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Security trends in high-risk countries: Colombia

COLOMBIA, which led the world in pipeline bombings until 2004, has experienced a drop in oil sector attacks by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and National Liberation Army (ELN). After reaching a peak of 260 oil-sector attacks in 2001, the rate declined to 93 in 2004 and increased to roughly 120 in 2005, based in part on analysis of Colombian media reporting. Additionally, Farc and ELN conducted attacks on more than 225 electricity-transmission towers in 2005, forcing the country to import supply from Ecuador at various times. For 2006, the rate of energy-infrastructure attacks appears to have been in line with those in 2005. Farc's and ELN's techniques have evolved beyond

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