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

Many residents of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have reacted with silence to the death of a former mayor, who was allegedly kidnapped. It’s yet another signal that while violence has ebbed in the city, a climate of fear still exists. Read more»

City of Culiacan, Sinaloa, home base of the Sinaloa Cartel

For well over a century, local farmers have harvested marijuana and opium in the rugged mountains surrounding Badiraguato. Since the 1980s, the Sinaloa cartel has acted as their Wal-Mart, transporting the mind-bending cargo north with quasi-corporate efficiency, and distributing it to a narcotics-craving United States market. Read more»

Although church officials deny connections, there's mounting evidence that some Mexican Catholics worship in churches funded by donations from drug lords. "A steeple built with drug money has blood gushing from its rafters," a bishop said. Read more»

A 2010 chart showing Los Zetas or Gulf Cartel drug traffickers under U.S. Federal indictment.

"How can we control the madness of drug distribution and infiltration into the United States? The obvious answer is to stop US drug consumption," said Dr. Alex del Carmen, professor of Criminology. Read more»

Mexico has arrested Los Zetas drug cartel leader 'The Squirrel,' who is allegedly linked to migrant massacres and the murder of a US tourist in 2010. Read more»

A digitally altered picture of Ivan Velázquez Caballero extracted from the Chart of the Perpetrators of Mexican Drug Trafficking Violence, U.S. Department of Treasury.

Mexican marines have arrested suspected Zetas drug cartel leader Ivan Velázquez Caballero, otherwise known as 'El Taliban.' Read more»

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A massive, front-door prison walkout exposes gaping holes in Mexico’s corrections system. Read more»

Thousands of soldiers have been deployed across Mexico to fight the powerful drug cartels.

The Mexican navy arrested 35 police officers on Monday for alleged links to the Zetas drug cartel. Read more»

An HSBC tower rises near Mexico City's Angel of Independence.

Prosecutors in the U.S. and Mexico have major banks in their crosshairs for helping drug smugglers and money launderers transfer and hold their illegal earnings. Read more»

The bodies of 9 people were found Friday morning hanged from a Nuevo Laredo bridge. The mutilated bodies of 14 others were found later in the day, reports said. Read more»

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