TeleSur English Posted Sun., June 11, 2017
U.S. troops announced that they will be helping Central America governments fight violence.
During a joint training session this week in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, U.S. Marines announced that they hope to aid violence-ravaged countries in Central Americas to combat high homicide rates.
These collaborative exercises have been carried out by the U.S. military over the past three years in countries that have problems with gangs and cocaine traffickers from South America to the United States.
Because of its homicide rates, the Northern Triangle is considered to be the most violent region (not at war) in the world. The violence is mostly attributed to gangs who seek to profit from crimes such as narco-trafficking, hijacking, kidnapping, and extortion.
The head of command, Colonel Michael Samarov, made an announcement at a press conference that the initiative had begun on June 1.
According to a statement from the U.S. embassy in Honduras, marines and sailors belonging to the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF-SC) were deployed at the start of the month.
A military press release also detailed that the troops spent three months training in North Carolina, prior to being dispatched to the region.
The training of the combined forces, the release read, was to ensure that they would be better able to “operate as a cohesive unit” to effectively stem the violence as well as to aid with construction projects and emergency response to any natural disaster issues from the region’s pending hurricane season.
Almost 300 members of the unit will be stationed at the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. The statement also said that the remaining troops from the SPMAGTF-SC will be dispersed among Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to conduct training and security cooperation engagements.
Reportedly, the troops will be in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala until late 2017.