'Unnatural' for Mexican military to fight drug trafficking: minister

Mexican soldiers take part in an operation to destroy a poppy plantation in the mountains in Guerrero StateMexico’s defense minister has complained about his troops having to take part in the country’s war on drug trafficking — a rare expression of criticism about the controversial, decade-old deployment. Speaking at a news conference, Salvador Cienfuegos insisted the military was not suited for the job. Sunday is the 10th anniversary of an order by Felipe Calderon, the conservative president in office from 2006 to 2012, that harnessed the military as the pillar of a federal anti-drug operation.

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