|Joint military training base to be built in Honduras|
According to military sources, the armies of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua agreed to the installation of a regional training base in Honduras. It is expected to begin functioning in late 2012 or early 2013. The base, to be operated with US logistical and technical support, will provide counter-terrorism training including prevention of explosive and car bomb attacks by organized crime. This escalation of the so-called “drug war” was adopted during the 26th ordinary meeting of the Superior Council of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces in Honduras. Honduras army spokesperson Col. Jeremias Arevalo said, “There is no doubt. It is clear that, yes, we are going to boost the joint actions and have common goals in terms of intelligence and operating plans.”
The training facility will join the US radar station in El Salvador, which has been operating for several years to track possible smuggling by boats and planes. It will also join three new US bases installed in Honduras in April, and will augment the Soto Cano (Palmerola) base in Honduras where the US now maintains 600 US soldiers and coordinates its military actions in all of Central America.
(Radio La Primerisima, July 27)