The contras is a label given to the various rebel groups that opposed the Sandinista Junta of National Reconstruction government in Nicaragua that were active from 1979 through to the early 1990s. Among the separate contra groups, the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN) emerged as the largest. In 1987, all contra organizations were united into the Nicaraguan Resistance. The US government viewed the leftist Sandinistas as undemocratic and opposed its ties to Cuba and the Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the Regan administration secretly funded the Contras by selling arms to Iran and funneling the money to the rebels.
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