All About El Salvador

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 2 APR 2012

Prosecutors in El Salvador ordered the arrest of eight soldiers and one civilian linked to an arms trafficking network that may have supplied thousands of weapons to drug gangs in…

BARRIO 18 / 29 MAR 2012

Despite President Mauricio Funes' denial that his government struck a deal with gang leaders to lower homicide rates in return for better prison conditions, it is now clear that someone…

EL SALVADOR / 28 MAR 2012

Guatemala prison inmates have been accused of making threatening phone calls to large hotel chains in neighboring El Salvador, pointing to the growing popularity of long-distance extortion schemes.

BARRIO 18 / 23 MAR 2012

Representatives of the rival MS-13 and Barrio-18 gangs in El Salvador have confirmed the existence of a truce between them, negotiated with the help of the Church.

BARRIO 18 / 21 MAR 2012

An El Salvadoran bishop has claimed that a recent drop in homicides is due to the Church negotiating a truce between the country's two main gangs, the MS-13 and…

BARRIO 18 / 19 MAR 2012

El Salvador's government has denied reports that it made a deal to give imprisoned gang bosses better living conditions in exchange for a reduction in violence.

EL SALVADOR / 16 MAR 2012

The chief of the US Southern Command has suggested a growing interest in combating Central American criminal groups, though it’s not clear that greater involvement of the US military would…

BARRIO 18 / 15 MAR 2012

A new report by El Faro suggests that El Salvador's government may have struck a deal with its two largest street gangs to reduce violence, indicating that the country may…

EL SALVADOR / 15 MAR 2012

US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said that El Salvador's anti-gang policies are the most successful currently in place, and that he hopes they will be exported to Guatemala…

BARRIO 18 / 15 MAR 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) will help train a task force in El Salvador dedicated to investigating extortion-related crimes, with nearly 3,000 extortion cases reported in 2011.

EL SALVADOR / 27 FEB 2012

Three inmates were murdered in a prison in Chalatenango, in the north of El Salvador, while a fourth inmate is missing, in another example of the crisis engulfing prisons across…

EL SALVADOR / 23 FEB 2012

Authorities in El Salvador say they arrested five people and seized "revolutionary propaganda" belonging to a guerrilla group, but government officials have made such claims before, with little to back…

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