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Here is an overview of the principal "emerging criminal groups" in Colombia. The Colombian government refers to them as "Bacrim" (Bandas Criminales), and along with leftist guerrillas they are among the country's principal narcotraffickers. These groups are often called "new paramilitaries" because most are led by former mid-level commanders of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), the paramilitary umbrella organization that underwent a formal demobilization in 2006.

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Chihuahua

  • Federal Police announced the arrest of Juarez cartel leader Marco Guzman, known as “El Brad Pitt.” In reference to the bizarre nickname, a spokeswoman for the police explained, "it's a name given to the man by his associates. I guess they think he looks like him."

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  • 11 police officers were
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Adam looks at a new Senate report on U.S. weapons' illegal flow into violence-wracked Mexico, next week's citizen security conference of Central American governments and donor nations, and security and coca-growing developments in Bolivia.

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On Monday Colombia’s defense minister, flanked by the commanders of the armed forces and police, the prosecutor-general and the vice president, announced the adoption of “15 Measures Against Impunity.” Rodrigo...

Audio of Adam Isacson's presentation on efforts to "consolidate" security and governance in Colombia, given on June 13, 2011 at "Colombia 2020," a conference organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Audio of the full event is available at the CSIS website, and a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation Adam used is below.

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  • The Department of State released its portion of the Section 655 Annual Military Assistance Report for Fiscal Year 2010. This report, as required by Section 655 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, covers defense articles and defense services licensed for permanent export under the Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) program. The State Department's DCS program, which regulates private U.S.
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