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U.S. Reduces Number of Service Members in Mexico

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(KCEN) --  A military directive is restricting parts of Mexico to all service members.

In July a U.S. Northern Command directive brought the number of prohibited Mexican states to twelve.

The increase in violence in Mexico in recent years is one of several reasons service members are restricted in their travel there.  

Experts say much of the increased violence in Mexico is actually a result of authorities bringing cartel leaders to justice.

Roberto Hernandez, Professor at SDSU said, "What were previously territories under control by one strong cartel now is in disarray and you've got smaller cartels fighting each other for that territory."

NorthCom's latest directive means more than a third of Mexico's states are off limits to service members, unless they're on official business.

And six more are being called "areas of concern." 

But service members are still allowed to travel to many popular tourist locations there.

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