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Scandals sap Colombians’ faith in army

A slew of allegations — staged bombings, civilian killings and a fake kidnapping — have eroded confidence in the institution most crucial to President Alvaro Uribe’s crusade to make his war-torn country safer: Colombia’s U.S.-bankrolled army. Fueling the latest scandal, two imprisoned rebels phoned a radio station Friday to describe how army intelligence officers allegedly paid ex-guerrillas thousands of dollars to stage phony bombings ahead of Uribe’s August inauguration to a second term. Full Story

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