Nearly 23000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since a US-backed military crackdown on cartels began more than three years ago. The report said 2009 was the deadliest year in the drug war, with over 9600 people killed. The death toll is on track to be even higher in 2010. Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, speaks with reporter Charles Bowden, author of Murder City: Ciudad Ju├írez and the Global Economys New Killing Fields, concerning the current state of affairs in Mexico.
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