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Colombia Takes the Fight to Criminal Mining, but Legal Failings Persist

Colombia Takes the Fight to Criminal Mining, but Legal Failings Persist

Colombia is beginning to face up to the threat of illegal mining with a series of security measures, but to be effective they will also have to overcome the decades of state neglect and poor public policy that have allowed powerful criminal groups to thrive. Read More

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The National Liberation Army (Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional - ELN) is one of the two main guerrilla armies with left-wing political ideologies operating in the Colombian territory. Initially a Marxist-Leninist nationalist movement, it now appears more focused on kidnapping, extortion and attacks on economic infrastructure. And while it eschewed drug trafficking for decades, it has recently been linked to the narcotics trade and has sought alliances with large drug trafficking organizations. Militarily, it has been greatly debilitated and has dropped from an estimated 5,000 soldiers in the early 1990s to a force that by some estimates is now less than 2,000 fighters.

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