AlJazeera: 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since a military crackdown started
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The Mexican government says nearly 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence since a military crackdown on cartels began in 2006.
That announcement comes as officials face a new front in their war against the drug gangs.
Two of Mexico's most powerful cartels have joined forces to battle government security forces as well as a third cartel seeking its own slice of the cross-border drug trade.
Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Mexico City (14 April 2010).
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