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Colombia's Main Rebel Group Marks 40 Years

Colombia’s main rebel army celebrates its 40th anniversary this week and the Marxist guerrillas are literally digging in for the long haul — burying food stores in the mountains and predicting victory will eventually be theirs. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, said in a statement posted Monday on a Web site linked to the group that it has “an iron will to fight and profound faith that our cause will triumph.” Here in the verdant mountains of western Colombia that was the FARC’s cradle, a local rebel commander said his forces have buried food caches and are splitting up into three-person units to evade government troops. In the past five days, a string of rebel bomb attacks coinciding with Thursday’s anniversary of the FARC’s founding have killed at least 13 people and wounded more than 100. Full Story

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