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The Mexican government's war against powerful drug cartels has far-reaching ramifications for both Mexico and the United States. Washington Post correspondents working north and south of the U.S.-Mexico border are reporting on the impacts of the drug war in both countries.

Mexico at War

On the Front Lines

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Protecting Omar

As violence kills a dozen people a day in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the warring drug cartels need new recruits. They often turn to teens for drug smuggling, gun running or murder.
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Mexico hobbled in drug war by arrests that lead nowhere
Mass detentions of elected officials were seen as a bold new thrust in vicious drug war. But one by one, Mexico's government has quietly released them as federal prosecutors dropped their cases and as judges ordered them set free for lack of evidence.
Drug cartels silence media
Two weeks ago, Mexican soldiers clashed here with drug cartel gangsters in running gun battles that lasted five hours. The outlaws hijacked vehicles, including a bus, for use as barricades and battering rams. Terrified residents scrambled for safety. At least a dozen people were killed, including bystanders. Children were wounded in the crossfire.

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