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Investigations into alleged arms trafficking by members of El Salvador's military have now reached the top, with a former defense minister, and an ex-vice defense minister and police and intelligence chief among those under investigation for the illicit sales of army weapons.

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US investigators are looking into the bank transactions and the origin of the finances of "Chepe Diablo," who was placed on the country's kingpin list earlier this year. He has important shares in grain importation businesses, hotels and a construction company in El Salvador, writes Salvadoran journalist Hector Silva. What might they dig up on the alleged Texis Cartel leader?

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Violence perpetrated by "mara" street gangs and drug trafficking groups in Central America undermines the state and leads to high homicide rates, forced recruitment and forced displacement -- an impact comparable to that of an armed conflict.

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The United States estimates that 60,000 children from Central America's Northern Triangle countries will enter the country without legal papers this year. US President Barack Obama has declared a crisis and has requested $3.7 billion to alleviate it. Why are more children leaving than before? Is Central America now more violent? Are there new laws in the United States that are attracting them? The answer is no. The real answers are given by a Salvadoran coyote, among others.

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US authorities have reportedly discovered gang members among the thousands of unaccompanied child migrants in holding centers, providing another facet to the already complex issue of migrants fleeing criminal violence, but one unlikely to pose a grave security threat.

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Drug trafficker-turned-transport tycoon "Chepe Luna," shot dead in Honduras last month, will be survived by his web of corruption, with an extensive network of collaborators in the Salvadoran state.

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Authorities in El Salvador have announced the theft of four high-powered weapons from military stocks and the detention of two soldiers, in a case that highlights the role of corrupt military personnel in facilitating arms trafficking in the region.

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Recent figures released by El Salvador's Forensic Institute show homicide rates are back to the same levels as before a gang truce was declared, but questions remain as to whether the upward trend will continue or the gangs will find it in their best interests to minimize the violence.

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Authorities in El Salvador have identified a number of international drug trafficking routes and warned of the increasing involvement of the country's street gangs in the drug trade, although similar concerns in the past have yet to be substantiated. 

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Authorities in El Salvador are investigating the possible role of death squads in a spate of recent murders of gang members, the clearest indication yet that gang violence has led to extrajudicial killings in the country.

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