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CBS - Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight


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July 28, 2009

CBS - Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight

CBS - Colombia To Aid U.S. In Taliban Fight

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

U.S. forces are about to get some much-needed help asthey fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan in an exclusive report. The Colombian commandos are U.S. trained and battle-tested from having defeated terrorists in their own country.  Ten years ago, they didn't even exist. Today, elite Colombian Special Operations troops are preparing to fight alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan, reports CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan.

For Colombia, it's a way to give something back to the U.S., and the American Green Berets who've spent the last decade training them. General Freddy Padilla de Leon, Colombia's top military man, chose an interview with Logan to make the surprise announcement his men would join the fight in Afghanistan.  "Very soon ... Maybe in August or September. This will be our first opportunity in our history," Padilla said.

Colombia's recent history is written in blood. An insurgency waged by leftist guerillas known as the FARC. And funded with drug money brought Colombia to its knees.  Colombia today is a different world. The economy is thriving and order has been restored.

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