The Argentine army has been forced into stepping up its activities in the northern province of Tucuman because of increased left-wing guerilla action in the area.
GVs & SVs army troops in street bunkers in village of Famailla (4 shots)
SV soldier on roof top (2 shots).
SV Plaque and GV bunker outside building (2 shots)
TV along road out of village as troops move out (5 shots)
GV military camp on outskirts of jungle.
SV & GV soldiers in Jungle camp (4 shots)
GV troops going through field exercises.
GV exercises continue in field (3 shots)
GV PAN jungle area.
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Background: The Argentine army has been forced into stepping up its activities in the northern province of Tucuman because of increased left-wing guerilla action in the area.
The army has set up headquarters in the village of Famailla, and a heavy operations camp on the edge of the jungle just outside the village.
Argentina's two strongest guerilla movements are the Marxist people's revolutionary Army (ERP) and the dissident Peronist Monteros, both have strongholds in Tucuman.
ERP have offered to suspend their armed activities provided the Government released about 200 of their imprisoned combatants and accepted their demand for legal recognition and the right to campaign for political support.
The Government flatly refused the terms , but since then there have been several meetings between ERP leaders and senior Governmental officials.
The Monteros are still digesting the record 60 million dollar U.S. (about 28 million pounds sterling) ransom money they collected two months ago for the release of the two Born brothers, Juan and Jorge.
Directors of the multi-national Bunge and Born conglomerate paid the money after the brothers had been held captive for nine months.
Their ransom booty equals about a third of the Argentine Government's defence budget, and the Monteros have been using the money to increase their propaganda machine and organise overseas arms deals.
With the Government facing soaring inflation and grave internal problems, the pressure the guerilla movements are now able to bring forth is proving an enormous strain.
For several months now, ERP offensives have been confined to the Tucuman area in the heart of the Argentine's sugar-growing belt. There ERP leaders claim to have "liberated zones Viet-Cong" style.
They recently released details of a reported skirmish with the military in which they claimed to have killed at least 20 soldiers.
The Army regards the Tucuman campaign as a major one .. and a vital part of the Government's commitment to wipe out "all forms of terrorist activity".
The reinforcement of the headquarters at Famailla and the jungle camp are seen as part of a new "all out" attempt by the Army to rid the area of guerrillas.