Brazil deploys close to 9,000 troops along its borders in major anti-crime operation

Washington Post, 8/7/2012

SAO PAULO — The Brazilian government has sent close to 9,000 troops to its borders with four neighboring countries as part of a big two-week anti-crime operation.

Army, navy and air force personnel have been deployed along Brazil’s frontiers with Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay, the Defense Ministry said on its website Tuesday.

The ministry said the operation, which began Monday, is aimed at stemming the inflow of drugs and arms and other contraband into Latin America’s biggest nation.

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