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Central American Armed Forces Strengthen Joint Patrols to Fight Organized Crime

By on December 20, 2020

first_img“These joint efforts of our military forces have allowed Honduras to become hostile territory for drug traffickers. We know there is still hard work to do, but we are making good progress.” “Honduras is strengthening its maritime, air, and ground shields, joining its efforts to those of the other countries in the region,” Honduran Minister of Defense Samuel Armando Reyes said during the CFAC meeting. “This is allowing us to combat drug trafficking and organized crime more forcefully.” “We are performing coordinated patrols in vulnerable areas along our borders, thanks to the coordinated operations of our intelligence units,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Manuel Augusto López said during his closing remarks at the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the High Council for the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, for its Spanish acronym), held July 10 in Guatemala. CFAC’s goal is to strengthen regional military integration; its permanent member countries are Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Bolstering sea, air, and ground defenses One such step forward: the Armed Forces of Honduras and El Salvador approved planning groups for new border operations during the 15th Meeting of Commanders of Military Border Units under the CFAC, held on July 16 in the Honduran border town of Nuevo Ocotepeque. That’s a crucial component in the fight against large criminal enterprises that operate across borders: for example, there are about 1,987,000 illegal weapons circulating in the Central American region, according to the study, “Weapons Trafficking. Environment, legislative proposals, and public opinion,” published by the Center for Social and Public Opinion Studies (CESOP) of the Mexican House of Representatives. Among their traffickers: street gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18), which also use the weapons to conduct crimes such as extortion and kidnapping. “We are committed to continue confronting these gangs,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés pledged at the end of the meeting. “And in order to increase our operational readiness capabilities, we are also going to continue to train our troops using modern technology, always in compliance with the laws of our respective countries.” Troops engaged in the initiative focus their efforts on combating the trafficking of drugs, weapons, and humans; they also share information on how criminal organizations operate, particularly those that are active along the Northern Triangle’s border areas. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Central American countries and the Dominican Republic are deploying elite teams from their Armed Forces to confront organized crime groups and disrupt illegal enterprises, such as drug trafficking, along their shared borders. By Dialogo August 06, 2015 Hi. Congratulations on the great job. Good luck to all of you and may nature protect you all. Very nice. I wish the Brazilian Army would control our borders. Very nice. Dealing with security is the biggest priority. Very good work integrating the Armed Forces, auxiliary forces and the 2016 Olympic organisation in Brazil. THE WORLD NEEDS TO COOPERATE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN GENERAL BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS THE WORLD ECONOMY. DRUGS, WEAPONS AND CONTRABAND IN GENERAL ARE EVIL AND NEED TO BE COMBATED AROUND THE WORLD.Website http://derlyemarcelinho.com.br/ Without a doubt, drug trafficking in all its manifestations, variables and ramifications and expressions is a threat to national security anywhere it operates. In that sense, all efforts to eradicate it is progress. It is also important to gradually reduce drug use in societies with very high purchasing power, thank you. In 2014, 60 percent of cocaine-smuggling flights that departed from South America first landed in Honduras – a decline from 75 percent of such flights in 2013, according to a U.S. government report. Typically, such organizations transport cocaine and other illegal substances on narco-planes from drug-producing countries such as Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, and ship the loads to Honduras. From there, organized crime operatives transport the drug loads by land to Guatemala and Mexico. That’s why Central American countries are bolstering their defenses by sea, air, and ground. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. “We want to progress further in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and gang activities along our borders. We will soon deploy our teams, and we will see results,” Cavalry Colonel Julio César Cerrato, Commanding Officer of Honduras’ 120th Infantry Brigade, said at the end of the meeting. Fighting drug trafficking and sharing information In this context of joint military strategies against organized crime, Operation MARTILLO continues to be a significant component in a comprehensive regional focus on combating the use of the Central American Pacific coasts as transshipment areas for drugs and weapons. “The key to our success lies in continually sharing more and more military intelligence information through different mechanisms of modern technology,” Aviation Colonel Jimmy Rommel Ayala, Salvadoran Air Force representative, said to the CFAC. “We must keep moving forward to continue the decreases in these groups’ activities.” Organized crime groups, including Mexican drug cartels, also traffic cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics through Central America as they make their way north to the United States, according to U.S. government reports. They transport their loads along the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Costa Rica, and often to Nicaragua. When they arrive at the Gulf of Fonseca, the drug-trafficking routes split through Honduras or El Salvador and then on to Guatemala. last_img read more

