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Brazilian Army Withdraws From Rio Slums

Army troops withdrew from Rio’s most notorious shantytowns Monday, ending a 10-day operation that used tanks and helicopters in a failed effort to recover weapons stolen from a barracks. Some 1,600 troops occupied 10 shantytowns, searching for 10 assault rifles and a pistol, stolen March 3 by gunmen wearing army-issue camouflage gear and ninja masks. In the downtown Providencia shantytown where drug gangs battled the soldiers during the occupation, residents cheered as the 300 troops occupying the hillside slum began to leave. The drug gangs set off fireworks to celebrate the withdrawal. Full Story

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