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Contras

Nicaraguan right-wing exiles conducting a guerrilla campaign against the Sandinista government 1979–90 with covert arms supplies from US.
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Noun1.Contras - a Nicaraguan counterrevolutionary guerrilla force from 1979 to 1990; it opposed a left-wing government, with support from the United States
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In 2013, two former federal agents and an ex-CIA contractor told an American television network that it was the CIA that actually murdered Camarena because he was becoming a threat to CIA drug operations in Mexico, which was financing the Nicaraguan Contra rebels.
The lead role in articulating this new more aggressive posture has been taken by Roger Pardo-Mauer, deputy assistant secretary for western hemisphere affairs in the defense department, and a former state department representative to the Nicaraguan Contra terrorists, who with U.S.
In a 2001 article for The New York Review of Books, Steven Kinzer, a New York Times reporter and an expert on Central America, wrote that Negroponte's nomination at the time as ambassador to the United Nations was "part of a concerted effort to rehabilitate those who planned and organized the Nicaraguan contra war of the 1980s.
Four modern foreign crises are considered--Vietnam during the Johnson and Nixon administrations, the Nicaraguan Contra funding controversy during the Reagan years, the first Gulf War, and the Bosnian crisis during both the Bush and Clinton presidencies.
Some 300 former Nicaraguan contra commanders have taken a page from the playbook of Guatemala's Patrullas Autodefensas Civiles (PAC) to demand that they and thousands of other ex- contras be compensated for their service in the internal war against the Sandinista government.
One told him he "was involved in covert CIA operations to assist Nicaraguan contra guerrillas in the late 1980s." When Robberson asked Joe Toft, the former chief of the U.S.
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Newsweek carried stories questioning the accuracy and conclusions of the three-part series which suggested a link between the Central Intelligence Agency and a Nicaraguan Contra group to feed tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and across the nation.
The series reported that the head smugglers, Danilo Blandon and Norwin Meneses, imported cocaine, sold it in Los Angeles and used millions of dollars in profits to fund the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contra "freedom fighters" in their war against the socialist Sandinista regime.
government operation supplying illegal shipments of weapons to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, using funds from secret arms sales to Iran.
Peter and Matt's investigation uncovers a cabal of corrupt politicians, anti-communist Nicaraguan Contra supporters, and drug smugglers.
They have, during the past eight years, deactivated 24,000 mines and other explosive ordnance left in Honduras after the Nicaraguan contra war.
While one of the biggest government scandals of the 1980s was the Iran-Contra affair involving US arms sold to Iran so money could be funneled to Nicaraguan Contra rebels, Webb found arms sales weren't the only funding tactic.