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February 13, 1986

A former Salvadoran army officer, planning to seek political asylum in the United States, said he participated in death squad killings in the early 1980s and witnessed the slaughter of civilians by El Salvador's U.S.-backed military. In an interview at his suburban Washington home, former Lt. Ricardo Ernesto Castro, 35, a 1973 West Point graduate, described death squad killings of suspected subversives as routine in early 1981. He said he personally commanded four assassination missions, claiming about a dozen lives.

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