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Mexico's Drug War: What You Need To Know (VIDEO)

Members of the Mexican Navy patrol a highway in the state of Mexico, near the capital Toluca, on January 29, 2013. According
Members of the Mexican Navy patrol a highway in the state of Mexico, near the capital Toluca, on January 29, 2013. According to local authorities, 3,000 elements of the Navy, Army, Federal Police and State Police were deployed since last January 24 for the Operacion Escudo (Shield Operation) against crime. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite Mexico's strengthening democracy and booming economy, the country's security crisis rages on. Fifty thousand people have been killed in the past five years due to drug and organized crime-related violence.

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