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Colombia is known for exporting coffee and bananas. But it is also a provider of Colombia’s new export to the world: war and security know-how. Colombian military and police officers are in high demand, according to said Jorge Restrepo, Director of CERAC, a security and conflict think tank, because Colombians have faced decades of internal conflict. They’re seasoned. And they’ve got U.S. training. In the last 15 years, an estimated $8 billion in U.S. aid has gone to Colombia, in large part to fund a ferocious U.S.-backed security initiative for military and police-related training.



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