Paraguay strongman Alfredo Stroessner, Aug. 16 Alfredo Stroessner, the former general who ruled Paraguay for nearly 35 years through a combination of paternalistic politics, astute strategic alliances and ruthless repression, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in exile in Brazil. He was 93. Stroessner, whose fierce anti-communist stance aligned him with the regional Cold War aims of the United States, was haunted throughout his rule by charges of flagrant corruption and responsibility for what human rights advocates say were the torture, disappearance and murder of hundreds if not thousands of political opponents. Many of those alleged crimes were carried out in the 1970s and early '80s under the notorious "Operation Condor" strategy. The goal was to crush left-wing opposition throughout South America. He was forced into exile in Brazil in 1989.
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