[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/02/27/juarez.mexico.violence/art.police.jpg caption="In Juarez, Mexico, 1,600 people were killed in 2008, three times more than the most murderous city in the U.S."]
When we think of the wars this country faces – Iraq and Afghanistan come to mind - but the drug war in Mexico rarely does. It should.
Two years ago Mexico's President Felipe Calderon deployed his military to combat powerful drug cartels - traffickers who for years have managed to control lucrative smuggling routes into the US.
It has been a bloody two years in Mexico, with drug-related murders rising dramatically. Kidnappings, beheadings, very public murders have become commonplace. It is the war next door, and the violence has already spilled over into the United States - and not just along the border.
Did you know the Justice Department now says Mexican cartels are the biggest organized crime threat in the U.S.? They are reportedly operating in more than 200 American cities – selling and distributing cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin.
Tonite we will be broadcasting from the border, taking you to the frontline of the fight here in the US and in Mexico.
We'll report from both sides of the border and show you how the insatiable demand for drugs here is causing so much bloodshed there. None of us can afford to ignore this growing war next door.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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