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Comandos : the CIA and Nicaragua's Contra Rebels

Author: Sam Dillon
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Recounts how the American government financed and orchestrated the ten-year civil war between the Sandinistas and the Contras. He focuses largely on the work of Luis Fley, the Contras' chief legal investigator who, uncovering tortures, rapes and murders committed by the Contra commanders against their own peasant troops, brought the criminals before a tribunal. Dillon analyzes the rivalry among U.S. agencies for  Read more...
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Named Person: Luis Fley; Luis Fley
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Dillon
ISBN: 0805014756 9780805014754
OCLC Number: 23974023
Notes: Narrative based largely on the personal experiences of Luis Fley.
Description: xv, 393 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The pit --
Insurgent roots --
The rise of the ex-guards --
The project --
Dirty war --
The cutoff --
The $100 million offensive --
Back in the camps --
The Quilalí tribunal --
Final verdicts --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Sam Dillon.

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Recounts how the American government financed and orchestrated the ten-year civil war between the Sandinistas and the Contras. He focuses largely on the work of Luis Fley, the Contras' chief legal investigator who, uncovering tortures, rapes and murders committed by the Contra commanders against their own peasant troops, brought the criminals before a tribunal. Dillon analyzes the rivalry among U.S. agencies for control of the Contras--the CIA, the State Department, the Pentagon, the Agency for International Development and the National Security Council all had a crack at it--and shows how Lt. Col. Oliver North secretly aided and advised the Contra army during the U.S. military-aid cutoff from 1984 to 1986. The book provides a fresh look at the occasion of the most controversial U.S. foreign policy since Vietnam, an immensely complicated struggle in which some 30,000 died. (Oct.).

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