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Colombian Leader Rejects Terrorist Label

The leader of Colombia’s largest paramilitary group said Tuesday he will not go to the United States to face drug charges as long as he is labeled a terrorist there. Carlos Castano, head of the right-wing United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, is accused of exporting 17 tons of cocaine into the United States and Europe since 1997. The group is on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. “I am not a terrorist, and I have no way to defend myself against that crime,” Castano told Caracol Radio. The AUC has been blamed for some of the bloodiest massacres in Colombian history in its fight against leftist rebels. Full Story

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