[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/10/21/mexico.juarez.killings/art.juarez.generic.afp.gi.jpg caption="Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, has already surpassed 2,000 homicides this year."]
Has Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, been lost to the drug cartels?
New figures released to CNN on Wednesday by Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz indicate the death toll for this year has already surpassed 2,000 homicides - almost 400 more murders than the total count for 2008.
"It has been 22 months of this war, and it hasn't stopped. The violence has increased, and the possibility that it will stop is becoming more remote," Reyes Ferriz told CNN in a phone interview.
The mayor attributed the surge in drug-related violence to an influx of cartel groups. The rival Sinaloa and Juarez cartels are making their way to the city to participate in the warfare for the control of the smuggling route between Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas. The Sinaloa cartel is headed by Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, according to authorities.
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