FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2006, file photo, a US military plane lands at the US base airport in Manta, Ecuador. Shortly after first taking officein 2007, Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa purged Ecuador’s military of officers deemed to have close relations with U.S. counterparts. He also ended an agreement with Washington that allowed U.S. drug interdiction flights to be based at the Ecuadorean airfield in Manta. Ecuador has ordered, on April 2014, that all 20 Defense Department employees in the U.S. Embassy’s military group to leave the country by month’s end, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador has ordered the U.S. Embassy’s military group, about 20 Defense Department employees, to leave the country by month’s end, in a further indication of strained relations.
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