|Photo: Alejandro Bringas|
|People mourn the death of victims of a Drug War shootout in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico|
More people were killed in Drug War-related violence in Mexico last year than died in the war in Afghanistan, according to year-end reports from both countries.
In Afghanistan, about 10,000 people—2,043 of them civilians—died in the fighting last year.
Although that conflict involves air power, heavy weapons, and numerous roadside bombs, it was less deadly last year than the Mexican Drug War, with a death toll estimated at around 13,000 by CNN
In mid-December, the Mexican attorney general’s office reported that 12,456 people had been killed through the end of November, reports Phillip Smith at AlterNet
. With a death toll of more than 1,000 per month in 2010, a year-end figure of more than 13,000 looks to be accurate.
More than 140,000 U.S. and NATO troops are in the ninth year of a guerilla war with thousands of Taliban fighters who reap the profits of the illegal opium/heroin trade.
In Mexico, more than 50,000 federal troops are in the fourth year of a fight with the drug cartels, who all seem to also be at war with each other.