The Mexican government is expected to unveil its plan today to send Marines and federal forces into the northern state of Tamaulipas to curtail a rising wave of violence that has claimed 2,699 lives so far this year, according to the newspaper Milenio.
Unless you live in Texas, which borders with Tamaulipas, you might have never heard of the state. Tamaulipas has stayed out of the spotlight due to both citizens’ fears — often residents are reluctant to talk to reporters — and media self-censorship. For the last decade or so, it’s been the battleground for a bloody conflict between two of the most powerful, vicious drug cartels in Mexico.
A key transit route
Tamaulipas, often referred to as “Tierra De Encanto” or “Land Of Charm,” had long been anything but. Known for being one of Mexico’s bread baskets, with exportable vegetable crops and delicious beef, it’s reputation changed in…
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