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Powell Advises Resuming Colombia Anti-Drug Flights

Secretary of State Colin Powell has recommended resuming U.S.-backed anti-drug flights over Colombia that were halted two years ago after a U.S. missionary and her baby died when their plane was mistakenly shot down over Peru, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Restarting the “Airbridge Denial” program, under which U.S. equipment and intelligence would help the Colombian military track and possibly force down suspected drug flights, would be a boost to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, who took office pledging to crack down on Colombia’s illegal drug trade. The U.S. officials, who asked not to be named, said President Bush was likely to approve the recommendation soon, possibly in time for Thursday’s one-year anniversary of Uribe’s taking office. Full Story

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