Honduras Sends Hundreds Of Soldiers To The Street In Operation Lightning

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Top Story — The Honduran government sent hundreds of soldiers to the streets of the country’s main cities on Tuesday to combat criminal violence. Honduran President Lobo said the purpose of the mission, known as “Operation Lightning,” is to “guarantee the presence of the authorities in the most conflict-ridden areas.” The decision comes just a day after Lobo fired his top police commanders, after four officers accused of murdering two students were released and then went into hiding. Honduras — a major transit point for South American cocaine headed north — now has the world’s highest murder rate with 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations.

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