Central America

US to Stop Sharing Drug Trafficking Info with Honduras

The nation keeps shooting down planes in violation of agreements

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The U.S. State Department has suspended sharing of radar intelligence with Honduras after the Central American nation's Air Force shot down two suspected drug planes in violation of U.S. agreements, the department confirmed Friday.

The decision came after two separate incidents in July, when civilian aircraft were shot down off the coast of northern Honduras, said William Ostick, Western Hemispheric Affairs Office spokesman. The U.S. bilateral agreement with Honduras for information sharing exclusively prohibits shooting down civilian aircraft.

"We don't have information about the occupants or the cargo," Ostick said.