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Cauca Region Emerges as Potential Powder Keg in Colombia

Now identified as the principal national security threat, two of Colombia's most powerful emerging criminal bands (BACRIMs), are gearing up for a major...
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Colombian Elections and the BACRIM Threat

Colombia will hold elections for mayors, governors, state assemblies and city councilors in October. The approach of the local elections raises the perennial threat...
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FARC Commander Killed, Cali Cartel Leader Extradited

One of the wealthiest units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC), the 48th Front, reportedly lost...
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Extortion Rings Run From Colombia’s Prisons

With talk in Medellin about creating a cashless public transport system and moves in Bogota towards installing cell phone signal jammers in prison, Colombian...
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Fake Colombian Demobilization Stories Explain Rise of BACRIMs

Paramilitary commanders have said that the demobilization of some elements of the AUC was faked, with the blessing of government officials, undermining official...
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ETA-FARC Ties Exposed

Interpol has issued a red alert regarding the capture of Victor Ramon Vargas Salazar, a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas...
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RawFeed: Fuzzy Math in State Department Report

(Originally published 3 March, reprinted with permission from Adam Isacson and Just the Facts.) The State Department has just released its annual International...
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Victim: Army Playing Parcheesi When Rebels Kidnapped Us

The Colombian army did not, as it said, rescue 21 of 23 kidnapped oil workers, one of the victims told Colombian radio on Tuesday. What’s more, the victim said the...
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In Kidnappings of Oilworkers, FARC Seek Psychological Edge

Just as quickly as 23 oil field workers were kidnapped in Vichada, one of Colombia's most rural and isolated departments, 21 of them were released the following...