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U.S. Envoy Wants Major Response to Colombia Rebels

The U.S. embassy in Colombia has recommended Washington make a “major response” to leftist rebels who killed an American government contractor and captured three others, a U.S. congressman said on Thursday, and a U.S. official said military action was being considered. Rep. James Moran told reporters during a visit to the Andean nation that U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson had sent the recommendation to President Bush after rebels killed execution-style a U.S. citizen and kidnapped three others when their plane crash-landed in guerrilla-held jungle a week ago. “The ambassador has made a recommendation to the president,” said Moran, a Virginia Democrat who serves on the House of Representatives appropriations committee, where he is a member of the defense subcommittee. Asked how he would characterize the language of the recommendation, Moran, who has traveled to war-torn Colombia half-a-dozen times, said: “Major and appropriate.” Full Story

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