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The U.S. is sending new CIA operatives and retired military personnel to Mexico as part of a push to expand it’s role in fighting the country’s powerful drug trafficking organizations, according to a New York Times report published today.

For the first time, small groups of operatives and civilian military employees have been deployed to a Mexican military base to work alongside Mexican security officials, collecting intel and planning operations in the war against the cartels. The Times reports that the U.S. is also considering embedding private security contractors into a special Mexican counternarcotics unit.

The new operations have been devised to get around Mexican laws prohibiting foreign security forces from working inside the country and to prevent corrupt security agencies from getting their hands on advanced American military technology, officials told The Times.

Source: Grace Wyler for Business Insider.

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