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Wed May 24, 2017, 03:36 PM

U.S. review criticizes U.S. handling of Honduras drug operation

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Wed May 24, 2017 | 3:17pm EDT

U.S. review criticizes U.S. handling of Honduras drug operation

A joint U.S.-Honduras anti-drug operation that resulted in several fatal shootings in the Central American country in 2012 was poorly coordinated, according to an internal review on Wednesday.

The review looked at three fatal incidents that were part of Operation Anvil, a 90-day pilot program designed to disrupt drug flights from South America to Honduras.

Neither U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents nor Honduran tactical police involved in the operation had a clear understanding of "how their partners would respond to an imminent threat of death or serious physical injury," the report on the shootings found.

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In one incident, a small boat carrying a U.S. agent and two Honduran police lost power as it was traveling down a river at night with a load of cocaine they had seized.

When a slightly larger boat with a dozen passengers approached them in the darkness, they opened fire thinking the were under attack. They radioed a Honduran helicopter and directed the door-gunner open fire on the boat, the report said.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-honduras-drugs-idUSKBN18K2T4

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