8 Insurgents Killed, FARC Control Threatened in Arauca

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A clash between government forces and FARC guerrillas near the Venezuelan border left four soldiers and eight insurgents dead, reports the Colombian daily El Diaro

The fighting ocurred near Tamacay, a rural town about 330 kilometers northeast of Bogota.  Just a day before, Colombian forces captured ‘Ivan el Quemado,’ the suspected head of the finance committee for the FARC’s 10th Front.  Both the attack and capture come as a signifcant blow to the FARC’s interest in the department of Arauca, which is a major smuggling corridor for drugs destined for the US market.

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