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Analysis: Bukele to double Salvadoran Army, deploy to gang areas; critics ask why

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele is committed to doubling the number of military personnel, in an attempt to gain permanent control of territories that have for decades been dominated by gangs.

At the end of the first semester of 2021, El Salvador registered a 10.4% increase in homicides compared to the same period in 2020 in what could be perceived as a flaw in the Territorial Control Plan (PCT). According to preliminary police figures, 658 homicides were registered between January and June, 10.4% more than the 596 registered in the same period of . . .

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