Central America: Battling on Two Fronts

Winter offensives begin in Washington and El Salvador

In El Salvador the new year opened with a bang that resounded in Washington.

Just as the White House made ready to battle on Capitol Hill to wrest perhaps as much as $175 million in military funds for the Central American nation, disheartening news came of a daring guerrilla offensive. On two year-end raids, leftist insurgents not only captured and held El Salvador's fourth-largest military base for some eight hours but blew up the Cuscatlan suspension bridge, a span that had come to symbolize 20th century progress for Salvadorans.

U.S. officials insisted that there...

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