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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 Officials Find Mass Grave, Suspect More Will be Found

As Honduras authorities unearth what they suspect to be as many 25 bodies at a mass grave on the Caribbean coast, the police blamed the MS-13, and said the gang...
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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...
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El Salvador: The New Disappeared

El Salvador is suffering a new wave of disappearances, mostly of young people and teenagers, who go missing without explanation in a phenomenon linked to the gang...
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El Salvador Buses Strike Against Extortion Rackets

At least two bus routes around San Salvador have been hit by drivers striking to demand that the authorities protect them from extortion demands by...
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MS13

The Mara Salvatrucha, or MS13, is perhaps the most notorious street gang in the Western Hemisphere. While it has its origins in the poor, refugee-laden...
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Texas Department of Public Safety: Texas Gang Threat Assessment 2010

An assessment by the Texas Department of Public Safety of the security threat posed by gangs in the state. The report is intended to give an overview of the issue,...