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Indian upheaval bares Colombia's nagging conflict

July 21, 2012 • World News


In this photo taken July 17, 2012, Nasa Indians stand around communication towers on a hill in Toribio, southern Colombia, before they forcibly dislodged six soldiers guarding the outpost. Indians have demanded that security forces and leftist rebels stay off their ancestral land. The government rejected the demand alleging the area is a corridor for cocaine smuggling and rebels have infiltrated the Indians’ ranks. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)

TORIBIO, Colombia (AP) — One of the stiffest blows in years to the prestige of Colombia’s military wasn’t inflicted by its leftist rebel foes and didn’t claim a single soldier’s life.

It was dealt by a relatively diminutive people called the Nasa who marched furiously up to the top of a 7,500-foot (2,300-meter) peak last week and forcibly dislodged a clutch of soldiers Login to read more

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