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A Rebel Playing Field: Colombian Guerrillas on the Venezuelan Border

In the jungle along the Colombian-Venezuelan frontier, guerrillas, criminals and shadowy state elements jostle for illicit profits.

Venezuela’s campaign against one armed group has raised tensions.

Bogotá and Caracas should temper their war of words and work to forestall an inadvertent bilateral escalation.

  • Bram Ebus
  • ICG

In the early hours of 21 March, the screech of combat aircraft overhead sounded the alarm that Venezuela has become a theatre in Colombia’s decades-long internal conflict.

That morning, the Venezuelan military launched its first large-scale operation against a dissident faction of the…

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