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Panetta tours Colombian military training center; US can share lessons from Afghanistan
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ' Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is getting a glimpse into how America's military's experience in Afghanistan is contributing to the U.S. counterinsurgency training in Colombia.
While the two conflicts are no perfect match, U.S. military and defense officials say they can learn from Colombia's long and bloody campaign against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC. And Colombia can learn from U.S. experiences battling the Taliban's roadside bombs, which have been the number one killer in Afghanistan.
Panetta flew to the Talemaida Army Base in the mountains outside Bogota, where U.S. trainers help instruct members of the Colombian special forces. He also announced that the U.S. would facilitate the sale of 10 helicopters to Bogota to help Colombian forces in their fight against the FARC.