July 26, 1985
Nicaraguan rebel leader Eden Pastora is "exhausted" and has bruised ribs and legs but is safe at a camp in the jungle of southern Nicaragua, a leader of his Revolutionary Democratic Alliance said. Pastora had been reported missing after his pilot radioed that their helicopter was having engine trouble. Pastora, 48, was a hero of the Sandinista revolution but broke with the government over its Marxist leadership.
July 24, 1985 |
Anti-Sandinista guerrilla leader Eden Pastora, known as Commander Zero, has disappeared and may have been shot down in a helicopter over Nicaragua, an official of his rebel force said today. Jose Davila, a member of the directorate of the Revolutionary Democratic Alliance, known by its Spanish acronym of ARDE, said guerrilla patrols have been combing the southern Nicaragua jungles for Pastora since the helicopter he was traveling in reported trouble Tuesday.
August 26, 1987 |
The CIA's chief of operations in Central America has admitted that he allowed agency officers to assist the Nicaraguan rebels with weapons deliveries last year when the agency was prohibited from aiding the contras, and later concealed the fact from Congress, according to testimony released Tuesday. "I got a little too rambunctious," Alan D. Fiers, chief of the CIA's Central American Task Force, told the congressional Iran-contra investigating committees.
March 27, 1985 |
Felicia Herrera, wife of a small-time cattleman, was not especially gratified to hear that the Sandinista government was going to build a new metal-roofed plank home for her. "Soldiers of the government forced us to leave our house and then they burned it," she said. "How can I be grateful to them?" Herrera considers herself a victim of a stepped-up drive against rightist guerrillas who operate in the rugged northern mountain regions.
August 17, 1987 |
Tony Avirgan, an American TV cameraman, remembers fire in his hair and a gong-like ringing in his ears when the bomb exploded at a clandestine press conference in the Nicaraguan jungle. Martha Honey, his wife, cannot forget the sight of Avirgan's shrapnel-torn body arriving on a stretcher at the hospital, amid the carnage of maimed colleagues, that night of May 30, 1984.
March 6, 1985 |
The commander of the main rebel force fighting Nicaragua's leftist regime emerged from the jungles Tuesday to lobby Congress for renewed aid for his struggle--only to run into firm opposition, some of it focused on him. "Everybody seems to be against us," lamented Enrique Bermudez, military chief of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN). "I've been surprised at how hard this fight is going to be."