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The Final Battle: Rios Montt's Counterinsurgency Campaign U.S. and Guatemalan Documents Describe the Strategy Behind Scorched Earth National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 425 Posted -- May 9, 2013 Edited by Kate Doyle For more information contact: Kate Doyle 202/994-7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org Washington, D.C., May 9, 2013 -- After weeks of powerful testimony and excruciating procedural wrangling, the trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt and his intelligence chief Jose Rodriguez Sanchez on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity is coming to an end. With Judge Yazmin Barrios's request for closing arguments yesterday, the government's lead prosecutor, Orlando Lopez, gave more than two hours of summation based heavily on the Guatemalan military plans, manuals, and operational records entered as evidence. With this posting, the National Security Archive looks at the army's strategy behind the counterinsurgency campaign launched by Rios Montt against the guerrillas and the civilian population suspected of supporting them. For background on the trial and daily summaries of the proceedings, commentary, analysis, documents and photographs, see the Open Society Justice Initiative website, created in partnership with the National Security Archive, the International Center for Transitional Justice, CEJIL and the Guatemalan on-line news site Plaza Publica: http://www.riosmontt-trial.org/ See also PBS Newshour's "Guatemala: Why We Cannot Turn Away": http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/science/jan-june13/guatemala_05-08.html Next Posting: U.S. Policy and the Rios Montt Regime. Check out today's posting at the National Security Archive website - http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB425/ Find us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/NSArchive Unredacted, the Archive blog - http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/ --