The controversial guerrilla war in El Salvador continues unabated.
GV Soldiers with captured guerrillas in truck
GV Soldiers with truck driving down track
GV Soldiers in bush
SV PAN Soldiers with rifles
GV Troops receiving instructions
GV PAN Soldiers setting off into bush (3 shots)
GV PAN Rocky terrain
GV PAN Helicopter flying overhead
GV Armed peasant keeping watch
GV Burnt out trucks after guerrilla attack
SV & CU Burnt out trucks and armoured vehicle (5 shots)
GV PAN Peasant's farm with children in garden (3 shots)
GV PAN Armed peasants on farm with children (3 shots)
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Background: The controversial guerrilla war in El Salvador continues unabated. In this region -- close to the border with Honduras -- government soldiers have armed the civilian population of farmers. The government has claimed that abuses by the military on the civilian population have been halted and discipline has been tightened up. The guerrillas have burnt out trucks and several armoured vehicles in this region. The terrain is not very conducive to military operations and is of help to the anti-government guerrillas who know the countryside well. The government, however, has United States military aid, including helicopters, which gives them a distinct advantage in scouring the hills for guerrillas. The US military aid has been the subject of much controversy. Recent reports by visiting US congressmen have indicated the government of El Salvador is abusing the population and President Reagan is facing opposition in his bid to send more military and economic aid to the country.