Left-wing guerrillas, fighting the military government in El Salvador have infiltrated the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador.
GV National Guardsmen searching for guerrillas on outskirts of San Salvador
SV Army patrol
GV Countryside on outskirts of San Salvador, troops firing (3 shots)
SV Troops in undergrowth (2 shots)
GV Troops at attention (2 shots)
SV US Ambassador to El Salvador, Dean Hinton speaks in English
GV Troops in lorries and trucks in San Salvador
SV PAN Hinton and El Salvadoran Foreign Minister Fidel Chaveb Mena walk in and sit down for load agreement signing
CU Loan agreement document
GV Loan agreement being signed by Ambassador and Foreign Minister
TRANSCRIPT: HINTON (SEQ 6): "There is no question that the subversives are better trained now, are fighting with tactical skill, have received reinforcements of highly trained specialist, such things as demolition, have additional weapons and lots more bazouka-type weapons, heavier weapons, lots more explosives, and there's no question about where it's coming from. Nor is there any question about their headquarters is. Some of you have actually visited their headquarters and it's not in El Salvador."
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Background: Left-wing guerrillas, fighting the military government in El Salvador have infiltrated the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador. National Guardsmen and soldiers combed the area on Monday (15 March) looking for the rebels. Guerrilla snipers shot at government troops further out of the city. The United States, which backs the government side, believes the military are gaining strength in the undeclared civil war but US Ambassador Dean Hinton concedes the rebels are putting up a strong challenge. On Monday (15 March) Ambassador Hinton signed a loan agreement with the Salvadoran Foreign Minister, Fidel Chaveb Mena. The 15 million dollar loan will be used to buy basic foodstuffs.