E. Eduardo Castillo
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s violent northeastern corner near the U.S. border will get a boost in troops and federal police as the government tries to wrest back control of an area that has become a battleground for two rival drug cartels.
The new mission, “Coordinated Operation Northeast,” aims to reinforce government authority in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon – the two states under the heaviest attack since the formerly allied Gulf and Zetas gangs split.
The government also wants to keep the cartels from regrouping after the loss of key leaders, federal police spokesman Alejandro Poire said Wednesday.
But Poire gave no details on the operation, saying only that there will be a “significant” increase in forces. He answered no questions at a media briefing with Mexico security officials and the two state governors, and the government later said it would not provide numbers for its forces now in the area or the level after the reinforcements because of security reasons.