Brazil sends troops to border to fight crime

CNN, 08/07/2012

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Nearly 10,000 troops and civilians have been deployed to Brazil’s southern border region, in a show of force against illicit traffickers of all kinds who operate in the region, Brazil’s defense ministry said.

The deployment is the fifth such surge under a mission to reassert rule of law in the border area known as Operation Agatha.

The most recent operation began on Monday and will continue through the end of the month, the defense ministry said.

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