Official: Mexican Army Sends More Troops To West

Published February 3, 2012 3:09AM (EST)

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — A Mexican military official says thousands of additional troops are being sent to the violence-stricken western state of Michoacan.

The official tells The Associated Press that some 4,000 soldiers have begun arriving in the state capital to prepare for an offensive in a mountainous western section of the state known as Tierra-Caliente. The area has been hit by a surge in violence in recent weeks.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information. A military spokesman declined to comment.

Authorities in Michoacan are battling quasi-religious drug cartels called La Familia and the Knights Templar that claim to be following divine will.

By Salon Staff

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