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Continued: US ambassador says ex-Marine held by Colombia rebels not part of US mission, should be let go

  • Article by: CAMILO HERNANDEZ , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 21, 2013 - 12:05 AM

Cordoba said Saturday on the website of a movement she backs that she stands ready to help in whatever way possible to secure Sutay's hasty release.

The FARC has in the past used such releases for publicity purposes, mounting a show as it did last year for the release of a French journalist.

Colombia's army said Saturday that four of its soldiers had been killed during clashes with FARC guerrillas in the south and it feared 14 other soldiers had died in an ambush in the northwest.

The army said six FARC rebels were killed in the fighting in the south, which involved a series of gunbattles that began Friday and continued near the town of Doncello.

Gen. Javier Rey, director of army operations, told the AP that the reported loss of 14 soldiers in an ambush in the northwestern Arauca department had not been confirmed. Rey said preliminary reports indicated troops were attacked by Colombia's other rebel group, the National Liberation Army, but noted that FARC guerrillas also operate in that area.

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