March 28, 2008

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) — The Mexican government has ordered 2,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to a wave of drug-related violence that is blamed for 200 deaths since January, officials announced Thursday.

The troops are expected to depart Friday. The majority will be near the northern border of Mexico, in Juarez.

Juarez sits across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.

Officials said the violence in Mexico has increased in large part to competing drug cartels.

“In this battle we will show that no criminal group is capable to resist the strength of the Mexican government,” Interior Minister Juan Mourino said at a news conference Thursday.

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