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Progress Against Outlaws Is Cited as U.S. Releases Aid to Colombia

The Bush administration certified today that Colombia was making progress in reining in paramilitary forces that terrorize the civilian population and often work in conjunction with the country’s armed forces. The decision, which releases about $27 million in military aid, was criticized by human rights groups. They accused the administration of whitewashing Colombia’s record — in areas like prosecuting the paramilitaries for human rights abuses, severing their ties with the nation’s military and bringing corrupt military leaders to trial — in order to protect its counternarcotics cooperation with the Colombian government. Full Story

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