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EPL Urban Militia Sows Fear in Colombia-Venezuela Border Communities

The demobilization of Colombia's main guerrilla group, the FARC, has left a criminal power vacuum along the country's eastern border with Venezuela, where a war for...
Photo: Howard Yanes/AP
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Colombia and Venezuela: Criminal Siamese Twins   

Colombia and Venezuela have shared criminal dynamics for decades. Colombia has pushed cocaine through Venezuela on its journey to US and European markets,...
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The New War in Colombia’s Catatumbo

Sixteen months after the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group signed an agreement in Bogotá ending a half century of fighting, the promise of peace is...
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Colombia’s Last Guerrillas Escalate Battle to Control Cocaine Hub

An ongoing conflict between Colombia’s two last remaining guerrilla groups continues to escalate along the Colombia-Venezuela border, highlighting the region’s...
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Colombia’s Last Guerrillas Fight Over Cocaine Hub

On the same day that Colombia’s biggest guerrilla group, the ELN, resumed peace talks with the government, on 15 March reports emerged of a battle between the...
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The Colombian Mafia

The mafia in Colombia today is comprised of a maelstrom of localized groups, shadowy power brokers and sub-contracted labor that combine to bring order to the...
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EPL

The dissidence of the EPL, which the Security Forces call Los Peludos, is the dissidence of the guerrilla group Popular Liberation Army they are considered an armed...
Members of Colombia's EPL group
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Colombia’s EPL Is Latest Armed Group to Seek Talks With Authorities

Colombia's EPL has offered to enter into peace negotiations with the government similar to those that have been held with other armed groups, but it is unlikely...
The EPL could be moving into Venezuela
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Colombia’s EPL Guerrillas Invade Venezuela Border Region: Report

Colombia's EPL guerrillas have reportedly taken over territory across the border with Venezuela, driving out the Venezuelan military and confronting...
Camilo Barrera, arrested for buying weapons stolen from Venezuela’s military for the EPL
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Colombia Arrest of EPL Middleman Shows Booming Venezuela Arms Market

Authorities in Colombia arrested an alleged intermediary of the EPL rebel group in charge of acquiring weapons from Venezuela's military, a reminder that the...
EPL graffitis in Colombia's Catatumbo region
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EPL Expands as FARC Withdraws From Former Turf

The EPL is reportedly expanding across Colombia's northeast, as the FARC withdraws from one of the country's largest coca growing...
EPL graffiti in Catatumbo
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Are EPL Narco-Guerrillas Expanding Across Colombia?

The narco-guerrillas of the EPL are expanding both in their traditional stronghold and across Colombia according to a new investigation, which suggests the group...