The United States has reiterated its disapproval of militarizing citizen security in Central America's Northern Triangle countries, a somewhat problematic stance given critical violence levels and weak police institutions in the region.
Authorities in El Salvador have arrested public officials and mediators accused of acting illegally to facilitate a controversial and now defunct gang truce, raising the question of how far -- and how high -- the investigation into the deal will go.
El Salvador officials have warned of gang members fleeing into neighboring countries to escape the pressure of security forces. But is this a serious threat or simply a convenient method for officials to tout the "successes" of hardline security measures?
El Salvador's government has claimed credit for a dramatic drop in homicides last month, but the country's powerful criminal gangs say they are behind the decrease in violence.