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  • **FILE** This photo shows armed members of a local self-defense group wearing white T-shirts with the slogan "For a Free Aquila" stand at a street corner in the town of Aquila, Mexico, on  July 23, 2013. At least 23 bodies were found in two neighboring states in western Mexico where drug cartels, vigilantes and security forces have been fighting for much of the year, authorities said on Aug. 17, 2013. The state prosecutor in Michoacan said that nine bodies, hands bound and shot, were found on an abandoned property near the town of Buenavista Tomatlan along with a sign indicating they may have been members of the Knights Templar cartel. (Associated Press)

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  • Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico's National Autonomous University, said he had expected a strong intervention in Tamaulipas after a similar one in Michoacan, the Pacific coast state where citizen militias rose up against the Knights Templar cartel in the last year.

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  • As the Mexican government tries to shut off the other big corridors in Texas and California, "the Sonora corridor was the one left for the Sinaloa cartel," he said.

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