Central America: Nicaragua's Elusive War

A guerrilla struggle raises charges of covert U.S. involvement

Reports from the various battlefronts were murky, confused and conflicting. Casualty figures and claims of triumph were trumpeted confidently, but without verification, by both sides. Only one fact was certain in Nicaragua last week: a new level of clandestine guerrilla warfare was under way in the tiny Central American republic. Ironically, the Marxist-led Sandinista government that overthrew Dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979 now seemed to face an insurrection very similar to the one that brought the Sandinistas to power. At a hastily...

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