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Salvadoran Defense Minister Says Stolen Grenades Were for the Zetas

El Salvador’s defense minister said that six soldiers recently charged with the attempted robbery of more than a thousand hand grenades intended to sell the...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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Barrio 18

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha...
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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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Exploring Guns Equals Homicides Debate in Central America

The arms trafficking industry is generally thought to be a significant contributor to drug violence in Central America. But do the region’s “rivers of steel”...
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El Salvador Calls for Americas-Wide Police Purge

El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes called for a clean-up of police forces across the Americas, to break links to organized crime and help build regional...
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Who Will Pay for the War in Central America?

Testimony at a recent hearing on U.S.-Central American security cooperation showcased one of Central America’s key problems: These countries do not collect enough...
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OAS Reaffirms Commitment to Fight Crime

The three-day summit of the Organization of American States (OAS) concluded Tuesday in El Salvador with few concrete results to show, after the assembly debated a...
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OAS to Meet in El Salvador, Discuss Organized Crime

The Organization of American States (OAS) will meet in San Salvador on Sunday to debate a regional action plan against organized...