In 2013, residents of some towns in western Mexico took up arms in an effort to defend their villages against drug gangs. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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'Cartel' Author Spins A Grand Tale Of Mexico's Drug Wars

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Concertgoers take photos of the band Intocable at a concert in Juarez, Mexico last year. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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The Violence Subsides, And Revelers Return To Juarez

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State police officers patrol a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros, in northeast Mexico, in 2011. Mexico's drug and turf wars have descended on the once tourist friendly border town of Matamoros. Alexandre Meneghini/AP hide caption

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Matamoros Becomes Ground Zero As Drug War Shifts On Mexican Border

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Flowers, candles and handwritten messages remembering the 43 missing students line the fence at the National Palace in Zocalo, Mexico City. Geovien So/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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Survivor Of Mexican Student Attacks Tells Of Bullet-Riddled Escape

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Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam addresses a news conference in Mexico City on Friday. He announced the arrest of three suspects in the brutal slaying of 43 students in the country's south. Mario Guzman/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Images from posters made by relatives show 10 of the 12 young people kidnapped in broad daylight from a bar in Mexico City on May 26. No one has claimed responsibility for the brazen abduction. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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Mass Kidnapping Puts Mexican Legal System On Trial

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