Government forces in Argentina are sweeping through the forests of the country's remote north-western Tucuman province in an operation to mop up the remains of the "People's Revolutionary Army" which they claim to have broken.
GV General Antonio Bussi, Governor of Argentina's Tucuman province, walks from helicopter landed in forest clearing, greeted by army commander General Mendenez, and both walk into forest
SV Soldier in forest
SV Soldiers patrolling
CU Bussi and Mendenez talking to soldiers
SV Troops open fire with automatic rifles
CU bussi, PAN TO Mendenez
SV troops patrolling
Argentina's other main guerrilla force is the Monteneros, which has been particularly active in urban areas. Army intelligence estimate the group's strength at 70,000. However, the Monteneros neither have the intelligent leadership that Santucho ???ave the ERP, nor a coherent political plan.
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Background: Government forces in Argentina are sweeping through the forests of the country's remote north-western Tucuman province in an operation to mop up the remains of the "People's Revolutionary Army" which they claim to have broken.
Synopsis: General Antonio Bussi, Governor of Tucuman Province, visited the operations area on Monday (27 September). The campaign is being led by Third Army commander General Luciano Mendenez. The three armed forces plus the federal and provincial police have joined together to form a combined force. The government claims that about our guerrillas are killed daily in clashes with the loss of few combined force men.
The "People's Revolutionary Army" -- or ERP -- has been one of the main guerrilla groups in Argentina. the group had a major setback in July of this year when Mario Roberto Santucho, its leader, was killed by security forces. One of Santucho's main lieutenants was also killed. Army intelligence estimated that the ERP had lost 80 per cent of its leadership and 50 per cent of its forces. The dramatic attacks that were once a trademark of the group have become a thing of the past.
The Argentine government say that the combined forces will soon have complete control of the former ERP stronghold in Tucuman Province. The country's military President, General Jorge Videla, visited the region this month and said the annihilation of the guerrillas was a main objective of his government. Their success in tucuman would mark the end of an 18-month war.