On the radar: US ‘opening drugs war front’ on Honduras’ Caribbean coast

The US Central American Regional Security Initiative, set up to intercept drugs transhipment points in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, has pumped more than 100 million US dollars into Honduras last year, US officials said.

Honduras shares a small portion of the 362-kilometre-long (225 miles) Mosquito (or Miskito) Coast with its southern neighbour Nicaragua, facing the Caribbean Sea to the east and home to communities of Miskito and other indigenous Amerindians, and pockets of English-speaking descendants of former Jamaican slaves.

With the funding, the US has set up three forward operating bases in Honduras, controlled from Miami by US military’s Southern Command.

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