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23 February 2002 Military News

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  • COLOMBIA / GUERRILLA WAR VOA 23 Feb. 2002-- Colombia is starting to feel the first wave of an escalation in the guerrilla war as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, take aim at the country's essential services. The army is taking control of parts of a huge demilitarized zone held for three years by left-wing rebels. This, despite land mines and booby traps left behind by the retreating guerrillas, after they were forced to give up the zone when peace talks fell apart (this week).

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  • Secretary Rumsfeld Interview with The Telegraph 23 Feb. 2002-- Rumsfeld: I think what the coalition forces have accomplished thus far would be, number one, the fact that the Taliban no longer are the governing faction in that country. And in that sense, the people of Afghanistan have, in a significant way, been liberated from the policies and the repressive actions of the Taliban government.
  • Pacific Chief Vows to Make Region 'Terrorist-Unfriendly' AFPS 23 Feb. 2002-- U.S. Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair wants to ensure the Asian Pacific region is "a very unfriendly place for terrorists who may be looking for new homes."

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