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Narcotrafficker slams Mexico drug war in rare interview

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Everyone here has something to say about the Mexican drug war.

Opposition politicians say the president’s military-led strategy has failed.

Many residents who once supported the government's hard line now question its effectiveness.

IN PICTURES: Mexico's drug war

The United States says authorities must shift attention to the roots of the violence.

Now, even drug traffickers themselves are having a say.

In a rare interview granted to the liberal news magazine Proceso in Mexico, Ismael “el Mayo” Zambada, who is allied with Mexico’s most wanted drug trafficker, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman from the Sinaloa cartel, says that Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s efforts are bound to fail.

Most people here aren’t inclined to care what a drug trafficker has to say about the state of security in Mexico. In fact, officials refused to comment on the interview, which was published Sunday. But it doesn’t change the fact that his words coincide with what many others are thinking these days.

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