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AP: Colombian Troops Ward Off Rebels

Colombian troops have defeated an unprecedented guerrilla campaign to encircle Bogota and cut off major roads leading into the capital, a top army general said. More than 1,300 guerrillas had massed in the forested mountains in the capital’s outskirts with orders to seize roads, recruit new fighters, and set up rear bases to carry out attacks and kidnappings. “If the terrorists had taken control of those highways, it would have been a seriously complicated situation,” Gen. Reinaldo Castellanos, who led the operation dubbed “Freedom One” to remove the threat, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday night. Castellanos, who wore combat fatigues during the interview at the Bogota headquarters of the army’s Fifth Division, pulled out a classified military intelligence map that showed 14 combat units of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC, had been closing in on this city of 7 million. Full Story

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