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US-trained Salvadorans hunt guerrilla camps

Close to 2,000 US-trained Salvadoran soldiers launched a search-and-destroy operation near El Salvador's Honduran border to clean out leftist guerrilla encampments, the Army said.

The drive will advance slowly, lasting more than a week, because of the mountainous terrain and heavy rainfall in the region, military sources said.

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The operation is the first launched by the newly formed Belloso Battalion, whose soldiers recently returned from an intensive military course in the United States.

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