Colombians seek 'CIA men'
Military officials in Colombia say fierce fighting is taking place with left-wing rebels who are holding three US Government employees hostage. A Colombian army officer said that, according to intelligence reports, soldiers were closing in on the guerrilla group holding the men. US President George Bush is sending 150 extra troops to Colombia to help the search operation. Colombia’s largest left-wing rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), said on Saturday it had the Americans, accusing them of being CIA agents. Washington has denied the men were CIA agents, and said they were contractors for the defence department. Colombian politicians on Sunday expressed concern at Mr Bush’s decision to send in US troops. “This is not Afghanistan, this is not Iraq, this is not Vietnam,” said Congressman Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla. “If Americans get more deeply involved, it’s going to get worse.” Full Story