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Colombians, With U.S. Aid, Tracked Rebel for Months

Colombian agents, working with American intelligence operatives, tracked a top Colombian guerrilla commander for months before he was arrested Friday on a busy street in Quito, the capital of neighboring Ecuador, Colombian military authorities said Sunday. With the capture of the commander, Ricardo Palmera, 53, Colombia’s government registered its most important arrest of a rebel leader in the 40-year war against the country’s largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Mr. Palmera, a leading negotiator in peace talks that failed in 2002 and a chief ideologue in the rebel group, was detained by the Ecuadorean police on Friday night in what Ecuadorean authorities said was a routine document check. He was flown back to Colombia and is now being held by authorities here in Bogotá. Full Story

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