El Salvador's military command claimed on June 4 more than 100 leftist guerrillas were killed in the previous four days fighting, for the loss of ten government troops.
AV Helicopter in jungle clearing.
GV Infantry on patrol through jungle.
GV & SV PAN Soldiers examine guerilla dugouts near village. (2 SHOTS)
SVs Soldiers probe foxholes. (2 SHOTS)
TV PAN Trench.
GV TILT DOWN Helicopter flying over building.
SV PAN Troops camped on hilltop.
SV PAN Children playing soldiers.
GV & SV Troops come under fire, shoot back. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Mortar, grenade launcher are fired. (2 SHOTS)
GV & SVs Helicopter gunships direct on enemy.
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Background: El Salvador's military command claimed on June 4 more than 100 leftist guerrillas were killed in the previous four days fighting, for the loss of ten government troops. Some two-thousand crack Salvadorean soldiers, supported by helicopters, have been engaged in the major push against the guerrillas around the northern highlands of Chalatenango province. They are members of hank-picked battalions who have just completed special training in the United States. This was their first action since returning. The search-and-destroy operation was part of a big anti-insurgency drive, the first of its kind since April's general election kept a right-wing coalition to power in El Salvador. In the south-east of the country, government forces used a pincer-movement to try and trap the guerrillas, then force them towards the border with Honduras -- an ally of the Salvador regime. Although these children (seq 8) played their own war games, the real fighting was particularly fierce -- especially in hand to hand combat. The government forces were also supported by artillery and air strikes. Over the past three years at least 30,000 people have died in the political violence of El Salvador.