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Rajon Rondo undergoes surgery on troublesome right hand; Lakers expect month-long recovery

By on August 17, 2020

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers announced Friday that Rondo (8.4 ppg, 6.7 apg, 4.4 rpg) had undergone surgery to repair the ligament in the injured finger, putting him on the shelf for four to five weeks. The 32-year-old point guard, who sat courtside with a wrap around his hand during Friday’s game against the Clippers, already missed 17 games this season for the earlier injury, and he was only able to play three games in the brief healthy span between maladies.The Lakers had hopes that Rondo, who helped guide the team past another injury to LeBron James in a Christmas day win at Golden State, would help stabilize the guard rotation and bring a veteran boost with James out for an indeterminate span. But even though the Lakers feel the blow of Rondo’s loss again, Walton said he was more concerned about Rondo’s state of mind.“Being out last time was hard for him,” he said. “So to just get back and have to sit out again has got to be really challenging for him. But he was big for us when he was hurt last time, and we’ll expect for him to be big for us again, as far as being involved in huddles and locker rooms and film sessions like he was before and continue to help our team to grow.”In his previous injury stint, Rondo was an active participant on the Lakers in many senses, including sitting in on coaches meetings (albeit with limited ability to chime in) and traveling on several road trips. On the bench, he has been one of the most important player voices, often chatting about tactics with younger players from his seat.His absence has left a larger role (again) for Lonzo Ball, as well as some point guard responsibilities for Brandon Ingram. It also opens the door for more minutes from reserve guards such as Lance Stephenson and Svi Mykhailiuk. Walton said the Lakers are hoping to have Rondo back for “a late-season push,” which could be as soon as late January. Clippers coach Doc Rivers acknowledged that he was benefitting from Rondo’s absence Friday night. But having won a championship coaching Rondo on the Boston Celtics, Rivers also said he felt for his former player.“I feel bad for Rondo, especially it’s his second injury,” he said. “It’s just one of those things for him right now. He’s not an injury-prone guy, but he’s been injured a lot lately. And so it’ll turn around for him.”McGEE GETTING STRONGERWhile JaVale McGee missed his seventh straight start on Friday night, there were encouraging signs: The 30-year-old center was back to his usual pregame shooting routine at Staples Center, which hasn’t been easy.McGee is still battling back to full health following a roughly two-week bout with pneumonia, which landed him in the hospital for several days last week.Walton has soft-pedaled news of McGee’s progress, saying that he hasn’t seen the same energy level and conditioning that he had before he got sick. But in his pregame comments on Friday, Walton was as optimistic as he’s been in weeks about McGee’s health.“Just his overall energy level looks better,” he said. “He was in there this morning on the Alter G machine running, doing some running. Then he got in the weight room with Gunnar later this afternoon. He’s starting to put on some weight again and starting to work out, and looks a lot better. But we’ll be cautious with him, as we are with all of our players.”center_img LOS ANGELES — Before making a decision that would keep him off the court for another month, Rajon Rondo wanted to wait a day.A grade 3 sprain on the ring finger of his right hand – the same hand he fractured on Nov. 14 and missed a month to rehabilitate – was causing him a lot of pain and he knew surgery was going to be one of his options. But he wanted to see if there was any way to play through it.The decision was virtually made, Coach Luke Walton said, when he tried to palm a basketball.“I know his first thing was to give it a day or two to see how it would affect him,” he said. “And between the pain and the fact that he couldn’t really pick up a ball and do the things that make him such a special player, the decision got kind of easy to make at that point.”last_img read more

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