El Salvador The Battle for San Salvador

In the worst bloodletting of the decade-long war, the fighting kills hundreds, drives tens of thousands from their homes -- and brutally takes the lives of six Jesuit priests

With the world's attention focused on Eastern Europe, no one expected the resurgence of an ugly little war in a troubled little country on the American continent. Certainly not the El Salvadoran armed forces, or the U.S. Government, which funds the Salvadoran military to the tune of $85 million a year. Or the 5 million war-weary citizens of El Salvador. All had been encouraged by two recent rounds of peace talks to hope that a settlement in El Salvador's ten-year civil war might be in the offing. Even when the talks broke off three weeks ago amid a surge in civilian...

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