Pedro Benjamin Rivas Zelaya, one of the top leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha, is presented to members of the media after his arrest in Guatemala in San Salvador, El Salvador, April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

El Salvador: MS-13 Still a Threat

By Col. Fernando Menjivar Mora

Since 1992, El Salvador (see Figure 1) (1) has battled a growing threat from organized crime, especially from the gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). MS-13 is the biggest gang in the country yet also has a transnational nature. It is labeled by the U.S. government as a terrorist group and a Transnational Crime Organization (TCO) (2). Government adoption of various internal security policies and strategies has had little effect. Instead, MS-13 has been growing in pow...