Salvadorans may stay longer in Iraq

Salvadoran President Tony Saca has been quoted in an AP story as saying that the country may extend the deployment of its troops in El Salvador beyond early next year. El Salvador has 380 troops on the ground in Iraq, and is currently the only country in the Americas supporting the US war effort. The Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras have all withdrawn their troops.

As we have noted before, the troops are not the only Salvadorans in Iraq. Private US contractors have been recruiting in El Salvador and other third world countries to find laborers for security details and other jobs. The lure of wages higher than they can earn at home entices recruits to face the dangers of the Iraqi war zone.