44.000 dead in the Mexican Drug War
Agents of the U.S. intelligence services are behind the recent killings of senior mebers in some of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico, according to a report in The New York Times on Tuesday.
In the Latin American country, that since 2006 has been immersed in what it seems as a never ending warfare with drug trafickers, american agents have managed to infiltrate deep into the country's criminal organizations, building up a strong network of informers that has contributed to the assasination of more than 24 high ranking and midlevel drug traffickers and in some cases have gained access to the leaders of the cartels, according to the claims of officials in the US law enforcement agencies.
Based on the same sources, authorities in Mexico are being kept in the dark as to the movements and whereabouts of the undercover agents in their territory, justifying their silence due to corruption within the Mexican police, a fact which often raises questions and critisism in relation to Mexico's partial loss of national sovereignty.
In recent years, the attitude of Mexico towards the U.S. involvement in its national security issues has softened considerably, especially since December 2006, when the president of the country, Felipe Calderon, declared war against the country's powerful drug cartels and deployed more than 50.000 soldiers across the country, resulting to more than 44.000 people being killed, while more than 15.000 were just killed during 2010, according to official government sources.
Despite the relentless war against the Mexican drug cartels, which are the main providers of the illegal drugs market in the U.S., worth 28 billion annually, comprised of roughly 25 million users over the age of 12, the flow of drug cargos towards the north seems to be increasing, as well as the cost of the drug war in human lives.