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    U.S. Soldiers Arrested
    for Colombian Cocaine Plot

    Five American soldiers have been arrested for trying to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States on a U.S. military aircraft, the U.S. military said. The five unidentified Army personnel were detained on Tuesday and are being held in the United States for "allegedly trying to transport approximately 16 kilograms (35 lb) of cocaine," U.S. Southern Command said in a news release late on Thursday. "The Department of Defense and other federal agencies, in close cooperation with the Colombian government, are investigating these charges both in the U.S. and Colombia," Southern Command said. The cocaine could be sold in the United States for $300,000-$500,000.
    (Reuters, April 1, 2005)

      Clandestine Radio Watch Latest Report Clandestine Radio Watch

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    Peace Brigades International PBI - Colombia Peace Brigades International

    CIPPeace Initiatives in Colombia:
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    war and efforts to make peace

    Radio Nederland
    South America Archive

    Uribe: "No dirty war"
    by Edwin Koopman (Oct. 11 2004)

    US unclear on listed terrorists
    Based on an interview by Josh Maiyo (Jul. 27 2004)

    Colombian Rebels in US Sights
    by Reinout van Wagtendonk (Apr. 19 2002)

    Tourists or Terrorists?
    by Jan Schuurman (Apr. 25 2002)

    Plan Colombia under Scrutiny
    by our correspondent Rhoda Metcalfe (Oct. 17 2000)

    Rebelion - Colombia:
    De Vietnam al Amazonas

    Peace, Social Justice, Human Rights
    Disarm Education Fund

    Disarm Education Fund
    in Colombia

    Alto Comisionado para la Paz Office of the Colombian government's High Commissioner for Peace, which negotiates with armed groups
    Fondo de Inversión para la Paz Colombian government agency that finances projects and programs to "create conditions of peace"
    Audiencias Públicas Discussions in the FARC demilitarized zone intended to be the Colombian public's means of participating in the peace process
    Diálogos Communiqués and other peace-process information from the FARC web site
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    (in Spanish)
    Bounty hunters called in to track down
    FARC terrorist leadership

    Colombia has issued an appeal to bounty hunters around the world to capture wanted Marxist guerrillas after admitting a reward was paid for a rebel leader kidnapped in Venezuela. Francisco Santos, Colombia's vice-president, said his government had the money to offer "good rewards" and wanted to attract "all the bounty hunters of the world" to the country.
    His announcement came after the defence minister, Jorge Alberto Uribe, admitted an undisclosed sum, believed to be more than $1 million (£530,000), was paid for the capture of the rebel Rodrigo Granda, a commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He was snatched from the streets of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, apparently by moonlighting members of the country's security forces. He was smuggled across the border into Colombia in the boot of a car and handed over to police in exchange for the reward.  (Jan. 14, 2005)
    U.S. nonmilitary assistance to Colombia is beginning to show intended results  PDF file
    GAO Report (July 2, 2004)
    U.S. Government Accounting Office U.S. Government Accounting Office
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    War on Drugs and Terrorism
    Attorney denies reported cooperation
    offer by Cali cartel leaders

    (AP, Jan. 11, 2005)

    Report: Cali cartel figures offer deal
    (UPI, Jan. 10, 2005)
    Extradition of Colombian rebel leader
    reflects new tactics

    (Miami Herald, Jan. 09, 2005)
    Colombia Extradites
    Rebel Leader 'Trinidad' to US

    (Reuters, Dec 31, 2004)
    UK Royal Navy helps in major cocaine raids
    An estimated 80% of cocaine in Britain originates from Colombia. A joint operation between Britain and Jamaica has helped cut the amount of cocaine smuggled into the Caribbean from Colombia by 80%. (BBC News, Dec 22, 2004)
     Watch video Colombian drug baron extradited
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    One of the world's most notorious drug traffickers, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, has arrived in the US after being extradited from Colombia.
     more ...BBC News, Dec. 4, 2004
    Profile: Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela
    Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, once one of the world's most powerful criminals, has been extradited to the US to face drug smuggling and money-laundering charges.
     more ...BBC News, Dec. 4, 2004
    Quietly, The War on Drugs Gains Ground
    President Bush Meets With Colombia's Leader
    to Discuss Funding of Anti-Drug Measures.
    (The Christian Science Monitor, Nov 21, 2004)
    Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes
    Observatorio de drogas de Colombia

    U.S. House of Representatives
    Committee on International Relations
    Colombian Drug Trafficking
    Hearing to examine Europe's role and progress in fighting narco-terrorism

    CIPU.S. Military
    and Police Aid
    Twenty soldiers die in Colombian helicopter crashed near the border with Ecuador,
    army chief General Reinaldo Castellanos said.

    Black Hawk helicopter 
in Tolemaida, Colombia Photo: Colombian soldiers walk next to a Black Hawk helicopter in Tolemaida, Colombia.
    Fallecen 20 militares
    en accidente aéreo

    U.S. Assistance in Investigation
    (Jan. 13, 2005)

    Policia NacionalSistema Nacional
    de Inteligencia  (SINAI)

    NDICU.S. National Drug Intelligence Center
    Colombia Documents

    News Releases and Intelligence Reports
    U.S. Drug Enforcement AdministrationSouth America
    Foreign Offices

    U.S. DEA documents:
    C o l o m b i a

    The Drug Trade in Colombia:
    A Threat Assessment

    (DEA Intelligence Division)
    Changing Dynamics of Cocaine
    Production in the Andean Region

    (U.S. DEA Intelligence Report, Jun 2002)

    CBS News Dan Rather reports on Colombia's enduring drug wars
    (CBS News, March 30, 2000)

    The South American
    Cocaine Trade

    (U.S. DEA Intelligence Report, Jun 1996)
    Into the Quagmire: Colombia
    and the War on Drugs
    By Coletta Youngers,
    Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

  • Drugs, Democracy and Human Rights Project
    U.S. Law Enforcement Overview, 2002

  • WOLA memo on the Defense Ministerial: Evolving concepts of security and terrorism.  PDF file

  • U.S. Law Enforcement Involvement
    in Counternarcotics Operations
    in Latin America

     PDF file A research memo for WOLA by Lora Lumpe on the participation of U.S. non-military security agencies in the drug war, including the FBI, the DEA, the Coast Guard and Customs. (June 2002)

    Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: the Impact of U.S. Policy
    A three-year WOLA research project. (November 2004)
    Executive Summary
    (a 16-page .pdf file)  PDF file

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