Central America: Some Grounds for Optimism

El Salvador's army gains, but the contras face new problems

To the Salvadoran army, the rugged northern department of Morazan has long been enemy territory. The leftist guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front have held Perquin and other towns so firmly that the U.S.-trained government troops dared not come near. But last week 3,000 men of the Salvadoran Third Infantry Brigade entered a number of villages in Morazan. Somewhat to their surprise, they encountered only perfunctory resistance. The rebels quickly abandoned the towns, melting into the green hills near the Honduran...

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