Three US Army advisers were ordered to leave El Salvador because they violated regulations prohibiting them from entering combat operations, the US Embassy said.
One of the advisers, Green Beret Sgt. Jay Stanley, became the first US casualty in the Salvadorean war after he was wounded last week in a helicopter by rebel ground fire. The Embassy said another helicopter carrying a US adviser also came under fire.
US lawmakers, one calling for an investigation, blasted the administration's handling of the incident. Legislation is already under way in the House to cut off military aid to El Salvador because critics disagree with the administration's report of human rights progress there.