By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Armed Forces are conducting an operation today (Thursday, June 21st) in the favela communities of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira, just behind Leme, along the beach of Zona Sul (South Zone) in the city of Rio de Janeiro, as part of the federal intervention of public security in the state.

Authorities say that criminal factions dominating the two favelas have been vying for control of drug outlets for several days now. The operation involves 1,800 military personnel and fifty military police officers, and an encirclement of the . . .

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