Mexico Ups Troop Levels Near U.S. Border

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More Mexican troops have arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border in what's being called a "small unit combat."

It's a new strategy by the Mexican government to fight against the drug cartel and increased violence by drug gangs.

Click the player for the CBN News report followed by a telephone interview with CBN News Correspondent Chuck Holton.

Since Friday, Mexico has deployed about 5,000 soldiers to Ciudad Juarez -- a city across from El Paso, Texas.

CBN News reporter Chuck Holton spent the last several days in Juarez and witnessed 1,100 new government troops rolling into town.

"We were there to see this convoy go by -- just hundreds and hundreds of guys in army trucks, heavily armed, with machine guns and dogs, in full combat gear and they made quite a show of force," Holton said.

"I can't imagine how that would not have an effect. The narcos have a lot of guys but they don't have that kind of military equipment," he added.

Cuidad Juarez is a major distribution center for narcotics that are headed into the U.S. There's been nearly a thousand drug-related killings this year in the area.

Holton said the violence in Juarez has not bled over into the U.S., but authorities in El Paso are keeping a close watch.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Mexico next month to offer support against the drug war there.

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