The Rebels' Disunited Front

They claim to control one-fifth of El Salvador's national territory. Their fighting strength continues to grow, from 8,000 combatants in 1982 to 10,000 today. In the past year they have killed some 1,800 members of the Salvadoran army and security forces, knocked out key bridges and caused more than $100 million worth of economic damage. On the basis of their destructive activity alone, the five guerrilla organizations that make up El Salvador's Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (F.M.L.N.) have shown that they are a potent national force.

Behind a showing of unity and...

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