Jan 25, 2012

Drug War: Polarization and Sustained Violence in Mexico's Cartel War

Stratfor security group's assessment of the results of the drug war in Mexico in 2011. The main conclusions: even more deaths than 2010 and two cartels consolidate their control of the drug trade and territory.

Stratfor: "Over the past year it has ... become evident that a polarization is under way among (Mexican) cartels. Most smaller groups (or remnants of groups) have been subsumed by the Sinaloa Federation, which controls much of western Mexico, and Los Zetas, who control much of eastern Mexico. While a great deal has been said about the fluidity of the Mexican cartel landscape, these two groups have solidified themselves as the country's predominant forces. " read more

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