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Colombia Captures 'Coltan Czar' Linked to FARC

Colombia Captures 'Coltan Czar' Linked to FARC

Authorities in Colombia have captured a key operative who facilitated the sale of coltan and uranium for the FARC and ELN guerrilla groups, in a case highlighting the role corrupt officials play in the lucrative illegal mining industry. 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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