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.
April 16, 1991 |
Mario Argueta bowed his head over a sheet of Braille and gently brushed his lips across the raised letters. With his Cuban teacher watching closely, the slight 21-year-old moved his mouth back and forth in patient repetition. Argueta was learning to read. The former Salvadoran guerrilla fighter was blinded and lost both arms six years ago when the homemade grenade he was about to toss at government soldiers exploded prematurely.
March 15, 1994 |
As she moves from town to town campaigning for a seat in the Salvadoran legislature, Nidia Diaz meets friendly crowds who remember her legendary toughness in the face of military torture. But she also meets hecklers, people who sneer at her with disdain: " Guerrillera !" "With pride, thank you," she responds. Through 12 years of El Salvador's brutal civil war, Diaz was one of the best-known guerrilleras , women rebels. In 1985, it was Diaz's guerrilla faction that killed four U.S.
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.
November 4, 1994 |
Joaquin Villalobos, who as a master guerrilla strategist eluded capture during 12 years of civil war, completed Day 16 as a prisoner Thursday, awaiting the outcome of a defamation lawsuit. Two years after peace accords ended the war, legal maneuvering has done to Villalobos what an army backed by billions of U.S. dollars never could. Villalobos was sued by a wealthy businessman he accused of having financed the right-wing death squads that terrorized Salvadorans through much of the 1980s.
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.