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U.S. helps fight against drug cartels

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Mexico deal with its violent drug cartels, U.S. and Mexican officials say.

The officials said the U.S. military has begun working closely with Mexico's armed forces, training soldiers and sharing information, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

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"We have tried to share many of the lessons we've learned in chasing terrorist organizations in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Gen. Victor Renuart, who recently retired as head of the U.S. military's Northern Command.

Renuart characterized the changes in the relationship between the U.S. military and the Mexican military as "historic."

One senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they've "been directed by the president, at a very high level, to really think hard about how we can up our game, do more to support" the partnership.

Counter-narcotics funding for Mexico has nearly tripled from $12.2 million in 2008 to more than $34 million in 2010, the Government Accountability Office said.

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