Tracing the shadows of ‘Operation Condor’

Al Jazeera

As Argentina opens a long-awaited trial over 'Operation Condor', why has no US official been held accountable?

A coordinated campaign to kill political dissidents across Latin America in the 1970s, all with the knowledge of the US, resulted in one of Latin America's darkest periods.

Tens of thousands of people were kidnapped, tortured and killed by military regimes across the continent and those who fled repression in one country were often targeted in another – there was no escape.

'Operation Condor' involved six different nations – led by Chile's former dictator Augusto Pinochet in response to the populist and socialist movements emerging throughout Latin America in the 1960s and 70s.

On Tuesday, a human rights trial began in Argentina to investigate the crimes committed during that operation.

It is the latest example of Latin American Countries coming to terms with their past through criminal proceedings and truth commissions.

However there has been no truth and reconciliation committee to determine the precise extent of the US's role in the killing or disappearance of some 80,000 people – nor has there been any accountability.

Declassified cables show that the CIA and the US state department were aware of 'Plan Condor' early on.

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