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U.S. Forces Strengthening Mexico Military Alliance

Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010 09:09 AM


The U.S. military is strengthening its ties with Mexico's armed forces and using its experience in fighting insurgencies in Afghanistan and Iraq to assist in Mexico's war on increasingly violent drug cartels.

"We've learned and grown a great deal as we've conducted operations against networks of terrorists and insurgent fighters," said Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, commander of Northern Command.

"Many of the skills that you use to go after a network like those apply ... to drug-trafficking organizations," Renuart said in an interview with USA TODAY.

U.S. military training and exchange programs with Mexico have concentrated on sharpening the capabilities of Mexico's armed forces to quickly act on intelligence and integrate operations with law enforcement agencies.

"That's really the area we think we can be of most value," Renuart said.

The U.S. military has honed techniques aimed at dismantling insurgent networks in countless operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. forces are also training Mexico's military in the rule of law and human rights, skills needed to help transform Mexico's army from a conventional force designed to counter external threats to a military waging an irregular war where the enemy lives among civilians.

The U.S. military underwent a similar transformation after Sept. 11, 2001.

"That's really one of the reasons why the outreach with the U.S. military has gone so well," Renuart said. "They see that we have some of this experience."

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