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Created: 5/8/2002

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between Revolutionary /Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgents and Ihe United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) paramilitaries has increased in ihe past year and is overshadowing the government's war against the illegal armed groups. The insurgent-paramilitary conflict causedeaths last year, while fighting between the government and the armed actors resulted inead, according to official Colombian statistics and CIA estimates.

A clash in the isolated village of Bojaya last week resulted in ativilian deaths, most killed by deJicerale FARC shellingrowded cburcb.l

The bulk of FARC and AUC clashes is for control of lucrative coca-growing areas and strategic logistic corridors. Bojaya, for example. liestrategic drug transportation corridor to the Pacific OceanJ

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massed large forces of upombatants to fight the

paramilitaries, while avoiding similar operations against the military.

AUC's shift toward large-scale conventional combat with insurgents may be part of rite leadership's stated plan to curb attacks on the insurgents' civilian supporters.

Stepped-up combat between the armed actors is exposing Bogota's inability to control large swaths of the countryside. Government forces reached Bojaya yesterday, according to pressfull week after the initial fighting.

presidential candidate Alvaro Uribe has campaignedledge to bolster security in remote areas by increasing the size of the military md creating local civilian intelligence networks.

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