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Military muddle After Hurricane Mitch an American military task force arrived in Honduras in a blaze of publicity, promising to hit the ground running. But it has been slow to repair roads and bridges

The tyres of my Chevrolet scrunch to a halt outside Soto Cano airbase some 80km north of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. It is 6.50am, I am 10 minutes early, and the jumpy young Honduran soldiers guarding the gates are in no mood to let me in. 'You must have a pass,' they bark. 'Pull up over there.'

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