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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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RawFeed: The Evolution of the Drug Submarine

Following the discovery in February of Colombia’s first fully submersible “narco-submarine,” built by drug cartels to ship cocaine through the Pacific to the...
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InSight: Colombia’s Land Reform Plan Targets Trouble Spots

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos has been widely praised for his grand plan to return swathes of land to the country’s massive population of internal...
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RawFeed: WikiLeaks Casts Old Light on New Problem

WikiLeaks is a curious, multilayered beast. On the surface, the diplomatic cables reveal "secrets." But perhaps more importantly, they give us context and meaning...
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Rebels, BACRIMs Ally in Northern Santander

Leftist guerrilla groups are allying with neo-paramilitary bands in Northern Santander, a state where these rival groups once battled fiercely for territory. These...
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Colombia Seizes Its First True ‘Narco Sub’

In a display of drug cartels’ increasing technological sophistication, Colombian officials have captured the first submarine capable of smuggling cocaine...
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FARC Clash with Rastrojos in Cauca

While Colombian rebel groups and the new generation of drug cartels have been moving ever closer in the interests of the drug trade, the FARC and the Rastrojos have...
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RawFeed: U.S. Creates Unit to Prosecute Colombian BACRIMs

In a signal of the growing power of Colombia's drug-trafficking criminal bands, or BACRIMs, the Miami Attorney General's Office has created a new prosecution unit...
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RawFeed: Bishop Talks Truce Between Rival Colombian Gangs

The drug-trafficking bands competing for territory near the Colombia's Caribbean coast may be willing to negotiate their surrender to authorities, according to the...