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The World : Salvadoran Offensive Told

March 11, 1985

Salvadoran guerrillas said a leading army field commander, under a campaign devised by U.S. military trainers, has launched a counterinsurgency operation in conjunction with the Honduran army along El Salvador's northern border. Military sources in San Salvador said about 4,000 troops, backed by artillery units and ground-assault jets, have pushed into the mountainous northern reaches of Chalatenango province to seek out and destroy rebel concentrations. The force is reportedly led by Col. Sigifredo Ochoa, commander of all forces in the province.

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