All About El Salvador

BARRIO 18 / 9 AUG 2012

The director of El Salvador’s National Forensic Institute (IML) announced that the number of murders had risen sharply in the first days of August, saying it was an indication that…

BARRIO 18 / 8 AUG 2012

El Salvador’s government announced that the police were going to slow the rate of operations to catch large numbers of suspected criminals, but denied that this was in response to…

COLOMBIA / 8 AUG 2012

Six months after signing a partnership agreement aimed at improving rule of law in El Salvador, the US says the plan is on the right track. Even more promisingly, it…

CHEPE LUNA / 8 AUG 2012

Salvadoran diplomat Hector Silva Avalos tells the story of a botched operation to capture the drug lord known as 'Chepe Luna,' leader of the Perrones drug gang. Its failure points…

AUC / 8 AUG 2012

As the El Salvadoran gang truce offers hope that it could transform into something more lasting, InSight Crime looks at the lessons from Colombia’s peace process a decade earlier with…

EL SALVADOR / 19 JUL 2012

El Salvador is expanding a pilot program to allow nationals in the US to report crimes that originate in their home country, which mostly involve attempts to extort money through…

EL SALVADOR / 19 JUL 2012

Since the "Northern Triangle" of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala emerged as the main corridor for US-bound drugs, it has become one of the deadliest places in the world to…

CHEPE DIABLO / 19 JUL 2012

In the Salvadoran town of Metapan one of the country’s most elusive drug trafficking groups, the Texis Cartel, has co-opted local politics. El Faro reports on an undercover investigation…

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2012

Fears that the two largest street gangs in El Salvador are taking advantage of a proclaimed cease fire to reorganize and expand their overall influence are largely unfounded, as both…

EL SALVADOR / 19 JUL 2012

Police in El Salvador and Guatemala are investigating more than a dozen front companies that smuggled tons of precursor chemicals used in methamphetamine production from Asia, highlighting a thriving, yet…

BARRIO 18 / 19 JUL 2012

Authorities in El Salvador reported the arrest of 185 suspected gang members in the greater San Salvador area, despite a truce between rival gangs that has brought a significant reduction in…

EL SALVADOR / 19 JUL 2012

A network of companies in Guatemala and El Salvador are accused of serving as a front for a smuggling ring which brought 720 tons of precursor chemicals into Guatemala via…

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