December 14, 1987 |
The White House, reacting to Sandinista government plans to build up its army and security forces to 600,000 and get Soviet MIG warplanes, repeated its previous warnings Sunday that the introduction of high performance weaponry and warplanes into Nicaragua will be treated "with the greatest seriousness."
December 15, 1987 |
The Democratic-controlled Congress, reacting to reports of a planned military buildup in Nicaragua, appeared Monday to be moving toward approval of President Reagan's request for $9 million in new U.S. assistance to the anti-Sandinista resistance.
November 22, 1987 |
Two officers of Nicaragua's army stole a Soviet-made airplane Saturday and flew to Costa Rica, where they sought political asylum, Costa Rican officials said. Carlos Gadea Arostenos and Jacinto Ramirez Mendez landed the 16-seat army aircraft with Russian markings in Las Piedras, in the province of Guanacaste, the Department of Public Security officials reported.
November 4, 1987
The CIA persuaded a senior Nicaraguan military aide to defect to the United States with important strategic information, including a plan to arm 600,000 citizens in a people's militia, Defense Minister Humberto Ortega said. Maj. Roger Miranda Bengoechea, the head of the Defense Ministry secretariat, left Nicaragua secretly on Oct. 25 carrying documents and other military information, Ortega said in a news conference in Managua. The officer later sought asylum in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
December 19, 1987 |
Television stations in El Salvador and Honduras are airing a CIA-produced videotape of Nicaraguan army defector Roger Miranda Bengoechea, in which he embraces the Contra cause and accuses Sandinista Defense Minister Humberto Ortega of philandering with the wives of his associates.
January 2, 1988 |
After six years in opposing armies, Francisco and Luis Adan Fley met in the hills of central Nicaragua to try to persuade each other, as brothers, to stop fighting. Eight days later, one of the oddest encounters of the Nicaraguan war ended in a standoff, with both soldiers clinging to the deep convictions that are tearing their country apart. Their story illustrates how intractable the Nicaraguan conflict remains, even within the closest of families.