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MEXICO CITY—Following the stunning arrest of Mexico’s former defense minister on drug charges in the U.S., Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is backing away from a cleanup of the Mexican army and has shifted some blame to U.S. officials.

On Oct. 17, two days after the detention of Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, the president began to question the role within Mexico of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the agency that requested the arrest of the former defense minister as he and his family landed in Los Angeles….

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