The activity, aimed at rolling back the gang's visible presence in the town, added to a raft of government measures taken in recent weeks to hem in MS-13 and Calle 18, the two main rival gangs, and various smaller organizations.
El Salvador is facing a record wave of murders. With 22 killings a day on average, the country has become one of the deadliest on the planet. El Salvador's economy isn't great either. But in the little town of Jucuapa, the coffin-making business is booming.
Stepsisters Monica and Nataly didn't know each other when living with separate families in from El Salvador. But when both teens started receiving threats, their relatives sent for them in California and they trekked north together — and bonded.
El Salvador has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the hemisphere. And advocates hope that El Salvador's recommendation that women hold off getting pregnant until 2018 will spur a conversation about the country's laws around reproduction in general.
This year, an increasing number of Central American attempted to enter the US illegally. Now, as many are deported back home, there are concerns that due process was not served while they were held in detention facilities in the United States.
José has already tried to escape from El Salvador to the US this summer — twice. But he's failed each time, and now he's dodging gang violence at home while trying to make yet another attempt to leave.
There was another exodus from Central America. It happened in the 1980s, when almost one million Guatemalans and Salvadorans fled to the US to escape civil war. And a group of American activists and religious leaders took big risks to help them stay.
Music was a lifeline for eight-year-old Susan Cruz, when she and her mother fled violence in El Salvador in 1978 and headed for California. In this next in our series on immigrants' first days in the US, Cruz looks back on her tumultuous introduction to America.
The wildly popular tweet was aimed at a nation that stigmatized all Africans during the Ebola outbreak. While the US government recommends all its citizens get inoculations, including one for measles, many states allow exemptions for personal or philosophical concerns. Immigrants, however, don't enjoy that choice.
Gang violence is skyrocketing in El Salvador. May finished with more than 600 murders, more than any previous month since the country's civil war that ended in the early 1990s. Young people are often the victims, but some have found an escape; a way to live in the middle of the violence without becoming a target.
Unaccompanied minors continue to stream across the US-Mexico border, fleeing violence, and they are being held at detention centers. In the US, a debate is raging over whether this is a humanitarian issue about taking care of needy children or a border security and immigration problem to be solved.
Arturo the polar bear is one depressed bear. He lives in a climate that's too warm, in a space that's too small and he's going stir crazy. Now, people are rallying to help him get to a healthier home. Meanwhile, the US is spending a million dollars on ads to convince Central Americans not to leave home for the US. That and more in today's Global Scan.