Since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011, Washington, key NATO allies, Israel, and other regional allies recruited, armed, trained, and directed death squads.
They're still doing it. They're imported from abroad. More on that below.
Washington prioritizes the "Salvador Option." Rules of engagement proliferated massacres, torture, and gruesome atrocities in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
In Vietnam, Operation Phoenix (OP) did the same things earlier. It became a template for future counterterrorism operations.
From 1968 - 1973, CIA operatives, Special Forces, and Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Special Operations Group (MACV-SOG) conducted covert missions.
Their mandate was to crush National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) resistance. Strategy was to terrorize people into submission.
Operations were no holds barred. Indiscriminate mass murder and atrocities were committed. US military personnel and South Vietnamese government officials considered security risks were targeted.
High-value elements mattered most. Countless others were affected. Around 80,000 died before operations ended.