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The Case for a Counterinsurgency Approach to Mexico's Cartel Wars

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Oct 1, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Favio Gomez, brother of Servando Gomez, also known as

Favio Gomez, brother of Servando Gomez, also known as "La Tuta," is transported in Mexico City on Feb. 27, 2015, after his capture. Counterinsurgency tactics, rather than counterterrorism measures, might bring Mexico more success in battling its cartels.

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Mexico's government can never kill or capture enough cartel bosses to stem the country's breathtaking levels of violence. If it truly gets tough on corruption and earns locals' trust, though, it could begin to make some headway....

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