A forensic medic investigates the crime scene where two people were shot dead by unidentified attackers in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
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Ten years after Mexican troops were unleashed against drug cartels, the country will mark the anniversary without fanfare on Sunday, with murders rising again and the military eager to return to barracks.President Enrique Pena Nieto, who inherited the drug war when he took office in December 2012, has promised his countrymen and women a "Mexico in peace". Ten days after taking office, Calderon deployed some 5,000 troops to his western home state of Michoacan -- the start of a militarized campaign against drug trafficking.The figure dropped in the first two years of Pena Nieto's presidency, only to rise again in 2015 .Although murders remain well under the worst years of Calderon's presidency, there were 17,063 homicides in the first 10 months of 2016, already surpassing last year's 12-month total of 17,034 .We didn't study how to chase criminals," Cienfuegos said on Thursday.He said he would be the first to raise "not one, but two hands" in favor of returning troops to barracks.
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