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Colombia's ELN Suspected in Journalists' Disappearance

Colombia's ELN Suspected in Journalists' Disappearance

The disappearance of several journalists in the troubled zone of Catatumbo -- home to an array of illicit armed groups and major coca cultivation -- has refocused attention on the ELN's practice of kidnapping and this region's central role in Colombia's internal armed conflict. 

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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 Colombia. 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 believed to number around 2,500 fighters.

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Colombia Discovers 'Giant' ELN Cocaine Lab

Colombia Discovers 'Giant' ELN Cocaine Lab

A huge cocaine processing complex run by the ELN has been found in west Colombia, showcasing the guerrilla group's role in a drug trade that could soon be changing hands.

5 Challenges Criminal Economies Pose for Post-Conflict Colombia

5 Challenges Criminal Economies Pose for Post-Conflict Colombia

A recent investigation by the independent think tank Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) reveals that while peace negotiations between Colombia's government and rebel group the FARC advance in Cuba...

ELN-FARC Battle Urabeños in Colombia

ELN-FARC Battle Urabeños in Colombia

Clashes between leftist guerillas and a neo-paramilitary organized crime group in the Colombian province of Antioquia may foreshadow the violent renegotiation of criminal economies and territories that could occur if...