ONE MEXICAN STATE ON U.S. BORDER DEADLIER THAN AFGHANISTANFrom January through September 2011, 2,276 deaths were recorded in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, which borders Texas and New Mexico. A Nov. 2011 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report states that over nearly the same period – January through October 2011 – 2,177 civilians were killed in Afghanistan though it did not breakdown responsibility for those deaths between American troops and the Taliban. However, a 2010 report attributed 75 percent of civil deaths to the Taliban and other “anti-government elements.”
There were more drug-related killings in Chihuahua than in any other Mexican states, according to the government report. Ciudad Juarez, located in the Mexican state of Chihuahua just across the border from El Paso, Texas, accounted for 1,206 (roughly 53 percent) of the 2,276 drug cartel-related murders in the state for the entire reporting period.