March 29, 1992 |
JAIME HILL GIVES A SHORT, amused laugh as he recalls the first time he met Ana Guadalupe Martinez in 1979. He was a prisoner of the guerrillas, locked in a closet-sized cell while the rebels negotiated his release for a ransom that would top $3 million. Martinez, dressed in olive-drab fatigues, was a leader of the incipient guerrilla force that was trying to finance a revolution against the Salvadoran oligarchy--people like Hill.
August 1, 1990 |
Encouraged by a U.S. policy shift favoring smaller armies in the region, leaders of five Central American countries agreed Tuesday night on a procedure for negotiating limits on the military manpower and arsenals amassed during a decade of guerrilla conflicts and superpower tensions.
December 13, 1989 |
In a diplomatic coup for El Salvador's President Alfredo Cristiani, the five Central American leaders emerged from a tense, two-day summit early Tuesday with their strongest condemnation of Salvadoran guerrillas and an appeal for a cease-fire in the rebels' monthlong military offensive.
March 9, 1989 |
Vice President Dan Quayle's trip here last month to demand that the government end human rights violations or face the loss of American aid has had almost no impact, with the number of killings actually increasing since his visit, according to diplomats and human rights groups. In the month before the vice president's February trip, the number of civilian deaths attributed to death squads and the military was eight. However, since Feb.
January 6, 1991 |
U.S. military autopsies show conclusively that two American soldiers were "murdered in cold blood . . . executed" by Salvadoran guerrillas after they had survived a crash-landing of their helicopter, U.S. Ambassador William G. Walker said Saturday.
February 14, 1987 |
Leftist guerrillas engaged in prolonged, heavy combat with government troops in El Salvador's eastern province of Morazan on Friday, leaving at least eight soldiers dead and 12 wounded, military officials said. The attack on troops in Delicias de Concepcion, 118 miles east of the capital, was the latest action in a rebel offensive launched at the beginning of the year with a similar assault on military positions to the north in Osicala.
March 2, 1989 |
A Salvadoran army call for a cease-fire in the country's nine-year civil war was answered Wednesday by Marxist guerrilla bombs, bullets and hard words. Within hours after the army had said it was suspending all offensive operations as of midnight Tuesday until June 1, units of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front struck at several military and civilian targets.
May 16, 1990 |
In an address last Friday to a hastily assembled group of priests and rabbis at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Encino, the best-known of the surviving Jesuits of El Salvador provided grim, previously unreported details about the murders that may have changed the course of the war in El Salvador.
November 29, 1989 |
A right-wing politician who was a former president of the Salvadoran Supreme Court was gunned down in his car at a busy intersection Tuesday. Francisco Jose Guerrero, 64, a leader of the conservative National Conciliation Party, was ambushed at mid-morning and shot in the chest, according to army and hospital officials. He died minutes later at a local hospital.
November 23, 1989 |
Tense and tired, with weapons in hand, 12 U.S. Army Green Berets raced from a luxury hotel tower Wednesday, 28 hours after leftist guerrillas trapped them inside. They said the rebels who had occupied the Sheraton Hotel escaped Tuesday evening while church and relief workers evacuated 17 civilians from other floors of the hotel's VIP tower. "They slipped out the back," one soldier said. "They slipped down the stairwell, went out back and jumped over the wall."