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Salvador death-squad activity has declined, reports say

A human-rights group says death squad activity in El Salvador has declined, but that the Salvadorean government has stepped up indiscriminate air attacks on civilians.

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The report Friday by Americas Watch came at the same time as a State Department report certifying that the Salvadorean government under President Jose Napoleon Duarte has improved its human-rights record. The department said the Salvadorean government is making impressive progress in eliminating death squads, and El Salvador needs more US military aid.

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