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    CHATENANGO PROVINCE, EL SALVADOR

    INTRODUCTION: Government troops in the Latin American country of El Salvador continue to face fierce resistance from guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Movement.

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    1. GV Government troops at roadside. 0.08
    2. SV Government troops searching for mines. (2 SHOTS) 0.22
    3. CU Claymore mine in undergrowth. 0.29
    4. GVs Troops firing at mines to explode them. (5 SHOTS) 1.04
    5. SV & CU Troops holding and showing shrapnel. (2 SHOTS) 1.11
    6. GV Bridge over river Azambie under repair. 1.17
    7. GV Vehicles driving through river whilst bridge repaired. 1.22
    8. GV People crossing partially repaired bridge. 1.28
    9. GV Helicopter landing at Chatenango Fort and artillery. (2 SHOTS) 1.42
    10. CU Soldier with injured foot. 1.49
    11. GV Troops with young boy. 1.55
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    Background: CHATENANGO PROVINCE, EL SALVADOR

    INTRODUCTION: Government troops in the Latin American country of El Salvador continue to face fierce resistance from guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Movement. Despite assistance from the United States, the El Salvadorean regime of President Jose Napoleon Duarte has been unable to seize the opportunity presented by the failure of last January's guerrilla offensive.

    SYNOPSIS: Recently over 3,000 government troops took part in a search and destroy operation in Chatenango Province, north of San Salvador. This area, which borders on neighbouring Honduras, is thought to be a rebel stronghold. However there were few clashes with insurgents during the week-long operation.

    The government forces did unearth several Claymore mines along the overgrown tracks. These were promptly detonated.

    The National Guardsmen exhibited the shrapnel that was packed into each of the mines.

    A damaged road bridge over the river Azambie was evidence of guerrilla activity in the area. Vehicles were forced to ford the river whilst engineers replaced the bridge. Many Salvadorean army units are now posted guarding bridges and other key installations.

    The government forces have recently received 14 extra helicopter from the United States. Washington's military aid programme to El Salvador is expected to reach 60 million dollars next year. Despite this help the Salvadorean military continues to suffer heavy losses and its counter insurgency operations have so far failed to diminish the guerrilla's effectiveness. Estimates of the number of insurgents currently active have now reached 6,000.

    Source: REUTERS - CARLOS ROSAS

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE9TXQ85RHJ4A0E1BTGXYS3XFT
    Media URN:
    VLVAE9TXQ85RHJ4A0E1BTGXYS3XFT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    N/A

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