Next stop Columbia

Old Blog Import

The arrival of U.S. Special Forces trainers in this battered town last month signaled the beginning of a change that gives the United States more direct military involvement in Colombia’s long civil war and could lead the country’s two leftist guerrilla armies to broaden attacks against U.S. targets.

…The effort has been presented as a way to help Colombian troops protect an economically important government oil pipeline from guerrilla attack. But it is clear from the training taking place on an army base here that defending the pipeline will mostly entail offensive operations against the seasoned guerrillas who have prospered on this swampy stretch of oil and coca fields.

From the Washington Post.