Mexico to charge police officers in attack against CIA agents
After an ambush that injured US CIA operatives, the Mexican government has indicated they are close to charging police officers, who they say may be corrupt.
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Cooperation between US and Mexican forces has increased since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched a military offensive against drug cartels in late 2006.Skip to next paragraph
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A greater number of US security officials have been discretely working in Mexico to aid in Calderon efforts as the battle between warring drug gangs and the government escalated. More than 60,000 people have died in the violence since 2007.
The ambushed CIA operatives - who were on their way to a Mexican military base accompanied by a Mexican marine captain when they were attacked - received non-life threatening injuries and quickly left Mexico. The police officers said in statements that they confused those inside the car for criminals.
Nonetheless, Mexican officials have said the evidence suggested gang members worked alongside police in the attack, noting that the officers' use of AK47s and the fact that they were not wearing uniforms suggested a targeted cartel hit.
Mexican police are frequently implicated in violent crimes, as drug cartels infiltrate their ranks and bribe officials.
Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Michael O'Boyle and Todd Eastham