El Salvador: New Strategy

The guerrillas are back

Ever since the defeat of their self-described "final offensive" last winter and their failure to spark a civilian uprising, El Salvador's leftist guerrillas have been thought to be under control. But in some parts of the country regrouped leftists have come back with a vengeance. Profiting from the painful lessons of last winter's setbacks, they are now conducting a classic war of attrition, inflicting heavy casualties on Salvadoran troops and avoiding serious losses themselves.

Moving about many areas of the countryside with relative freedom, the guerrillas interdict roads...

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