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The Zulia morgue the victims were brought to
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8 Killed in Massacre on Colombia-Venezuela Border

A reported clash between criminal groups the Rastrojos and the Urabeños left eight dead along the Colombia-Venezuela border, which, if true, would suggest...
Cali's youth are particularly vulnerable to criminal groups
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Cali, Colombia: Caught in the Criminal Crossfire

The massacre of eight people on a ranch in the outskirts of Cali -- Colombia's third-largest city and the second-most violent in the country -- has raised alarm...
Colombia's BACRIM are expanding, says ombudsman's office
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Colombia’s BACRIM Expand as FARC Talks Peace

Colombia's Ombudsman's Office warns that the country's narco-paramilitary groups are expanding, suggesting that these organizations could be lining themselves up to...
Diego Rastrojo after his capture in 2012
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US Court Sentences Rastrojos Founder to 30 Years In Prison

A US federal court has sentenced Diego Perez Henao, alias "Diego Rastrojo" -- a former top leader of Colombia's Rastrojos criminal organization -- to 30 years in...
Weapons seized as part of Cali's disarmament program
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Are Innovative Security Strategies Behind Drop in Cali Homicides?

Authorities in Cali, Colombia have attributed a decrease in homicides to a combination of citizen security measures and increased presence of security forces,...
Members of the Rastrojos captured in northern Colombia
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Rastrojos Arrests in Colombia Show Group Still Active

Authorities in Colombia have captured 46 members of a Rastrojos cell and a top leader, indicating that in spite of the blows to the organization in recent years,...
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New Guerrilla-Paramilitary Fighting Displaces Thousands in Colombia

Fighting between guerrillas and narco-paramilitaries has displaced thousands in west Colombia, with heavy combat that may carry echoes of politically motivated...
President Santos and J.J. Rendon
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Colombia President’s Strategist Resigns Amid Drug Money Allegations

Weeks before Colombia's presidential elections, the current president's political strategist has resigned on accusations he received $12 million from the country's...
Urabeños cocaine seized in Buenaventura port
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The Evolution of the Urabeños

Uraba, which means "promised land" in the indigenous tongue, was the cradle of the paramilitaries, and remains the country's principal BACRIM stronghold. This is...
Security forces in Buenaventura: Photo James Bargent
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Valle del Cauca: A War too Far for the Urabeños?

The department of Valle del Cauca has become Colombia's bloodiest drug war battleground as the country's most powerful criminal organization, the Urabeños, push to...
The bodies of the men killed in Tachira
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Massacre Highlights Colombia BACRIM Cross-Border Operations

The massacre of five men from Colombia just across the border in Venezuela's Tachira state has drawn attention to the cross-border operations of criminal groups the...
Buenaventura's slums are warzones
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War for Cocaine Corridors Consumes Colombia’s Busiest Port

Residents of Buenaventura have become prisoners of war in the battle for Colombia's primary cocaine port. They are confined within invisible borders, silenced by...