Sunday, November 30, 2003

More Money, More Blood

Colombian Rebel Commander: Guerrillas Will Attack U.S. Military Personnel

Nicole Karsin from the Associated Press reports from one of the many other hot spots around the world that are currently under-played in the pop news cycle...

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombia's main rebel group warned Saturday that U.S. military personnel aiding government troops will face attack.

Raul Reyes, a commander and spokesman of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, issued the threat barely two weeks after a rebel grenade attack on two Bogota brewpubs killed one person and wounded 72, including four Americans...

The United States has spent some $2.5 billion, most of it in military aid and training, since 2000 to help the Colombian government battle the FARC and a smaller leftist rebel group.

Some of the U.S. troops in Colombia are Special Forces who are training Colombian battalions in counterinsurgency tactics...

Colombia's rebel groups have been fighting for four decades against a succession of elected Colombian governments. More than 3,500 people, most of them civilians, die in the fighting each year.

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