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Congressmen, In Colombia, Urge Reply to Kidnapping

Three U.S. congressmen today called for a dramatic response from the Bush administration to track down three American civilians apparently seized by guerrillas after their plane crashed in a rebel stronghold last week. The congressmen — Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) and Mark Edward Souder (R-Ind.) — met with Colombian and U.S. Embassy officials during a two-day visit. They suggested that any response could go well beyond a rescue operation and might employ U.S. Special Forces based in the country as part of a military training program. “That’s obviously a possibility, but it’s up to the president,” Moran said, noting that more than 100 Special Forces trainers are participating in the search-and-rescue operation. “They [officials in the administration] consider this to be extremely serious, and I think it’s fair to say that they see it as an appropriate situation for a dramatic response.” Full Story

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