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US opens new Central American frontline in drug war

Friday, June 1, 2012


After several villagers were killed on a Honduran river last month during a raid on drug smugglers by Honduran and American agents, a local backlash raised concerns that the United States’ expanding counter-narcotics efforts in Central America might be going too far.

But United States officials in charge of that policy see it differently.

After establishing a new strategy emphasizing more cooperation across various US departments and agencies, two smugglers’ flights were intercepted within a single week in May, a development that explains why American officials say they are determined to press forward with the approach.

Source: New York Times