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SHIFT IN U.S. POLICY LETS COLOMBIA USE AID AGAINST GUERRILLAS
Bogota, Colombia -- Just as new President Alvaro Uribe begins his term determined to combat Colombia's leftist guerrillas, the Bush administration has delivered a powerful new tool: authorization to use nearly $1.7 billion in U.S. military aid directly against the rebels.
Under a provision in the anti-terrorism package President Bush signed last week, Uribe can now use dozens of U.S.-supplied helicopters, as well as Colombian soldiers who were trained by U.S. troops, in operations against the rebels and also right-wing paramilitaries. Previous guidelines limited the use of the helicopters and soldiers to anti-drug operations, restricting Colombia's armed forces from using some of its best equipment and troops to fight the rebels.
The policy shift, coming at a time of escalating guerrilla violence, represents a significant intensification of U.S. involvement in the long and intractable conflict in this country. This week the rebels launched a mortar attack in the capital during Uribe's inauguration ...
Newshawk: Plylar - State Congress - http://www.plylar.org
Pubdate: Sat, 10 Aug 2002
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Copyright: 2002 Hearst Communications Inc.
Author: Juan Forero, New York Times