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US journalists face new risks covering Colombia

The Red Cross is unable to make contact with rebels who have been holding two journalists since last Tuesday. Last week’s kidnapping of two Western journalists in one of this country’s most dangerous provinces was apparently not an accident of timing. The abduction came just one week after US Green Berets arrived in the northeastern department of Arauca to help protect an oil pipeline partially run by Occidental Petroleum, based in Los Angeles. The 5,000-member leftist National Liberation Army (ELN), which claimed responsibility for the kidnappings, said that the journalists were taken in response to a new US policy that allows US troops to train their Colombian counterparts to fight guerrillas. Currently, American troops can only help combat drug traffickers. Full Story

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