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Colombian President Urges Terrorism Fight

Colombia’s president asked for the nation’s support fighting terrorism after a state governor, a former defense minister and eight others held hostage by leftist guerrillas were killed in a military rescue attempt. The armed forces commander early Tuesday defended the raid. In an emotional televised address late Monday, President Alvaro Uribe said the hostages were executed by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels as troops approached their camp. A purported rebel communique blamed the government for the killings. “In this moment of pain, Colombia cannot surrender,” said Uribe, who was elected on promises to crack down on the guerrillas. “Now, we have to fortify our decision to defeat terrorism.” Full Story

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