Mexico: Second Deadliest Country in the World

As the total number of conflict fatalities decreased around the world in 2016, the number of intentional homicides exploded in Mexico.

With 23,000 homicides in 2016, Mexico ranked as the second deadliest country in the world, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) revealed in their Armed Conflict Survey.

The report, published on Tuesday, highlighted the effect that drug cartels are having in Latin America. Leading the way are Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador:

This assessment of violence in the region is based on more than numbers, although the 39,000 people killed in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in 2016 indicate a security crisis much more complex and serious than most other countries in the region. Mexico’s 2016 intentional homicide total, 23,000, is second only to Syria.

In all four countries, armed forces have been deployed for many years specifically to fight criminal gangs and, in the case of Mexico, transnational drug-trafficking cartels, with military-grade weapons and vast financial resources. In all four countries, criminal groups have ambitious territorial claims: they fight amongst themselves and use arms to challenge the state directly for local control. Unlike traditional political conflicts, these criminal conflicts are fought to establish autonomous territories, not to pursue national politico-ideological goals.

2016 marked the second consecutive year that the number of conflict fatalities decreased around the world, CNN noted. Despite the decrease of 10,000 conflict fatalities from 2015 to 2016, Mexico’s homicide rate is accelerating:

As the Armed Conflict Survey shows, intentional homicides jumped by 22.8% from 2015 to 2016. Violence continues to increase. The first two months of 2017 were the most violent January and February on record, with 3,779 homicide cases registered by the authorities. The following month was even worse: March 2017 saw 2,020 murders. This was the highest monthly tally since June 2011, a bloody moment in the midst of Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’. In December 2006, President Felipe Calderon deployed the armed forces to the streets with the mission of crushing the cartels. But the resulting conflict brought misery to Mexico: 105,000 people lost their lives in intentional homicides between that month and November 2012.

Compounding the drug war is the corruption within the Mexican government. The organization that has the largest influence is the Sinaloa Cartel, which the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) identifies as the largest and most prolific in the world. Court documents filed by the DOJ against Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, state that corrupting government officials was the cornerstone of the cartel’s success, Breitbart Texas reported.


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  • greg

    Another good reason to get that wall UP!

  • scorpian

    Mexico is the first deadly country in the world making America number 2! Build this wall and don’t wait until we are blown up or lose more American lives. Sen. Durbin, Schumer, Feinstein, Leahy, Pelosi and the rest of those committed clowns that want power to control American while pissing our tax dollars away. Stand up American’s and fight these bastards by insisting that the Republican’s support President Trump to drain the swamp that included Sen. McCain, Sen. Graham, and other in the GOP who are corrupt bastards by their own admission.

    Palin Recalling that she had once beaten crooked Republican
    politicians in Alaska – who’d brazenly tagged themselves “the Corrupt
    Bastards Club” – Palin rhetorically asked: “Doesn’t it seem like
    [today] we have a Corrupt Bastards Club in D.C.? On steroids?”

    Disloyal Republicans are enabling President Barack Obama to
    march the country toward socialism while denouncing Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee
    and tea party-aligned House members who have been trying to defund Obama care,
    Palin charged.

    • musicman7

      Great words scorpion! My thoughts precisely!

      • PAproFirearms


  • scorpian

    Urge the AG justice Department to go after the Clinton Crime Family and put them away on RICO charges. Set an example for the Rule of Law that no one is above the law. We’re fortunate that President Trump left his wonderful life to help the American people the Democrats are destroying for personal gain. Thank God for Trump family standing up the clean the swamp. Count your blessings or rot with the Liberal control liberal cancer who will put you in the ground.

    • jtitan241

      Finally someone else asking the same Question, I’ve been yelling for over 8years now.

      • myfordtruck

        You and a whole bunch more people

  • musicman7

    Scorpion nailed it!
    These bastards are out to destroy the America we love!

  • RidgeRunner22

    What’s the purpose of this article? To instill fear of the people from Central & South America? BTW, a few grappling hooks will help get over “The Wall”. A boy in my 4th grade class told this to his fellow classmates, today. AND, Hispanics are very good at digging tunnels. Remember, that big drug dealer had one built that even included a motorbike for him to ride while escaping. Other tunnels are being used to smuggle drugs & undocumented travellers (undocumented travellers – same as those who came from European countries, prior to WWII) into the USA.

    • myfordtruck

      that’s the reason they razor wire and ground sensors that will pick up any digging


    Fucking eh



  • jtitan241

    This you can give thanks to the Clinton, Soros, Obumer gang of thugs, and the Idiot Democrats that buy their crap.

  • Marathon-Youth

    In addition to Mexico is the Carribean region. Venezuela has collapsed. Inflation is around 800% and could reach 1600% in 2017. She also has the “Petrocaribe” which is a program to subsidize oil for the Carribean region and begun in 2005.

    Since Venezuela has collapsed so has this program and the economic catastrophe of Venezuela is spreading to the Carribean region. That means refugees from S. America, Central America, the Carribean to Mexico could head into the US

  • alpambuena

    we should name mexico as a terrorist country and declare war against the drug cartels….build the wall with machine guns on the wall and start bombing raids..what is mexico doing to stop illegals and drugs fromm crossing our borders..