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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 12:46 AM

Judge gives Duque 48 hours to suspend US military operations in Colombia

Source: Colombia Reports

by Adriaan Alsema July 2, 2020

A judge gave Colombia’s President Ivan Duque 48 hours to suspend the participation of American troops in counternarcotics operations.

The US sent a 53 soldiers of a so-called Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to Colombia on June 1 to assist Colombia’s military in counternarcotics operations in war-torn areas.

According to the judge, the government failed to ask permission from Congress before allowing foreign soldiers to carry out operations inside the country, making the US mission illegal.

Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo told Congress he didn’t need such permission after which opposition Senator Ivan Cepeda took the matter to the Cundinamarca Administrative Tribunal.

Read more: https://colombiareports.com/judge-gives-duque-48-hours-to-suspend-us-military-operations-in-colombia/

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