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El Salvador Govt Blames Murder Spike on Anti-Gang Drive

El Salvador has seen a spike in homicides this year, up to 13 per day compared to 11 per day in February 2011, which the government has blamed on a backlash by...
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Murders of Soldiers Add Weight to ‘Gang Conspiracy’ in El Salvador

Five soldiers have been murdered so far this year in El Salvador, lending credence to the claims of federal police that local “maras,” or street gangs, are...
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El Salvador Proposes Curfew, Militarized Schools

El Salvador's government has proposed implementing a curfew on young people and placing schools under heavy guard, following a record year for...
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The Iron Fist Returns to El Salvador

El Salvador’s government says it is taking a radical stance on crime, using the military to police the country's most violent areas and now appointing military men...
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El Salvador Transfers 1,000 Inmates to Break Up New Gang

Authorities in El Salvador have transferred more than 1,000 inmates in an attempt to stabilize some of the country's violent, overcrowded prisons following the...
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Are El Salvador’s Gangs Plotting to ‘Take Down the System’?

El Salvador’s police have claimed that the country’s “maras,” or street gangs, are planning an all-out attack on security forces, despite the fact that these...
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Honduras: Home to the New Ciudad Juarez?

Reports that San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has taken the place of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as the most violent city in the hemisphere are a result of shifts in...
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Surge in Disappearances Reflects Gang Violence in El Salvador

El Salvador saw a huge number of disappearances in 2011, with capital San Salvador alone registering more than 2,000 missing people, in a sign of growing gang...
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Counting the Amount of Cocaine Passing Through El Salvador

A top drug policy official in El Salvador said they have no official estimate for how much cocaine transits through the country. After registering a record murder...