December 22, 2013

How the U.S. Helps Colombia Kill Rebels

Dana Priest, Washington Post

The Associated Press

The 50-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), once considered the best-funded insurgency in the world, is at its smallest and most vulnerable state in decades, due in part to a CIA covert action program that has helped Colombian forces kill at least two dozen rebel leaders, according to interviews with more than 30 former and current U.S. and Colombian officials.

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TAGGED: Colombia, Latin America, United States, FARC


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