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| 9/24/2010 12:00:00 AM

Colombia's FARC Rebels, After Resurgence, Dealt a Major Blow

September 24--The Colombian military took a huge step toward strangling the rodent when it killed Jorge Briceño, the FARC's No. 2 leader, who goes by the alias Mono Jojoy.

On Sept. 1, Colombia's Marxist guerrillas detonated 1,400 lb. (635 kg) of TNT near the southern town of El Doncello. The blast killed 14 policemen, placing them among the 40 government troops who have lost their lives in rebel ambushes this month. The carnage seemed to signal that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was gaining a second wind after a string of crushing defeats. To rally the troops, new President Juan Manuel Santos last week flew to the conflict zone. "The FARC is a mouse that uses terrorism to try to roar like a lion," Santos told police and army soldiers at the sprawling military base in Florencia. "And we are going to keep after that mouse until it no longer breathes."

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