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Central African Conflict: Rwanda and Burundi Sink into Abyss of a Long War
By Frank Smyth, August 30, 1996, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

NYAMIAGABE, Rwanda – Recent killings by Hutu rebels in Rwanda and Burundi, and retaliatory attacks by the Tutsi-dominated army in each country indicate that the…

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Tutsis, Hutus Oppose Increased International Presence
By Frank Smyth, August 30, 1996, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Nyamiagbe, Rwanda — How to curb the violence in Rwanda and Burundi is the question facing the United Nations Security Council and others. No one has offered a viable plan. The two countries have been fighting civil wars since the early 1990s but have been involved in internecine warfare for centuries. For Burundi, the Security

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Grim Testimony from the Dead of Two Years Ago
By Frank Smyth, August 30, 1996, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

NYAMIAGABE, Rwanda – Sights, sounds and even the smell of violence frequently remain etched in memory long after they have occurred. The stench of rotting cadavers will stay with you a good while after you’ve…

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Many Tutsis Are Strangers in Their Own Homeland
By Frank Smyth, August 30, 1996, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Most of Rwanda’s new Tutsis hardly know the country they call their homeland. After Hutus first seized power in Rwanda during the early 1960s amid the region’s transition to independence (in Burundi, the Tutsis never lost power), more than 150,000 Tutsis fled to Uganda and other countries. There they eventually grew to more than 1 million.

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U.S. adviser comes under fire in El Salvador
By Frank Smyth, February 22, 1989, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Original article can be found here. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – A U.S. military advisor at a Salvadoran army base came under fire yesterday in an early morning rebel attack that killed three Salvadoran soldiers, but he apparently managed to escape unharmed. It is at least the fourth reported attack involving U.S. advisers since they

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A Blood-spattered Stalemate
By Frank Smyth, December 11, 1988, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

EASTERN CHALATENANGO, El Salvador – A helicopter gunship riddled the landscape with heavy machine-gun fire as a battalion of 200 elite army soldiers trailed on the ground behind. Two miles away, a patrol of six guerrillas kept track on the oncoming battalion, communicating…

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