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US accused of plans to go into Nicaragua, Salvador

Nicaragua and left-wing guerrillas in El Salvador charged Tuesday that the United States was planning invasions of their countries shortly. The allegations appear to have been spawned by the news last week that joint US-Honduran war games were set to open next Thursday in Honduran territory along El Salvador's border, involving as many as 2,000 US troops.

Daniel Ortega Saavedra, coordinator of Nicaragua's leftist Sandinist junta, appealed to foreign governments to provide his country with arms to defend itself against what he termed an ''imminent'' US invasion.

As evidence, Mr. Ortega cited reports of US-Honduras military maneuvers not far from Honduras's border with Nicaragua and the deployment of US warships to waters off Nicaragua.

In San Salvador, left-wing guerrillas said the United States and Honduras were planning to lead an invasion of El Salvador to coincide with Salvadorean presidential elections March 25.

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